Barbados’ beautiful beaches, vibrant culture and rich history offer visitors a treasure trove of experiences without breaking the bank. Explore its natural splendor through enchanting hidden gems such as Andromeda Botanic Gardens — an idyllic sanctuary featuring exotic plants and flowers — which showcase its natural grandeur.
Explore Harrison’s Cave, an exquisite crystallised limestone cavern adorned with eye-catching stalactite and stalagmite formations, for an interactive tram tour through its underground caves.
As Barbados continues to gain attention for its stunning beaches, there are also lesser-known spots on the island that promise an intimate, private experience. These hidden gems include Heywoods Beach and Bathsheba; both provide stunning scenery without as many crowds.
Heywoods Beach lies along the northernwestern coast of Barbados and is a serene sanctuary, ideal for relaxing and rejuvenating during your holiday in Barbados. Flanked by palm trees offering plenty of shade, Heywoods Beach makes for the ideal spot to unwind after swimming or just bask in its soft sand and warm sunshine.
Bathsheba in St Philip Parish is an absolute photographer and surfer’s delight, featuring dramatic rock formations and the world-famous Soup Bowl surf spot with its huge waves and heavy barrels that has hosted both local and international surfing competitions. Although Bathsheba may appear safe at first glance, swimming should not be attempted due to high waves with powerful currents that make bathsheba waves unpredictable and unsafe for swimming.
Archer’s Bay on the eastern coast is another hidden beach gem that lies tucked among cliffs – perfect for taking in stunning ocean views or strolling leisurely along its shoreline. Bring along your camera to capture its spectacular Caribbean sunsets at this idyllic beach retreat!
Archer’s Bay offers many activities to occupy your time during a picnic, from picturesque scenery and dining on delectable seafood or traditional island dishes, to exploring its nearby caves and cliffs for an exciting adventure. Not forgetting Harrison’s Cave which is one of the island’s popular attractions!
Hunte’s Gardens on Barbados’ eastern end is an absolute treat for all. Created by horticulturist Anthony Hunte, these spectacular gardens boast an incredible diversity of flowers and trees in a sinkhole-like gully. Wildlife of all sorts visit, from wild birds and Barbados lizards to Anthony’s rescue dog Flora; as you meander through its lush vegetation you may hear soothing classical piano music playing in the background as you discover this hidden treasure.
This garden paradise is a must-see destination for both visitors and locals. The grounds boast an incredible collection of tropical plants ranging from purple lilies, heliconias and orchids – plus more than 84 species/varieties of flora that can be found there! A large board at the entrance provides visitors with information on these magnificent blooms.
Hunte’s Gardens stand out with their emphasis on conservation and sustainability. The gardens were created to showcase and preserve nature while simultaneously encouraging eco-friendly practices throughout. Water from rain forest rainwater collection tanks feed into Hunte’s Gardens’ irrigation system while greenhouse waste can be recycled as compost for next season’s plantings.
While exploring the grounds, take note of all of the unique plant specimens dotted throughout the garden – some rare species! Additionally, over 30,000 multi-hued orchids reside here! There are also sculptures and art pieces to admire at this property.
If you’re in the mood for some retail therapy, there are multiple shops within the garden as well as an abundance of artisanal crafts such as jewelry and ceramics that you can purchase.
Just minutes from Hunte’s Gardens lies Welchman Hall Gully, one of the most stunning natural rain forests on the island. Perfect for postcard-perfect pictures or simply relaxing amid tranquil ambience.
Earthworks Pottery, an iconic hidden gem of Barbados, offers handmade pottery, ceramics and crafts perfect for souvenirs or gift giving to loved ones. Situated in Edgehill Heights and located just five minutes from Bridgetown.
St. Nicholas Abbey
Barbados’ long history has left visitors with many timeless treasures. These include historic plantations and stately homes that offer visitors a glimpse into its colonial past, like St. Nicholas Abbey – one of Barbados’ premier Jacobean plantation mansions – which also houses an on-site sugar museum, rum distillery, lush manicured grounds bursting with tropical plants and trees, plus more.
The Great House dates back to 17th-century Europe and remains a beautiful sight today. Inside are antiques such as an 1810 Coalport dinner service and Wedgwood portrait medallions; its grounds feature mahogany trees while its rum distillery uses traditional methods to produce its product, sold through its gift shop.
St. Nicholas Abbey stands out among Barbados attractions by acknowledging its history of slavery openly on its website – something few other attractions do. The property was indeed constructed using slave labor.
Once architect Larry Warren and his wife purchased the plantation in 2006, they turned it into a public museum showcasing Barbados’ history through sugar production and its connection to rum. Visitors are provided tours of the ground floor before touring the museum filled with interesting artifacts. There’s even a rum distillery here! Additionally, visitors can stop by their store to purchase products directly from this plantation such as molasses and jellies made with fruit grown on-site!
St. Nicholas Abbey offers much to discover within its sprawling grounds, and your ticket covers admission to five attractions: Take a ride on the heritage railway; visit the sugar museum and rum distillery; discover mahogany forests, herb gardens, and tropical flower beds on plantation; plus enjoy lunch in Terrace Cafe!
Less Frequented Beaches
Barbados may evoke images of palm trees swaying in the wind, sugar-white beaches with brilliant blue waters, flying fish aplenty and endless rum cocktails; yet this small Caribbean island holds many unforgettable surprises that will keep visitors coming back for more. Discovering all its treasures will leave you wanting more each time!
Barbados offers something for everyone – from serene beaches perfect for swimming to Atlantic surf and rugged coastline – but you must be wary not to miss any of its most breathtaking hidden gems! So to help you do just that, we’ve compiled this list of must-see spots if you want the experience of Barbados at its fullest.
Holiday retreats: Barbados villas that are situated along the southeast coast, offer an enthralling experience with stunning views of crystal-clear waters and swaying palm trees. Perfect for postcard photos, romantic picnics or simply relaxing amid nature – this beach villa provides an excellent escape!
Bottom Bay: Situated on the southeastern corner of Barbados, this exquisite beach is an undiscovered treasure that makes an ideal spot for sunbathing and relaxation away from crowds. Rocky cliffs give this hidden oasis an intimate vibe, and its lack of facilities means it makes an excellent place for picnic lunches!
Earthworks Pottery: As its name suggests, Earthworks Pottery in Barbados is a pottery studio where visitors can watch local artisans at work using natural clay. Visitors will see vibrant hues such as sea blues and greens, sunshine yellows, coral pinks, and beyond come alive on each piece created in this exquisite studio, reflecting Barbados’ vibrant beauty.
Edgehill Heights’ charming shop, one of Bermuda’s best-kept secrets, is sure to charm all arts and craft lovers within your group. Inside it awaits an extensive collection of ceramic items made using traditional techniques – plates and mugs as well as chattel house shaped sugar pots made here will delight! A visit will certainly satisfy their artistic cravings!