Harrison's Cave#8 in Best Things To Do in Barbados
One of Barbados' most popular attractions is Harrison's Cave. This limestone cavern features several streams (the stream system is estimated to be at least 1 1/2 miles long), as well as stalactites, stalagmites and other kinds of calcite deposits. Though it wasn't opened to the public until 1981, historians believe the cave was first discovered at the end of the 18th century. The cave sits in the middle of the country about 5 miles from Holetown and Bathsheba Beach.
According to recent visitors, Harrison's Cave is a must-see Barbados attraction. While the well-preserved cave receives the most praise, the cave's knowledgeable tour guides were also appreciated by past travelers. Some people, however, said the admission rates make this site a bit pricey to visit.
Harrison's Cave offers a variety of tours daily from 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. The cave's standard hourlong tram tour costs 60 Barbadian dollars (or about $30) for each adult and 30 Barbadian dollars (around $15) for children. You can also tour the cave on foot; hourlong walking tours are offered on the last Saturday of the month at 3 p.m. If you're up for the adventure, there is also a 3 1/2-hour tour that allows you to access the cave's natural trails (sometimes on your hands and knees). Prices and availability for these specialized tours vary. To reach the cave, visitors can drive or take the route No. 4 Shorey Village or Chalky Mount bus from Bridgetown, which operate daily at select times. The attraction estimates that taxi fares to the cave range from 35 to 55 Barbadian dollars (between $17 and $27). Free on-site parking is available, plus restrooms and a gift shop. For more information, visit Harrison's Cave's 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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