Barbados is home to a wealth of unique experiences and breathtaking adventures you don’t want to miss on your next holiday to the island. A rich mixture of enchanting history, culture, nature, wildlife, and sea explorations will leave you in awe of everything the island has to offer.
Here are five (5) must-haves on your ‘things to do list,’ of places to visit while in Barbados.
St. Nicholas Abbey
Built in 1658, this well preserved genuine Jacobean mansion located in the parish of St Peter, is one of the only three of its kind found in the western hemisphere. St. Nicholas Abbey’s distinctive architecture, antique furnishings coupled with the tragic story of its builder Colonel Benjamin Berringer, will take you back to the thought-provoking era of the sugar plantation life at the great house in Barbados. Visitors can explore its rum distillery, steam mill, tropical gardens, gullies and the adjacent Cherry Tree Hill for panoramic views of the east coast.
Morgan Lewis Windmill
Located in the parish of St. Andrew, this historic mill and landmark is one of the only two intact and restored sugar mills in the Caribbean. On choosing either a guided or self-guided tour of its interior, you will be fascinated and enthralled by the engineering skill of its machinery in an era when sugar production was completely wind powered. The Morgan Lewis Windmill is a historical monument to Barbados’ rich sugar industry. Tour the outside and you’ll be greeted with spectacular views of the eastern coastline, Scotland District, and the verdant countryside.
Undeniably, Harrisons Cave is one of most enchanting natural wonders on the island with breathtaking waterfalls, deep emerald pools, and crystal clear running waters. Picturesque roof hanging stalactites, and ground-emerging stalagmites, formed over thousands of years, cover inside the cave with its natural tapestry. Located in the parish of St. Thomas, visitors can choose from a variety of tours with the tram tour being the most popular. Tour guides will take you by tram through the connected system of caves and provide you with a captivating account of the cave’s history and natural phenomenon.
Welchman Hall Gully
Experience the magic of Welchman Hall Gully, a three-quarter mile long collapsed cave with a lush tropical rainforest and exotic wildlife. You’ll know what it was like to live on the island 300 years prior to modern civilization as you explore this tranquil oasis. Located in the parish of St. Thomas, the gully is home to a diversity of tropical plants and wild monkeys. Geographically, it is still connected to Harrison’s Cave bearing evidence of bygone stalactites and stalagmites. Tours may take the form of self-guided walks along the shaded pathway, or tour guides, who can help you thoroughly, explore this tropical escape.
Feeling up for the adventure? Book your trip to Barbados and stay with us at Saint Peter’s Bay. Our concierge will help you plan your excursions and you can also discover great activities at Saint Peter’s Bay beach from swimming, to stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkelling, scuba diving and more, our resort offers every water sport imaginable!