Bridgetown is also a popular option when it comes to Cruise & Stay packages with Marella Cruises – meaning you’ll get even more time in this delightful destination!

Here’s the things you should be doing and places you should be heading during your day in this picturesque port…

1. Carlisle Bay

A visit to Carlisle Bay is a must-do when in Bridgetown. This sumptuous stretch of shore encompasses some of the most stunning beaches around, including the calm waters of Browne’s Beach – the perfect spot for topping up your tan and listening to the sound of waves gently crashing.

Amazingly, this bay is also home to six shipwrecks! All of which are now flooded with an astounding array of marine life including tropical fish, sea horses and even turtles. Snorkeling around this area simply cannot be missed!

At the northern part of the bay you’ll also find a handful of available watersports, including jet skis and sea trampolines. Whether you’re after fun and adventure – or simply want to relax – Carlisle Bay has something for everyone.

2. George Washington House

If you’re into history, a visit to the George Washington House will certainly impress. This historic venue is where the future first President of the United States visited in 1751. A young man at the time, aged just 19, the future President spent two months in this plantation house.

You’ll learn so much about this interesting building – including taking a look at the tunnels embedded in the ground underneath, which are said to have been used as ‘escape routes’ for Garrison troops at the time.

This site reveals so much about the history of Barbados too, with an insight into the island’s culture 250 years ago. On the first floor, you’ll find that the house is laid out as it would be back then, with the upstairs dedicated to interesting artifacts and historical displays.

3. Parliament Buildings

Located at the top of Broad Street in the heart of the capital, the Parliament buildings of Barbados are home to the House of Assembly and Senate. You’ll find more than 350 years of history packed into these walls, and the buildings themselves make for impressive Gothic architecture, completed in 1874.

You’ll be taken back to a different period of time just gazing at these majestic buildings, but you’ll also learn a whole lot too. There’s even a museum here so you can delve into all there is to know about this dreamy destination. You’ll discover an exhibition detailing the 10 heroes of Barbados, as well as many other displays featuring photos of the area in times gone by.

The river and marina are situated right across from the Parliament Buildings, making it a beautiful mix of the old and the new.

4. Mount Gay Rum Tour

No visit to Barbados would be complete without taking a tour of the making’s behind the island’s finest spirit – rum! Simply head to the Mount Gay Visitor Centre, where you’ll be greeted by lush green gardens all set against the beautiful backdrop of the Caribbean sea.

You’ll get to explore the history, heritage and careful craft of Mount Gay rum – the oldest rum in the world! Get ready to learn about everything it takes to create such a distinctive flavour, from distillation to ageing and blending techniques. And of course, no tour would be complete without a good tasting session!

You can even choose to take a special tour that’ll have you creating your own cocktails and delving into a delicious, traditional Bajan lunch. What could be better?!

Time to set sail?

If beautiful Bridgetown is tickling those cruise senses of yours, then take a look at our favourite sailings heading to this stunning region here.

Of course, you can always just give us a quick call on 0800 107 2323 – we’re on hand to chat and find your perfect sailing seven days a week!