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 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.

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 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.

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

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.

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 interesting naturally occurring land formations. Other types of natural attractions on Barbados are displayed in the following chart.

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

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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