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Monkey Fun in Barbados

Few Caribbean islands have monkeys but your family can spot wild monkeys in Barbados at two locations:

Wildlife Reserve (Watch for Monkeys!)

In the heart of that rugged land lies the Barbados Wildlife Reserve, a sprawling forest that's best known as home of the Barbados Green Monkey. Brought by early settlers to the island, today the monkeys run rampant, often cursed by farmers for stealing mangoes or bananas.

But we found that at the Wildlife Center, the monkeys are welcome. They're best seen in the mornings and evenings, spending their afternoons at nearby Grenade Hall Forest, a former dump that has been given a new life as a protected biome and trail. During the cooler hours, however, the monkeys can be spotted at the Wildlife Reserve, scampering among four acres of mahogany trees.

Welshman Hall Gully

Monkeys are also often spotted at Welshman Hall Gully, a ravine filled with over 200 varieties of tropical plants. A mile-long walk winds down an avenue of graceful palms that led to a jungle walk through clove, nutmeg, fig, and other species.

A canopy of verdant growth shades your walk through much of the gully, which was named for the Welshman who first settled this valley formed by a crack in the coral limestone. His descendants later cleared part of the forest to cultivate fruit trees but later the land was allowed to return to its natural state.

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