#1 Island Tour of Barbados with Williams Tours

Island Tour of Barbados

If you are in Barbados and you want to have a break from the beach an island tour could be just what you need.  You can tour the island in a day either by a rental car or by an organised tour.  In this instance, we would recommend booking a guided tour taken by a local to see the top sights of the pretty island of Barbados. Read on to find out where the best spots are to visit and why we chose Williams Tours.


(Updated 2019)

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Barbados Island Tour

The Rooster Man and Scott enjoying life on the island of Barbados

“The Rooster Man” collected us from the Bougainvillea Beach Resort, one of Barbados Hotels,  at the designated time of 8.00am.  We did not catch his real name only that we were to know him as the “Rooster Man”. We heard the sound of a rooster crowing and naturally thought it was a special horn on the bus.  It wasn’t till we had stopped at an intersection a few miles down the road that we realised the ‘crowing’ actually came from him, which totally bewildered the rooster that was crossing the road at the intersection! (No chicken crossing the road jokes, here please).  The passengers on the bus broke out in giggles as the live rooster replied back!  During the day when it was time to get back on the bus – a rooster crowing hurried us back on board! We collected further passengers from Sandals Barbados

Apart from making one of the best sounds we have heard from a “rooster” – the Rooster Man was a hive of information on all things Barbados. This was a tour of not only important historical moments and places but of local information from a local who has lived his whole life on the island.

We headed towards Bridgetown Barbados and along the way learned about the pomegranates growing here and their medicinal properties and how breadfruit arrived from Fiji.  By the way, if you are ever on the Caribbean Island of St Vincent and cut down a breadfruit tree don’t expect to go home for 7 years, the local jail will be your new home.

Up past the historical Garrison area, Britain’s largest military complex in the Caribbean, which was listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2011 we drove and then down past the shimmering waters of Carlisle Bay and into Bridgetown.

We joined the Spring Garden Highway and passed some of the finest Barbados beaches on the island, which were lined with palm trees on the West Coast.  The West Coast is home to the most expensive hotels and villas on the island as well as the exclusive high-end shopping complex – Limegrove at Holetown. If you fancy a cold beer at sunset head to the exclusive hotel, Sandy Lane Barbados, it will set you back USD$20.  The Rooster Man name dropped as we enjoyed the drive around this part of the island – Rihanna, Simon Cowell, Frank Sinatra, Oprah Winfrey, Richard Branson, Sir Cliff Richard and the list goes on and on – we won’t spoil his thunder you just have to join the tour to find out all the gossip.

Our first stop was at Speightstown where we were recommended to try out the PRC Bakery. Feeling a little peckish after our early start we bought the local Bajan Meat Roll and a Coconut slice.  Definitely worth a return visit to repeat our purchases.

Island Tour of Barbados with Williams Tours

Animal Flower Cave – Barbadian Lady

Our next stop was the Animal Flower Cave.  Along the way, The Rooster Man explained about the local flora and fauna on this part of the island.  Mongooses ran across the road at intervals, but each time we missed seeing them as we were at the rear of the bus.

Island Tour of Barbados

Barbados’s Northerly Point of the Island

The Animal Flower Cave is situated at the most northerly part of the island.  There were pools in the cave that you could swim in.  The tour allowed a 30 minute stop here and you should be able to visit the cave in that time – there was an entrance fee of BBD$20 per person.  For those of us who didn’t visit the cave, there were great photo opportunities of the dramatic sea cliffs and the ocean.  The site has local craft shops as well as the bar and restaurant with the most amazing views.  Since 1927 the cave and the bar (no restaurant back then) have been in the Ward Family.  Third generation family member Manuel Ward has extended the bar to include the restaurant offering Barbadian and Caribbean dishes.

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Tasting the Rum Punch

It was time to taste some Rum Punch and home-made Banana Bread 850 feet above sea level at Cherry Tree Hill.  We were not sure what rum was used in the punch but it tasted good.  Our favourite rum is Mount Gay Rum which is made from Mount Gay Barbados Rum. The spectacular view extended to the Northern and Eastern parts of the island and overlooked the Scotland district.

Island Tour of Barbados

View from Cherry Tree Hill

The Rooster crowed so it was time to hop back on the bus again and as we headed down into the valley a passionate rendition of Harry Belafonte’s Island in the Sun was heard.  The Rooster Man was a man of many talents.

Bathsheba was our next stop and it is one of the Caribbean’s best surfing beaches, situated on the Atlantic Ocean side of the island.  The rugged Eastern coastline is lined with striking rock formations. Bathsheba was home to a small fishing community and their families.

Island Tour Barbados with Williams Tours

St Johns Church

Just down the road, we stopped to visit St. John’s Church in its dramatic setting on a cliff overlooking the eastern side of the island. The gothic style church was rebuilt in 1836 after a major hurricane destroyed the previous church in 1831.

