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Wonders of Barbados

Bathsheba beach, Barbados
Bathsheba beach, Barbados. / lns1122, Flickr / CC BY 2.0

WorldBlue  Highlights

This small Caribbean island has an interesting historical heritage – numerous monuments of architecture and several historical towns. The country has interesting plantation houses and historical industrial architecture.

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WorldViolet Top 24 wonders of Barbados

Geological wonders

Harrison’s Cave

Beautiful, 4.8 km long show cave with numerous stalactites and stalagmites. Tram runs through the cave. One of the entrances opens to Welchman Hall gully – a collapsed cave with a remnant of pristine forest.

Harrison's Cave, Barbados
Harrison’s Cave, Barbados. / Berit Watkin, Flickr / CC BY 2.0
Coles Cave

Approximately 1 km long cave. Possibly a part of Harrison’s Cave system. Contains a nearly undisturbed cave ecosystem, with some endemic species.

Animal Flower Cave

Partly submerged cave with yellow sea anemones and beautiful views of the ocean from its entrance.

View from Animal Flower Cave, Barbados
View from Animal Flower Cave / Berit, / CC BY 2.0
Little Bay blowholes

A group of small but expressive blowholes along the Little Bay. Here near the sea have formed “swimming pools” – secluded basins of seawater that in calmer weather are safe to swim. Around these swimming pools in some places are small blowholes.

Limestone terraces at Little Bay, Barbados
Limestone terraces and small blowholes at Little Bay, Barbados./ Gary Bembridge, Flickr / CC BY 2.0
The Spout in Barbados

Spectacular blowhole at Ladder Bay. Sea water is blown up from it up to 30 m high.

The Spout, Barbados
The Spout / Berit, Flickr / CC BY 2.0
Pie Corner sea arch

Natural arch in the coral limestone in a promontory.

Biological wonders

Baobab in Queens Park

A giant baobab with a circumference of 18 (25?) m and a height of 26 m. The seed of this tree was brought here from Africa in 1738. One of two baobab trees in Barbados – the other one in St Thomas is smaller but also of significant size.

Baobab in Queens Park
Baobab in Queens Park, Barbados. / David Stanley, Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Archaeological wonders

Spring Head Cave

A cave with the only prehistoric petroglyphs in Barbados – crudely shaped stalagmites.

Architecture wonders

Morgan Lewis Windmill

One of two working sugar windmills in the world. Operated until 1942.

Morgan Lewis Windmill, Barbados
Morgan Lewis Windmill / OakleyOriginals, Flickr / CC BY 2.0
St. Nicholas Abbey

Plantation house in Jacobean style. One of three genuine Jacobean-style buildings in the Americas, built in the 1650ies.

St. Nicholas Abbey, Barbados
St. Nicholas Abbey, Barbados. / bixentro, Flickr / CC BY 2.0
Chase Vault

Burial vault, site of legends. According to a legend, every time when the vault was opened in the early 19th century, all lead coffins had changed positions.

Chase Vault, Barbados
Chase Vault, Barbados. / Kaspar C, Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0
St. James Parish Church

The oldest existing church in Barbados. First built in 1628, then replaced with a stone building in the 1690ies and mostly rebuilt in 1874.

Speightstown historical center

One of the earliest settlements in Barbados, inhabited since the 1630s. Rather many historical buildings are preserved in the center.

Speightstown, Barbados. / Gary J. Wood, Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0
Codrington College

Historical building of sugar plantation and then theological college, built in 1714 – 1745.

Nidhe Israel Synagogue

One of the oldest synagogues in the Americas, originally built in 1654 and rebuilt in the first half of the 19th century.

Parliament Buildings of Barbados

The seat of the parliament of Barbados. Consists of two beautiful buildings in Neo-Gothic style, constructed in 1870 – 1874.

Bridgetown historical center

Old British colonial town with many historical buildings, developed since the middle of the 18th century.

Bridgetown, Barbados
Bridgetown, Barbados. / Carolyn Sugg, Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0
Sam Lord’s Castle

Country house, built in the 19th century. Well-preserved interiors and furniture.

Sam Lord’s Castle, Barbados
Drax Hall Estate

A massive Jacobean mansion, constructed in the early 1650ies as the center of the sugar plantation.

Bridgetown St. Michael Cathedral

Anglican church, originally built in 1665 and rebuilt in 1789. Constructed from coral stone, fine stained glass windows.

Bridgetown St. Michael Cathedral
Bridgetown St. Michael Cathedral. / David Stanley, Flickr / CC BY 2.0
Barbados Mutual Life Assurance Society building

Magnificent office building, constructed in the Victorian style in 1894 – 1895.

Francia Great House

A beautiful mansion, a great house of a plantation built around 1913. Contains a valuable collection of historical maps.

Garrison Historic Area (St. Ann’s Garrison)

Historical district in Bridgetown. Contains many historical buildings of the British garrison. An important landmark is Garrison Savannah Racetrack.

Queen’s Park House

The former house of the Commander in Chief of the British Garrison, constructed in 1786 and rebuilt in 1782. Currently, there is a theatre and gallery.

Queen's Park House
Queen’s Park House, Barbados. / Kaspar C, Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

WorldYellow Recommended books

101 Things To Do and Places To See in Barbados

This insider’s guide reveals the island’s best-kept secrets, so you can feel like a “regular”, even on your first trip, and find activities for the whole family!

Fodor’s In Focus Barbados & St. Lucia

Known for its sophisticated resorts, British style, and warm inviting hospitality, Barbados is an island of broad vistas, sweeping seascapes, and acres of sugar cane. Mountainous St. Lucia is covered by rainforest that makes it one of the greenest islands in the Caribbean, and it also has vibrant coral reefs that draw scuba divers from all over the world. The two islands offer both all-inclusive and regular resorts and are linked by frequent air service, making the short hop in about 20 minutes.

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