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Address: Bridgetown, Barbados

A scenic inlet into the center of Bridgetown, lined with boats.

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Best part of town after Garrison

Great history about this area although sadly most of the historical buildings have been demolished - which seems to be a national pastime in Barbados sadly - but there is plenty... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Virginia Water, United Kingdom
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Virginia Water, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great history about this area although sadly most of the historical buildings have been demolished - which seems to be a national pastime in Barbados sadly - but there is plenty to sit and watch....boats, locals, tourists. Worth an hour and a beer or so..

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Beccles, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

If you want a break from the beach, Bridgetown's Careenage is a pleasant place to spend a few hours. Lots of interesting buildings, a few touristy shops and a couple of bars/restaurants to sit and watch the world go by while you enjoy a fresh Tuna salad and a glass of wine.

Thank gogandy
Centerburg, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

Our first outing to Bridgetown and we were thirsty, hungry and hot. They fed us, and we ordered a bucket of Pola Beers for $10 Barbadian Dollars and some food. My Shrimp Wrap was really good. We were cooled down and our tummies were full when we left.

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Bridgetown, Barbados
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

Visit the Screw docks, I think the only one left in the West Indies. The Careenage has seen a lot of changes. The new Swing Bridge, the Arch and more historical landmarks to see in and around Bridgetown. Even the oldest Lord Nelson Statute to see.

Thank _bajanrose_9
Port Coquitlam, British Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016

Restaurants are quite expensive at the hotel, but this pub is reasonable. Ship and sea decor, well dressed staff and decent pub food. I had the sliders which were good quality and very tasty. My husband had the buffalo wings, but he said they just had bbq sauce on them (no heat).

Thank Gloria K
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2016

The Careenage is a blast from the past. It runs along past the Parliament, Museum and Heroes Square and also has a really nice boardwalk. The boats and catamarans come in and out to sea regularly throughout the day. The Parliament is around 370 years old which is the third oldest in the Commonwealth. We walked along and were amazed... More 

Thank Kirktoncoll
Las Vegas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2016

Stopped in to the "Waterfront" Jazz bar to see several of the artists from our cruise perform. Due to it being sooooooo crowded, we decided to stand outside and listen from a distance. There are small shops and restaurants up and down the Careenage. Didn't get too much history about the place, but you could tell it was a hub... More 

Thank OneHappyCouple2007
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2016

The Careenage is right in the heart of downtown Barbados. Worth the trip so plan to spend the morning or afternoon walking around Bridgetown. There are several restaurants across the drawbridge to grab a local style meal or have a tropical drink.

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London, United Kingdom
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32 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

We walked along the boardwalk and whilst watching the big catamarans set sail with day trippers was interesting, at the end of the pier, there was a historic site sitting behind a small pretty bar at the pier head ( which was why we popped in) was this great naval historic relic and a small museum accessed behind the bar.... More 

Thank Yvonne M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2016 via mobile

You can walk along both sides of the Careenage, visit the bars, restaurants and see the sights imagining how it once was key to Bridgetown's economy....warehouses, bars and etc. Or, even better, see it from the water. We did on a boat tour from G. See him at the dive shop near the Radisson Aquatica/Barbados Cruising C. We entered the... More 

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