Bathsheba - Real Barbados' People
Duration: Half Day
The beautiful Caribbean island of Barbados is renowned for its spectacular beaches and diverse coastal landscapes. This tour will enable you to explore one of the most picturesque spots on the East Coast as we make our way to the quaint fishing village of Bathsheba.
The wild, rugged East Coast is breathtakingly beautiful, and Bathsheba is just one of its many jewels. Situated about 14 miles (23km) from Bridgetown in the parish of St. Joseph, this pretty village boasts one of the island's most spectacular white sandy beaches. It is also a popular spot for photographers who come here to capture the dramatic terrain and striking rock formations, which have been sculpted over time by powerful Atlantic breakers. Bathsheba beach is studded with large coral boulders that broke away from ancient coral reefs thousands of years ago. One of the most notable features of this famous landscape is Bathsheba Rock, an enormous boulder that rises from the ocean, just off the shore.
Bathsheba is known locally as the 'Soup Bowl' because of its foaming surf and the area is renowned as being one of the best places for surfing in the Caribbean. The beach attracts surfers from all over the world and both local and international surfing competitions take place here annually.
Legend has it that Bathsheba, wife of King David, bathed in milk to keep her skin soft and beautiful. The white foaming waters of Bathsheba, believed to be rich in minerals, are said to resemble Bathsheba's bath both in its appearance and health benefits. Although the sea is not safe enough to swim in, visitors can enjoy bathing in the Bathsheba Pools as a relaxing alternative. These shallow inshore pools have been carved out of ancient coral, and are a great place to cool off as the tide comes in. This is an experience not to be missed.
Bathsheba is home to a small community of several thousand fishing folk and their families, and the coastline is dotted with seaside cottages, guest houses, local rum shops and restaurants. The town itself has quaint churches and a number of attractions nearby, including the Flower Forest and the tropical Andromeda Botanic Gardens. The picturesque Tent Bay is also worth a visit if you get the chance to explore Bathsheba’s coastline. A small fish market can be found here, and you can watch the colourful fishing boats coming in and out of the bay.
This beautiful mystical place will be one of the highlights of your holiday in Barbados.
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