Rock formations on the shores of Bathsheba Beach, on a sunny day in Bridgetown, Barbados
BRITISH ROOTS, BAJAN FLAVOR

Cruise to Bridgetown, Barbados

You’ll find Bridgetown strikes a fine mix of island warmth and English heritage. Stately colonial buildings intermingle with colorful wooden homes, open-air markets, and catch-of-the-day cafes. Outside of the bustle of “Town,” as the locals call it, Barbados is a new kind of paradise in any direction. Cruise to Barbados and head towards the shore for pink-and-white-sand beaches that stretch on endlessly and crystal clear turquoise waters. Or stick to the center of the island, you’ll find rolling hills and valleys, sugarcane fields and historic plantations. You can even travel underground to discover limestone caves with their own waterfalls.
National Language English, Bajan
Currency Accepted Barbados Dollar (BBD), U.S. Dollar (USD)

Things To Do in Bridgetown

Colorful lights in Harrison Cave, Bridgetown, Barbados

BENEATH THE SURFACE

Colorful lights in Harrison Cave, Bridgetown, Barbados

Colorful lights in Harrison Cave, Bridgetown, Barbados

BENEATH THE SURFACE

Take a solar-powered tram journey 170 feet below ground into Harrison’s Cave, an intricate limestone cave system. Here, you’ll find flowing streams, waterfalls, emerald-hued pools, unusual stalactite formations, and towering columns that formed over thousands of years.

Monkey eating at a wildlife reserve in Bridgetown, Barbados

GO GREEN

Monkey eating at a wildlife reserve in Bridgetown, Barbados

Monkey eating at a wildlife reserve in Bridgetown, Barbados

GO GREEN

Hop into a rugged 4X4 and make your way through the Barbados Wildlife Reserve. Deep in the island’s interior, you’ll find playful green monkeys, colorful birds, reptiles and other native animals roaming freely. Try to visit around 2 p.m. for feeding time to see the green monkeys close-up.

Clear sunny beach on Carlisle Bay, Bridgetown, Barbados
Clear sunny beach on Carlisle Bay, Bridgetown, Barbados

BEST BEACH DAY EVER

Sit back and relax on the powdery white sands of Harbour Lights on Carlisle Bay Beach. If kicking back with a rum punch in hand is a little too laid-back, you can snorkel around shipwrecks, rent a jet ski, or even visit Tortuga to swim with turtles.

Three Bajan fish cakes on a green plate with white rice
Three Bajan fish cakes on a green plate with white rice

Local Cuisine

This island is a seafood lover’s dream come true. Bajan (or Barbadian) cuisine blends African, Indian and British influences. For a truly authentic experience, don’t shy away from the street food— try the fried fish cakes, macaroni pie, tamarind balls, and the national dish, cou-cou with flying fish.

Assorted bags at an open souvenir market in Bridgetown, Barbados
Assorted bags at an open souvenir market in Bridgetown, Barbados

Shopping

For the best deals on duty-free luxury items and authentic souvenirs from the island, check out the shops in the cruise terminal and the stores along Broad Street, the main street in Bridgetown. Cruise to Barbados and bring home a taste of the island with a rum cake, which is called ‘great cake’ for a reason.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
1 Ships dock at the Bridgetown Cruise Terminal, about a mile from town.
2 Driving can get a little crazy here— save yourself the hassle of renting a car.
3 Official taxis have a “Z” on their license plates. The rates are fixed, but you should tip 10%.

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