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$98 Tours & Sightseeing

Beautiful Coastal Sightseeing Tour of Barbados

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Barbados Garrison, Bridgetown, Saint Michael Parish, BarbadosThe Garrison Historic Area From 1655 large fleets of British ships and soldiers were visiting and Barbados making it there base of operation. In the early years there were no barracks for them or provisions, the care and expense of the officers fell in the hands of Barbadians themselves. After repeated visits this became quite burdensome especially considering it was at a time when the island was quite impoverished. The legislature of Barbados was moved to petition the British government for a permanent garrison to be built on the island. It was not until 1780 that it was finally decided by the British Government to station a permanent garrison on the island. It was eventually decided that the Garrisons should be built near Charles Fort and St Anne’s Castle. 16 acres were purchased in 1789 and construction began by the early 19th century most of the buildings had been completed and had grown to cover 64 acres. The Garrison in Barbados is in fact the largest in the Caribbean.Many of the buildings were constructed of London brick brought out as ballast in ships which returned with sugar. Some 60 of the original buildings are still in existence today. The Savannah of itself was a very rocky area where many crabs lived. It had to be filled in and leveled for the troops to practice on. It was also the birthplace of cricket in Barbados and today serves as the islands racetrack.On November 30th 1966 Barbados was led into Independence by the then Premier Errol Walton Barrow, officially celebrating the achievement of nationhood as a sovereign and independent state within the CommonwealthDuration: 10 minutesStop At: Enterprise (Miami) Beach, Oistins, Christ Church Parish, BarbadosMiami Beach, Barbados, near the town of Oistins, is a popular sandy beach in Barbados. It is located on the south coast of the island, with usually calm waters and brilliant sunset views. On its north side is Enterprise Beach, a much more sheltered bay popular with families.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Foul Bay, Saint Philip Parish, BarbadosSome say the name “Foul Bay” was given to this beautiful beach because up to the mid-1950s fishermen used to sell their catch on Foul Bay Beach. The fish was de-scaled and gutted on the spot. The smell was foul, hence the name. Others say Foul Bay it is an adaptation of the original name Fowl Bay which itself originated from the large number of migrating birds that once nested in a swamp located in the area.Foul Bay was the location where the famous Harp Gun was off loaded from a ship and then transported to its location at Paragon. Train tracks were laid to aid in transporting the gunDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Bathsheba Beach, Bathsheba, Saint Joseph Parish, BarbadosBathsheba is located on the Eastern coastline of Barbados. It is said that this area was named after the wife of King David whose name was “Bathsheba”. Legend has it that she bathed in milk to keep her skin beautiful and soft, and the rolling surf waters of Bathsheba’s “Soup Bowl” resembled Bathsheba’s bath. The area is popular with surfers. It is a popular area for locals and visitors alike and is dotted with several seaside cottages.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Codrington College, Saint John Parish, BarbadosChristopher Codrington III (1668-1710), was the son the Governor General of the Leeward Islands. He spent most of his boyhood at Consetts, the site of the present College. Christopher Codrington III went to England where studied at Oxford University. He served in the Army for sometime before returning to the Leeward Islands to succeed his father as Governor General. His policy of helping the poor whites and slaves brought him into disfavor of the plantocracy. Consequently, he gave up the position of Governor and retired at Consetts in St John. Christopher Codrington III, died on Good Friday 1710. In his will he had left to the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel the estates at Society and Consetts. One of his instructions was that his finances were to be used to fund a number of professors who were to teach medicine, surgery and divinity. Codrington's desire to Christianize the slaves was