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Explore the capital and largest city for historical reference and even more great beaches and other activities, including the world’s oldest rum.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

Top Hotels in Bridgetown

Radisson Aquatica Resort Barbados
Radisson Aquatica Resort Barbados
4 out of 5
The price is CA $148 per night from Oct 31 to Nov 1

Located in Garrison Historic Area, this beachfront resort is in the city centre and within a 15-minute walk of Carlisle Bay and Brownes Beach. Rockley Beach ...

4.1/5Very Good! (995 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
The price is CA $216 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Located in Garrison Historic Area, this beachfront resort is in the historical district, just steps away from Needhams Point and Carlisle Bay. Rockley Beach ...

4.2/5Very Good! (997 reviews)

"The most enjoyable experience. Would definitely visit again!"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 22, 2020

Hilton Barbados Resort
Island Inn All Inclusive Hotel
Island Inn All Inclusive Hotel
3 out of 5
The price is CA $385 per night from Nov 24 to Nov 25

This family-friendly Bridgetown resort 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
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Bridgetown

Believe Caribbean Apartments
Believe Caribbean Apartments
2.5 out of 5

Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Carlisle Bay and Brownes Beach. Rockley Beach and Barbados Parliament Buildings ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (14 reviews)

"Shawn and Verna are the best people! Their property is perfect and only a 10 minute walk from Browne's Beach. Couldn't have asked for a better stay. Thank You!"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 13, 2020

Believe Caribbean Apartments
Nautilus Beach Apartments
Nautilus Beach Apartments
3 out of 5
Bay Street, Bridgetown, St. Michael

Located in Bridgetown, this beachfront apartment building is in the historical district and within a 10-minute walk of Carlisle Bay and Garrison Savannah. Barbados ...

4/5Very Good! (111 reviews)

"The property is a bit dated but it sits on one of the best beaches in Barbados. It was perfect for what I needed it for."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 21, 2020

Nautilus Beach Apartments
Moonshine 316 Rockley Golf Club
Moonshine 316 Rockley Golf Club
3 out of 5
Rockley Golf and Country Club, Bridgetown, Christ Church

Situated in Bridgetown, this golf condo is within 2 miles (3 km) of Rockley Golf Course, Rockley Beach and Worthing Beach. Dover Beach and Carlisle Bay are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (7 reviews)

"To be honest everthing was great very quiet beautiful atmosphere"…"

Reviewed on Dec. 4, 2019

Moonshine 316 Rockley Golf Club
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Bridgetown

Paradise Beach
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Paradise Beach

4/5(20 reviews)

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

Brighton Beach
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Brighton Beach

4.5/5(20 reviews)

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

George Washington House
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George Washington House

3.5/5(4 reviews)

Visit the same house and surroundings where the first U.S. president stayed over 250 years ago on his visit to Barbados.

Top things to do in Bridgetown

Mount Gay Rum Tasting Tour
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Mount Gay Rum Tasting Tour

CA $26
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Beach Extravaganza Dinner Show
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Beach Extravaganza Dinner Show

CA $132
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Small-Group Lunch Cruise with Snorkeling & Open Bar
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Small-Group Lunch Cruise with Snorkeling & Open Bar

CA $175
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Atlantis Submarines Day-time Underwater Adventure
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Atlantis Submarines Day-time Underwater Adventure

CA $148
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Turtle, Tropical Fish & Shipwreck 3 Hour Snorkel Tour
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Turtle, Tropical Fish & Shipwreck 3 Hour Snorkel Tour

CA $123
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Barbados "Shared" Turtle Swim and Shipwreck Tour
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Barbados "Shared" Turtle Swim and Shipwreck Tour

CA $83
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Bridgetown

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4 - Good 40%
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2/5 - Disappointing

SC

Mar 3, 2020

I was disappointed with the decline in infrastructure. So many rundown and abandoned buildings. Makes the city look uninviting.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Jan 29, 2020

I felt a little uncomfortable walking around Bridgetown. Lots of people asking us for money and we were warned that it was very unsafe at night.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Aug 7, 2019

Bridgetown was quite busy as we were there during Crop Over. There are a lot of little shops and a mall but if you're looking for some upscale shops you won't find them here.

5/5 - Excellent

Rodney

Mar 26, 2019

I recommend that hotel management maintain their high standards and continue to improve when an opportunity presents itself.

3/5 - Okay

Suzanne

Feb 24, 2019

Although the people are exceptionally nice and we could find everything we needed, the streets are littered with garbage which is not picked up by the city (broken chairs, pallets...). Barbados has several buildings abandoned mid-construction.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Dec 24, 2018

The people are friendly and will help you get around. but i suggest do all your activities during daytime. AFter 6pm its hard to see and the cars will have hard time seeing you on side walks and street crossing.

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