Nat­ural Attrac­tions — National Parks and Reserves

Queen’s Park

Located in the cap­i­tal city of Bridgetown, this national park was once the home of the Com­man­der of the British Troops which used to be sta­tioned in Bar­ba­dos. The most strik­ing nat­ural fea­ture of Queen’€™s Park is its two baobab trees. Brought to Bar­ba­dos in 1738 from Guinea, Africa, these trees are among the few which remain on the island, with one being approx­i­mately 18 meters in cir­cum­fer­ence, mak­ing it one of the largest trees in Barbados.

Far­ley Hill

This national park is located at a cool 900ft above sea level and sits on approx­i­mately 17 acres of lush land. It is a pic­turesque tree-​filled spot which is a mecca for pic­nick­ers. There is also the pre­served remains of the Far­ley Hill Man­sion against its back­drop. Its height above sea level makes it a very cool place to relax, even on hot days.

Tel: (246) 4223555

Bar­ba­dos Wildlife Reserve

Bar­ba­dos has its very own wildlife reserve, and it’€™s just the place to see ani­mals up close in their nat­ural habi­tat. From the shy hare, to the mis­chie­vous mon­keys and the slith­ery snakes (caged!), you will be in for a treat in this reserve.

There is even a walk-​through aviary where one can see an array of birds, includ­ing col­or­ful par­rots and flamin­gos. Another inter­est­ing tid­bit is that all build­ings in the Wildlife Reserve were con­structed from coral rock which had been exca­vated from nearby gul­lies. This is cer­tainly a slice of par­adise for nature lovers. READ MORE

Folke­stone Marine Park and Vis­i­tor Centre

Folke­stone Marine Reserve is a marine pro­tected area which falls under the ambit of the National Con­ser­va­tion Com­mis­sion. Its most strik­ing fea­ture is the arti­fi­cial reef cre­ated by the delib­er­ate sink­ing of the ship Stavronikita. This reef is located less than half a mile from the shore and is 120ft deep. There is also an inshore reef found in the Recre­ational Zone of the Reserve. The area is mostly utilised by snorkel­ers and scuba divers. Inside the Vis­i­tors Cen­tre is a small museum which has beau­ti­ful pho­tographs and inter­est­ing infor­ma­tion on coastal marine life on dis­play. There is also an aquar­ium which is home to lots of inter­est­ing sea crea­tures and life forms.

To facil­i­tate the dif­fer­ent activ­i­ties around the coral reefs, Folke­stone is divided into four zones:

  • The Sci­en­tific Zone
  • North­ern Water Sports Zone
  • Recre­ational Zone
  • South­ern Water Sports Zone

Tel: (246) 4222314

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