Bridgetown, the island's capital, is said to have been founded in
1628 when 64 settlers first arrived to claim 10,000 acres of land.
Some of Bridgetown's first streets survive today and bear their
original names, notably High Street, Palmetto Street, Swan Street,
James Street, Reed Street, Tudor Street and White's Alley. The best
time to head into Bridgetown is around 9:00am before the midday heat
and after the morning rush hour traffic. You can spend the morning
shopping, enjoy a lunch in town and still have the afternoon free to
relax on the beach.
Located at the Bridgetown cruise
terminal, A visit to the BTA (Barbados Tourism Authority)
Information Office can offer useful advice on any aspect of your
day, from the cost of bus fare, to information on the "must-see"
attractions of Barbados.
Following are some points of
interest are close to the Cruise Terminal.
usually open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(Mon. - Fri.), and 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or 2:00 p.m. (Sat). They
are usually closed on Sundays. Duty-free Shops and Carts: Over 20
large duty-free shops and 16 colorful pushcarts offer a range of
items, including jewelry and watches, fine china and crystal,
electronic goods and perfumes, and handicrafts and baked goods. Shop
in air-conditioned comfort as you purchase tax-free merchandise, at
prices typically 30% to 50% less than in Europe and North America. .
Banks in Barbados are open Monday to Thursday 8:00
a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday. Banks
located in supermarkets are generally open longer hours in the week
and on Saturdays. Most banks have an ATM machine by which visitors
may use their bank or credit cards to obtain cash. Cardholders must
key in their Personal Identification Numbers (PINS) when requesting
cash advances. Cash will be dispensed in local currency only. This
facility is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at any bank
Chattel House Village
Outside the main entrance to
the cruise terminal is a village made up of Barbados' historic
chattel houses. The small, brightly painted houses are now filled
with artists and small business entrepreneurs who sell tee shirts
and handicrafts to cruise passengers. The unique village also
includes two restaurants, perfect for lunch, or that late afternoon
snack on your way back to the ship.
five-minute walk from the Cruise Terminal Pelican Craft Center is
dedicated to the arts and crafts of Barbados comprised of 25 retail
shops, a gallery and annex, a wine bar and bistro, a restaurant and
an artist wall. The Pelican Workshops are where visitors can see
firsthand the creativity of our craftsmen including pottery,
woodcarving, basketry and straw work, fine art, glass blowing,
weaving, moulded figure-making, sewing and cigar making. The Center
is also the home of the Pelican Dooflicky, a festive carnival event
replete with pageantry and culture, staged weekly during the tourist
The Parliament Buildings were
built in 1871, after the fire of 1860. The original clock tower was
demolished in 1884 and was rebuilt two years later in the west wing.
The wing also houses public offices. The east wing (on the right)
houses the Senate and the House of Assembly and has stained glass
windows depicting British monarchs.
National Heroes Square
This square is a tribute to the heroes of Bajan society. Until April
1999 it was called Trafalgar Square, and the statue of Lord Nelson
was erected there in 1813. Nelson had sailed to Barbados in 1805,
only months before he died in the battle of Trafalgar.
A sanctuary in the midst of a bustling city. The two-storey
house in the park was once the home of the commander of British
troops stationed in the West Indies. It was built in 1786 and it now
houses a theatre and art gallery. In the playground there is a
massive Baobab tree, which is 18 meters in circumference, and
probably came from Africa during the days of slavery.
St. Michael Cathedral (Anglican)
between 1660 and 1665 and noted for its arched roof and artifacts,
as well as for the many famous and distinguished Bajans buried in
its churchyard. St. Michael Cathedral is a living history of the
The Jewish Synagogue
Dating back to
1654, it represents the oldest synagogue in the western hemisphere.
Recently restored it was the recipient of the American Express
Caribbean Heritage Award, 1990.
St. Patrick's Cathedral
After the destruction of the original church by fire
in 1897, the present church was erected through subscriptions and
donations from Government, Protestants, Jews and Catholics. Opened
17th March, 1899, elevated to the status of a Cathedral on 18th
Located just 1/2 mile
by road from the Bridgetown Port on the west coast of the island,
this approximately 1.5 mile long stretch of white sands offers a
tranquil place to relax in the sun or calm waters to bathe. The
Weisers Beach Bar on the beach provides lunch, dinner, watersports
and volleyball court for patrons.
Carlisle Bay Beach
Approximately 3 miles long and located just a mile from the
Bridgetown port, this beach has a spot that's right for you. You can
make use of the services provided by the Bayshore Complex, The
Boatyard or the Carlisle Bay Center.
Cricket at Kensington
Cricket is one of the leading sports played in Barbados. The
largest cricket ground in Barbados is the Kensington Oval, Pickwick
Gap, St. Michael. This ground is approximately a 15-minute walk from
the Cruise Terminal.
Other attractions further away from the
cruise terminal include:
The only cave of
its kind in the Caribbean and unexplored until 1970, this leading
attraction is claimed by experts to be among the wonders of the
world. Offering public tours with a special tram, the cave houses
limestone caverns carved by the steady forces of nature, yielding a
network of underground streams. A vast cavern boasts underground
streams and a 40-foot waterfall plunging into a lagoon. Colored
lighting accents arches and prehistoric formations
Located on the rugged east coast, Bathsheba affords splendid
landscapes, as the coastline is strewn with detached masses of rock
over which the Atlantic rollers break, forming cascades of foam.
Barbados Wildlife Reserve
The reserve is a mahogany forest
where animals live in freedom. Visitors can catch a glimpse of the
Barbados green monkey, plus otters, mongooses, porcupines and deer,
among other creatures.
Andromeda Botanic Gardens
Botanic Gardens is nestled on a cliff overlooking the east coast on
six acres of carefully landscaped grounds with lavishly colored
palms, orchids, exotics and shrubs. They represent what is perhaps
the best collection of indigenous and exotic tropical flowers and
plants to be found anywhere in the Caribbean.
Barbados is naturally blessed with over 70 miles
of sun-drenched, palm-fringed beaches with crystal clear turquoise
water and a year-round climate that is as close to perfection as you
can get. The waters around Barbados are ideal for swimming, scuba
diving, parasailing and snorkeling.
in the former British Detention Barracks, this distinctive museum
traces the island's evolution from 16th century times to the
present, featuring fine natural history exhibition galleries,
historic maps and art installations, as well as shops and courtyard
cafes. Many of the museum's galleries are housed in renovated prison
cells and there is also a live theatre show in the courtyard
entitled, "1627 and all that."
Sir Frank Hutson Sugar Museum
Inside a modern sugar factory, the museum features a collection of
restored machinery gathered from island sugar cane plantations. Also
witness today's process of grinding cane at the adjoining Portvale
These are just some of the attractions
available in Barbados to visiting cruise passengers.
Barbados is 166 square miles, divided into 11 parishes.
With over 3,000 hours of sunshine yearly, the
weather is almost always sunny and warm, cooled by the constant
northeast trade winds. The average daytime temperature ranges
between 84-88 degrees Fahrenheit, 29-31 degrees Celsius. Summer
temperatures rarely exceed 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees
Driving in Barbados is on the
left side of the road and the majority of vehicles are "right hand
drive." The island has an extensive road network of about 1,475 km
of paved roads. A highway links the north and the south of the
island. There are a number of ways to get around the island by hired
car, taxis and buses; all are safe, reliable and convenient.