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Carlisle Bay picture in Barbados
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Located on the southwestern coast of Barbados, Carlisle Bay's beaches offer calm waters, making this an ideal place to swim. The bay's six shipwrecks also make this area a great spot for snorkeling. Marine animals you may see while exploring these gentle waters include rock lobsters, turtles and fish.

While travelers with children praise this bay's calm waters and clean surroundings, adventure junkies rave about the variety of activities offered. Visitors can rent water sports equipment like kayaks and jet skis from local vendors, or arrange for beachside horseback riding. Umbrellas, lounge chairs and towels are available for a fee as well.

Carlisle Bay's beaches sit about 2 miles southwest of downtown Bridgetown. To get to the bay, travelers can hire a taxi or take a bus to the Fairchild Street Bus Terminal, which is just a couple blocks away from the bay's northern tip. Free parking and lifeguards are available at all of the bay's beaches. Nearby facilities include public restrooms, dive shops, restaurants and shops. All Bajan beaches are free to visit and are open from sunrise to sunset.

 

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#1 Bathsheba Beach Bathsheba Beach, which sits on Barbados' west coast, is a photographer's and surfer's paradise. For photographers, Bathsheba offers dramatic rock formations and abandoned homes. And for surfers, there ... Read more » Philip_Willcocks / Getty Images

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#9 Mount Gay Visitor Centre One of two commercial rum producers on the island, Mount Gay Rum offers tours of its visitor center, where guests can get a behind-the-scenes look at how Mount Gay Rum ... Read more » None / Barbados Tourism Authority - UK

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Towering rock formations and phenomenal surf can be found at Bathsheba Beach, which is located approximately 11 miles east of Holetown. Philip_Willcocks / Getty Images

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Dive into Carlisle Bay's waters and you'll discover six shipwrecks, plus an array of marine creatures. BrettCharlton / Getty Images

Take a tour of St. Nicholas Abbey – not to be confused with a church – and you'll find tons of Bajan history, plus top-notch rum. Orietta Gaspari / Getty Images

Plant lovers cannot miss a visit to Hunte's Gardens. If you're lucky, you may even spot some local wildlife during your visit. Hunte's Gardens

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Tucked along Barbados' northern tip is Animal Flower Cave, where visitors can explore the island's only walkable sea cave. Berit Watkin / Flickr

Tours of this rum facility do not include a look at Mount Gay Rum's distillery, but travelers can still catch a glimpse of how the company's iconic rum is made, plus score a few samples at the Mount Gay Visitor Centre. None / Barbados Tourism Authority - UK

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