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Exotic Barbados Island Tour

1. Exotic Barbados Island Tour

Explore the unparalleled beauty and historic treasures of Barbados on this scenic tour around the perimeter of the island. Beginning in the social and commercial hub of the island's capital, Bridgetown, you'll get the chance to delve into the rich history of Bridgetown's Garrison, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See first-hand why some of the world's wealthiest people have made Barbados's turquoise beaches their home as the tour takes you up the west coast to Holetown, the first British settlement, and on to the quaint seaside town of Speightstown. Next, it's a taste of truly unique Barbados beauty: on the northern tip of the island you'll find the Animal Flower Cave, an accessible ocean cave with steps leading inside, a coral floor, sea anemones and natural rock pools. From the seas to the skies, grab your camera for sweeping views from Cherry Tree Hill, indulge in a refreshing rum punch and devour a delicious Caribbean buffet lunch while taking in the East Coast breeze. You'll want to keep your camera handy for the rugged Scotland District, famous soup bowl surf spot, breathtaking panoramic views at St. John's Parish Church and guided tour of a local plantation house.

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Barbados: Tour of Harrison's Cave & Hunte's Gardens

2. Barbados: Tour of Harrison's Cave & Hunte's Gardens

Harrisons Cave is described by the Barbados Tourism Encyclopedia as one of the Seven Wonders of Barbados. First, see an amazing gallery of stalactites hanging from the roof of the cave, and stalagmites that emerge from the ground that have formed over hundreds of years. You will journey through the cave in a tram car and see beautiful pools, streams, and waterfalls along the way. This is a natural wonder and not to be missed. From there you will journey to the magnificent Hunte’s Botanical Gardens. You will meander along the pathways and find many surprises amongst the lush tropical plants. The rare exotic foliage grows densely in this landscaped gully and hidden amongst them are antiques and other beautiful decorative pieces. You just might spot the occasional bird or animal who love the place as much as you will - it is truly an enchanting experience. Lastly, you will be served refreshments and take in a scenic view of the Barbados landscape.

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Bridgetown: Carlisle Bay Clear Kayak Shipwreck Tour

3. Bridgetown: Carlisle Bay Clear Kayak Shipwreck Tour

The tour will begin from Harbour Lights in Carlisle Bay. From here, you'll head to a location where green sea turtles and hawksbill turtles are regularly spotted. From there, you'll journey to three different shipwrecks, which are all located close to shore. Here, you'll have a perfect view of the wrecks through your clear kayaks. Be amazed as you learn the interesting history of the wrecks and how they ended up at their final resting place. Finally, head to back to shore for a complimentary rum punch on the beach.

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Oistins Fish Fry Experience from Bridgetown, Barbados

4. Oistins Fish Fry Experience from Bridgetown, Barbados

Enjoy a quick and comfortable transfer from your hotel or villa to Oistins, where you'll be shown around this charming fishing community and escorted to a reserved table at one of the excellent local restaurants. Soak up the lively atmosphere, dining on the specialty fresh fish – stopping off only at the barbecue on its way from the sea to your plate! Or else try one of the many other delectable regional dishes, with vegetarians catered for too, all whilst sampling the beer, rum and culture. After dinner and drinks, you'll have time for a post-meal stroll, while perusing the vendor stalls of hand crafts and souvenirs and savoring the vibrant nightlife of this wonderful corner of the Caribbean. Then rendezvous with your escort at the agreed time and place for the return trip to Bridgetown.

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Barbados: 4.5-Hour Private Customized Island Tour

5. Barbados: 4.5-Hour Private Customized Island Tour

Depending on the attractions and scenic views that interest you, your guide will put together a special route to meet your requirements and take you on a private discovery tour on Barbados. Be chauffeured around the island in a private vehicle as you visit attractions and take in spectacular views. Head to the inland of the island if you prefer, or opt for the coasts. Some places of interest for your 4.5-hour tour are Oistin Town, Garrison Savannah, Barbados Museum, George Washington House, and the Parliament Museum. Travel at your own pace with your guide. On the west coast, visit Historic Bridgetown, Agapey Chocolate Factory, Pelican Art and Craft Centre, Nidhe Isreal Synagogue, the Kensington Oval, the cricket Legends Museum and the Mount Gay visitor centre, Holetown, St. James Anglican Church, Speightstown, and the Arlington House Museum. On the north coast, visit Animal Flower Cave, St. Nicholas Abbey Plantation, the Wildlife Reserve, Farley Hill Park, Cherry Tree Hill, and the Morgan Lewis Sugar Mill. Opt to stop at Bathsheba, Andromeda Gardens, St. John's Anglican Church, Codrington Collage, Sunbury Great House Plantation, Four Square Rum Factory and Banks Brewery. See Harrison's Cave, Welchman Hall Gully, Earth Works Pottery and Batik Studio, the Flower Forest, Huntes Gardens, Gun Hill Signal Station, Orchid World, and St. George Valley. Popular beaches to visit are Crane Beach, Miami Beach, Rockley Beach, Carlisle Bay, Pirates Cove, Paynes Bay, and Mullins Beach.

