Barbados is well known as one of the liveliest of the Caribbean islands. On your holiday to Barbados you can expect a warm Bajan welcome as you soak up the sun on pristine beaches, discover the islands rich history and culture, sample delicious Caribbean cuisine and of course, that world famous rum!
It’s well worth spending an afternoon exploring the capital, Bridgetown. Aside from having a great selection of shops and street markets, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is filled with fascinating historic sites to explore and is a riveting insight into Barbados’s cultural history. Here you can visit Charles Fort, the Parliament Buildings, George Washington’s House, as well as the recently discovered Garrison Tunnels. Finish your day enjoying sunset at the city’s harbour watching the fishing boats and catamarans sail by with a refreshing rum punch or dine at one of the local restaurants or bars.
Of course no holiday to Barbados would be complete without sampling the islands famous tipple! Barbados is considered the birthplace of rum and is still very much part of the Barbadian way of life. Mount Gay is the world’s oldest rum distillery and one of the top tourist destinations on the island, along with St Nicholas Abbey, another distillery where you can see the cane grinding mill in operation, or simply grab a rum punch and mingle with the locals at the numerous rum shops dotted about the island. Rum shops, which include London Bar, Hercules, Braddies and Lexies, are still the meeting places where locals gather to drink, gossip, listen to music and play dominos.
Friday night on the island and there’s only one place to be! Oistins Fish Fry is where locals and tourists alike gather for delicious food and one hell of a Caribbean street party! Elsewhere St Lawrence Gap is another great spot to dance the night away. A hub for reggae bars, calypso clubs and some of the best restaurants in the Caribbean.
A holiday to any Caribbean island means lots of time by the sea and Barbados certainly doesn’t disappoint boasting a pristine waterfront. Beach lovers will head straight for the Gold Coast on the western side of the island where you will be spoilt for choice with beautiful golden beaches backed by palm trees swaying in the cool breeze. On the beaches of Barbados you can take part in all sorts of watersports, go on a catamaran sailing or even swim with the turtles at Pebble Beach.
One of Barbados’s most unique experiences is exploring the subterranean world of Harrison’s Cave, a magical underworld of caverns, flowing streams, shimmering deep pools and towering columns You ride through 3 miles of tunnels and open areas—the Great Hall is 15 feet. high—all on an underground tram ride.
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