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Things not to miss when visiting Barbados.

September 20, 2018 by  
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( Barbados is an exceptional island. It’s definitely a tropical paradise like its neighbors in the Caribbean. Although, the island country is quite isolated in the Atlantic Ocean, with its nearest neighbor a hundred miles away. Besides its geographical formation, Barbados’ rich history of being colonized under British rule for 340 years is also notable for its current situation. Since the island has a tropical climate, visitors can bask in the sun while enjoying a cool margarita at their villas on the beach in Barbados. Exceptional dining, water sports, and hospitable locals are just a few of what makes Barbados unique compared to its neighboring islands. And in addition to that, we have listed ways of what to do during your stay on the island country.

Taste the Island’s Popular Beverage

Rum is the Caribbean choice when it comes to liquor. And Mount Gay, the world’s oldest and expert at rum distillery, has been making this smooth alcoholic drink in Barbados since the 1700s. Because sugar was abundant at that time, there were close to a dozen sugar factories on the island. Nowadays, just two of them are in operation and much of the product is comes from other countries. However, sugar cane fields still grow within the Island. Visitors can take a tour to the Mount Gay Visitors Centre which is just north of Bridgetown. Learn about the history of rum-making, the process, and the equipment…and then go to the tasting room for a taste of 1700s rum.

Go Underground at Harrison’s Cave

One of Barbados’s most distinctive experiences is discovering the underground world of Harrison’s Cave. It is an extensive – 2.3 kilometers long – limestone cave filled with stalactites, stalagmites, a flowing stream, and deep pools. Visitors are given a ride through 3 miles of tunnels and open areas which can be as high as 15 feet. There will come a moment when guides will turn off the lights for just an instant just to demonstrate how dark it can be inside the cave.

Immerse Yourself in a Tropical Garden

Tropical flora is so evidently abundant in the Island of Barbados. Among the gardening treats are Andromeda Botanic Gardens, over the Bathsheba coastline on the east coast. There is another garden called Flower Forest, in the Scotland District of central Barbados. In between the two gardens and perhaps the grandest tropical environment of all is Hunte’s Gardens. All three locations are filled with towering trees, flowering bushes, and exotic plants. Strolling along the pathways, you’ll come across a strategically placed bench or chair to rest, relax, and commune with nature. Only birds break the silence.

Enjoy Panoramic Island Views

During the 18th century, the British Army operated in the Gun Hill Signal Station at the island’s center. From that 213 meters high perch, the soldiers had an overall view of the whole island – more so on the south coast. Visitors can also see spectacular views of the island’s entire East coast either south from Cherry Tree Hill or north from East Coast Light at Ragged Point. Lastly, from Farley Hill National Park, the all-encompassing view of the island’s rough inner backdrop will help you understand why they call that area “Scotland.”

Party Hardy on a Day or Sunset Cruise

There are party boats that depart from Bridgetown’s Deep Water Harbour and sail along the west coast of the island. Some of the highlights are stopping within the marine reserve area for snorkeling, swimming, and an onboard lunch with drinks included. At night, you can watch the sunset as you play along with the water which can be quite romantic or just a perfect way to end the day.

Join Locals at Oistins Fish Fry

Located on the south coast of Barbados, in the village of Oistins, every Friday is a “Fish “Fry night for all tourists and locals alike. There is an open-air stall lined along the main road and the waterfront. There are barbecue chicken and grill fresh fish to savor. Some of the best dishes that you should try are rice ‘n’ peas, mac & cheese, yams, fries, and salad and some healthy meal for the entire family. Don’t forget to dance to the great music!

Dance to the Island Music

Most of the tourists and locals alike head to St. Lawrence Gap on the south coast or to Holetown on the west coast when night falls, to dance and party where bars and clubs can be found aplenty. The Gap is where hotels, restaurants, and shops lined in a long semicircular road off the main highway. You can also visit The Old Jam Inn and Bubba’s Sports Bar to dance and party all night long. In Holetown, the 1st and 2nd streets are also lined with bars and restaurants such as Duke’s Night Lounge and Red Door Lounge.

Swim With the Turtles

Leatherback sea turtles and Hawskbill fed and nest in the clear, calm waters along the west coast of Barbados. There is plenty of guided tours that will take you to the offshore to swim with these magnificent friendly creatures.

Play a Round of Golf

Famous for its three golf courses, the Country Club at Sandy Lane where you can play on its Old Nine Course and Tom Fazio-designed Country Club Course. The Green Monkey Course is exclusive for guests of the mega-luxurious Sandy Lane Hotel. For non-guests of the Green Monkey Course, there’s a fee of $240 (18 holes). However, there’s a Ron Kirby-designed public course where you can pay for only $105.

Staff Writer; Larry Jackson

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