rejected by the Barbadian plantocracy, who opposed teaching the slaves how to read and write. It was only in 1790 when the anti-slavery movement in England exerted pressure on the Anglican Church and the SPG that this began to change. The construction of the College got under way in 1715. Economic depression, drought and other difficulties having caused further delays, the College was officially opened in 1745 The College served to prepare young Barbadians for entry into the two Universities in England - Oxford and Cambridge. Later on the College began to offer tertiary education, and was affiliated to the University of Durham It was in 1830 that the College began training candidates exclusively for ordination. The college has been damaged by hurricanes and fires that left only the walls of some buildings standing. It has closed repaired and reopened several times throughout the years.Today Codington College offers strictly theological studies. Duration: 25 minutesStop At: St. John's Parish Church, Saint John Parish, BarbadosAccording to the Anglican tradition, worship has been conducted on this spot since 1645. The first building, a wooden structure, was destroyed by fire in 1676 and replaced by a stone structure. Following the hurricanes of 1780 and 1831, the current building was constructed in 1836.Fernando Paleologus,a former church warden and planter was buried under the choir when he died in 1670. He was buried with his head pointing to the west and the body embedded in quicklime in accordance with the Greek Orthodox custom. Following the hurricane of 1831 his tomb was moved to the churchyard. Paleologus was a descendent of the brother of the great Emperor Constantine XI He fled to Barbados after his family was driven from the throne of Constantinople by the TurksDuration: 25 minutesStop At: Animal Flower Cave, Saint Lucy Parish, BarbadosWe visit North Point Barbados for the great views and a great Lunch at the Cave Restaurant. The Animal Flower Cave is also located at North Point But the entrance fees to the cave are not included in this tour the lunch however is. Dutring the Months of Dec to April Humpback whales migrate through the Caribbean. North Point is one of the popular viewing sights. Duration: 1 hourPass By: Speightstown PierThe town was at one point called Little Bristol because of it's trading links with Bristol England Larger ships always sailed into Speightstown because they could not get into Bridgetown until the deepwater harbor was constructed. They would load their cargo on to smaller ships that would then deliver to Bridgetown.Sprightstown is also the port that many slaves in the triangular slave trade first sailed into. Arlington House now serves as a museum but was once a make shift clinic for slaves who often arrived on the island ill due to the horrid conditions they endured on the Atlantic crossingJust North of Speightstown is Almond Hotel. This was once the Heywood’s sugar Plantation and was one of the locations used in the filming of the Tamarind Seed with Julie Andrews and Omar Sharif. Another was the old Paradise Hotel Pass By: Holetown Beach, Holetown, Saint James Parish, BarbadosHoletown is the site of the first British settlement on the island. On May the 14th 1626 Captain John Powell was the first Englishman to encounter Barbados. He along with his crew was in fact on their way from Brazil when the trade winds blew their ship the "Olive Blossom" into Barbados. On arrival to the Island, The Captain sent some men to the shore. They wrote the words James K of E on a tree and named the area James's town (Jamestown). Today Jamestown is called Holetown because the river outlet in the area reminded them of an area called "The Hole" in the Thames River in England.It was said that the first institution the English established in a new colony was a drinking house. The Spaniards and Church and the Dutch a fort. In Holetown there are two historic ChurchesPass By: Lord Nelson StatueAdmiral Nelson Statue In 1803 war broke out with the French and Spanish siding together against Britain. Admiral Nelson was seen as a savior at this time. After a dramatic announcement of the Trafalgar victory and news of his death reached the island A bronze statue of Nelson was erected in the area then renamed Trafalgar square. This statue is older than the one of Nelson in Trafalgar square in the UK Pass By: Glory Tours, Bridgetown, Saint Michael Parish, BarbadosTour Operator

