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12 Reasons We Love Barbados

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Barbados has just about everything that makes the Caribbean great. Accommodations range from inexpensive guest houses to five-star luxury hotels. Premium resorts line the white-sand beaches along the “sugar coast” or west coast of the island. The historic capital of Bridgetown features some of the Caribbean’s best-preserved colonial structures. The east coast features underground streams and limestone caves. Barbados is known for rum, too: its many working refineries offer opportunities to sample the island’s fine spirits.
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Bridgetown, Barbados

Rum is king in Barbados. While the Mount Gay rum distillery is in the north, guests in Bridgetown can learn all about centuries’ worth of rum production at the Mount Gay Visitor Centre. Of course, a tasting is part of any visit....

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Dalkeith Rd, Bridgetown, Barbados

Near the racecourse in the Garrison part of the city stands a former military prison from Barbados’s time as headquarters of the British navy's Windward and Leeward forces. Since the 1930s, the two-story stone structure with gardens has been...

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Bridgetown, Barbados
Barbados’ premier festival began as an 18th century celebration of the sugar harvesting season’s end. Held between June and August, visitors will find a celebration every bit as colorful and fervent as carnival in Brazil or Trinidad. Crop Over’s...
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Saint Andrew, Barbados
Talk to your hotel concierge or check online to find one of Barbados’ estimated 2,000 rum bars for a sampling of Barbados’ favorite drink and a friendly interaction with local residents. The Nigel Benn Aunty in Saint Andrew parish is run by the...
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Foster Hall, Barbados

A half-hour's drive from Bridgetown on the east coast, these gardens on just 2.4 hectares (six acres) of lush grounds are home to an astounding variety of tropical and subtropical plants, from orchids to palms and species found only...

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Allen View, Barbados

Located in the center of Barbados in the highlands, the Harrison's Cave underground system of rivers and caves is one of the Caribbean’s great natural wonders. Visitors tour deep inside the crystallized limestone caverns via small...

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Pebbles Beach, Barbados
This quiet stretch of beachfront is popular with locals and savvy visitors impressed with its tranquil waters, unassuming beauty and terrific location minutes from Bridgetown’s Aquatania Gap. Enjoy a cutter sandwich from Cuz’ fish...
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Oistins, Barbados

Friday is fish day in the Caribbean, and the village of Oistins, on Barbados’s southern coast, hosts its famous Oistins Fish Fry. During the week, market stalls sell fresh dorado, barracuda, swordfish and more. Come Friday night, locals,...

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Bridgetown, Barbados
The Barbados Food & Rum Festival is the premier event highlighting Barbados’ cuisine and signature drink. Held annually in November, the event features cooking competitions and international celebrity chefs who prepare four- and five-course meals...
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Barbados

A tour of St. Nicholas Abbey is a chance to explore one of the finest so-called great houses of Barbados. Not an actual abbey, the well-preserved Jacobean plantation mansion in the northern parish of St. Peter dates from the mid-17th century and...

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Salmond, Barbados
Heading up north in Barbados is a great way to get away from the bustle of Bridgetown and the hustle of the west coast. And if you’re going north, why not go all the way to North Point? First off, Mondays are the best day for this excursion as...
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Holetown, Barbados
The week-long annual Holetown Festival on Barbados’ west coast commemorates the 17th century landing of English settlers in the country and kicks off with a re-enactment of that historic event. The February 12 to 19 festival also features...