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Barbados: Rum Distillery Tour and Mount Gay Visitor Center

6. Barbados: Rum Distillery Tour and Mount Gay Visitor Center

Start your tour at the magnificent Foursquare Rum Distillery where you will meet your friendly and informative guide. Once a working sugar factory in the 15th century, Foursquare now pays tribute to the many aspects of Barbadian history. You will learn about the various stages of rum making and enjoy samples of their amazing rums at the bar. Then, let your guide introduce you to a quintessential Bajan rum shop. There are about 1,200 of these rum shops scattered across the island. These village shops provide everything—groceries, bread, provisions—and are a local meeting place. Locals meet to drink rum, play dominoes, and to talk with good friends. Immerse yourself in this traditional Barbadian experience.  Stop at the Mount Gay Visitor Center at the end of your tour.

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Barbados: 5-Hour Island Tour with Lunch and Drinks

7. Barbados: 5-Hour Island Tour with Lunch and Drinks

Your tour will take you through historic Bridgetown and to the Garrison, which is now a World Heritage Site. Head north from here along the western coast, known by the locals as the Platinum Coast because of the number of million-dollar homes in the area. Holetown, the next site of interest, was the first British settlement. Stop at St. James Anglican Church, built on the site of the first place of worship on Barbados. As you leave the west coast and travel to the northern tip of the island, your next stop is the Animal Flower Cave where you will see crashing waves against the cliff. You then head off to St. Nicholas Abbey Plantation. Enjoy a guided tour of the plantation house and its rum distillery. You’ll be offered a complimentary rum or fruit punch and also have a chance to taste their magnificent non-blended rum. You will then stop for lunch and drinks at a local restaurant. Continue east along the shoreline and experience the full force of the Atlantic Ocean crashing onto the island. At breathtaking Bathsheba you’ll see the famous surfing spot known as the Soup Bowl. This is a surfers’ paradise, featuring mushroom-shaped boulders offshore.

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The Development of a City – Bridgetown: A Walking Tour

8. The Development of a City – Bridgetown: A Walking Tour

On this tour you will be taken on a journey that will include how the city got its name and end when it got its independence 50 years ago.  A picture is first painted of the space now called Independence Square before homage is paid to the unceremonial "burial ground" of the slaves as they landed on the island.  The "Blackwood Screw dock" is the next stop before heading to on of two of the "bridges" in the city. Celebrating achievements such at running water into the city at "the fountain", recognizing the sacrifices of the men of the two world wars at "the Cenotaph" occur before the stately "Parliament Buidlings" are revealed in story. The story of the "birth of rum" is next before the "Jewish ancentors" are recognized.  The commercial activity on the popular "Swan Street" is shared as the "oldest street" in Bridgetown in explored. This is followed by the "oldest church" and the "Town Hall".  The magnificent "Mutual Building" waits patiently to share all her stories then attention is turned to another "street of commercial significance" before the spirit of the wharf and "the Spirit Bond" shares her story.  A stroll along the boardwalk takes you back to the start where the story of "Independence "is told to end an exciting tour.   

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Bridgetown: Atlantic Coast Train Line Hike and Bike Tour

9. Bridgetown: Atlantic Coast Train Line Hike and Bike Tour

The adventure begins with pickup from your island accommodation or a convenient meeting point. Arrive at the sleepy fishing village of Tent Bay, characterized by the stunning scenery of the Scottish District that is so wonderfully different to other parts of the island. From Tent Bay embark on a 6 km hike along the rugged East Coast of the island, following the former train line that existed between Bridgetown and Belleplaine in the late 1800s. Along the way, soak up breathtaking panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and learn about the history and heritage of Barbados from your expert guides. The hike ends at Bath Beach where you’ll hop on your electric bike and start the second part of the tour. Travel along hilly tracks and the coastal cliffs of Forteqsue, passing through Conset Cutting. Arrive at a scenic lookout point and marvel at the incredible view of Culpepper Island before heading back to Bath Beach for some well-deserved complimentary drinks and a swim in the sea.

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Barbados: Folkestone Coral Reef Clear Kayak Tour

10. Barbados: Folkestone Coral Reef Clear Kayak Tour

The tour will begin at Surfside Beach on the stunning west coast of Barbados. Take in views of the most picturesque shorelines in Barbados as you journey to one of the best snorkelling spots on the island, Folkestone Marine Park. Here, you'll discover a hidden world below the surface as you paddle in a crystal clear kayak over a coral reef surrounded by tropical fish. This protected reef is home to Sea Lilies, Green Sea Turtles and many fish including Sergeant Majors, Blue Tangs and Parrot Fish. To end this truly memorable experience, you will head back to shore where you will be served a complimentary rum punch on the beach.

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Barbados is one of the most popular destinations in the Caribbean, due to its beautiful scenery and high standard of living. There are many excursions for travelers to this island nation to take advantage of, no matter what their interests may be.

One place tourists will want to go in Barbados is Harrisons Cave. This cave has fascinating views of illuminated caverns, rock formations, and beautiful waters cascading around the cave surfaces in the form of waterfalls.
Fans of history will also appreciate a tour from Bridgetown to St. Nicholas Abbey, which traces its history back to the first decades of Barbados' settling. Travelers also will enjoy touring the nearby Flower Forest and the EarthWorks Pottery.

There are many options for people who want to discover the hidden jewels of the island, including the beautiful beaches, such as Accra Beach and Miami Beach. Participants in this tour will also visit Cherry Tree Hill North Point, both the East and West Coasts of the island, and St. Johns Church.

Barbados also has a remarkable attraction for anyone interested in seeing exotic animals, known as the Barbados Wildlife Reserve, home to the island's famous green tail monkeys. This excursion also allows tourists to go for a swim with the sea turtles that populate the West Coast waters and experience the breathtaking coral reefs.

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