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 want to enjoy part of your vacation seeing the local flaura and fauna? You may be happy to learn the island has several nature preserves on it.
Folkstone Marine Park is a popular 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 wanting to locate a another great natural attraction will be interested in seeing 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: 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.
Look through the table just below for more information about your options.
|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 travelers have heard about the beaches, 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. 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 one of the oldest tourist attractions in Barbados. It was discovered in 1780 and steps leading down into the cave were built for easier access in 1912.
The following chart summarizes more information about caves.
|Animal Flower Cave||Cave||1.1 mi. Northwest of Central Seaview|
|Harrison's Cave||Cave||Welchman Hall, Central Barbados|
Vacationers can experience one of the many parks, as well as 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.
Another attraction 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 worth considering are shown in the chart 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 go see some of the more interesting naturally occurring land formations. Fully natural attractions like these on Barbados are listed in the table below.
|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 attractions. For more about other attractions, go to this article.
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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