Bathsheba, St. Joseph
A fascinating collection of unusual and beautiful plant specimens from around the world is cultivated in 6 acres of gardens nestled among streams, ponds, and rocky outcroppings overlooking the sea above the Bathsheba coastline. The gardens were created in 1954 by the late horticulturist Iris Bannochie. They're now administered by the Barbados National Trust. The Hibiscus CafĂ© serves snacks and drinks.
Animal Flower Cave:
North Point, St. Lucy
Small sea anemones, or sea worms, resemble jewel-like flowers when they open their tiny tentacles. They live in small pools -- some large enough to swim in -- in this cave at the island's very northern tip. The view of breaking waves from inside the cave is outstanding.
Hwy. 7, Garrison Savannah, St. Michael
Mon.-Sat. 9-5, Sun. 2-6
This museum, in the former British Military Prison (1815) in the historic Garrison area, has artifacts from Arawak days (around 400 BC) and galleries that depict 19th-century military history and everyday life. You'll see cane-harvesting tools, wedding dresses, ancient dentistry instruments. There is also the grim legacy of slave sale accounts kept in a spidery copperplate handwriting. There are also a wildlife and natural history exhibits, an art gallery, a children's gallery, a gift shop, and a cafĂ©.
St. Barnabas Roundabout, St. Michael
(Intersection of ABC Hwy. and Hwy. 5)
This statue of a slave is commonly referred to as the Bussa Statue. Bussa was the man who, in the early part of the 19th century, led the first slave rebellion in Barbados. The statue overlooks a broad sugarcane field just outside Bridgetown.
Richmond Plantation, Hwy. 2, St. Joseph
It's a treat to meander among fragrant flowering bushes, canna and ginger lilies, puffball trees, and more than 100 other species of tropical flora in a cool, tranquil setting. A 1/2-mi-long path winds through the 50 acres of grounds, a former sugar plantation. There are a snack bar, a gift shop, and a beautiful view of Mt. Hillaby.
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