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.
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.
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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 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:
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