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Bridgetown

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Bridgetown featuring a church or cathedral, heritage architecture and heritage elements

Explore the capital and largest city for historical reference and even more great beaches and other activities, including the world’s oldest rum.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

Radisson Aquatica Resort Barbados
Radisson Aquatica Resort Barbados
4 out of 5
Aquatic Gap, Carlisle Bay, Bridgetown, St. Michael
The price is CA $147 per night from Aug 10 to Aug 10
Located in Garrison Historic Area, this beachfront resort is in the city center and within a 15-minute walk of Carlisle Bay and Brownes Beach. Rockley Beach ...
4/5Very Good! (986 reviews)
"GOOD SPOT."

Reviewed on Jul. 20, 2021

Radisson Aquatica Resort Barbados
Hilton Barbados Resort
Hilton Barbados Resort
4.5 out of 5
Needhams Point, Bridgetown
The price is CA $256 per night from Jul 26 to Jul 26
Located in Garrison Historic Area, this beachfront resort is in the historical district, just steps from Needhams Point and Carlisle Bay. Rockley Beach and Brownes ...
4.2/5Very Good! (998 reviews)
"The location was great quite centralized. Beach needed to be cleaned more often . But overall staff was excellent."

Reviewed on Jul. 19, 2021

Hilton Barbados Resort
Island Inn All Inclusive Hotel
Island Inn All Inclusive Hotel
3 out of 5
Aquatic Gap, The Garrison, Bridgetown, St. Michael
The price is CA $335 per night from Aug 4 to Aug 4
This family-friendly Bridgetown hotel 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.
Paradise Villas
Paradise Villas
3 out of 5
Paradise Villas, Paradise Drive, Black Rock, St Michael, Bridgetown, West Indies
Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Paradise Beach and Brighton Beach. Sandy Lane Beach and Paynes Bay Beach are also within ...
4.1/5Very Good! (47 reviews)
"Excellent location minutes walk from paradise beach. Bus stops close by to sprights town & bridge town. Walking distance to cin cin restaurant and la cabane beach bar. Can walk to Brandon’s beach up to batts Rock Beach. Spacious apartment with sea views."

Reviewed on May 4, 2019

Paradise Villas
Mordern Whole Apartment Near Main City and Beach
Mordern Whole Apartment Near Main City and Beach
Bridgetown, St. Michael
Situated in Bridgetown, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus and Brighton Beach. Paradise Beach and ...
Mordern Whole Apartment Near Main City and Beach
Modern Two Bedroom Apartment Located in Historic Area of Bridgetown, Barbados
Modern Two Bedroom Apartment Located in Historic Area of Bridgetown, Barbados
Bridgetown, St. Michael
Situated in Bridgetown, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Carlisle Bay and Brownes Beach. Rockley Beach and Barbados Parliament Buildings ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)
Beautiful Beach 10 min. walk.
"The positive is that there is a very nice sandy beach 10 min. walk. The appartment is wide, clean, quiet, within area of local peoples, of low incom, not a tourist area. But peoples are friendly and it is a secure area. The price for a nice appartment is OK."

Reviewed on Feb. 20, 2020

Modern Two Bedroom Apartment Located in Historic Area of Bridgetown, Barbados
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.

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