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Cruise Diva Goes Ashore in the Caribbean
Sights to see & things to do


Docking in Bridgetown, you’ll find one of the best facilities in the Caribbean. The cruise terminal contains a mini-mall of shops, public telephones, car rental agencies, and tour operators. Taxis are right outside ready to whisk you off to the actual city; otherwise, it’s a half hour walk.


Barbados has an abundance of attractions and the best way to see a sampling of them is a tour, either a ship’s shore excursion or one arranged at the dock. Some of the highlights are Harrison’s Cave (a fascinating underground tour), the Flower Forest (an old sugar plantation), Francia Plantation (explore the house and enjoy the view), and Welchman Hall Gully (lush tropical gardens owned by the Barbados National Trust).


Barbados is the place to find colorful Caribbean handicrafts and outstanding black coral jewelry. If you don’t find enough shops and vendors at the cruise terminal, downtown Bridgetown’s stores carry a wide variety of duty-free merchandise.


Some of Barbados’ pink sand beaches rival those of Bermuda for their beauty and are certainly among the best the Caribbean has to offer. Beach-goers will want to head for the Gold Coast on the island’s more protected western shore. Payne’s Bay and Mullins Beach are good snorkeling spots. All beaches are open to the public, even those in front of luxury resorts.

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