Barbados is perhaps better known as an island peppered with resort hotels, luxury Barbados villas, designer boutiques, and fine dining, but the rise of eco-tourism has prompted a push to make it one of the premier “green” destinations in the Caribbean. If you want to reduce your carbon footprint and help the environment when you vacation, it’s time you put Barbados on your must-visit list.

Why Eco-Tourism?

Traveling as an eco-tourist is an opportunity to take it easy and give something back. Barbados has a host of natural features that are both beautiful and fascinating. By taking the time to explore these natural wonders in a sustainable way, you can support the island’s conservation efforts and ensure future visitors enjoy the same experience.

There are a number of attractions for an eco-tourist visiting Barbados. Check out the following list for some of the greenest places on the island.

Visit PEG Farm and Nature Reserve

PEG Farm is the only biodynamic farm on the island. The owner is committed to raising animals in a cruelty-free way, growing Bajan medicinal plants, and cultivating sustainable and holistic farming practices.

It’s a beautiful spot with some fabulous views off the east coast of the island. You can visit for a couple of hours, or you can book a spot in a suspended tent on the campsite.

Visit Flower Forest

The Flower Forest Botanical Garden is spread over 53 acres. It’s in the middle of the St. Joseph area of the island. Explore the gardens at your leisure or follow a guided tour, which lasts around 45 minutes. There is a network of paths that criss-cross the gardens, weaving through different sections of plants and flowers native to Barbados and the Caribbean. A visit helps sustain the garden, and tourists can listen to the tropical birds and watch the Green monkeys play among the flowers. Look out for the majestic Peacock flower – it’s the pride and joy of Bajan people.

Visit Harrison’s Cave

Harrison’s Cave is a striking natural attraction. Although the cave was first discovered in the 1700s, it wasn’t until 1974 that it was first opened to the public. The cave is part of a series of underground caverns hewn from limestone over millions of years. Water cascades through the caverns, forming beautiful emerald colored pools and waterfalls. Natural limestone deposits have formed impressive stalactites that hang from the roof of the caverns and stalagmites that grow up from the floor. This is a must-see attraction for anyone interested in geology.

Take a Submarine Tour

Book a submarine tour to learn more about the treasures beneath the waters surrounding Barbados. You’ll find out about the local marine life, including turtles, barracudas, and stingrays.

Eco-tourists often prefer to camp, but campsites are few and far between on Barbados. Instead, take a leaf out of the book of those who stay in St. Barts villas. You can book a villa and shop at local farmers’ markets to support the local economy and enjoy home-grown fare.