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Essential Barbados

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I've been to Barbados eight times (my Dad lived there for 4.5 years as an ex-pat) and am absolutely obsessed with the island. I know this place in and out and love the locals like my family. Skip some of the tourist attractions and hit the local gems.
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Holetown, Barbados
I had taken part in the whole sea turtle experience before; snorkelling with them, watching a mother lay her eggs, holding disoriented hatchlings--I thought I had seen and done it all. Until Barbados. The moment I came face to face with that...
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Worthing, Christ Church, Barbados
Located on the island's unassuming south coast, down a street that doesn't even have a name (which isn't uncommon in Barbados) sits a little beach bar called the Carib. Wander up to the wood deck and smile at the Bajan waitress pulling double-duty...
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Rockley, Bridgetown, Barbados
It was my sixth visit and my quest remained elusive: where to get a decent cup of coffee on an island that was British for a very long time (and always had a large contingent of Brits visiting). Seemingly the only place in the world that Starbucks...
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Bridgetown, Barbados
One of the best days for horse racing in the islands is Boxing Day, or as it’s known in the States, “The Day After Christmas.” This past Boxing Day, I was lucky enough to be in Barbados, so I made a point to pay a visit to the Barbados Turf Club...
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Barbados
It’s worth the drive “down north” for a tour of this gorgeous residence built around 1658 of brick and limestone only 30 years after Barbados’ settlement by the British in 1627. You may even find yourself echoing the sentiments of James Petri...
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The Boardwalk Main Road, Highway 7, Bridgetown, Barbados
On my most recent visit, I arrived at Tapas just after the lunch rush. The hustle and bustle had just died down — leaving me and my traveling companions free to enjoy the sounds of the waves coming ashore just beyond the dining room and more...
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SURFER'S BAY - MOONRAKER, GREEN GARDEN, LANDSDOWN, SILVER SANDS, Barbados
Luckily Surfer’s Bay Beach Bar isn’t exclusive to those with a penchant for getting tubed, pulling aerials or catching the perfect wave. All you need is a laid-back vibe and you’ll fit in perfectly at this idyllic beach bar on the southernmost tip...
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Retreat, Barbados
This sign told me to walk 10 feet to the left, to see the beautiful overlook off of North Point.
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Holetown, Barbados
On the road along the coast headed north out of Bridgetown, you come across some old boatyards full of colorful vessels. There are some little lunch spots and rum bars along the way. My favorite is called St Elmos in Moontown, between Holetown and...