Bridgetown

Travel Guide
Bridgetown which includes general coastal views and a sandy beach
Explore the capital and largest city for historical reference and even more great beaches and other activities, including the world’s oldest rum.

Bridgetown is the capital of Barbados and a city with a lot of history. When the English arrived to declare the area a British colony in the 17th century they found an abandoned Indian settlement and bridge and later gave the area the Bridgetown name. The harbor became a critical port for ships traveling across the Atlantic and was heavily protected against attack from other colonizing European powers. Visit the Bridgetown Garrison, initially constructed starting in 1705 as a British fortification, and now an internationally protected World Heritage Site. Take a guided walking tour to appreciate the historic significance of the military, commercial and social activities of the 18th and 19th centuries in Barbados. Points of interest include St. Mary’s and St. Michael’s churches, Queen’s Park, Jewish Synagogue, Heroes Square and Parliament Building.Walk in the footsteps of earlier world leaders by visiting the George Washington House and the Lord Nelson Monument in Heroes Square (formerly Trafalgar Square) in front of the Parliament Building.For a lighter look at history, tour the Mount Gay Rum Factory bottling facility which claims to be the best and oldest rum in the world. It has been made in Barbados since 1703. Make reservations to enjoy taste testing on weekdays children can participate but not drink. On Saturdays, watch thoroughbred horses race at Garrison Savannah, where horses have been running for over 150 years. Bridgetown is the largest city on Barbados, with a population of nearly 100,000. It is the center for transportation, shopping and arranging excursions, a convenient hub for activities across the island. You can stay in a hotel in Bridgetown and drive or take a bus or taxi to any of the beaches and other attractions on the island in two hours or less. Or, from the city center drive or take a taxi to one of half a dozen beaches within 10 minutes.Bridgetown is just 20 minutes from the international airport.

Where to stay in Bridgetown

Radisson Aquatica Resort Barbados
Radisson Aquatica Resort Barbados
4 out of 5
Aquatic Gap, Carlisle Bay, Bridgetown, St. Michael
The price is €148 per night from 1 Jul to 2 Jul
€148
per night
1 Jul - 2 Jul
Stay at this 4-star beach resort in Bridgetown. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
8/10 Very Good! (1,004 reviews)
"The beach and location can’t be beaten. The restaurant and rooms need some updating but everything else was superb. The horses on the beach is just a cheery on top of a wonderful experience in Barbados."

Reviewed on 4 Jun 2023

Radisson Aquatica Resort Barbados
Hilton Barbados Resort
Hilton Barbados Resort
4.5 out of 5
Needhams Point, Bridgetown, BB11000
The price is €245 per night from 1 Jul to 2 Jul
€245
per night
1 Jul - 2 Jul
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury resort in Bridgetown. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their ...
8.2/10 Very Good! (1,002 reviews)
"This stay was amazing!!"

Reviewed on 1 Jun 2023

Hilton Barbados Resort
Island Inn All Inclusive Hotel
Island Inn All Inclusive Hotel
3 out of 5
Aquatic Gap, The Garrison, Bridgetown, St. Michael
The price is €326 per night from 26 Jun to 27 Jun
€326
per night
26 Jun - 27 Jun
Stay at this 3-star all-inclusive hotel in Bridgetown. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff in ...
8.6/10 Excellent! (131 reviews)
"It was a wonderful experience"

Reviewed on 21 Apr 2023

Island Inn All Inclusive Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Paradise Villas
Paradise Villas
3 out of 5
Paradise Villas, Paradise Drive, Black Rock, St Michael, Bridgetown, West Indies
Stay at this 3-star aparthotel in Bridgetown. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular attractions ...
8.2/10 Very Good! (55 reviews)
"It was clean, cozy and private. What we did not like were the two single beds pushed together to make one queen size bed."

Reviewed on 1 Jun 2023

Paradise Villas
The Barbados CHI Centre
The Barbados CHI Centre
3 out of 5
17 Elizabeth Drive, Pine Gardens, Bridgetown, St. Michael
Stay at this 3-star golf apartment in Bridgetown. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 4 beach bars. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular ...
7.2/10 Good! (12 reviews)
"The apartment is located in a private house located in a nice area and quiet of Bridgetown. The house is very near both the major freeway and the downtown. The place has a private entrance and everything needed for a quiet and relaxing stay."

Reviewed on 28 Apr 2023

The Barbados CHI Centre
Clifton Apartments
Clifton Apartments
2.5 out of 5
Bay St, Bridgetown, Saint Michael
Stay at this apartment in Bridgetown. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and concierge services. Popular attractions Carlisle Bay and Pebbles Beach are located nearby. ...
6/10 (2 reviews)
Great stay
"I booked this location for 2 nights however Dwayne, the CEO, who is always very helpful gave my wife & I an upgrade to stay at his other guest accomodation namely BLR Resort in St. Lawrence gap at no extra cost to us. The place was terrific, great value for money and very friendly & hospitable staff. ..."

Reviewed on 29 Nov 2022

Clifton Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Bridgetown

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Top destination
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller
21 Jan 2020

Harbour lights and Boatyard were walkable along the beach or via the main road. Dollar bus (which has gone up to $3.5 bbd) or taxi was needed for Bridgetown and St Lawrence Gap.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller
25 Dec 2019

The island us some of the nicest people and this is also evident in the hotel. Thank you

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller
18 Sep 2019

It’s the Caribbean so was as expected

4/5 - Good

Jeff
9 Sep 2019

Barbados is an amazing Island, great beaches, fantastic people. Your on a island, relax and have fun

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller
1 Mar 2019

Lots of places to eat nearby, and Bridgetown within a short walk. Water sports facilities on beach, sea very calm (without being on west coast).

5/5 - Excellent

DEHC
18 Feb 2019

Bridgetown excellent to explore and if you avoid the tourist traps you can get cheap drinks in the local bars and more of a local experience with it.