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

Photo credit: © Gary Wood

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 outdoors? You might be pleased to know the island has several interesting nature preserves on it.

Folkstone Marine Park is a great 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.

Vacationers wanting to locate a another great natural attraction should consider visiting 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 minute to read the table below if you want more information.

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 enjoy the natural wonders available. Barbados offers some great options, including a couple of caves.

You may enjoy visiting Harrison's Cave, which is found within 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 to consider 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 table directly below lists a few details concerning 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

Flower Forest

Guests can experience one of the many parks, as well as 5 botanical gardens on Barbados.

To surround yourself with beautiful tropical vegetation, you might want to visit Flower Forest, which is found on St. Thomas Parish, in central Barbados. They are located about 2 km away from the famous Harrison's Caves.

A second popular attraction in this category is King George V Memorial Park. 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.

The parks and gardens worth looking into are shown down 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 visit some of the more popular naturally occurring land formations. Fully natural attractions like these on Barbados can be seen here:

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

Bear in mind, you'll be able to find a nice selection of attraction types available too. Those interested can get more information about other attractions here.

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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