Barbados is a small island located in the Caribbean Sea, approximately 450 km (280 miles) from Venezuela. The island is well-known among tourists all over the world for its endless white beaches, azure water, traditional carnivals, and historical sights. It also boasts numerous coral reefs such as Bright Ledge, Tropicana and the Farm, with plenty of fish and curious underwater creatures. Night scuba trips, snorkeling adventures with turtles and shipwreck trips are especially popular.
In addition to its developed infrastructure, the island is recognized as one of the best medical tourism destinations and a reputable place for medical education. Its clinics and medical schools, like Queen Elizabeth Hospital or Barbados Fertility Clinic, use cutting edge technology and scientific knowledge to treat cardiovascular disease, cancer and other diseases. For medical studies, students choose American University of Integrative Sciences (AUIS) or Washington University of Barbados. For example, American University of Integrative Sciences (AUIS) offers a basic science curriculum and comprehensive clinical training for international students.
Also known as a diver and photo-enthusiast destination, these are some of the top attractions on Barbados:
It’s a good idea to start exploring Barbados with its capital, Bridgetown. People gather at National Heroes Square to view its three sculptures: a memorial to the Barbados inhabitants, a statue of Horatio Nelson, and a fountain. St. Michael Cathedral, with its arched windows, was made of coral rocks in the 18th century. In Nidhe Israel Synagogue, visitors will see the beautiful handicraft items and ancient tombstones in the nearby cemetery. Parliament Buildings located next to the Constitution River are the symbol of the city’s history from its establishment to independence from the British monarchy. At the Cheapside Market, visitors will discover fresh home-grown fruit and other vegetable specialties. Another perfect spot for sightseeing is Morgan Lewis Sugar Mill; there are live demonstrations of how sugar was made in the 17th century.
Harrison’s Cave is a spectacular place to visit. Scientists began to explore it in the 70s when Ole Sorensen, a speleologist, made its map. Tourists get there on a special tram. It is characterized by stalactites and stalagmites, natural passageways, crystal-clear waterfalls and green pools. These unique formations grew thanks to the calcium-rich water. Some caves are so narrow and small they can only be explored with flashlights on hands and knees. The main area of the cave is named the Great Hall. Another group of strangely formed stalagmites is called the Altar. It’s also possible to hold a business meeting or even a wedding right in the cave.
Explore the history and heritage of the island at the island’s museum situated in the former prison. It contains documents on the coral structure of the island, artifacts of the ancient inhabitants, furniture of plantation houses, historical maps, and a children’s gallery. Researchers can dig into national archives and local library’s books to find out more about the culture and architecture on the island. It also offers public programs, educational island tours and temporary exhibitions.
Andromeda Botanic Gardens
Located on a hillside, this place can definitely boast of spectacular views and wonders of nature. It has more than 1,000 rare species of tropical trees and famous bearded fig trees (by the way, Barbados means “bearded” in Portuguese). It was established by Iris Bannochie, an outstanding botanist who was awarded several prestigious prizes. It’s also a nice place for relaxing by the pond, and watching flitting hummingbirds monkeys! It’s also a center for learning: gardeners arrive here to start their projects. Visitors can purchase local handicraft and home-made soaps in the Gallery Lounge.
After exploring the museums and historical places of the island, it’s time to relax at the Flower Forest, another natural wonder. Located on the former plantation, it occupies more than 50 acres of evergreen forest and lush tropical plants. Visitors admire its colorful orchids, tall bamboos, spectacular views across the countryside and funny monkeys. In the park, there are also unique plant species such as turquoise Jade Vine, a cat-tail flower, Indonesian Wax Ginger, Heliconia or Macaw palm with spikes. This quiet and peaceful place is ideal for tropical weddings and other special events.
In the following article, we’ll tell about another top 5 interesting sights. Whether you decide to spend a weekend here or get a degree at American University of Integrative Sciences, School of Medicine – Barbados will welcome you with sunbeams, comfortable climate, and flawless beaches.