$98 Shore Excursions

Barbados Shore Excursion: Coastal Sightseeing Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Broad Street, Bridgetown, Saint Michael Parish, BarbadosBridgetown.On the 5th of July 1628 that 64 settlers headed by Charles Wolverstone arrived. The location of Bridgetown was the most suitable place for a port. Its swampy lands however made it bad for the settlers’ health. The settlers named the town after a bridge that had been constructed by the early inhabitants of the island, the Amerindians. The Bridge of itself was called the Indian Bridge The principle streets in Bridgetown were laid out by John Swan and in keeping with tradition Swan street was named after him. The main street Broad Street was named Broad Street as it is the broadest street in the town. In the early years the streets in town were ill kept and in 1656 legislature passed and act where persons not keeping the space in front of their property clean could be fined 100 pounds of sugar for each day of noncompliance.Bridgetown's Swamp was filled in and replaced with a canal.The lower part of the Constitution is called the Careenage. It was named the Careenage because it ships were careened on to a side to be repairedStop At: Garrison Savannah - Barbados Turf Club, Bridgetown, Saint Michael Parish, BarbadosFrom 1655 large fleets of British ships and soldiers were visiting and Barbados making it there base of operation. In the early years there were no barracks for them or provisions, the care and expense of the officers fell in the hands of Barbadians themselves. After repeated visits this became quite burdensome especially considering it was at a time when the island was quite impoverished. The legislature of Barbados was moved to petition the British government for a permanent garrison to be built on the island. It was not until 1780 that it was finally decided by the British Government to station a permanent garrison on the island. It was eventually decided that the Garrisons should be built near Charles Fort and St Anne’s Castle. 16 acres were purchased in 1789 and construction began by the early 19th century most of the buildings had been completed and had grown to cover 64 acres. The Garrison in Barbados is in fact the largest in the Caribbean.Many of the buildings were constructed of London brick brought out as ballast in ships which returned with sugar. Some 60 of the original buildings are still in existence today. The Savannah of itself was a very rocky area where many crabs lived. It had to be filled in and leveled for the troops to practice on. It was also the birthplace of cricket in Barbados and today serves as the islands racetrack.On November 30th 1966 Barbados was led into Independence by the then Premier Errol Walton Barrow, officially celebrating the achievement of nationhood as a sovereign and independent state within the CommonwealthDuration: 10 minutesStop At: Enterprise (Miami) Beach, Oistins, Christ Church Parish, BarbadosOne of the most beautiful and popular beaches ion the south coats. We will stop here for a light snack and a photp opportunityDuration: 20 minutesStop At: Foul Bay, Saint Philip Parish, BarbadosThe name Foul Bay it is an adaptation of the original name Fowl Bay which itself originated from the large number of migrating birds that once nested in a swamp located in the area. Foul Bay is an absolutely beautiful expanse of white sandy beach overlooked by rugged cliffs. The beach is partly shaded by casuarina and palm trees. It is truly unspoilt & off the beaten path. The HARP Gun was landed at Foul Bay in August 1962. The High Altitude Research Project (HARP) Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Codrington College, Saint John Parish, Barbadosodrington College is the oldest Anglican theological college in the Western Hemisphere having been built in 1 743 after Christopher Codrington had bequeathed the estate and considerable money at his death in 171 0. Many Caribbean priests have trained at Codrington and the College continues to play an active part in education and theological teachings, working closely with the University of the West Indies. The setting of Codrington College is especially beautiful with a magnificent lily pond and a driveway lined with cabbage palm trees. Christopher Codrington Ill was the son the Governor. Codringtons College's wildlife include, Green heron, ducks, pigeons and a variety of fish. Duration: 15 minutesPass By: Speightstown Muralhe area of Speightstown was te first major port and commercial centre of Barbados. The city is named after William Speight, a member of Barbados' first Assembly during the colonial years. Slave ships sailed into it bringing the with them a stolen people. Manny of them ill from a rough crossing in inhumane conditions. Ships laden with sugar & other commodities left Speightstown bound directly for London & especiallyn Bristol. For this reason it was sometimes called Little BristolStop At: Bathsheba Beach, Bathsheba, Saint Joseph Parish, BarbadosBathsheba is located on the Eastern coastline of Barbados. It is said that this area was named after the wife of King David whose name was “Bathsheba”. Legend has it that she bathed in milk to keep her skin beautiful and soft, and the rolling surf waters of Bathsheba’s “Soup Bowl” resembled Bathsheba’s bath. The area is popular with surfers. It is a popular area for locals and visitors alike and is dotted with several seaside cottages.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Animal Flower Cave, Saint Lucy Parish, BarbadosWe visit North Point Barbados for the great views. The Animal Flower Cave is also located at North Point But the entrance fees are not included in this tour. Dutring the Months of Dec to April Humpback whales migrate through the Caribbean. North Point is one of the popular viewing sights. Located at Animal Flower cave is a woinderful restaurant where you will enjoy luch with a spectacular view.Duration: 1 hourPass By: Glory Tours, Bridgetown, Saint Michael Parish, BarbadosTour operatorPass By: Holetown Beach, Holetown, Saint James Parish, BarbadosHoletown was the first town in Barbados. in 1625 by an Englishman named Henry Powell, who was blown off course and landed in Barbados by accident. He returned to Barbados two years later in 1627 with a group of English settlers who named the area Jamestown after the then king of England James 1st. The name Holetown comes from the rriver mouth an area they reffered to as The Hole, by early settlers as it provided them safe landing place Stop At: St. John's Parish Church, Saint John Parish, BarbadosAccording to the Anglican tradition, worship has been conducted on this spot since 1645. The first building, a wooden structure, was destroyed by fire in 1676 and replaced by a stone structure. Following the hurricanes of 1780 and 1831, the current building was constructed in 1836.Fernando Paleologus,a former church warden and planter was buried under the choir when he died in 1670. He was buried with his head pointing to the west and the body embedded in quicklime in accordance with the Greek Orthodox custom. Following the hurricane of 1831 his tomb was moved to the churchyard. Paleologus was a descendent of the brother of the great Emperor Constantine XI He fled to Barbados after his family was driven from the throne of Constantinople by the TurksDuration: 20 minutes

