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Barbados is a wonderful place to go on a lovely driving tour (rent a car or hire a taxi for a day) to take in the little seaside villages, gardens, churches, etc. This island has a long history of welcoming visitors. So do yourself a favor -- sample this tradition of hospitality you will find still ingrained when you meet the locals.

This tour takes a good part of a day, depending on your pace and interest. There are many other things to see, but this is a good introduction to our island paradise.
1. In 1628 settlers arrived at Carlisle Bay on Constitution River. The city grew without planning so the street pattern is crazy. Bridgetown got its name from an Amerindian Bridge spanning the river. Independence Arch, was built in 1987, for Barbados’ 21st year of independence. Bridgetown is worth a visit for shopping or eating at the Waterfront Restaurant overlooking the Careenage, home to many fishing boats and charter yachts.
2. The beautiful beaches and more peaceful waters of the Caribbean led to extensive development of the West Coast. Here you will find the upscale hotels, magnificent restuarants, shopping and other activities. While passing thru take a look at the Polo Club, Sandy Lane and Royal Westmoreland.
3. Make a pit stop at the John Moore Bar where you pull up a stool, order fried fish, or just sip a rum punch (wonderful if not a little lethal) or a Banks beer. Then prepare to catch up on local political gossip or religious debate. John Moore is known to attract everyone from the Bajan fisherman that ply these waters to the prime minister to local ministers who stop off to say “hello to the boys.”
4. Cruise shore excursions bypass gorgeous North Point, on the eastern, or Atlantic side, of the island, because it’s too far. In this part of the island you’ll see the heart of Barbados agricultural region; grown here, in addition to sugar cane, are onions, squash, cucumbers, beans, etc. The Animal Flower Cave (named for sea anemones found in its pools) is one attraction; the view is quite another. Waves bash so hard against 80 ft. stone cliffs that the water splumes up over them.
5. Farley Hill National Park is dominated by the ruins of a manor house that was gutted by fire in the 1960s. It’s called the house of 100 windows because it’s owner wanted to please his wife by building a palace that would capture light from every angle. There are picnic tables spread throughout the mahogany trees. From a pagoda on a hilltop, look down on the rough waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
6. Barbados Wildlife Reserve is a four acre reserve opened in 1985 as a woodland sanctuary for the indigenous Barbados Green Monkey and other creatures such as tortoise, tiny Brocket deer and birds. Today the Reserve harbours an intriguing menagerie that includes the agouti--a red-eared guinea pig-like creature, hares, Caimans from Guyana, porcupine and raccoon as well as wallaby, otter, iguana and a well-stocked aviary.
7. Morgan Lewis Sugar Mill was built in 1727 when Barbados was one of the major sugar colonies. The mill has been restored and is maintained by the Barbados trust. It includes an exhibit of equipment once used to make sugar. The mill lies on a scenic mount in the northeast of the island offering panoramic views of the East Coast.
8. Bathsheba and the Soup Bowl on the East Coast Road, St. Joseph. You gotta go here, man! Stunning panoramas of the tumultuous Atlantic, a world-class surfing spot, exciting elevated views and enigmatic jagged hills. Plan on lunch at the Round House Restuarant where you can relax an enjoy the scene.
9. Andromeda Botanic Gardens were started by a horticulturist on land owned by her family for more than 200 years. The gardens embrace seven acres of tropical flowering plants and shrubs as well as exoticas and orchids from across the globe. Palms, cacti, succulents, ferns and other shade-loving ornamentals are accented by giant Pleistocene boulders, lily ponds and a small stream.
10. Codrington College,the oldest Anglican theological college in the Western Hemisphere, was built in 1743. The setting is especially beautiful with a magnificent lily pond and a driveway lined with towering palms.
11. Sam Lord’s Castle was built in the 1820's by a purported pirate and generally nefarious character. Standing on 72 acres of land, the Castle is now the centerpiece and reception area of a hotel resort. Elaborate crystal chandeliers and plaster centerpieces decorate the ceilings. British architect Charles Rutter, who once worked on Windsor Castle, was responsible for much of the interior. (Currently closed for rennovation.)
12. Sunbury Plantation House is a Great House dating back to the 1660's and is open for viewing. This is a true plantation house that offers a very real sense of what the lifestyle and living standard was like for the elite planter class in the early days.
13. Oistins Fish Market is known for the Friday and Saturday night open air fish fry, great chance to taste local cuisine and socialize. By day, any day, an interesting stop to watch the fishermen and vendors and get fresh fish, of course!