Barbados is known for its gorgeous beaches and beautiful people, but there’s a lot more to this beautiful island than meets the eye. It’s a veritable Caribbean paradise that offers so much more than just sand and surf. From landmarks and attractions to lush gardens and natural beauty, Barbados is home to many amazing land-based experiences.
Plus, if you’re staying at one of the Barbados all-inclusive resorts with private beaches, your concierge team will be happy to give you their expert advice and arrange any of these adventures for you.
Walk on the Wild Side
Barbados is home to 3,759 plant and animal species, offering ample opportunities to explore diverse wildlife. For nature enthusiasts, head to the Barbados Wildlife Reserve, where you can observe green monkeys and iguanas in their natural habitat. The reserve features walking trails through lush vegetation and tropical flowers, perfect for hikers and nature lovers. With expert guides, learn about the animals and plants that reside in the reserve.
If you’re a wildlife enthusiast, Welchman Hall Gully is another great option. This winding path through a collapsed limestone cave is home to native plants, exotic birds, and green monkeys. Take a leisurely stroll and discover the gully’s diverse flora and fauna, such as the red-footed tortoise and the common moorhen. Don’t forget to stop at the aviary and meet the parrots and other colorful birds up close.
Plus, there are numerous other wildlife experiences on the island. Take a break from your all-inclusive resort and indulge in bird watching, turtle watching, and horseback riding to witness the island’s beautiful nature.
Explore One of Barbados’s Historical Towns
If you’re looking for a new experience and can pull yourself away from your all-inclusive resort, then why not explore one of Barbados’s towns? Bridgetown is the capital city and home to many museums and historical attractions.
St James is another great place to explore which is brimming with beautiful architecture. St James is also home to historic sites, like Fort Charles, which once hosted Oliver Cromwell and the 300-year-old St Peter’s Church.
Explore on Foot
Barbados offers a wealth of history and stunning nature, making it an ideal destination for hiking enthusiasts. The Garrison Savannah is a must-visit for hikers looking to catch some of the most beautiful views in Barbados, as it offers an invigorating hike up Mount Hillaby. Alternatively, explore the Botanical Gardens, which boasts several incredible trails offering stunning vistas of both land and sea.
Don’t miss the Andromeda Botanic Gardens, which has trails that take you through a diverse range of tropical plants, waterfalls, and ponds. With so many options, hiking in Barbados is a memorable experience that you won’t want to miss.
Play a Round of Golf
Golf is a popular sport in Barbados, with over 80 courses to choose from. Sandy Lane Golf Club is the most renowned and has hosted world-class professional tournaments. Golf Digest ranked Sandy Lane among the top 100 courses globally, so it’s a must-visit for any golf enthusiast.
Sandals Emerald Bay Golf Course is another great option.
It’s one of the most picturesque 18-hole ocean-side golf courses in the Caribbean. Golfers of all abilities can play, and there are lessons available for all levels. Plus, if you’re staying at a Sandals all-inclusive resort, a dedicated golf concierge will assist you in arranging tee times and equipment rentals.
Take an Exhilarating ATV Tour
ATVs provide an exhilarating way to take a break from the beauty of your all-inclusive resort and explore the island. One popular provider is “Outback Barbados,” which offers guided tours through scenic locations and rugged terrain, including countryside, sugarcane fields, and remote beaches. Along the way, spot wildlife such as monkeys and iguanas in their natural habitats.
For a more relaxed experience, opt for an ATV tour that includes a stop at one of Barbados’s majestic waterfalls. Here, you can take a refreshing swim and admire the breathtaking natural beauty of the island. Whichever adventure you choose, an ATV tour is sure to be a highlight of your Barbados vacation.
For a unique and unforgettable subterranean adventure, be sure to visit Harrison’s Cave. Take a tram ride through this massive limestone cave that’s over 1,000 feet deep and explore tunnels and caverns with stunning limestone formations. This 2.5-hour adventure allows you to marvel at the natural history of this million-year-old cave.
Alternatively, if you prefer to explore on foot, take the cave’s 1.5-hour guided nature walk to gain a deeper understanding of how this natural wonder came to be. Whichever way you choose to experience it, a visit to Harrison’s Cave is sure to be an unforgettable experience.
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