$69.99 Tours & Sightseeing

Harrison's Cave and Bathsheba Tour in Barbados

After hotel pickup, head by coach to Harrison’s Cave, located in the parish of St Thomas in the lush central uplands of Barbados, about 8 miles (13 km) north of Bridgetown and 5 miles (8 km) east of Holetown. When you arrive, board the electric tram that will take you through the cave with an experienced guide. As you descend underground and make your way through the 1.4-mile (2.3-km) cavern, be wowed by its natural features, from rushing waterfalls and streams to calm pools and cool limestone rock. Admire the dramatic stalactites and stalagmites, and hear from your guide about how they are continuously growing year by year at a rate that’s less than the thickness of paper. Enter the Great Hall, named for its height of 50 feet (15 meters), and learn a bit about the cave’s discovery in the 1970s. The tram stops occasionally so you can hop off and explore. When you’re finished at the cave, return to the coach and continue east to the Atlantic coast of Barbados for a scenic drive to the fishing and surfing village of Bathsheba. Stop here for about 15 minutes to take photos, admire the views, relax on the sand and enjoy a refreshing drink (rum punch, fruit punch or water). Your tour ends with hotel or port drop-off.

$134 Private & Custom Tours

Private Customized Island Tour of Barbados

Depending on the attractions and scenic views that interest you, your guide will put together a special route to meet your requirements. Then you will spend your day being taken on a private tour of discovering different spots of Barbados. Spend four hours visiting sites of interest in one of the coastal areas, or if you prefer, head to the interior of the island. Bring your imagination as you decide which part of Barbados you want to see. If your interest is in the South Coast area, your guide will show you the Concorde Experience, Oistin Town, Garrison Savannah, Barbados Museum, or the George Washington House and Parliament Museum. On the West Coast you can visit Historic Bridgetown, Agapey Chocolate Factory, Pelican Art and Craft Centre, the Kensington Oval, Cricket Legends Museum, Nidhe Israel Synagogue, the Mount Gay Visitor Centre, Holetown, St James Anglican Church, Speightstown, and the Arlington House Museum. Heading to the North Coast you’d visit Animal Flower Cave, St Nicholas Abbey Plantation, the Wildlife Reserve, Farley Hill Park, Cherry Tree Hill, and the Morgan Lewis Sugar Mill. Spending your time along the East Coast will include stops like Bathsheba, Andromeda Gardens, St John's Anglican Church, Codrington Collage, Sunbury Great House Plantation, Four Square rum factory, and Banks Brewery. If you’d like to spend your time seeing the interior of the island, your guide will take you to see Harrison's Cave, Welchman Hall Gully, Huntes Garden, the Flower Forest, Earth Works Pottery and Batik Studio, Gun Hill Signal Station, St George Valley, and Orchid World.If your interest is beaches, Carlisle Bay, Pirates Cove, Paynes Bay, Mullins Bay, Crane Beach, Miami Beach and Rockley Beach are all beautiful. This tour includes transportation, bottled water and rum punch.

$115 Outdoor Activities

Gardens of Barbados Small-Group Tour with Lunch

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Flower Forest, Saint Thomas Parish, BarbadosTOUR GARDENDuration: 45 minutesStop At: Andromeda Botanic Gardens, Bathsheba, Saint Joseph Parish, BarbadosTOUR GARDENDuration: 1 hourStop At: Orchid World & Tropical Flower Garden, Saint George Parish, BarbadosTOUR GARDENDuration: 45 minutesStop At: Hunte's Gardens, Saint Joseph Parish, BarbadosTOUR #1 BOTANICAL GARDENDuration: 1 hour

$50 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Turtle, coral reef and shipwreck snorkeling tour

Our tours start at 10am, depending on where you are staying on the island we either pick up from Carlisle Bay beach, St.Michael or Holetown beach, St. James. if you would like to inquire about pick up from a beach local to your accommodation then please contact us in advance of booking.You will be met by one of our members of staff, either Omari, Ricky or Rory. Who will then get you onto the boat and ready for the start of your trip.We will then make our two stops, the order of these will be decided on the day.Drinks are included within the price.All snorkeling equipment is provided and we have both adult and child life jackets if required.Our staff are very friendly and accommodating and will provide assistance at all times. No need to worry if you cannot swim or are not a strong swimmer, we are very patient and will help in any way needed to ensure you are comfortable and confident in the water.There is a small stepladder at the rear of the boat for entering and exiting the water and a larger one at the front for accessing the boat from the beach.We have a speaker system onboard so you can enjoy some music while with us and taking in the spectacular views all around.We ask that guests bring their own towel if required.Our staff are able to capture photographs of you and your group and will arrange sending these to you afterwards.Our tours usually last between 90 and 120 minutes.Once the tour is finished we will drop you back to the pick up point.