Bridgetown, Barbados, peaceful paradise island with a reggae beat

A regular stop for Doris Visits, Barbados literally means, the Bearded One, and that name comes from the bearded tree. Bridgetown is a transit point for many cruisers so you may get an overnight stay. Jean has broken the films down to make it easier. You will probably go in one of the directions, we have done all three in one day, but that is unusual.

  • Bridgetown (has a town and beaches in Carlisle Bay)
  • Rockley Beach (South – boardwalk and beaches)
  • Oistins (Friday night is fish night!)
  • Barbados East Coast (Rugged coast by bus)
  • Barbados North (the monied end, by bus)
  • Barbados Andromeda Botanical Gardens

Walking to Bridgetown or the beach just walk away from the cruise terminal with the sea on your right. Take the bridge over the river and find Carlisle Bay behind the Bridge House. It is a free public beach and you be encouraged to buy, buy, buy. For those wishing to see Turtles, we have done this from a number of beaches, but guests tell us this can be done from the Bridgetown Beaches like Browne’s beach in Carlisle Bay. As with anything in Barbados, just ask, the people are very friendly. The Boatyard is a favourite spot and where a lot of the crew meet up from the ships that are in. It is, without doubt, a beautiful island and we often extend our stay there either before or after the cruise. Find your ship’s chat site + share your pictures + experiences to help others  

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The luggage labels are our recommendation, the rest are just fun to fill the space.


The development of a city tour, on our tours page (click here) is one you might find interesting if not a beach lover.

The museum offers the following displays and features:

  • A natural history display that describes the coral structure of Barbados.
  • Artefacts of the Amerindians, the early inhabitants of the Caribbean islands.
  • Children’s Gallery ‘Yesterday’s Children’ which provides an exciting and educational journey back into history.
  • Furnishings of an eighteenth-century plantation house.
  • A collection of rare historical maps of the island.
  • A reference library which is available for research on the island’s history and genealogy.

Here are some of the organised tours you might be offered, they do suggest that all there is to be seen in Bridgetown can be done in 1.5 hours. We agree. You will be back on the ship, on a beach or venturing out.

  1. A Walk around Bridgetown – 1.5 hours
  2. The Atlantis Submarine Experience – 2.5 hours
  3. Bajan Floorshow and Dinner – – 3 hours
  4. Barbados Beach Break – 3.5 hours (it is normally a beach near the hotel we suggested above).
  5. Barbados Golf Club – 6 hours (6,900 yard coarse)
  6. Barbados In Focus Photography Tour – 4-hour tour
  7. Barbados Mystery Tour – 4-hour tour
  8. Beach Hop Island Style – 4-hour tour on the yellow school bus with local music.
  9. Best of Barbados – 4 hours
  10. Coast to Coast – 3.5 hours
  11. Cat Caribe and Turtles – 5 hours
  12. Mount Gay Rum and Blackwood’s Screw Dock – 3 hours
  13. Concorde Experience and Island – 4.5 hours
  14. Farewell to Barbados – 3.5 hours (this is normally the pre-fly home tour)
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