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 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.

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 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.

Parks and Botanical Gardens

Orchid World

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.

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, 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
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 idea is to visit some of the more interesting area land formations. Other options like these in Bridgetown are displayed here:

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

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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