Barbados is one of those rare places that can stir the heart and awaken the senses of any traveller; its overwhelming natural beauty is like a palpable, revitalising force.
Mature travellers who have the time to truly absorb the island’s wonders will be rewarded with a deep and abiding sense of awe. Holidays to Barbados can be fun, but they can also be so much more; they can be inspiring! There’s so much to see on the island that the hardest question to answer is simply “where do I start?”
Andromeda Botanic Gardens
The gardens contain over six hundred species of exotic plants, many of which sport colourful flowers and curious adaptations. Take your time to marvel at the intricate glory of Barbados’ plant-life and adjust yourself to the rhythms of the natural world. Remember; it’s only a small taste of what’s to come!
Farley Hill National Park
Once you’ve prepared yourself for the beauty of the island by visiting the Botanic Gardens, your next step should be to visit the Farley Hill National Park. Amid the verdant plant life and delicate, jewel-like flowers, you will spy haunting, overgrown ruins. These ruins are a silent testament to the island’s history and are draped in mystique. The interplay of nature with the ruins creates a sense that you are walking in a lost world. In the national park, you will find a timeless sense of solitude and peace: embrace it and let it rejuvenate you.
While Barbados’ offers incredible sights on land, to truly experience the island you must take to the sea. Barbados is an island nation, and its history and nature are tied to the ocean. As such, we suggest that you take a break from sightseeing on the island itself to take a catamaran cruise around it. As you relax on deck, you can soak in the sun and observe Barbados from a distance. Seen from the sea, the isle’s inimitable allure can be appreciated in full.
Diving and snorkelling
Having acquired your sea legs, if you’re feeling adventurous you may enjoy diving beneath the surface. The island’s waves conceal stunning reefs and eerie wreck sites, all of which teem with vibrantly coloured fish and surprising sea-life. If you choose to explore the submerged world around Barbados’ coast, you will be treated to a truly inspiring and incomparable experience.
Alternatively, you could stay a little closer to the ocean’s surface and go swimming with Barbados’ friendly giant turtles. Many of the tours available on the island offer you the chance to strap on a snorkel and join the turtles on the surface. Swimming with these stunning marine animals is about more than just observing nature; it’s about being a part of it! You’re likely to walk away from the experience with a new-found sense of connection to the natural world.
When you’re ready to head back to dry land, we recommend a contemplative walk around the island’s rugged northwest coast. After witnessing the riotous colours of Barbados’ marine life, you can savour the contrast offered by this bleaker (but equally stunning) region. The stark grandeur of the coast is a reminder that Barbados offers many different kinds of beauty, and that all are worthy of attention.
Perhaps the strangest kind of beauty on the island is not found on land or beneath the sea, but underground. Harrison’s Cave offers an eye-opening voyage through some of the world’s most striking geological wonders. The cave is formed from crystallised limestone, and contains an abundant array of towering stalagmites and stalactites, as well as gorgeous flowstones. Gentle underground streams and deep, clear pools glitter and sparkle within this exquisite structure. Harrison’s Cave is the perfect way to conclude your trip to the island as it is guaranteed to take your breath away and leave you with a lasting sense of wonder.
From its exotic flora and fauna to its majestic coastlines, reefs and even its mysterious caves and ruins, Barbados is truly one of the world’s most stunning islands. A holiday to this jewel of the Caribbean isn’t just fun; it’s uplifting, inspiring and life-affirming.