Five hidden gems to discover in Barbados
Animal Flower Cave
The cave gets its name from the fantastic range of sea anemones that dwell within the glorious waters. Scattered around the cave are some amazing framed openings that give you a magnificent glimpse of the sea beyond, so you’ll certainly want to head over in your swimming costume to this attraction.
If you love revelling in nature, you will find yourself caught up in the stunning and picturesque Hunte’s Gardens. Fabulous shades of green, not seen anywhere else, frame the pathway. As you wander through the glorious setting, you can stop and rest at one of the benches or head up to the house where there are even more examples of exotic plants and greenery.
Don’t be surprised to see the odd family of monkeys that occasionally appears along the walk.
National Heroes Gallery
After you’ve finished with all your luxury shopping, head to the Parliament Buildings in Bridgetown, the capital city, and in the West Wing, you will find a tribute to the national heroes. Not only is this a stunning historical building, but once inside you will learn just how many amazing people came from this amazing island and learn about their lives while seeing sculptures, murals and, this being the 21st century, interactive screens.
Barbados horse racing
Barbados has an active horse racing community, and at the historic Garrison Savannah that is precisely what you will find. It is well worth a visit but bear in mind that the race course operates a strict dress code policy,There is a comprehensive race calendar, so you are guaranteed to be able to experience some form of racing while you are on the island.
St Nicholas Abbey
St Nicholas Abbey has a distillery, a steam mill and an impressive Great House that can be used as the backdrop for a truly stunning wedding. There are some gorgeous nature walks and a chance to wine and dine while you are there. Of course, you can purchase some rum made on site as a souvenir.
St Nicholas Abbey is certainly full of intrigue and has a history of slavery and family murder that you’ll want to learn all about as you walk around the wonderful Great House. Many of the great plantation houses in Barbados have gone now or have suffered fire and reconstruction, but that’s not happened at St Nicholas Abbey. As you walk around and enjoy the splendour of this magnificent 17th-century home, you know it’s the real McCoy and it will feel like you’ve been transferred back in time to the age of slavery.