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$91 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

$91 Shore Excursions

Barbados Shore Excursion: Coastal Sightseeing Tour

After pick up from your cruise ship port the tour will begin in the Barbados capital of Bridgetown. Your driver will take you through the city pointing out historical sights along the way. From there you will travel up the south coast making the first stop at the historic Garrison. Then you will make your way up the coast and through the popular fishing village of Oistins, where you will make the second stop at Miami Beach. Miami Beach is a favorite with visitors and locals alike. Whilst at the beach you will sample some local fish cakes and coconut punch.Leaving Miami Beach you will drive further up the south coast to Foul Bay, a long and wide beach whose shores are washed by turquoise waters. The next stop is Codrington College. Codrington College was built in 1715 and is the oldest Theological College in the western hemisphere. Just up the hill from Codrington College is the next stop St John's Church. St John's Church, one of the oldest churches on the island, is set on a cliff and captures spectacular views of the East Coast of Barbados. From this Gothic church you will journey through the Parish of St John and into St Joseph down into Bathsheba which was named for its great beauty. It is also the location of the Soup Bowl - the favorite stop for surfers in Barbados.After a morning of beauty it will be time to taste the flavors of Barbados with local cuisine served up at our lunch stop at the Animal Flower Cave Restaurant located at northern tip of the island. The Northern point of the island differs drastically from most of the island. Here you will find waves crashing into limestone cliffs in a most dramatic fashion. Whilst at North Point you will be served refreshments. Leaving North Point you will head down the West Coast of the island through two of the island's oldest towns Speightstown and Holetown. Speightstown was also known as "Little Bristol" and was once the main port on the island. After driving through these towns you will be taken back to your hotel or cruise port.Tour Itinerary Highlights(All times are approximate and subject to change)Bridgetown (drive through with commentary)Garrison (5-10 minutes)Miami Beach (20 minutes)Foul Bay (10-minute photo stop)Codrington College (15-minute photo stop)St John's Church (20-minute photo stop)Bathsheba (10-minute photo stop)View of Morgan Lewis Windmill (5-10 minutes)North Point and Lunch (1 hour)Speightstown (drive through with commentary)Holetown (drive through with commentary)

$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

This tour starts with a morning pickup at your place of stay in an air-conditioned coach/minivan. Travelers on the garden delight tour will be treated to a driver/guide, who will indicate all the points of interest on the drive to the attractions. You will also receive a brief history of the island and of Barbados culture, along with interesting island facts. The following are the garden stops, and each stop is approximately 45 minutes to an hour.PLEASE NOTE YOU HAVE A CHOICE OF THREE OF THE FOLLOWING GARDENSAndromeda Botanical Gardens is a six acre (2.4 ha) tropical garden in the Parish of St. Joseph, located on the scenic east coast of Barbados. This botanical garden started as a private plant collection around the home of Ms. Iris Bannochie in 1954 and was later opened to the public during a fundraising event hosted by the Barbados Horticultural Society. Andromeda has remained open to the public by paid admission since then.Flower Forest Botanical Gardens is located in the heart of the Barbados countryside of St. Joseph. This stunning botanical garden is a home to a multitude of majestic palms, tropical flowers, and colorful shrubs. At the Flower Forest Botanical Garden, you can meander through the beautifully-laid pathways to explore the beauty of this garden.The topography of this park features gentle hills and amazing vistas of the eastern coastline of a lush countryside. The gardens cover around 53 acres, of which 7 acres are full of wild gardens and greenery.The Hunte’s Gardens is centrally-located in the lush hills of St. Joseph and are accessible from all around Barbados, like a 20 to 30-minute drive away from Holetown or St. Lawrence Gap. These extraordinary gardens were created by legendary horticulturist, Anthony Hunte, in an unusual flair. Lovingly nurtured in a naturally-formed gully, the Hunte’s Gardens feature an array of tropical flowers, foliage, and trees. While exploring the gardens, you will find statues and some other beautiful antiques or decorative pieces. While meandering along the pathways, you can stop along the way to spot the local birds and animals. These gardens excite every gardener, horticulturist, and plant enthusiast to create a memorable visit.This exotic, wonder of nature, Orchid World and Tropical Flower Garden, is located on an 8-acre area, which is surrounded by sugarcane (in the heart of the Barbados countryside). Having an elevation of 810-feet, this location offers a number of vantage points that will offer you some breathtaking views of the Barbados countryside.The drive also takes you to lunch along the scenic east coast of the island for some breath-taking views. Picture stops are available to guests in the Bathsheba area and in the east coast. The tour commences from pickup and is normally completed in 5.5 to 6-hours according to guest pace.

$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.