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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 Barbados’ “sugar” west coast. The historic capital of Bridgetown features some of the Caribbean’s best-preserved colonial structures. Barbados’ east coast features underground streams and limestone caves. Barbados’ many working refineries offer opportunities to sample the island’s fine rums.
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Brandons, Barbados
Barbados is celebrated as the birthplace of rum and travelers can easily explore the history and culture attached to the island’s favorite beverage via a visit here. The center features a restaurant and museum and travelers can arrange for guided...
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Dalkeith Rd, Bridgetown, Barbados
Housed in historic buildings originally used as a military prison, the Museum and Historical Society is part of the St. Ann’s Garrison, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The building is one of only 12 constructed in the British Empire and...
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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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The supersonic Concorde jet retired from service in 2003 but travelers can visit the legendary airliner in a specially built hangar at Grantley Adams airport. The Barbados Concorde Experience also features a “departure lounge” with Concorde...
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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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Centuries of limestone erosion in Barbados’ northeast produced an extensive network of caves and gullies, highlighted by this underground cavern, which features colorful fields of crystallized limestone stalactites and stalagmites. Visitors tour...
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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 shack, a nearby...
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Oistins, Barbados
For residents and visitors alike Friday night means an excursion to Oistins, a fishing village on Barbados’ southern coast. On that evening the town hosts a festive fish fry held along several downtown streets. Open-air restaurants, bars and...
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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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St. Nicholas Abbey is a distinctive treasure among Barbados’ many historic buildings. Erected in 1650 amid lush gardens, orchards, and gullies, the abbey includes one of three Jacobean-style homes remaining in the Western Hemisphere. Guided tours...
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Bushy Park, Gaskin, Barbados
Bushy Park in Saint Philip parish is a 2.2 kilometer, FIA grade-3 motorsports course that hosts professional auto racing events including the annual Global Rally Cross Championship. Visitors can test their skills in a variety of race cars from...
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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 parade...