Bridgetown, the island’s capital, is said to have been founded
in 1628 when 64 settlers first arrived to claim 10,000 acres of
land. Some of Bridgetown’s first streets survive today and bear
their original names, notably High Street, Palmetto Street, Swan
Street, James Street, Reed Street, Tudor Street and White’s
Alley. The best time to head into Bridgetown is around 9:00am
before the midday heat and after the morning rush hour traffic.
You can spend the morning shopping, enjoy a lunch in town and
still have the afternoon free to relax on the beach.
Located at the Bridgetown cruise terminal, A visit to the BTA (Barbados Tourism Authority) Information Office can offer useful advice on any aspect of your day, from the cost of bus fare, to information on the "must-see" attractions of Barbados.
Following are some points of interest are close to the Cruise Terminal.
Stores usually open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Mon. - Fri.), and 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or 2:00 p.m. (Sat). They are usually closed on Sundays. Duty-free Shops and Carts: Over 20 large duty-free shops and 16 colorful pushcarts offer a range of items, including jewelry and watches, fine china and crystal, electronic goods and perfumes, and handicrafts and baked goods. Shop in air-conditioned comfort as you purchase tax-free merchandise, at prices typically 30% to 50% less than in Europe and North America. .
Banks in Barbados are open Monday to Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday. Banks located in supermarkets are generally open longer hours in the week and on Saturdays. Most banks have an ATM machine by which visitors may use their bank or credit cards to obtain cash. Cardholders must key in their Personal Identification Numbers (PINS) when requesting cash advances. Cash will be dispensed in local currency only. This facility is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at any bank branch.
Chattel House Village
Outside the main entrance to the cruise terminal is a village made up of Barbados’ historic chattel houses. The small, brightly painted houses are now filled with artists and small business entrepreneurs who sell tee shirts and handicrafts to cruise passengers. The unique village also includes two restaurants, perfect for lunch, or that late afternoon snack on your way back to the ship.
Just a five-minute walk from the Cruise Terminal Pelican Craft Center is dedicated to the arts and crafts of Barbados comprised of 25 retail shops, a gallery and annex, a wine bar and bistro, a restaurant and an artist wall. The Pelican Workshops are where visitors can see firsthand the creativity of our craftsmen including pottery, woodcarving, basketry and straw work, fine art, glass blowing, weaving, moulded figure-making, sewing and cigar making. The Center is also the home of the Pelican Dooflicky, a festive carnival event replete with pageantry and culture, staged weekly during the tourist season.
The Parliament Buildings were built in 1871, after the fire of 1860. The original clock tower was demolished in 1884 and was rebuilt two years later in the west wing. The wing also houses public offices. The east wing (on the right) houses the Senate and the House of Assembly and has stained glass windows depicting British monarchs.
National Heroes Square
This square is a tribute to the heroes of Bajan society. Until April 1999 it was called Trafalgar Square, and the statue of Lord Nelson was erected there in 1813. Nelson had sailed to Barbados in 1805, only months before he died in the battle of Trafalgar.
A sanctuary in the midst of a bustling city. The two-storey house in the park was once the home of the commander of British troops stationed in the West Indies. It was built in 1786 and it now houses a theatre and art gallery. In the playground there is a massive Baobab tree, which is 18 meters in circumference, and probably came from Africa during the days of slavery.
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St. Michael Cathedral (Anglican)
Constructed between 1660 and 1665 and noted for its arched roof and artifacts, as well as for the many famous and distinguished Bajans buried in its churchyard. St. Michael Cathedral is a living history of the Anglican religion.
The Jewish Synagogue
Dating back to 1654, it represents the oldest synagogue in the western hemisphere. Recently restored it was the recipient of the American Express Caribbean Heritage Award, 1990.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral (Catholic)
After the destruction of the original church by fire in 1897, the present church was erected through subscriptions and donations from Government, Protestants, Jews and Catholics. Opened 17th March, 1899, elevated to the status of a Cathedral on 18th March, 1970.
Located just 1/2 mile by road from the Bridgetown Port on the west coast of the island, this approximately 1½ mile long stretch of white sands offers a tranquil place to relax in the sun or calm waters to bathe. The Weisers Beach Bar on the beach provides lunch, dinner, watersports and volleyball court for patrons.
Carlisle Bay Beach
Approximately 3 miles long and located just a mile from the Bridgetown port, this beach has a spot that’s right for you. You can make use of the services provided by the Bayshore Complex, The Boatyard or the Carlisle Bay Center.
Cricket at Kensington Oval
Cricket is one of the leading sports played in Barbados. The largest cricket ground in Barbados is the Kensington Oval, Pickwick Gap, St. Michael. This ground is approximately a 15-minute walk from the Cruise Terminal.
Other attractions further away from the cruise terminal include:
The only cave of its kind in the Caribbean and unexplored until 1970, this leading attraction is claimed by experts to be among the wonders of the world. Offering public tours with a special tram, the cave houses limestone caverns carved by the steady forces of nature, yielding a network of underground streams. A vast cavern boasts underground streams and a 40-foot waterfall plunging into a lagoon. Colored lighting accents arches and prehistoric formations
Located on the rugged east coast, Bathsheba affords splendid landscapes, as the coastline is strewn with detached masses of rock over which the Atlantic rollers break, forming cascades of foam.
Barbados Wildlife Reserve
The reserve is a mahogany forest where animals live in freedom. Visitors can catch a glimpse of the Barbados green monkey, plus otters, mongooses, porcupines and deer, among other creatures.
Andromeda Botanic Gardens
Andromeda Botanic Gardens is nestled on a cliff overlooking the east coast on six acres of carefully landscaped grounds with lavishly colored palms, orchids, exotics and shrubs. They represent what is perhaps the best collection of indigenous and exotic tropical flowers and plants to be found anywhere in the Caribbean.
Beaches and Watersports
Barbados is naturally blessed with over 70 miles of sun-drenched, palm-fringed beaches with crystal clear turquoise water and a year-round climate that is as close to perfection as you can get. The waters around Barbados are ideal for swimming, scuba diving, parasailing and snorkeling.
Based in the former British Detention Barracks, this distinctive museum traces the island’s evolution from 16th century times to the present, featuring fine natural history exhibition galleries, historic maps and art installations, as well as shops and courtyard cafés. Many of the museum's galleries are housed in renovated prison cells and there is also a live theatre show in the courtyard entitled, "1627 and all that."
Sir Frank Hutson Sugar Museum
Inside a modern sugar factory, the museum features a collection of restored machinery gathered from island sugar cane plantations. Also witness today’s process of grinding cane at the adjoining Portvale Sugar Factory.
These are just some of the attractions available in Barbados to visiting cruise passengers.
Size & Location
Barbados is 166 square miles, divided into 11 parishes.
With over 3,000 hours of sunshine yearly, the weather is almost always sunny and warm, cooled by the constant northeast trade winds. The average daytime temperature ranges between 84–88 degrees Fahrenheit, 29–31 degrees Celsius. Summer temperatures rarely exceed 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius).
Driving in Barbados is on the left side of the road and the majority of vehicles are “right hand drive.” The island has an extensive road network of about 1,475 km of paved roads. A highway links the north and the south of the island. There are a number of ways to get around the island by hired car, taxis and buses; all are safe, reliable and convenient.
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