Barbados is home to some beautiful beaches but you can also step away into a world of exquisite gardens and forests.
When in Barbados, a trip to Hunte’s Gardens is a must. Located in the lush area of St. Joseph parish, this sunken garden born out of a gully is chock full of trees, flowers and shrubs, some indigeneous and others introduced from various parts of the world. The owner is quite the character and has carved out of a piece of heaven in this magical setting. There are winding pathways which leads to gardens within the garden. There is a generous lawn area in the middle and we were encouraged to bring a picnic and the dog which we did.
We like the fact that there are plenty of sitting areas where you can just relax and enjoy the classical music that can be heard throughout the garden. You may even spot some of the hummingbirds that nest there.
After touring the gardens, you can sit on the verandah and chat with Mr. Hunte the owner while enjoying his signature rum punch and cake.
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Flower Forest Botanical Gardens
The Flower Forest is just a few minutes away so it’s entirely possible to do two of these attractions in a single day. There’s a restaurant and gift shop here. We had a light lunch before heading into the garden which has more of a forest feel than garden with lots of flowering trees and shrubs.
Here’s just sampling of the many flowers than can be found in the forest. As the blooms are staggered throughout the year, the forest is always awash with colour.
Who knew there were so many different kinds of anthuriums.
You can relax afterwards on the patio with a drink or snack.
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Coco Hill Forest.
There aren’t an abundance of flowers here but this is an old growth fifty acre forest with majestic royal palms, stands of bamboo, large ferns and so much more. The hike took us about two hours but it can be longer or shorter depending on the trails you take or how much “forest bathing” you want to do. There are lookout points to the rugged east coast, picnic areas and a platform for yoga enthusiasts.