Natural Wonders of Barbados
Duration: Half Day
The stunning island of Barbados is blessed with some of the most beautiful natural wonders in the Caribbean. Lush botanical gardens, paradise beaches and unique rock formations are just some of the country’s most treasured features. This tour will give you a glimpse of some of the highlights as we venture to a working farm to see the indigenous Blackbelly Sheep before continuing onwards to explore the beautiful Andromeda Gardens, the famous Bathsheba rock formations, Cherry Tree Hill and Whim Gully to appreciate and learn about the rich flora of the island. Nature lovers will be in their element.
Starting at Park’s Farm, you will be taken on a guided tour to see animals such as the striking Barbados Blackbelly Sheep. This indigenous domestic animal resembles both a deer and a goat with its course hair rather than wool, but it is a true species of sheep. Although the Barbados Blackbelly has evolved on the island, it is believed to have African ancestry and can tolerate heat and show more stamina than most breeds of sheep. They are primarily reared for meat and are very easy to breed and keep. If you are lucky, you may be able to see the adorable Blackbelly lambs whilst you are here.
Moving onwards, our next stop brings us to Andromeda Gardens in the Parish of St Joseph. Nestled on a cliff overlooking Barbados’ rugged east coast, this beautifully landscaped, six-acre garden started as a private plant collection at the home of Ms. Iris Bannochie, a leading horticulturalist, in 1954, and is now currently owned by the Barbados National Trust. The garden is a delight to explore because it boasts one of the best collections of indigenous and exotic tropical flowers and plants in the Caribbean. Many different species of palms, tropical flowers and shrubs are displayed here, so you are greeted by splashes of colour and sweet aromas everywhere you turn. Ponds, streams, shady nooks and rocky ledges are also featured throughout the park, so there is much to see during your visit. This is a small piece of paradise not to be missed.
Just a short drive from Andromeda, we come to the famous rock formations at Bathsheba beach. These striking coral boulders broke away from ancient coral reefs thousands of years ago. The most prominent feature is the enormous Bathsheba Rock, which rises from the ocean just off the shore. We shortly drive onwards along the famous East Coast Road, which will give you dramatic views of the powerful Atlantic Ocean and the hills and mountains in the distance. The road soon leads us to the beautiful Cherry Tree Hill, which lies approximately 850 feet above sea level. Here you can enjoy yet more magnificent views before we make our last stop of the tour at Whim Gully. This unique tropical gully is part of an island-wide system that features a rich diversity of native plants and trees amongst its coral stone walls. These spectacular sights are just some of the natural treasures not to miss during your holiday in Barbados.
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