The beauty of Barbados is truly unmatched. Apart from its outstanding beaches, this island is home to stunning caves, historical sites, lush gardens and plantations, a wildlife preserve, and numerous points of interest in the capital city of Bridgetown. For all of the nature lovers out there, here are 9 Top Nature Spots to visit when you come to Barbados.
Animal Flower Cave
The Animal Flower Cave is a geological wonder not to be missed in Barbados. Located at the most northerly point of the island, it affords fantastic views of coastal scenery where the Atlantic swells make their first landfall and pound the beautiful coral limestone cliffs of Barbados. If you are hungry during your visit, try out some delicious bites at the restaurant overlooking the cliff.
Welchman Hall Gully
Welchman Hall Gully provides a beautiful mile-long walk through a walkway of flourishing tropical trees, plants and flowers that are well labelled. Visitors can hike along the trails, relax, enjoy the tranquillity, or enjoy a picnic. Troops of Barbados Green Monkeys that have made the gully their home can also be spotted throughout the day.
At the heart of Barbados lies one of its greatest wonders, Harrison’s Cave. This breathtakingly beautiful limestone cavern is a testament to nature’s mastery. Journey by tram or take a guided walk through the cave past streams, waterfalls, crystal clear pools and towering columns and stone formations. Take advantage when you visit by going above ground via the new zip line and adventure trail. It’s great for adrenaline junkies.
Located 750 feet above sea level, the Flower Forest is a well-tended nature reserve of mature rain forest planted with various tropical flowers and trees. Visitors of all ages can take a leisurely stroll along the path and enjoy some spectacular panoramic views of Barbados’ dramatic Scotland District and the east coast.
This stunning garden is located in lush scenic highlands close to Barbados’ Scotland District. Visitors may wander through the lush gardens and enjoy a cup of tea or a rum punch or bring along a picnic and settle down to drink in the atmosphere comfortably seated in one of the several areas designed for that purpose.
Andromeda Botanical Gardens
A journey through this enchanting seaside landscape in Bathsheba reveals surprises around every corner. Created by award-winning horticulturist Iris Bannochie who planted an unparalleled variety of plants collected from around the world, this garden
Barbados Wildlife Reserve
The Barbados Wildlife Reserve has a beautiful mahogany forest, a reserved habitat, where you can observe a broad cross-section of wildlife (including many Barbados Green Monkeys) at close quarters in their own environment. Except for the enormous pythons and boas, the animals are not caged and go about their daily business as if they were entirely in the wild.
Farley Hill National Park
Farley Hill offers both a glimpse at the island’s long colonial history and a truly eerie experience amidst the swaying mahogany groves in the middle of Barbados. The centrepiece of the preserve is the dilapidated manor house, which was completely ravaged by fire in the 1960s. There are also plenty of walking paths around Farley Hill, spots for lunch picnics, panoramic lookouts over the east coast, and a series of music festivals and events to enjoy throughout the year.
Coco Hill Forest
This 53-acre rainforest overlooking the East Coast of Barbados consists of Bamboo groves, hundreds of Royal Palms and tree ferns. They grow coconuts, bananas, coffee, cocoa and pineapples, and numerous tropical fruit trees, herbs and spices on the grounds. A guided hike and tour are offered to guests to explore the rainforest.
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