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Explore historic Bridgetown
Vibrant Bridgetown buzzes with life as Bajan locals squeeze onto jam-packed buses, while enraptured visitors leisurely wander amidst celebrated sights. Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison are recognised as a World Heritage Site. A short walk from the harbour, the bright buildings of Pelican Village Craft Centre await. Handmade apparel, rum-infused goodies and island-inspired artwork is sure to appeal to souvenir hunters. There are also plenty of shops to browse as you meander along Broad Street admiring the bronze statue of Lord Nelson in National Heroes Square, the impressive Parliament Buildings and seventeenth century St. Michael’s Cathedral.
Take a scenic walk across the Chamberlain Bridge
Bridgetown is said to be named after a primitive wooden bridge that was discovered by the British when they arrived on the uninhabited island. It is thought to have been created by the indigenous Arawak, who had since left, and stretched over the central swampland of the Careenage. A walk over its current incarnation, the Chamberlain Bridge, makes for a scenic route across the city. Pass through the commemorative Independence Arch at its southern end, stroll along the waterfront boardwalk to its west or stop a while and admire the views at Independence Square.
Enjoy the benefits of the beautiful coastline
A stone’s throw away is the northern tip of Pierhead Beach – the beautiful beginnings of paradise. Bask in glorious sunshine atop its powder soft sand, or be caressed by gentle waves as you bathe in turquoise waters. Follow the sound of laughter and you’ll find yourself at the Boatyard – a lively hub for water sports and leisure activities. The marine park at Carlisle Bay is also a great place to explore the vibrant underwater world. Rub shoulders with tropical fish, turtles and seahorses as you snorkel over colourful coral formations, or take a boat tour to one of the bay’s five shipwrecks. Scuba or snorkel amongst eels and rays as you spot the ancient anchors of sunken treasures, such as the Berwyn, Eilon and the Bajan Queen. If you’d rather keep your hair dry, jump aboard a glass bottom boat, or hire a kayak to admire the depths of these crystal clear waters.
A taste of local tourism
Elsewhere on the island you’ll find exotic botanical gardens, the intriguing Harrison’s Cave system, renowned cricket grounds and informative museums. Plus, for a true taste of the island, enjoy a tour of the Mount Gay Rum Distillery or discover the home-grown secret to delectable Agapey chocolate.