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.

You'll discover a large number of beaches to enjoy on the island. Whether you prefer people watching, or you prefer having more of the sand to yourself, you can find what you want. Just click on each beach name to get additional information concerning that part of the coast.

Mahogany Bay: The beach is accessible to both pedestrians and vehicles. Parking is available on the opposite side of the fish market off of Highway 1.

A second alternative that beach-goers can consider is Paynes Bay Beach. Paynes Bay is located south of Holetown, across from the Coach House restaurant and bar. This beach has easy access and plenty of parking, which means it also has crowds of visitors.

Welches Beach: Know as one of the island's "windows to the sea," Welches is visible from Highway 7, so you'll have a hard time missing this beach, which is surrounded by Oistins, Miami Beach, Maxwell Beach, and Dover Beach.

Needless to say, you'll be able to find plenty of additional beaches to choose from on the island. To visit our full guide to beaches, go to this page.

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.

A landmark worth visiting is Sunbury Plantation House & Museum. It is located within St. Philip Parish, Barbados. The Sunbury Plantation House is over 300 years old and was the home of a very early settler on the island. The house changed owners many times.

Another landmark that often intrigues visitors is Cricket Legends Museum. It is Bridgetown, in southwestern Barbados. You can tour the Cricket Legends Museum from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Barbados Concorde Experience: Guests are invited on the British Airways Concorde G-BOAE (also known as Alpha Echo), where they can experience simulated flights aboard the aircraft. Inside the museum, guests will learn all about how these popular Concorde planes differ from regular airplanes and how flight has evolved through the ages.

That's not all -- there are other landmark attractions. Take advantage of this page dedicated to other sites worth visiting on the island if you'd like to find some more specifics.

Natural Attractions

Harrison's Cave

One of the frequently visited outdoor tourist attractions is Folkstone Marine Park. <p>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.</p>

Another local attraction that provides a nice way to spend some time outdoors is Harrison's Cave. <p>Naturally made caves have a certain air of mystery, and are certainly fascinating. Harrison's Cave is one such attraction.</p>

Barbados includes other nature attractions. If you need to obtain more information concerning natural attractions on the island, can do so by clicking here.


In the mood for some action? Guests looking to test their luck in some gaming action will have quite a few venues where they can do so on the island.

Lucky Horseshoe Saloon Worthing offers dining on-site, so you can eat before or after you hit the gaming floor. 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 enjoy the simplicity of playing the slots, you could give D'Fast Lime Arcade a try. 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: In Barbados, you could very well strike it rich while you eat. At the Lucky Horseshoe Saloons, a bank of slot machines offer a diversion between the time that you order and get your food, so it is plausible that you could wonder over, drop in a coin, and go home a winner.

These are just a few of the available options. You can read this article about gaming on Barbados if you want to find more specifics.

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


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