Also known simply as Saint Peter, the Parish of Saint Peter is one of eleven parishes in Barbados, an island country in the Caribbean Sea. Its proximity to Barbados’ “Platinum Coast”, where there are numerous stretches of white-sand beaches, has turned Saint Peter into a tourist’s paradise.
Its rolling green hills with sugar cane fields and bustling marinas on both east and west coasts of Barbados made this region commercially popular over the centuries. Today, about 11,000 people call it home, and it’s a favorite vacation site for thousands of tourists each year.
What is there to do in Saint Peter Parish? Since there’s no shortage of favorable beaches, many travelers choose this area for their entire stay while in Barbados. However, this region has many unique tourist hotspots and cultural landmarks. Here are a few highlights:
In Saint Peter, you can indulge in water sports, or simply float in the calm waters at Heywoods Beach, located in Speightstown. It’s easy to get to, and reportedly never crowded. In addition, this beach is known for the occasional turtle hatching.
Don’t forget to take your snorkeling gear– the waters are clear, and the fish are quite colorful!
St. Nicholas Abbey
If you need one good reason to come to Saint Peter Parish, Barbados, this lovely restored abbey is it. Now a museum, the abbey is one of only four original sugar cane plantations left in the world.
Enjoy a tour and listen to a guide as he spins tales of life in Barbados in the colonial era. You can also enjoy a taste of rum made at the distillery, and have a bite to eat at St. Nicholas Abbey’s very own cafe.
According to its website, St. Nicholas Abbey is open 6 days a week (closed on Saturdays), and offers tours from 10 am to 3:30 pm. The plantation is quite extensive, which means you’ll need at least 2 hours to complete a tour of the abbey, museum, and plantation grounds. The grounds also include venues for both small and large weddings.
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Barbados Wildlife Reserve
This wildlife reserve located in Farley Hill will give you a glimpse of Caribbean wildlife. See tropical creatures in their natural habitats and take a brisk walk through the reserve’s “jungle”. Go during feeding time (about 2 pm) in order to watch hundreds of tortoises, monkeys, peacocks, deer, and other creatures enjoy a meal.
You’ll need at least 2 hours to see what the Barbados Wildlife Reserve has to offer, so make an afternoon out of it, and bring the kids!
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