Andromeda Botanic Gardens#7 in Best Things To Do in Barbados
This 6-acre property was founded by horticulturist Iris Bannochie in 1954 with flowering plants she collected from around the world. Today, it's operated by the Barbados National Trust. The gardens boast more than 600 plant specimens accompanied by streams, ponds and views overlooking the ocean.
The gardens are a fantastic place to spend a couple of hours, according to recent travelers, who raved about the beauty and the tranquility of the naturalistic setting.
The gardens are located in Bathsheba. You can get there from Bridgetown and Speightstown via bus, which is about a 45- to 50-minute journey from both towns. Tickets, which cover unlimited return visits for three weeks, cost 30 Barbadian dollars (about $15) for adults; children can visit for free with a paying adult. Guided tours are available at no extra cost as long as a week's notice is given. The gardens open at 9 a.m. daily, with the last entry at 4:30 p.m. Visitors can stay as long as they like. There's also a shop selling local crafts and a bar serving drinks. For more information, visit the garden's official website.
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#1 Bathsheba Beach
Bathsheba Beach, which sits on Barbados' east coast, is a photographer's and surfer's paradise. For photographers, Bathsheba offers dramatic rock formations. And for surfers, there's the beach's famous Soup Bowl, where top-notch waves can be found. Named after the area's foamy water, the Soup Bowl is so well-known that international surfing competitions are regularly held here. Do not, however, plan on swimming at Bathsheba. Because of the region's rough waters and rock formations, it is not safe to swim there.
Recent travelers praised Bathsheba Beach's picturesque setting and phenomenal surf. Though many said the beach's rock formations more than justify a visit, Bathsheba Beach is a great spot to fly kites and enjoy a beach picnic as well. Keep in mind, though, that public transportation is limited in this area, so a rental car is recommended.
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