A vacation in Barbados is not complete without exploring the natural beauty that exists in abundance. The landscape of Barbados is dotted with lush gardens, mysterious caves, and a few national parks and reserves thrown in the mix.
Do you enjoy spending time outdoors? You may be pleased to know the island has several nature preserves on it.
Folkstone Marine Park is a nature preserve Holetown, in western Barbados. Just around 120 feet below the surface of the sea about a half a mile off shore lies the Stavronikita, a sunken ship that has been overrun by reef. It is a popular scuba diving site, though only recommended for very experienced divers.
Travelers looking to locate a another great natural attraction will be interested in seeing opportunities like Barbados Wildlife Reserve. 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.
Farley Hill: Set on the 17 acre park guests will find picnic grounds, a playground for children, rentable tents, and the Farley Hill Great House. The Farley Hill Great House is a landmark in its own right, built at the turn of the 19th century, and showcasing the opulent life style of then plantation owners.
Check out the table below if you want more information.
|Barbados Wildlife Reserve||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||1.8 mi. North-Northwest of Central Bawdens|
|Farley Hill||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||1.5 mi. North of Central Bawdens|
|Folkstone Marine Park||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||0.5 mi. North-Northwest of Central Holetown|
|Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||0.4 mi. Northwest of Central St. Patricks|
Although most tourists come for the beautiful water and coastline, those aren't the only way to experience the natural beauty of the land. Barbados offers some great options, including two caves.
You might want to visit Harrison's Cave, which is located in Welchman Hall, in central Barbados. Naturally made caves have a certain air of mystery, and are certainly fascinating. Harrison's Cave is one such attraction.
Another place worth considering is Animal Flower Cave. It is St. Lucy Parish, in northern Barbados. The Animal Flower Cave is located on the most northern top of Barbados in St. Lucy.
The chart just below enables you to learn more details on caves.
|Animal Flower Cave||Cave||1.1 mi. Northwest of Central Seaview|
|Harrison's Cave||Cave||Welchman Hall, Central Barbados|
Guests can experience one of the many parks, or 5 botanical gardens on Barbados.
King George V Memorial Park is St. Philip Parish, in eastern Barbados. Donated to the government of Barbados in the name of King George V by Major Peebles, this swatch of land was always intended to be used as a place for children to run and play.
A second attraction in this category is Hunte's Garden. Located just 25 minutes drive from Holetown and St. Lawrence Gap, Hunte's Garden is easy to access in the verdant hills of St. Joseph's.
The parks and gardens available are provided in the table below.
|Andromeda Botanical Gardens||Botanical Garden||St. Joseph Parish, Central Barbados|
|Park||2.5 mi. East of Central Bridgetown|
|Flower Forest||Botanical Garden||St. Thomas Parish, Central Barbados|
|Hunte's Garden||Botanical Garden||St. Thomas Parish, Central Barbados|
|King George V Memorial Park||Park||1.9 mi. North of Central Diamond Valley|
|Lazaretto Gardens||Botanical Garden||2.7 mi. North-Northwest of Central Bridgetown|
|Orchid World||Botanical Garden||St. George, Central Barbados|
|Queen's Park||Park||0.6 mi. East of Downtown Bridgetown|
|Welchman Hall Gully||Park||6.6 mi. North-Northeast of Central Bridgetown|
Another idea is to visit some of the more interesting naturally occurring land formations. Other types of natural attractions on Barbados are displayed in the following chart.
|Reef||2.8 mi. Southeast of Central Bridgetown|
|Harbour||0.9 mi. Northwest of Downtown Bridgetown|
|Swamp||2.0 mi. East-Northeast of Central Atlantic Shores|
Keep in mind, Barbados has other attraction types. Use this link to find our guide to other interesting attractions for Barbados.
Nature lovers rejoice when they arrive in Barbados and discover all of the outdoor attractions that the island has to offer. Whether you venture into the dark world of the underground cave system, navigate the colorful flowerbeds of the island's numerous gardens, or get a close look at local wildlife at a natural reserve, Barbados will not disappoint.
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