A popular port for many Caribbean itineraries, your stop-off in Bridgetown is set to be filled with historic architecture, fantastic flavour and serene scenery like no other.
Why choose a cruise to Bridgetown?
Picturesque Bridgetown offers you a compelling mixture of intriguing culture, pristine beaches and upbeat nightlife. It’s an upmarket destination, the streets lined with pastel-hued mansions, and glitzy yachts bobbing in the marina, but it has a more colourful side, too – the downtown area is a charming maze of alleyways lined with brightly-hued buildings.
One of the highlights of a Bridgetown cruise is being within a stone’s throw of the beach. There are several within city limits, including Brownes Beach, just south of the cruise port. Relax on pristine white sand or snorkel in the turquoise ocean alongside the locals. Then, once the sun goes down, Bridgetown really comes alive. There’s a huge range of nightlife on offer, from street parties to chic cocktail bars.
A guide to Bridgetown’s hotspots
For a taste of Britain in the Caribbean, visit the houses of parliament, built in a neo-gothic style. The west wing houses a museum and The Barbados National Heroes Gallery, which tells the story of 10 of the island’s most influential inhabitants.
Bridgetown is also a place for you to shop until you drop, offering everything from duty-free malls to local handicrafts. Hit up Broad Street for a wide range of discount boutiques. Rub shoulders with the locals at Cheapside Market, where you’ll find stalls piled high with tropical fruits, vegetables and spices.
Barbados is renowned for its delicious Bajan cuisine, and there are plenty of restaurants around Bridgetown where you can sample it. Try a fish cutter, or sandwich, from Cuz’s Fish Shack, beloved by locals for their freshly caught fish. Visit Brown Sugar restaurant to tuck into the national dish, cou cou (or cornmeal) and flying fish stewed in tomatoes, garlic and thyme.
Once you tire of shopping, snacking and sightseeing, it’s time to head to the beach. Carlisle Bay, just south of Bridgetown, is a swathe of soft white sand fringed by palm trees. Remain on shore to soak up the Caribbean atmosphere or snorkel in the sun-warmed waters, looking out for the shipwrecks beneath the surface.
Cruise lines that sail to the port of Bridgetown
The best time to visit Bridgetown
For guaranteed good weather, visit during the dry season. In December, the temperature averages 26°C, so you can spend Christmas on the beach.
The wet season lasts from May to November. If you visit towards the beginning of it you’ll avoid the heavier rains of later months, and be blessed with empty beaches and off-peak prices.
Did you Know?
- Bridgetown’s most famous resident is superstar singer Rihanna
- Although independent from Britain, Bridgetown residents still maintain some traditional British habits, such as dressing up for ‘high tea’ in the afternoon
- Carlisle Bay is home to hundreds of large green sea turtles, which can weigh up to 300kg.