Despite being the central city on the island of Barbados, Bridgetown is also within easy reach of numerous natural attractions which allow visitors to explore the importance of the local eco-system. This includes the marine world, for which there are numerous underwater sites to be seen by those keen to try out snorkeling and diving.
Do you want to enjoy part of your vacation under the open sky? You may be happy to learn the area has several interesting nature preserves nearby.
Folkstone Marine Park is a great nature preserve located in Holetown, 6.5 mi. North of central Bridgetown. 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.
|Folkstone Marine Park||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||Holetown, 6.5 mi. North of Central Bridgetown||Barbados|
Although most visitors to the area are attracted by the beautiful coastline, those aren't the only way to experience the area's natural beauty. The one example is Harrison's Cave. It is located in Welchman Hall, 6.7 mi. North-Northeast of central Bridgetown. Naturally made caves have a certain air of mystery, and are certainly fascinating. Harrison's Cave is one such attraction.
Visitors can also visit several parks, as well as 5 botanical gardens in and around Bridgetown.
Queen's Park is found in the heart of Bridgetown. While Queen's Park has a long history of having been passed from the care of one government organization to another, it has always been simply a well-cared for and beautiful place for children to play and adults to enjoy the scenery.
Another popular attraction in this category is Lazaretto Gardens. Guests who visit Lazaretto Gardens will see plenty of native and non-native plants, all set along a path. While it is no hiking trail, the gardens do give a taste of a nature and a chance to get an idea of what kind of plants were growing before Barbados was developed.
The parks and gardens available are summarized in the following table.
|Andromeda Botanical Gardens||Botanical Garden||St. Joseph Parish, 10.2 mi. Northeast of Central Bridgetown|
|Park||2.5 mi. East of Central Bridgetown|
|Flower Forest||Botanical Garden||St. Thomas Parish, 7.4 mi. North-Northeast of Central Bridgetown|
|Hunte's Garden||Botanical Garden||St. Thomas Parish, 8.0 mi. Northeast of Central Bridgetown|
|Lazaretto Gardens||Botanical Garden||Wanstead, 2.7 mi. North-Northwest of Central Bridgetown|
|Orchid World||Botanical Garden||6.3 mi. Northeast of Central Bridgetown|
|Queen's Park||Park||0.6 mi. East of Downtown Bridgetown|
|Welchman Hall Gully||Park||Welchman Hall, 6.6 mi. North-Northeast of Central Bridgetown|
Another idea is to visit some of the more interesting area land formations. Other options like these in Bridgetown are displayed here:
|Reef||2.8 mi. Southeast of Central Bridgetown|
|Harbour||0.9 mi. Northwest of Downtown Bridgetown|
Needless to say, Bridgetown offers other attraction types. Click on this link to visit our page regarding other interesting attractions for Bridgetown.
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