One of the best ways to enjoy all of the best aspects of the island, its natural beauty, pristine beaches and unique culture, is to enjoy Barbados hiking.
Not only is hiking in Barbados an invigorating activity that will provide you with ideal photo opportunities and lasting memories but it will give you the chance to pass through varied terrain, including beaches, gulleys, cane fields, villages, historic plantations, and preserved pasture land.
Many of these scenic areas of the island cannot be accessed by car. A Barbados hike is therefore an ideal way to get a glimpse of these parts of the island while enjoying the constant tropical breeze and mild climate!
Guided Barbados Hikes
To avoid becoming lost, it is recommended that you take one of the guided Barbados hikes on offer.
Barbados National Trust Hikes / Hike Barbados
Weekly expeditions led by "Hike Barbados", a group sponsored by the Barbados National Trust (BNT), are the most popular Barbados hiking opportunities.
The BNT is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of trails, villages, and buildings throughout the island.
These Barbados hikes cover a wide range of scenery, including bays, beaches, mountains, villages, gullies and preserved forests. They vary in length and skill level, ranging from three to twelve miles, and last between three to six hours.
Additionally, friendly, knowledgeable guides will be there to answer your questions, share interesting facts and history of the island, and lead the way. These guides discuss the island's culture and landscape throughout the expedition.
Hike Barbados expeditions are held mornings and afternoons, with a few moonlit expeditions available. There are also a large number of scenic tourist hikes ideally suited for visitors to the island.
Self-Guided Barbados Hikes and Walks
There are also a few self-guided hikes and walks available on the island.
Welchman Hall Gully
Many visitors enjoy the less intense Barbados hike through the Welchman Hall Gully, a tropical forest.
This gully provides a glimpse of the natural state of the island over 200 years ago, full of exotic plants and easily accessible to the public.
The trail is less than one mile long, about 3/4 of a mile, and you will be able to view over 150 plants!
Barbados Wildlife Reserve
Another self-guided walk is the four-acre open air Barbados Wildlife Reserve.
This is an incredible opportunity to see exotic animals, including Bajan green monkeys, tortoises, otters, caimans, brocket deer, peacocks and a variety of tropical bird life.
Guests will also enjoy the beautiful scenery and mahogany trees throughout this reserve.