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Barbados Beyond our shores J

ust when you thought you knew it all about Barbados – the glorious white sandy beaches with exciting watersport activities, the endless sunny days and rum-soaked nights, the luxury resorts and enchanting restaurants – you find out that there’s so much more the island has to offer!

If you thought you knew it all about Barbados, get ready to find out what else lies beyond our shores. You’d be surprised that close to the port in the capital Bridgetown, are a number of museums that safeguard the history of our island. Did you know that Barbados has the third oldest parliament in the Commonwealth? The interactive Parliament museum, housed within the West Wing of the Gothic-styled Parliament Buildings, traces the development of our democracy in a collaborative way. Another incredible museum in Historic Bridgetown is known as The Exchange, where the development of business and trade in the city through the decades is featured. The building houses two exhibition gallery floors and an art gallery. You may have heard of George Washington House, the site where the first American President stayed on his only trip outside of the United States, but did you know of the Garrison tunnels, a network of passageways running for miles under the Garrison Savannah area? In the North, St. Nicholas Abbey is a 17th century Jacobeanstyle mansion that is one of the island’s finest historic sites. Coming soon is their exciting feature attraction of an antique replica steam engine train that will take passengers on a remarkable journey that will include the stunning vista at Cherry Tree Hill.

As Barbados continues to innovate, the island recognises the importance of the natural ecosystem and many of our newest attractions certainly play their part in ensuring our commitment to protect, produce and preserve. Coco Hill forest is one such experience where 53 acres of rainforest overlook the East Coast of the island. Visitors can engage in ‘green therapy’ surrounded by hundreds of palm trees, fruit trees and medicinal trees. Harrison’s Cave Eco-Adventure Tour lets you get down and dirty as you walk, creep and crawl through natural passageways to explore cave formations like the original discoverers of the cave did. Hunte’s Gardens, located in the center of Barbados' rain forest in a sink-hole-like gully, offers a picturesque series of lovely mini-gardens. Vibrant colours and textures of rare, exotic plants offer the visitor an uplifting and fulfilling experience.

Discover local cuisine, souvenirs, music and culture at Festive Fridays, Bridgetown Night Market. Ask your travel agent for more details or visit us at visitbarbados.org From top to bottom: Kadooment festival, St. Nicholas Abbey, Harrison’s Cave Eco-Tour, #1 Bajan Bus tour, Festival Fridays at the Bridgetown Night Market.

Profile for Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association

Travel & Cruise 2nd Quarter 2019