Barbados Attractions

Barbados brings in thousands of tourists each year with its exciting attractions

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Tourists from all over the world are drawn to the island of Barbados. This Caribbean paradise is especially popular for its 70-plus square miles of pristine sugar-sand beaches.


Paynes Bay Beach

...each beach varies in atmosphere...


Each of Barbados' coasts features unique and picturesque beach scenery, and each beach varies in atmosphere, from happening hot spots dotted with sunbathing tourists, to more secluded beach front property, perfect for a private romantic rendezvous. Travelers have a number of choices when it comes to deciding which beaches to visit on Barbados. You may want to keep in mind the different coastal features of the island's ocean fronts. The east and north coasts are on the Atlantic Ocean side of the island, and the waters tend to be a little rougher than the sea on the south and west sides.

There are a large number of beaches to consider visiting on the island. Whether you prefer being around other people, or you prefer a quieter spot, you should be able to find just the right beach. You can click on the name of the beach to read a detailed article concerning that section of the coast.

Mahogany Bay: Mahogany Bay Beach provides visitors with calm waters with little undertow, making for a great swimming and snorkeling spot for the entire family. Beautiful white sand provides great suntanning areas and smaller pools are perfect for wading.

Another option that beach-goers can consider is Paynes Bay Beach. The beach is accessible to both vehicles and pedestrians. Drivers should pay attention to signage on Highway 1.

Welches Beach: Once a small and unheard of beach, Welches has undergo expansive renovations and is now known as one of the best on the island's south coast. In addition to adding more shoreline with imported sand, the beach is kept beautifully landscaped and there is even a small boardwalk.

The island offers plenty of additional beaches. To learn more about beaches available, follow this link.

Landmark Attractions

Sunbury Plantation House & Museum

The amount of important sites laid out across the terrain of Barbados make it difficult for visitors get through them all in one go, but many make a solid effort. Military history can be explored by visiting a collection of signal stations that used smoke signals to transmit messages across long distances, or National Heroes Square, which is a memorial honoring war heroes. Plantations, rum and sugar mills, historic buildings, and lighthouses all provide a glimpse into the history of the island.

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit Sunbury Plantation House & Museum. It is located in St. Philip Parish, Barbados. With a restaurant, guided tours and gorgeous grounds and interior, this giant plantation house is worth visiting if the history of Barbados interests you. Exhibits include Victorian women's under garments, portraits of historic figures, and a playpen filled with dolls that are nearly two centuries old.

Another common landmark for vacationers is Cricket Legends Museum. It is Bridgetown, in southwestern Barbados. The museum space at Cricket Legends Museum is filled with memorabilia that dates back to the early 1990s. Autographed bats, uniforms worn in championship games, and, the museum's prized possession, the ball bowled by Wes Hall in the first hat-trick by a West Indian, are all on display here.

Barbados Concorde Experience: The museum is open 9:00am to 5:00pm on Tuesday through Saturday.

This island is home to a wider range of sites to visit. To read a more complete discussion of other enjoyable places to visit this specific topic, read this article concerning landmarks on Barbados.

Natural Attractions

Harrison's Cave

One thing Barbados has in abundance is public botanical gardens. Between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., there are five gardens open for tourists who like to be in the presence of beautiful flowers, ferns, and even rock formations. Monkeys and lizards can also often be seen roaming the gardens. Underground caves and national parks and reserves also offer breathtaking opportunities to learn about nature on the island.

One of the worthwhile natural attractions is Folkstone Marine Park. A popular site for watersports enthusiasts, Folkstone Marine Park features calm waters on the surface, and an artificial reef created by a sunken ship below.

Harrison's Cave is a second place that allows you to enjoy the natural surroundings. Naturally made caves have a certain air of mystery, and are certainly fascinating. Harrison's Cave is one such attraction.

Of course, you will find plenty of additional natural attractions. For a more thorough discussion of natural attractions on Barbados, click here.


In the mood for some action? Vacationers hoping to try their luck on the slots will find quite a few opportunities to do so on the island.

Lucky Horseshoe Saloon Worthing has dining on-site, so you can grab a bite to eat before or after you try your luck. With a bank of slot machines to one side of the building, you may just be drawn away from your table to play.

If you're simply looking to play a few slots, consider heading to D'Fast Lime Arcade. Located inside a small building marked by a glowing neon bar sign is D'Fast Lime Casino. The casino is open 24 hours a day for slot machine gambling, so guests can find out how lucky they are any time of the day or night.

Lucky Horseshoe Saloon Warrens: Lucky Horseshoe Saloon offers American style dining and Atlantic City style gaming. Slots galore!

These examples are just a few of your choices. Click on this link to read our page about gaming on Barbados.

Barbados is full of amazing attractions that are sure to make your Caribbean getaway a truly unforgettable experience.


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