Natural Attractions in Bridgetown

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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. 

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Do you like being out in the fresh air? You may be pleased to know the area has a few interesting nature preserves nearby.

Folkstone Marine Park is a nature preserve located within 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.

Nature Preserves and Hiking Near Bridgetown
Name Type Location Island
Folkstone Marine Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve Holetown, 6.5 mi. North of Central Bridgetown Barbados


Harrison's Cave

Although most visitors to the area have heard about the beautiful coastline, that isn't the only way to enjoy the area's natural wonders. One such example is Harrison's Cave. It is located within Welchman Hall, 6.7 mi. North-Northeast of central Bridgetown. <p>Naturally made caves have a certain air of mystery, and are certainly fascinating. Harrison's Cave is one such attraction.</p>

Parks and Botanical Gardens

Orchid World

Travelers can also experience several parks, as well as 5 botanical gardens in and around Bridgetown.

Queen's Park is located 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.

A second 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 worth looking into are displayed below.

Parks and Gardens In and Around Bridgetown
Name Type Location
Andromeda Botanical Gardens Botanical Garden St. Joseph Parish, 10.2 mi. Northeast of Central Bridgetown
Errol Barrow Park Park 2.5 mi. East of Central Bridgetown
Flower Forest Botanical Garden St. Thomas Parish, 8.1 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
National Heroes Square Park Downtown 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

Land Formations

Another fun idea is to visit some of the more popular naturally occurring land formations. Fully natural attractions like these in Bridgetown are provided in the table below.

Land Formations In Bridgetown
Name Type Location
Accra Reef Reef 2.8 mi. Southeast of Central Bridgetown
Bridgetown Harbour Harbour 0.9 mi. Northwest of Downtown Bridgetown

If you are seeking more attractions beyond this category, you can expand your planning horizon. To read a more complete discussion of other attractions, visit this page.


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