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Perfectly positioned in the Southern Caribbean, the island of Barbados is home to a spectacular mix of beaches, wildlife and tropical landscapes. Get a taste of the discoveries that unfold on shore and amongst the warm waves of Barbados.

Snorkeling in the Crystal Clear Caribbean Waters

There is plenty to see beneath the surface in Barbados. With such tempting snorkeling — and visibility between 40 to 70 feet for most of the year — it’s a good thing snorkeling gear is part of the all-inclusive water sports at Crystal Cove, Turtle Beach, Waves Hotel & Spa, and Tamarind resorts.

The underwater neighborhood off the calm west and south coasts of Barbados includes a variety of colorful tropical fish, sea turtles, rays and barracudas. You might also spot sea horses, conch shells and starfish. Barbados has shallow reefs close to shore, so you don’t have to swim far for a serene experience beneath the turquoise waves.

Quality Time with Caribbean Sea Turtles

Sea turtle mamas are very picky about where they lay their eggs. Fortunately, Turtle Beach is one of the favorite nesting sites for hawksbill, green and leatherback turtles, protected species in Barbados. Guests of all ages — especially kids — are amazed by the unforgettable experience of seeing a late-night sea turtle hatching and watching the hatchlings shuffle off to sea. Some Barbados travel reviews reported seeing several hatchings during their stay at family-friendly Turtle Beach. Most hawksbill turtles nest during the peak season from mid-May through mid- to late-October. However, some nesting has been recorded in every month of the year. During those times, you might see areas of the beach cordoned off. That means a nest is present, so step carefully: There are babies on board!

If you want more interaction with sea turtles, borrow one of the resort’s Hobie Cat vessels and take lessons as part of your all-inclusive trip to Barbados. You can also request that the resort arrange a cruise or tour that will take you swimming with the sea turtles.

Surfing and Boogie Boarding in Barbados

Don’t let its genteel British background fool you. In addition to high tea and cricket, Barbados is a sensational destination for surfing. The island’s position in the Atlantic Ocean allows waves to travel thousands of miles along the sea floor and over the coral reef, in order to ultimately unleash the ocean’s power at Barbados’ coast.

Every coast of the island offers surfing any time of year. The north and east coasts are great for experienced surfers. Located on the milder west coast, Crystal Cove, Waves Hotel & Spa, and Tamarind resorts offer complimentary boogie board lessons among its all-inclusive activities. The south coast is considered ideal for new and less experienced surfers, so learn to boogie board with all-inclusive lessons at Turtle Beach resort Barbados.

Explore the Botanical Gardens of Barbados

When you imagine tropical gardens, this is what you have in mind. Leaves as large as a jacket, flowers that rival rainbows, paths and ponds, and the rustle of colorful birds in the trees above. Bring your family, friends or sweetheart and spend some quality time enjoying the scenery and serenity at the botanical gardens located across the island of Barbados.

St. Joseph parish on the eastern side of the island is flush with gardens for those looking to enjoy all-natural Barbados tourism. Andromeda Botanic Gardens are probably the most well-known. These six immersive acres are located just up the hill from Bathsheba and contain an exceptional collection of trees, flowers and ferns from varied tropical and sub-tropical locations. Relax by the lily pond and under the huge native banyan tree. Andromeda was started as a private garden by Iris Bannochie, the foremost horticulturalist in Barbados, and was awarded the prestigious Veitch Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society in the United Kingdom.

Continue your garden escapades in St. Joseph parish at Flower Forest and Hunte’s Gardens. Explore the unattainable beauty of Orchidaceae, commonly known as the orchid family, at Orchid World & Tropical Flower Garden. Visit Welchman Hall Gulley in St. Thomas parish — located close to Crystal Cove, Turtle Beach, Waves Hotel & Spa, and Tamarind resorts — and you’ll be treating yourself to a walk through a tropical forest in a collapsed cave where you can feed a troop of wild monkeys.

Book now and get closer to Barbados nature with a stay at Crystal Cove, Turtle Beach, Waves Hotel & Spa or Tamarind beach resorts.

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