Come see the natural Barbados, the one void of hotels, restaurants, and malls. Here at the Barbados Wildlife Reserve, you will be able to catch glimpses at the native animals of the island, including monkeys, as they go about their day. These animals, save for the dangerous ones, are not caged in and are free to do what they want. This experience is perfect for both nature lovers and anyone with children.
Set on four acres of natural mahogany forest across from Farley Hill National Park, this spot embraces nature so much that al of the buildings are built from coral rock which has been excavated from nearby sugarcane fields. Even the bricks that mark the pathways were taken from the remains of the unused sugar factories.
Guests are welcome to explore the reserve along paved trails that will take you up close to many exotic birds and animals while they freely roam in their natural habitat. The Barbados Green Monkey is a common find here, as are flamingos, peacocks, lizards, turtles, and tortoises. A collection of snakes are housed in cages, and there are even some non-native animals that live here, including Brocket Deer, caiman, armadillo, and agouti.
Barbados Wildlife Reserve is located toward the center of St. Andrew Parish, near Bawdens; it's to the east-northeast of Speightstown.
There are numerous restaurants to select from in the community around the nature preserve. The most nearby restaurant to Barbados Wildlife Reserve is Sand Dunes Bar and Restaurant, which sells Bajan dishes. Also nearby, you and your group will have options like La Salsa Restaurant & Bar and Enid's where you might try a bit of Caribbean food and experience the flavors of Barbados.
Vacationers that enjoy nature preserves, and would like to see others, ought to think about Farley Hill and Folkstone Marine Park; the second is six miles to the south west of this wildlife reservation. Other nearby attractions include Grenade Hall Forest Signal Station, which is about a hundred yards away St. Andrew Parish. You might want to also consider heading to St. Nicholas Abbey, which is another attraction in the area.
There are options for close-by activities so you won't run low on things to do. The attractions nearest to this particular outdoor site are listed in the following table.
|Grenade Hall Forest Signal Station||Historic Site||0.1 mi. (5.7 km)||S||3.5 mi. East-Northeast of Speightstown|
|St. Nicholas Abbey||Museum||0.7 mi. (6.4 km)||N||4.0 mi. East-Northeast of Speightstown|
|Morgan Lewis Sugar Mill||Historic Site||1.2 mi. (7.5 km)||E||4.7 mi. East of Speightstown|
|St. Peter's Church||Historic Site||3.6 mi. (0.2 km)||WSW||Speightstown|
|Arlington House Interactive Museum||Museum||3.7 mi. (0.3 km)||WSW||Speightstown|
|Harrison Point Lighthouse||Other Attraction||4.7 mi. (6.5 km)||NW||4.0 mi. North of Speightstown|
|Animal Flower Cave||GeoFeature||4.8 mi. (9.8 km)||N||6.1 mi. North-Northeast of Speightstown|
|Flower Forest||--||5.5 mi. (5.0 km)||SSE||3.1 mi. West-Southwest of Bathsheba|
The Barbados Wildlife Reserve is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and feeding time takes place at 2:00 p.m., which is an ideal time to visit because it is when you can guarantee you'll see the animals. Guide tours are available from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Barbados Wildlife Reserve always reminds guests to move quietly. The animals that live in the refuge are not tame, and will be frightened from you if anything occurs that might startle them.
There is a fee of $11.75(USD) per adult and $5.87 per child aged three to 12 to enter the reserve. This amount goes towards the maintenance of the park.
Farley Hill , St. Andrew Parish, Barbados
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