If you are planning a holiday in Barbados, it is likely that you already know which beaches you will visit, which golf courses to book a tee time or two, and which restaurants rate as the “must try” destinations. However, even with all the writing and coverage of this lovely island’s “best” experiences, there are some hidden gems and even overlooked experiences that just can’t be missed.
If you are paying your first visit to Barbados, or your hundredth, you may enjoy learning about these lesser known, but impressive and appealing destinations.
This is the creation of famous horticulturist Anthony Hunte. It dates to the 1950s, so is mature and impressive. It was only recently opened to the public, and is something that can easily rival the more famous and frequently visited Andromeda Garden. Full of native species, it is home to both plants and animals.
Though many more know about this destination, many don’t make a point of visiting or planning a visit at the ideal time. Head here as early as you can in the morning and avoid any crowds. This is a place to take your time and marvel at the amazing stalagmites and natural growths. Also, take time to enjoy the nature trails. Few visitors realize how unique the setting is, and don’t take advantage of the scenery that surrounds you as you exit the park. Also, skip the snack bar and restaurant here. Instead, stop by the restaurant just outside the entrance. This is a great way to try the local dishes prepared in the iconic ways.
Welchman Hall Gully
It is astonishing that so few people visit this wonderful, natural gully. It is packed with native flora and fauna, and is a self-guided tour that lets you take all the time you want as you explore this otherworldly setting. It is remarkably quiet and incredibly peaceful here, and if you are quiet and calm enough, you may see the charming green monkeys that make this gully their home. There are feeding platforms, and monkeys do visit during the day, but little compares with catching glimpses of them playing together and grooming away from the formal viewing areas.
Animal Flower Cave
This is not a place full of animals but a wonderful destination in which you can see the amazing array of sea anemones that live in the shallow pools just inside the cave’s entrance. Don’t ignore the exterior of the cave either, and be sure that you pay a visit to the different vendors and food booths, as well as finer dining spots, which have appeared nearby. In fact, you may want to book an entire day in the area to be sure you enjoy shopping for crafts, nibbling local goodies and favorite dishes and taking in the lovely sights.
Barbados has some amazing beaches and these vary between the well-known favorites and the lesser known gems. However, Bathsheba is one beach that just cannot be missed. It is situated along the east coast and is noted for its natural, stunning rock formations that appear to be sculptures strategically placed and quite stunning. There are no services here, so be sure to pack a picnic and some drinks and enjoy a bit of time taking in the otherworldly scenery here.
The Flower Forest
More than 50 acres of protected botanical forest create a breathtaking experience. It is home to severely endangered plants, and you may be lucky enough to see the famous Torch Lilies in bloom. The views here are quite astonishing and it is likely that you might see a wedding or special event here during a visit.
This list represents but a few of the amazing and often overlooked destinations on Barbados. Give one or two a try and really put the perfect finishing touch on your holiday.