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Our buffet lunch at Sunbury Plantation House

Our last stop for the day coincided with our lunch stop at the 300-year-old Sunbury Plantation House.  We enjoyed a buffet lunch of salads, vegetables, macaroni pie, fish and chicken in a beautiful setting at the rear of the plantation house with coconut ice cream and coconut cake for dessert. A rum punch, juices or soft drinks were also included.

Island Tour of Barbados with Williams Tours

Sunbury Plantation House

After lunch, we were given an opportunity to find out more about life 300 years ago on the sugar cane plantations and time to explore the 3 levels of this historical home.

On the back of the leaflet outlining the history of Sunbury House is the following quote….

“Sunbury Plantation House, located in the tranquil St Philip countryside, is a living monument to plantation life of a bygone era, carefully restored and lovingly cherished by its owners for posterity, for the enjoyment of the generations to come. Once again, Sunbury has survived to tell another fascinating tale of its long history”.

As the ‘rooster crowed’ we boarded the bus for the very last time and headed for home.

Williams Tours Barbados contact details:

Website: Williams Tours Barbados

Email: [email protected]

Facebook: Williams Tours

Telephone: 266 7765

Other tours by Williams Tours Barbados:

  1.  Breathtaking Wonders – visiting Harrisons Cave and Earthworks Pottery
  2.  Private tour of the top attractions of Barbados

We would like to thank “The Rooster Man”, Raquel and Scott for hosting us on their Exotic Barbados 80 mile tour.  We highly recommend this tour to anyone who is visiting the beautiful island of Barbados.  You will come away with a memorable experience, an understanding of the people of Barbados and a taste of local Caribbean fare.  As always, our opinions are our own.

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Barbados Weather

There are 2 seasons in Barbados – wet and dry.  The island is located 13 degrees north of the equator.

The wet season runs from May through to the latest month December.  The island can experience drought-like conditions through the rest of the year from January to April.

Temperatures are roughly the same year round with low temperatures ranging from low to mid-20s and highs below 30 degrees.

There is a possibility of hurricanes from June until November.

Where to stay in Barbados – Barbados Hotels

There are a range of Barbados all-inclusive hotels available, although we did not stay at the Mango Bay, passengers on our tour highly recommended it.

For more accommodation options:

Island tour of Barbados with Williams Tours

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  • VANESSA ANN Merriman says:


  • When I read Barbados, I imagined just lounging on the beach and not much else. But going through what more is on offer, just lounging seems like an incomplete way to experience this heaven on earth. I for one never imagined a UNESCO listed garrison to be here among others. This tour sure seems worth it.

  • Pooja says:

    Barbados is such a vibrant place. The best way to see an island is with a local. You get to know all the details of the place this way. Great to know that you found the perfect person and tour to show you around.

  • Paul says:

    Sounds like you covered quite a lot on the tour. The rum punch and banana cake sounds like the winner for me. I would also like to swim around the caves, even the view from the cliffs looked very dramatic.

  • Jas says:

    That’s so funny that you thought the rooster crowing was a horn from the bus! Sounds like the Rooster Man was a great (and fun) tour guide. Also totally drooling right now think about that meat roll and coconut treat you had. The Animal Flower Cave is beautiful too. You’re making me wanna visit!

  • Yukti says:

    I have read and seen photos about Barbados and it really looks a nice peaceful and beautiful place. It would great to hire William tours suggested by you as it is tried and tested positive by you. Barbados’s Northerly Point of the Island looks stunning and photogenic. Having authentic lunch at Sunbury Plantation house must be great as some delicacies are unique.

    • Hi Yukti
      Thanks for your comments. The Island Tour was a highlight of our stay in Barbados. So many experiences in one day and photographic opportunities. Barbados is such a beautiful place to visit.
      Cheers Jane and Duncan

  • Barbados is on our list, but I had never heard of Animal Flower Cave before. It is absolutely stunning. And, that rum punch looks like it might be a bit dangerous. Rooster Man sounds like a character but a great tour guide. It is fun to find locals like that.

  • Soraya says:

    I am a big fan of joining an organised tour at the beginning of my trip – this way I get the most important sites and sounds of a place…then I can hire a rental car and explore on my own. I am so loving the story about how your guide became known as Rooster Man – it is quite hilarious! I am loving the sound of Bathsheba, especially for hubby who absolutely loves surfing – if this is the Caribbean’s best surfing beaches then we’re there!

    • Hi Soraya
      Thanks for your comments.Looks like you will have to go surfing in Barbados. Whilst there enjoy a tour with the Rooster Man.
      Cheers Jane and Duncan

  • This tour looks like such a wholesome tour. Whenever I thought about Barbados, I always imagined it to be a beach place. Didn’t know it’s a treasure trove for history diggers. Must have been quite an experience to learn about life 300 years ago on the sugar cane plantations.

    • Hi Archana
      Thanks for your comments. Our Barbados tour was such an eye opener, once you visit the middle of the island, it is such a beautiful destination.
      Cheers Jane and Duncan

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