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You’ll dock in Bridgetown on your Caribbean cruise, where Bajan history and culture will warmly welcome you. Whether you’re soaking up the sun on one of the island’s 80 beaches or sipping local rum at a distillery tasting, Barbados shore excursions are something for everyone.
Barbados lives up to its reputation as a haven for water sports and beaches, with crystal waters and shipwreck remains all over the Caribbean island. Catch the rugged waves at Bathsheba, the best beach in the area for surfing. For more standard snorkeling and swimming, take a day at Crane Beach.
On one of the most popular Barbados cruise excursions, you and the whole family can swim with sea turtles after touring the island via catamaran. Plus, animal lovers shouldn’t miss Barbados Wildlife Reserve, home to endangered and protected species. It’s less than an hour outside of Bridgetown. Head there at feeding times for your best shot at meeting the West African green monkey and a variety of bird species.
If history is more your thing, take a walking tour of Bridgetown, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. While on Barbados shore excursions, you can tour the Parliament House downtown to discover the history of democracy in the area. Walk in the steps of an American legend in the heart of Barbados, like at the George Washington House, where 19-year-old George Washington stayed years before he became the first President of the United States. Next, check out St. Michael’s Cathedral, where George Washington went to church during his time in Barbados.
When you get hungry, order a slice of macaroni pie or one of the area’s famous Bajan fish sandwiches. Don’t forget to try cou-cou, the national dish of Barbados. It’s similar to polenta or grits, a ultimate comfort food made with cornmeal and okra, typically prepared with flying fish. Taste delicious local rum while on Barbados shore excursions at Mount Gay Rum Distillery or St. Nicholas Abbey for rum made with island cane syrup.