Today, the island retains a British flavor – motorists drive on the left side of the road, English is spoken everywhere and you can enjoy a high tea in the late afternoon. However, these British traditions play out in a spectacular Caribbean setting of turquoise water, soft sand beaches and lush tropical foliage – quite different from
Strictly speaking, Barbados lies just outside the eastern border of the Caribbean Sea, about 100 miles east of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. While not officially a Caribbean island, it’s included on many cruise itineraries that also feature islands like
Martinique, St. Lucia and . Barbardos lies outside the
usual Atlantic hurricane belt, although some recent storms have affected the
Cruise ships dock at the cruise terminal in Bridgetown, where it’s an easy walk or cab ride to the capital city’s downtown area. To get a sense of local history, visit the Cathedral of Saint Michael, the statue of Lord Nelson in National
Heroes Square or
the collection of rare English cannons at ’s Garrison. St.
There are gorgeous beaches along the island’s western and southern coasts; some are secluded, others are lined with lively cafes and bars.
with pink sand backed by dunes and cliffs, is one of the prettiest. Some
beaches, such as Crane Beach Harrismith Beach and , have caves to
explore. Note that at some beaches, the surf is too rough for swimming, while
others are ideal for snorkeling and playing in the water. Bottom
The island’s north coast isn’t known for beaches, but for scenic views of the Atlantic surf pounding against the cliffs. For more great views, visit Farley Hill, a national park with the ruins of a grand manor house and a charming hilltop pagoda.
To find out more about cruising to Barbados, talk with your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert.