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Bridgetown: Carlisle Bay Clear Kayak Shipwreck Tour

1. Bridgetown: Carlisle Bay Clear Kayak Shipwreck Tour

The tour will begin from Harbour Lights in Carlisle Bay. From here, you'll head to a location where green sea turtles and hawksbill turtles are regularly spotted. From there, you'll journey to three different shipwrecks, which are all located close to shore. Here, you'll have a perfect view of the wrecks through your clear kayaks. Be amazed as you learn the interesting history of the wrecks and how they ended up at their final resting place. Finally, head to back to shore for a complimentary rum punch on the beach.

Barbados: Rum Distillery Tour and Mount Gay Visitor Center

2. Barbados: Rum Distillery Tour and Mount Gay Visitor Center

Start your tour at the magnificent Foursquare Rum Distillery where you will meet your friendly and informative guide. Once a working sugar factory in the 15th century, Foursquare now pays tribute to the many aspects of Barbadian history. You will learn about the various stages of rum making and enjoy samples of their amazing rums at the bar. Stop at the Mount Gay Visitor Center at the end of your tour. Learn and taste about the oldest and most storied rum in Barbados.

Barbados: Island Tour with Animal Flower Cave and Lunch

3. Barbados: Island Tour with Animal Flower Cave and Lunch

Explore the unparalleled beauty and historic treasures of Barbados on this scenic tour around the perimeter of the island. Beginning in the social and commercial hub of the island's capital, Bridgetown, you'll get the chance to delve into the rich history of Bridgetown's Garrison, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See first-hand why some of the world's wealthiest people have made Barbados's turquoise beaches their home as the tour takes you up the west coast to Holetown, the first British settlement, and on to the quaint seaside town of Speightstown. Next, it's a taste of truly unique Barbados beauty: on the northern tip of the island, you'll find the Animal Flower Cave, an accessible ocean cave with steps leading inside, a coral floor, sea anemones, and natural rock pools. From the seas to the skies, grab your camera for sweeping views from Cherry Tree Hill, indulge in a refreshing rum punch and devour a delicious Caribbean buffet lunch while taking in the East Coast breeze. You'll want to keep your camera handy for the rugged Scotland District, famous soup bowl surf spot, and breathtaking panoramic views at St. John's Parish Church.

The Development of a City – Bridgetown: A Walking Tour

4. The Development of a City – Bridgetown: A Walking Tour

On this tour you will be taken on a journey that will include how the city got its name and end when it got its independence 50 years ago.  A picture is first painted of the space now called Independence Square before homage is paid to the unceremonial "burial ground" of the slaves as they landed on the island.  The "Blackwood Screw dock" is the next stop before heading to on of two of the "bridges" in the city. Celebrating achievements such at running water into the city at "the fountain", recognizing the sacrifices of the men of the two world wars at "the Cenotaph" occur before the stately "Parliament Buidlings" are revealed in story. The story of the "birth of rum" is next before the "Jewish ancentors" are recognized.  The commercial activity on the popular "Swan Street" is shared as the "oldest street" in Bridgetown in explored. This is followed by the "oldest church" and the "Town Hall".  The magnificent "Mutual Building" waits patiently to share all her stories then attention is turned to another "street of commercial significance" before the spirit of the wharf and "the Spirit Bond" shares her story.  A stroll along the boardwalk takes you back to the start where the story of "Independence "is told to end an exciting tour.   

Oistins Fish Fry Experience from Bridgetown, Barbados

5. Oistins Fish Fry Experience from Bridgetown, Barbados

Enjoy a quick and comfortable transfer from your hotel or villa to Oistins, where you'll be shown around this charming fishing community and escorted to a reserved table at one of the excellent local restaurants. Soak up the lively atmosphere, dining on the specialty fresh fish – stopping off only at the barbecue on its way from the sea to your plate! Or else try one of the many other delectable regional dishes, with vegetarians catered for too, all whilst sampling the beer, rum and culture. After dinner and drinks, you'll have time for a post-meal stroll, while perusing the vendor stalls of hand crafts and souvenirs and savoring the vibrant nightlife of this wonderful corner of the Caribbean. Then rendezvous with your escort at the agreed time and place for the return trip to Bridgetown.

Bridgetown: Atlantic Coast Train Line Hike and Bike Tour

6. Bridgetown: Atlantic Coast Train Line Hike and Bike Tour

The adventure begins with pickup from your island accommodation or a convenient meeting point. Arrive at the sleepy fishing village of Tent Bay, characterized by the stunning scenery of the Scottish District that is so wonderfully different to other parts of the island. From Tent Bay embark on a 6 km hike along the rugged East Coast of the island, following the former train line that existed between Bridgetown and Belleplaine in the late 1800s. Along the way, soak up breathtaking panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and learn about the history and heritage of Barbados from your expert guides. The hike ends at Bath Beach where you’ll hop on your electric bike and start the second part of the tour. Travel along hilly tracks and the coastal cliffs of Forteqsue, passing through Conset Cutting. Arrive at a scenic lookout point and marvel at the incredible view of Culpepper Island before heading back to Bath Beach for some well-deserved complimentary drinks and a swim in the sea.

Historic Garrison and its Museum - a Military Story

7. Historic Garrison and its Museum - a Military Story

You get to try and enjoy the various modes of transportation on the island as you make your way to the Barbados Museum for the start of your walking tour.  You will travel on foot around the Garrison and see the many barracks while getting a sense of what life of the soldiers of that time was like. On the journey through this historic area, you will hear stories about hurricanes, wars, forts and cannons, the birth of horse racing and cricket as well as about the Court Martials and the famous house where George Washington stayed on his visit to this island.    A few intriguing stories along the way will bring it all together. A tasting and sampling along the way completes this tour which is even more comfortable with the aid of your audio equipment. No more running to catch up to hear what the guide has to say! Take your time and hear as though he/she is right there talking to you alone. What a wonderful experience awaits you on a walking tour of the historic Garrison and its Museum, Barbados.

Speightstown Heritage Walking Tour and Sunset Dinner

8. Speightstown Heritage Walking Tour and Sunset Dinner

You will get to try and enjoy the various modes of transportation on the island as you make your way to the roundabout at the entrance to this historic town for the start of your tour. You should allow for at least 15 minutes before the official start of the tour in order to get your personal audio devices and snacks. Your guides will aim for a prompt start for this 4-hour exploration.  The time can take a little bit longer if you have tons of questions as your guides want to ensure you get to hear as many of the stories of this rich historical area as possible. Starting at the newly-built roundabout which marks the entrance to this town, travel through the streets among the local people plying their trade and even interact with them. As you journey, you will also see and hear about the forts and cannons of the 18th-century. A few intriguing stories along the way will bring it all together and this tour is made even more comfortable with the aid of your personal audio equipment - no more running to catch up to hear what the guide has to say. Take your time and hear as though they are right there talking to you alone. A wonderful experience awaits you on this walking tour of Speightstown, Barbados.

Barbados: 3-Hour Arbib Nature & Heritage Trail Hike

9. Barbados: 3-Hour Arbib Nature & Heritage Trail Hike

Enjoy a 3-hour hike along a trail developed by the Barbados National Trust that shows visitors a variety of the island’s natural, cultural, and historical sites. Humpback whales passed through the waters of Barbados years ago. Learn about the whaling industry of old from your guide. It’s even possible that you may be visiting at the right time to see these magnificent denizens of the deep enjoying themselves offshore. The optional Whim Adventure section of the trail is for the more adventurous, sure-footed hikers. Scrambling over boulders and walking upon uneven surfaces all the way is the order of the day. Your walk begins in the quaint commercial center of Speightstown, and heads inland to an area where the commercial area gives way to a small residential area called Round De Town, and from there to the natural environment of the Whim. Under the tree canopy of this peaceful and cool section of the Whim your guide will tell you about the geology of Barbados. From here it’s up a short hill to a residential area, where you’ll have a chance to interact with some of the local residents. Then we go to a high school where you’ll see the remnants of the Old Dover Fort & Signal Station. Overlooking northern Speightstown, this station was one of a series of signal stations in use during the 1800s to communicate across the island. This vantage point overlooks one of the island's largest Amerindian settlement sites, which was prized real estate over 1,500 years ago, and remains so today. You’ll hear about the Barbados Amerindian story as you hold authentic Amerindian tools in your hands. Descending the cliff by an easily accessible route, you’ll leave the school behind as you make our way onto the beach and finally back into Speightstown, where the hike began.

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What people are saying about Bridgetown

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 15 reviews

Fun day out with lots of local information provided by our guide, Rooster who entertained us all the way round with his tales and his singing . Lovely lunch provided at a cafe in Bathsheba and rum punch and banana bread a welcome snack along the way. All in all was a great start to our holiday and I would wholeheartedly recommend.

Very interesting historical walking tour. The guide turned up with a goodie bag: headphones, water & nuts. Very welcome for the warm weather. She was very informative, and with the headsets we were able to stand in the shade whilst listening to the guide.

Evan was our amazing guide in Bridgetown. He was thorough snd very knowledgeable while walking through this capital city. I highly recommend this tour to get the history, architecture and folklore of Bridgetown snd Barbados. Thank you Evan!

Excellent tour. Foursquare rums were the best in my opinion. Dario was a great guide. Rooster the tour guide was informative and hilarious with a brilliant rooster impression

Visited 2 separate distilleries. Tasting sessions in both. You get about 10 small shots of rum in total!! Extremely interesting and great value for money.