Richmond Plantation, Hwy 2
Airy Hill, St. Joseph
This former sugar plantation retains its boiling house and a few relics, but its transformation to rainforest and botanical garden is mature and stunning.
The path leads down where the sun plays on meadows and filters through towering greenery. Spectacular clusters of flowers, including vivid heliconias and waist-high begonias, greet visitors as they walk. Birds and monkeys chatter overhead. Some of Barbados’ largest palm trees (in 25 varieties) are found here and the medicinal plants are so widespread that a book is being written on them.
Visitors may choose a guided group tour or wander on their own with a map. Strategically placed benches allow for rest along the way with a view.
In the area, visitors can hike or bike with Highland Outdoor Tours and see their “zonkey”, the unique crossbreed of a zebra and a donkey. Nearby attractions include a visit to the Springvale Eco-Heritage Museum, or underground at Harrison’s Cave (nature trail).
Open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.