Barbados is a small island with tons of activities and things to do, packed into a small area. One of the big advantages of Barbados is that anywhere that you want to go or anything that you want to do on the island is close, nothing is more that ¾ of an hour’s drive away and most things are within 15 to 20 minutes drive or closer. You can decide on a few very different things to do that are all close or just drive a bit and find something.
There are beach activities, stores, food, beautiful gardens, old churches, open houses, sports activities and so much more. You can choose to do a few of them each day.
As you look through my pictures, you will see a few ideas of the things that I enjoy about Barbados and I hope that you can see the beauty of the island and get ideas of wonderful things to do.
I cannot possibly get to everything on this site, it’s just a starting point.
The Dutch brought sugar cane to Barbados around 1640 and it grew here very nicely. It is picked, processed and then made into sugar, molasses and, Bajan’s favourite, rum. As children we used to get the cane, peel it and chew it.
Barbados makes some of the best sugar in the world but we export most of it. If you can find Bajan sugar in the supermarket, grab some and take it with you.
Andrews Sugar factory either is or will be the only factory still working in the island.
I enjoyed photographing the working factory with the steam, running water, froth and working equipment.
The patterns in the froth were very interesting and looking through the steam make everything look different.
There are over 100 religious groups operating in Barbados. and their places of worship range from the majestic coral stone structures to the simple chattel house:
Some of the original churches are said to be haunted and the St. John's Parish which was rebuilt in 1831 to replace the one that was destroyed by hurricane in
The oldest church is St. James Parish Church located in Holetown, where the English settlers landed in Barbados. The original structure was built in the 1600s but was severely damaged by a hurricane. In 1690 a stone structure was built to replace the wooden buildingover 300 churches
There are over 100 religious groups in Barbados with beautiful old churches, some built in the 1600’s. Some of the first churches were wooden structures but had to be replaced when they were destroyed by hurricanes.
Some of the churches are majestic coral structures with stained glass windows and intricately carvings but with so many religious groups you often find people worshiping in much more modern churches or even under tents or in private homes.
Each parish has a parish church and some of them are said to be haunted. When the settlers came to Barbados, one of the first missions was to build a place of worship and St. James Parish Church was built in Holetown and rebuilt in1690 when it was destroyed by hurricane.
Some of the parish churches are situated with the best views; St. John’s parish church is one of them.
Codrington College is a another one of my favourite places to take my camera. I like to go early in the morning because the lilies are night bloomers and they are shut in the middle of the day.
I usually take a bag of bread to feed the ducks which eat right out of your hands and if the little birds are there, they will fly down and catch the bread in mid air if you throw it. It’s very difficult to capture the little bird as it flies down to catch the bread.
I love the ducks, the reflections, the sheep that you find sometimes and the huge big trees.
Look for the weird shaped tree right next to the pond and the reflection of that tree in the pond. When you are by the pond, throw some of the bread for the fish, you will be surprised by how many arrive and how crazy they get competing for it.
As you enter the road you will see the driveway lined with Royal palms. When you get over the pond, the bridge, the ducks and the beautiful building, go on through the arches and you will find a garden, a sun dial and a beautiful view.
If I take my camera to Codrington College, I do not want to go with drive by shooters. This is somewhere that I like to get absorbed with the photos and don’t want to be dragged away.
You can literally drive around the island and see the different types of beaches. Starting on the West coast, you will find the beautiful flat sea, perfect for swimming. The sea is warm all year round and the sand is perfect for building sand castles or just lying around to catch the sun.
You can travel North and find that the beaches are not good for swimming but they are beautiful, you will find the cliffs and rocks and as you round the North of the island to get to the East coast, you will find even more cliffs and realize that it is dangerous to swim. You might find some bays that are protected from the waves, like sharks hole or Bathsheba (only at low tide) but for the most part, the East coast is for sightseeing, some places are good for surfing and scenery and not for swimming.
As you get close to the south coast, you will find areas that are nicer to swim getting really nice as you round the peak of the South coast. Latterly, there are beaches that I would only recommend for surfing within walking distance from beaches that are perfect for swimming and playing in the sand.
There are so many very nice beaches for swimming close you where ever you are that I would only recommend that you swim in those areas and not risk swimming in areas that do not look safe. The south and west coast are for swimming, not the north or east.
If you don’t want to swim and only want to walk on the beach, you will find shells, ground glass in many colours and unique coral along the beach.
The Shower of Gold or Cats Claw Whisk is a vine that grows wild in Barbados. It is found on some of the old windmills and covers them completely. In the beginning of the year, we normally get a drought and them a heavy rain. A few days after that rain, all of the shower of gold vines bloom for about 2 to 3 days. They turn completely gold with flowers and are absolutely beautiful. The flowers drop, leaving a gold ground covering around the mill.
In some areas the Barbados Black Belly sheep live in the area with the Shower of Gold vine and there is a straight line just where the sheep can reach.
I have not found all of the mills with the shower of gold so if you know of any, let me know.
The landmark coral stone lion was carved in 1868 by Captain Henry Wilkinson with the assistance of four military laborers. It’s seven feet tall to the top of its head and overlooks the view of the South Coast. The left paw rests on a big red ball which represents the earth.
I love the Bajan gullies, they are full of different trees, flowers, insects and you can sometimes find the monkeys and other animals.
The gullies are very humid and there is nowhere to shelter if it rains so take protection for your camera if you get the opportunity to visit one of our gullies. If you get the opportunity, as I did, to visit a gully with experts, you will be shown the medicinal plants and other things that you will miss if you go on your own.
Blackmans gully has a nice bridge that was put together many years ago and was plastered together with a white lime and sand mixture and molasses and egg whites were also added for strength.
A gully is a winding ravine approximately 20 meters deep, which runs from elevated inland areas to the coast. They were originally underground caves and developed when the roofs of these caves collapsed over time creating a valley-like formation.
There are two types of gullies in Barbados and these are the U-shaped and V-shaped gullies. The V-shaped gullies are found mainly in the Scotland District because the soil there is impermeable and water cuts a V-shape.
The gullies are home to many animals, including, along with a wide range of plants some of which have medicinal value and they are an important part of the natural landscape of Barbados.