Best of Barbados
Step aboard an air-conditioned coach for a scenic drive through the rolling hills of the Barbadian countryside to Gun Hill Signal Station. This location provides a magnificent and captivating view of the island. Its historical use was to sight ships approaching Barbados and signal to warn of the approaching vessel. Built in 1818, the signal station was beautifully restored and landscaped by the Barbados National Trust and now houses a collection of military memorabilia. An officer at the signal station carved the statue of the lion on the hillside below out of a single piece of coral in 1868. Continue on to Orchid World, which sits on six acres of land, some 800 feet above sea level in the central parish of St George. A meandering path winds its way between beautiful outcrops of coral, rock gardens, cool shady gullies and ponds. Hummingbirds and the soothing sound of running water add to the natural beauty of the surroundings. The orchids themselves are quite spectacular, with thousands growing in shaded houses and outside on freestanding palisades. Many visitors are fascinated by the sight of orchid plants growing in mid-air with their roots completely free of any soil. Wonderful photo opportunities abound for the professional and amateur photographer. Next you’ll visit Sunbury House, which dates back to 1650. The original house was destroyed by fire in 1995, and was gracefully restored and re-opened in 1996. It possesses one of the country's superior collections of antiques. The cellars, originally used for storing yams and other root vegetables grown on the plantation, now house a unique collection of antique carriages—the largest collection in the Caribbean—as well as many items used in the domestic life of the plantation. It also houses a very old collection of optical machinery and eye-testing equipment, some of the first to reach the West Indies (including the first lens grinding plant). Here, you will learn how to make Bajan Rum Punch and a local delicacy—cod fish cakes. The demonstration will leave plenty of samples to go around. In the extensively landscaped grounds, you’ll find more fine examples of authentic antique carts and machinery—used in the last century to cultivate the land. The Sunbury Plantation House, located in the tranquil St Philip countryside, is a living monument to a bygone era. It has been carefully restored and lovingly cherished by its owners for the enjoyment of generations to come.