The beauty of Barbados is that everything comes together to make it one incredible destination: pristine beaches, unique cave formations, abundant wildlife and lush scenery. Barbados offers a real escape into island life, with historic rum distilleries, opportunities for local immersion and a fascinating colonial history to be explored. Check out the highlights from the video!
The Animal Flower Cave
Located under the North Point cliffs in St. Lucy parish, the Animal Flower Cave is the only accessible sea cave in Barbados. Discovered by two English explorers in 1780, the cave is estimated to be 400,000-500,000 years old. The walls of the cave have been colored green and brown by oxidation of copper and iron, creating a mystic feel inside the caves. With spectacular views looking out to the ocean, some pools in the cave are even deep enough for a nice, chill swim.
The Cliff Restaurant
Located on a cliff above an idyllic cove, this luxurious restaurant brings together an authentic Barbados gastronomy experience with its theatrical setting, internationally-acclaimed cuisines and impeccable service. The food is intricate in terms of presentation and flavors. You can taste a wide range of exquisite dishes including snow crab cakes, prime beef tenderloin and shrimp with green curry coconut sauce. For those who want to indulge, warm bread and butter pudding, caramelized lemon tarts and chocolate mousse are all wonderful choices.
Situated in a crater in St. Joseph, Hunte's Garden is an extraordinary creation by legendary horticulturist, Anthony Hunte. He combined vibrant colors of both native and rare exotic plants to create a lush oasis for visitors to enjoy a relaxing experience when visiting Barbados. The garden is terraced with coral stone walls and pathways that lead to delightful surprises, including a fountain shrine, a sculpture and a stone seat where you can overlook the garden.
Visitors are often amazed by the number of pottery shops when they visit Barbados. The rocks underlying Barbados consist of sedimentary deposits, including clay deposits that are suitable for making pottery. This is why pottery has been a well-defined and practiced industry in Barbados for centuries. Located in St. Andrew, Highland Pottery "is the perfect place for you to learn the history of pottery in Barbados and see the creation of pottery from start to finish," according to Winston Jn. Paul, owner of Highland Pottery.
St. Nicholas Abbey
Built in 1660, St. Nicholas Abbey is the go-to spot to get a taste of the award-winning rum and learn about rum-making history in Barbados. Worrying that the estate would fall vulnerable to large developers, Larry Warren decided to carry on the legacy of the estate by purchasing and restoring it to its past glory in 2006. Unlike other distilleries, St. Nicholas Abbey produces its boutique rum in traditional small batches, with an annual production of only 6,000 bottles. The spirit is aged in bourbon oak casts to create a rich color before being hand-bottled into elegant glass decanters. St. Nicholas Abbey personifies the rich history of rum making.
Barbados Wildlife Reserve
Dubbed as the animal kingdom of Barbados, the Wildlife Reserve is a paradise for animal lovers, allowing them to stroll freely in a natural environment alongside the animals. Here you can see monkeys, peacocks, tortoises and Agouti and Brocket deer roaming the premises. The monkeys are the most abundant during the afternoon feeding time, making it a great place to observe the animals up close.
Take a submarine tour
There is no better introduction to the beautiful underwater world of Barbados than through a submarine tour. Venturing the blue ocean at depths of down to 150 feet, visitors will see the abundant marine life including numerous tropical fish, reef, coral formations and a shipwreck.
Cleland Equestrian Club
The final ingredient for a wonderful Barbados vacation is enjoying the sunset on the beach, especially if you like horseback riding.The Cleland Equestrian Club allows visitors to explore the natural beauty of Barbados at a leisurely pace on horseback. As you ride through the hills, fields, woods and down to the beach, you will be given a tour to learn about the colorful history of the island.