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BridgetownBarbados

Explore the capital and largest city for historical reference and even more great beaches and other activities, including the world’s oldest rum.

Bridgetown is the capital of Barbados and a city with a lot of history. When the English arrived to declare the area a British colony in the 17th century they found an abandoned Indian settlement and bridge and later gave the area the Bridgetown name. The harbor became a critical port for ships traveling across the Atlantic and was heavily protected against attack from other colonizing European powers.

Visit the Bridgetown Garrison, initially constructed starting in 1705 as a British fortification, and now an internationally protected World Heritage Site. Take a guided walking tour to appreciate the historic significance of the military, commercial and social activities of the 18th and 19th centuries in Barbados. Points of interest include St. Mary’s and St. Michael’s churches, Queen’s Park, Jewish Synagogue, Heroes Square and Parliament Building.

Walk in the footsteps of earlier world leaders by visiting the George Washington House and the Lord Nelson Monument in Heroes Square (formerly Trafalgar Square) in front of the Parliament Building.

For a lighter look at history, tour the Mount Gay Rum Factory bottling facility which claims to be the best and oldest rum in the world. It has been made in Barbados since 1703. Make reservations to enjoy taste testing on weekdays; children can participate but not drink. On Saturdays, watch thoroughbred horses race at Garrison Savannah, where horses have been running for over 150 years.

Bridgetown is the largest city on Barbados, with a population of nearly 100,000. It is the center for transportation, shopping and arranging excursions, a convenient hub for activities across the island. You can stay in a hotel in Bridgetown and drive or take a bus or taxi to any of the beaches and other attractions on the island in two hours or less. Or, from the city center drive or take a taxi to one of half a dozen beaches within 10 minutes.

Bridgetown is just 20 minutes from the international airport.

Where to stay in Bridgetown

George Washington House showing heritage elements, a house and interior views

Garrison Historic Area

A noteworthy feature of Garrison Historic Area is its stunning beaches. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out Carlisle Bay and Barbados Museum & Historical Society.

Garrison Historic Area
Brighton Beach which includes a sandy beach, tropical scenes and landscape views

Brighton

2/5(2 area reviews)

When in Brighton, you can plan a visit to Brighton Beach and Paradise Beach, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.

Brighton

Top Hotels in Bridgetown

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Radisson Aquatica Resort Barbados
Radisson Aquatica Resort Barbados
4 out of 5
Aquatic Gap, Carlisle Bay, Bridgetown, St. Michael
The price is $121 per night

Located in Bridgetown, this beachfront resort is in the city center and within a 15-minute walk of Carlisle Bay and Brownes Beach. Rockley Beach and Barbados ...

4.1/5Very Good! (999 reviews)

"We’ve stayed at the Radisson a few times in the last 4 yrs and the place itself is looking run down it definitely needs some tic. The staff are amazing. That is the reason why we continue to stay there."…"

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2020

Radisson Aquatica Resort Barbados
Hilton Barbados Resort
Hilton Barbados Resort
4.5 out of 5
Needhams Point, Bridgetown, St. Michael
The price is $139 per night

Located in Bridgetown, this beachfront resort is in the historical district, just steps from Needhams Point and Carlisle Bay. Rockley Beach and Brownes Beach ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,000 reviews)

"Service in Lighthouse Restaurant painfully slow. Loved service in Cuppa Cafe. Plenty of lounge chairs at pool and beach."…"

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2020

Hilton Barbados Resort
Island Inn All Inclusive Hotel
Island Inn All Inclusive Hotel
3 out of 5
Aquatic Gap, The Garrison, Bridgetown, St. Michael

This family-friendly Bridgetown property is located near the beach, within a 15-minute walk of Carlisle Bay and Brownes Beach. Rockley Beach and Barbados Parliament ...

4.2/5Excellent! (110 reviews)

"Lovely small hotel in a good location. Wifi only available in public areas."…"

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2020

Island Inn All Inclusive Hotel

Popular places to visit in Bridgetown

Carlisle Bay
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Carlisle Bay

4.5/5(277 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Carlisle Bay, a popular spot to commune with nature in Bridgetown. Amble around this family-friendly area's beautiful beaches and enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Paradise Beach
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Paradise Beach

4/5(43 reviews)

One of the most popular starting off points for serious divers. Several wrecks offer beginning to advanced depth exploration.

Brownes Beach
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Brownes Beach

4.5/5(126 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Brownes Beach, a popular beach in Bridgetown. Wander the area's seaside or simply enjoy one of its top-notch restaurants.

Brighton Beach
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Brighton Beach

4.5/5(47 reviews)

One of the best-known beaches for short-term visitors, a popular spot for locals, and a must visit for rum drinkers.

Barbados Parliament Buildings
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Barbados Parliament Buildings

4/5(117 reviews)

Barbados Parliament Buildings is just one of the places to see in Bridgetown, so why not enjoy the other things to explore during your travels? Discover the area's beautiful sunsets and top-notch restaurants.

Needhams Point
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Needhams Point

Explore the lovely green spaces of Needhams Point and enjoy the surfing in Bridgetown. Stroll along the area's seaside, or simply savor its seafood restaurants.

Top things to do in Bridgetown

Small-Group Lunch Cruise with Snorkeling & Open Bar
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Small-Group Lunch Cruise with Snorkeling & Open Bar

$133
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Harrison's Cave Underground Tour
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Harrison's Cave Underground Tour

$72
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Beach Extravaganza Dinner Show
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Beach Extravaganza Dinner Show

$98
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Best of Barbados Land & Sea Tour
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Best of Barbados Land & Sea Tour

$145
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Atlantis Submarines Day-time Underwater Adventure
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Atlantis Submarines Day-time Underwater Adventure

$109
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Double Delight Couple's Massage
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Double Delight Couple's Massage

$260
Per adult

Reviews of Bridgetown

4.1

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
81
5 - Excellent 36.32286995515695%
4 - Good
93
4 - Good 41.70403587443946%
3 - Okay
42
3 - Okay 18.83408071748879%
2 - Disappointing
5
2 - Disappointing 2.242152466367713%
1 - Terrible
2
1 - Terrible 0.8968609865470852%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 26, 2020

Wonderful ocean breezes, gorgeous beaches, friendly people

4/5 - Good

Richard

Mar 21, 2020

Relatively expensive for a resort town. Look for local food stalls / trucks.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 21, 2020

The beautiful setting for the Radisson and Hilton on the beach are very near the cruise port and a short commute to the airport. Paradise on the beach and a secure location for your stay.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 26, 2020

A wonderful place to explore. The water is warm and clear. Swimming with turtles, stingrays and ship wrecks is a daily activity. Barbados is a fun island.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 26, 2020

Hope to return someday.

5/5 - Excellent

Russell

Feb 15, 2020

Nice people & good food!

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