Natural Attractions in Barbados

Mother Nature played a hand in creating a lush natural habitat for plants and animals in Barbados to make their home

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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.

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Barbados Wildlife Reserve

Do you like spending time outside? You may be happy to learn the island has a few interesting nature preserves on it.

Folkstone Marine Park is a popular nature preserve Holetown, in western Barbados. 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.

Travelers hoping to locate a another great natural attraction will enjoy exploring opportunities like Barbados Wildlife Reserve. 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.

Farley Hill: Farley Hill, because of its cooling tree cover, well maintained property, and eye-catching scenery, is well loved in Barbados for special events and even just a picnic with family and friends. Guests staying on the island will find this a nice place to relax and explore some historic ruins.

Take a moment to read the chart below to learn more about nature preserves.

Nature Preserves and Hiking On Barbados
Name Type Location
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
Woodbourne Shorebird Reserve Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 0.4 mi. Northwest of Central St. Patricks


Harrison's Cave

Although most visitors are drawn by the beautiful coastline, those aren't the only way to experience the natural beauty of the land. Barbados offers some interesting choices, including a couple of caves.

You may enjoy visiting Harrison's Cave, which is located in Welchman Hall, in central Barbados. Harrison's Cave Signature Tram Tour The Tram Tour into Harrison's Cave takes you through the caves taverns and past beautiful clear streams and waterfalls aboard the tram. The tour lasts approximately one hour and is available all day between the hours of 8:45 a.m.

A second 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 directly below lists a few details regarding caves.

Caves On Barbados
Name Type Location
Animal Flower Cave Cave 1.1 mi. Northwest of Central Seaview
Harrison's Cave Cave Welchman Hall, Central Barbados

Parks and Botanical Gardens

Hunte's Garden

Travelers 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 popular choice in this category is Hunte's Garden. These private gardens are the pride and joy of owner Anthony Hunte. He invites guests to come and walk his very large garden.

The parks and gardens available are shown in the table below.

Parks and Gardens On Barbados
Name Type Location
Andromeda Botanical Gardens Botanical Garden St. Joseph Parish, Central Barbados
Errol Barrow Park 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
National Heroes Square Park Downtown 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

Land Formations

Another idea is to go see some of the more interesting area land formations. Other types of natural attractions on Barbados are listed directly below.

Land Formations On Barbados
Name Type Location
Accra Reef Reef 2.8 mi. Southeast of Central Bridgetown
Bridgetown Harbour Harbour 0.9 mi. Northwest of Downtown Bridgetown
Chancery Lane Swamp Swamp 2.0 mi. East-Northeast of Central Atlantic Shores

If you are seeking more points of interest beyond what's offered in this category, you can look at other locations. Readers can find out more about other attractions by visiting this page.

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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