With just 166 square miles, Barbados is packed with more attractions per square mile than any other island in the Caribbean. No matter where you go, you are destined to find a rich combination of culture, heritage, adventure, shopping, sport, food, activities and hallmark attractions you can access within minutes.
Stay Close to Port
Closest to the cruise terminal is Pelican Village, a colourful handicraft and souvenir-shopping marketplace. Enjoy duty-free shopping of luxurious brands in trendy stores in our capital city Bridgetown or take an enlightening walking tour of the city. Designated as a Unesco Heritage site in 2011, Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison provide you with a scenic and informative journey from the island’s remarkable past to its dynamic present.
Head for the Hills
While we’re not as mountainous as some other islands, our landscape is made up of rolling hills, caves, gullies and scenic viewpoints.
Harrison’s Cave is a must-see for adventurous cruisers. Calm glassy pools, mesmerising rock formations and amazing stalactites and stalagmites await.
Relax with nature at Welchman Hall Gully, a tropical rainforest, home to the Barbados Green Monkey. Watch them feed, swing from vines and be exceptionally curious to visitors.
Strategically situated on the highland of one of the central parishes is Gun Hill Signal Station. Built in 1818 it was used to signal the approach of enemy ships. Be sure to check out the collection of military memorabilia kept there and of course, the lion!
Escape to the East
Wild waves, breathtaking beaches and lush landscapes define the East Coast of our island.
A tour of this coast must include the renowned Oxford-styled Codrington College, the oldest Anglican/Episcopal Theological seminary in the Western Hemisphere; a perfect selfie opportunity with the famous Bathsheba rock; the serene picnic spots at Bath and Barclays Park and the picturesque and lively Martin’s Bay.
How The West Is Won
Holetown is historically referred to as the site where the first English settlers of the island arrived. Since then it has become home to a treasure trove of shops and restaurants on the west.
A little further north, the quaint and charming Speightstown will delight you with local style and laid-back ambiance. Beachside restaurants offer an amazing ocean view while you relax with a cocktail. Learn the history of the town at the Arlington House Interactive Museum situated centrally in a beautiful colonial-style building. The Gallery of Caribbean Art showcases local and regional talent in an enthralling space. You never know, you just may be tempted to purchase one of the wonderful pieces on sale.
Only a handful of these supersonic passenger aircrafts were ever built and now one British Airways Concorde calls Barbados home. Built for the ultra wealthy who wanted to travel in speed and luxurious comfort, we can now all climb aboard and take a peek inside this stunning aircraft.
Go For a Rum
Since we are known as the birthplace of rum, your trip won’t be complete without a taste of one of our main exports.
Just minutes away from the cruise terminal you’ll find the Mount Gay Visitor’s Centre where the world’s oldest rum is created. In the southeastern countryside, pay a visit to Foursquare Rum Distillery and Heritage Park or head north to St. Nicholas Abbey for delightful rum tours.
Discover Barbados After Dark
When the sun goes down more island activities start to heat up. Step into 1751 and enjoy Dinner with George – an exceptional dining and theatrical experience at George Washington House: the only place outside the USA which George Washington ever visited and spent an extended period of time.
Thrill-seekers will enjoy the Historic Garrison Night Tour and Tunnel Experience. Informative and dramatic guides will lead you on a rousing journey around the site and through the recently discovered underground tunnels. The weekly Oistins Fish Fry is for the traveller seeking to immerse themselves in the local culture. This open-air experience is a delight for locals and visitors every Friday night.
Tie the Knot in Paradise
Idyllic locations, stunning settings and beautiful days. Getting married on our island can be done with no minimum stay requirements. Just apply for your license, marry and enjoy your celebration in hours!
Pre or Post Cruise
Barbados is a home porting hub of the Southern Caribbean and more cruise ships are choosing to begin and end their voyages from our beautiful island than ever before. Daily airlift from major source markets and cities make getting in and out of the island at your convenience, easy and hassle free. Barbados has so much to offer that staying at least for a few days pre or post cruise, or both, will add another exhilarating and magical component to your cruise vacation experience.
As distinct and diverse as Barbados itself are the accommodations which range from the luxury of a private villa or sumptuous five-star hotel to the authenticity of a rustic beach house. Familiar names such as the Hilton, Radisson, Marriot Courtyard and Sandals are located mere minutes from the port and a variety of quaint and charming boutique hotels dot the exquisitely varied shoreline from coast to coast.
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