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The huge differences between the east and west coast must not be missed. The east (Atlantic side) is less developed and naturally beautiful. The west coast is the Caribbean side, where there is more hotel development, however the coastline remains elegant and attractive. The sea is clear and calm and this is the coast where watersports come into their own.

Barbados is actively encouraging ecotourism. The Barbados National Trust has implemented programmes to support this venture, owning and / or managing 10 sites that are open to the public. Various hiking, cycling and walking events are available and information can be obtained from:

Barbados National Trust

Address: Wildey House, Wildey, St Michael, Barbados

Telephone: 436 9033 or 426 2421

Facsimile: 429 9055

Email address: natrust@sunbeach.net

Bridgetown

Barbados was discovered by the Portuguese in 1536, but throughout its colonial history, which ended with the Declaration of Independence in 1966, Barbados was under British sovereignty.

This is strongly reflected in the old capital of Bridgetown which has a definite English character, so much so that there is even a miniature of London’s Trafalgar Square, complete with a statue of Lord Nelson. The city is small and there are many brilliant walking tours.

Places worth a visit include the Barbados Museum, the Fairchild Market, St Michael’s Cathedral (built in 1789), Belleville, Government House, the Old Synagogue and the Garrison Savannah. Temple Yard has a Rastafarian street market which is well known.

St John

There is a stunning view of the east coast from St John’s Parish Church. The church’s cemetery encloses the grave of Ferdinando Paleologus, a possible descendant of the Byzantine Emperors.

Codrington College

Located near Consett Bay, and 1 of the oldest schools of theology in the Western hemisphere, Codrington College was built in 1745.

Morgan Lewis Mill

Also in the east, this is a brilliant example of a Dutch windmill from the days of the sugar cane planters. It has been completely renovated and is open to the public.

Newcastle Coral Stone Gates

Situated in St Joseph, these gates were erected by 20 th Century Fox for the film Island in the Sun, and the area affords a commanding view of the glorious east coast beaches.

The East Coast Road

1 of the most exciting drives on the island, with the Atlantic crashing over treacherous reefs on to the jagged and beautiful coast.

Andromeda Gardens

The array of exotic plants grown along terraced gardens makes this the most stunninf area of St Joseph.

Welchman Hall Gully

Owned by the National Trust, this botanic garden in St Thomas is home to several rare fruit and spice trees.

Holetown (St James)

The monument in the town gives the date of the founding of Barbados’ 1st settlement by the English as being 1605, although this event in fact took place in 1627. There are still some structures dating from that time. St James, the 1st church, still retains a 17 th century font, and a bell inscribed ‘God bless King William, 1696’.

Harrison’s Cave (St Thomas)

This eerie, luminous cavern makes an impressive excursion. Completely lit, one can see everything from a special train which takes the visitor on a mile long ride underground. Stalactites and stalagmites are in great quantity, among underground scenery boasting a crystal clear waterfall and deep emerald lakes. It is open every day from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm.

Flower Forest

This is a 50 acre botanical garden in which can be found almost every plant that grows on Barbados. The grounds offer pleasant walks and fantastic views of Chalky Mountain, the Atlantic Ocean and Mount Hillaby.

Bathsheba

This is the ideal destination for any diver or lover of watersports, where small pastel coloured houses cling to the chalky cliffs that rise above the Atlantic.

Potteries

This village is well known for its ceramic artworks.

Gun Hill Signal Station

Notable both for its marvellous view of St George’s Valley and for the lion carved out of a rock by a British soldier in the days when Gun Hill was an army look out point.

St George’s Church

St George's Church is 18th century, and worth a visit for its wonderful altarpiece.

Platinum Coast

This spectacular stretch of coast is also known as Millionaires Row. There are sunny beaches of white sand and clear, turquoise waters.

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Animal Flower Cave

This is a cavern carved out by the sea with coral rock tinted almost every possible colour.

Farley Hill

Once a fine plantation house, now in ruins, still covered in poinsettias and hibiscus.

St Nicholas Abbey

Another plantation house, blessed with Persian arches and well kept gardens.

The Atlantic Coast

Take the inland road through sugar cane country with little churches and tiny towns with appealing houses. See the striking view from Crane Beach.

Sam Lord’s Castle

Once an old plantation house, but now a hotel, wonderfully decorated with furniture made from Barbados mahogany.

Barbados Wildlife Reserve

Wildlife, some native and some introduced to the island, roams free in a mahogany forest. Animals that visitors may expect to see during their visit include green monkeys, deer, tortoises, wallabies, pelicans and otters. There is also a screened aviary where toucans, peacocks, turkeys, macaws, lovebirds, parrots and an iguana may be viewed.

Mount Gay Rum

There are 1,000 rum bars in Barbados. The largest rum manufacturer of all is located in the west coast. Taste tests are a general component of any visit here. There is also a restaurant with good food designed to soak up any excess alcohol.
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