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Top 6 Things to See in Barbados

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Celebrations are currently underway in the island nation of Barbados for their 50th anniversary of independence from Great Britain. The Caribbean country, located in the Lesser Antilles, consists of only 167 square miles, yet it contains tourist treasures a plenty and is, of course, the birthplace of pop-star Rihanna and the world renowned Barbados Carnival.

With sun-drenched beaches, first-class golf, great surfing conditions and beautiful weather, this popular tourist island appeals to both those looking for a relaxing beach vacation and daring adventurers alike.

Whether you are docking aboard a cruise ship in Bridgetown, Barbados, or spending time at one of the island’s many luxury resorts, we have narrowed down the top six things to see when you vacation on this sophisticated tropical island.

Harrison’s Cave
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One of the most popular attractions in Barbados is Harrison’s Cave – a limestone cavern, which sits in the middle of the country. With tours hosted by knowledgeable tour-guides, travelers can take either a tram tour through the cave, or walk. They even offer special kids tours of the cave, which focus on the resident bats! Touted as one of the most beautiful crystallized limestone caverns, Harrison’s Cave features flowing streams, deep crystal clear pools and towering columns.

Bathsheba Beach
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Situated on the west coast of Barbados, Bathsheba Beach is a surfer’s paradise. Home to many international surfing contests, the beach features the well-known Soup Bowl, enticing surfers from all over the world to its idyllic waves. Because this beach sees rough waves and is rocky, swimming is not advised. But for surfers looking for adventure, or photographers seeking the perfect shot, this Bathsheba Beach is well worth the visit. The beach also has tide pools, a couple of rum shacks within walking distance and is a great place to fly kites.

Mount Gay Visitor Centre
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Established in 1703, Mount Gay Rum is the world’s oldest rum. The Mount Gay Visitor Centre allows tourists to view the rum-making process, sample different kinds of rum and even enjoy a buffet lunch. With five different tours to choose from there is something to suit every visitor. Bottles of the famous rum are available for purchase in the gift shop.

Carlisle Bay
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For those looking to relax on one of the island’s sun-drenched beaches, head to Carlisle Bay on the southwestern coast of Barbados. With its calm waters it’s a great place for swimming and for children. Snorkelers will enjoy exploring the six shipwrecks in area and water-sports equipment is available for rent. Nature lovers may catch a glimpse at some of the area’s sea turtles and if you fancy riding a horse along the beach you can do that too!

Barbados Boardwalk
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Located just south of Bridgetown, the Barbados Boardwalk links up Camelot and Accra beaches. The mile long boardwalk is free to the public and provides stunning scenery. Tourists walking along this stretch of coast may see turtles, crabs and the odd dolphin or two. There are plenty of bars and restaurants nearby, offering thirsty travelers much needed sustenance. Just be sure to pack the sunscreen.

Andromeda Gardens
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Named after the Greek Goddess, Andromeda Gardens is a 6 acre unique and historical botanical garden located in the parish of St. Joseph in eastern Barbados. Featuring lush tropical foliage, winding pathways and a relaxing pond, the gardens also feature an art gallery, shop, and a garden cafe.

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