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Ten Essential Things To Do When You Visit Barbados

Feb 3, 2008
Ahoy there mateys! I take it that you landlubbers want a piece of the deep blue. Well, if that's the case, then pack your bags and prepare to hoist the colors because there's no other place to let your inner pirate loose than in the beautiful isle of Barbados.

1.) Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum

There's nothing better to kick start your holiday than to have yourself a bottle of authentic pirate rum. Visit Mount Gay Visitor's center and have a sample of the best rum that the Caribbean can offer. You can also avail of a free tour around the factory to see exactly how Rum is made.

2.) The Life of a Gentleman Farmer

Have you ever thought about how your life would be if you had been a gentleman farmer during the colonial times? Well, satisfy your curiosity by visiting the Francia Plantation House, a wonderfully preserved house that dates back to when Barbados was still part of the colony. It is filled with antique furniture and antique paintings.

3.) Last Windmill Standing

If you're on a trek to discover the history and culture of Barbados, you certainly can't miss the Morgna Lewis Sugar Windmill. Of all the windmills in Barbados, this was the only one that lasted. Amazingly, it's still standing right now and it has become one of Barbados' tourist attractions.

4.) Commune with your Spiritual Side

If you're curious about the life of the monks in the monasteries, visit St. Nicholas Abbey. It's situated above a cliff and is 800 feet above sea level. Going there will also give you a breathtaking view of the Atlantic that is sure to make your trip up to the cliff perfectly worthwhile.

5.) Ride with the Wind

Barbados is hailed as one of the best spots for windsurfing in the world. So, if you're up for some extreme sports, grab your swimsuit and head on out to the beach for some windsurfing action. Make sure that it's not summer though, because during summer, the seas of Barbados are perfectly calm and are most suitable for other activities.

6.) Explore the Underwater World

If the winds are not picking up and the waves aren't cooperating, don't worry, the Barbados beaches still has lots to offer you. Shed your land legs and grab some snorkels and dive into the beautiful deep blue sea to explore a whole new world entirely. Swim with the fishes and discover the coral reefs in the west and south coasts, or you could also visit the Pamir shipwreck, a truly exciting and mysterious experience.

7.) Celebrate with Some Tropical Foods

Barbados offers some great cuisines for you to enjoy. The favorite is the Flying fish - this can be cooked in a variety of ways, fried, steamed, grilled - whatever, either way, it's a must-taste if you're visiting Barbados. You can also sample some of their fresh fruits and of course, their delicious lobsters, but if you're going to visit a restaurant though, prepare some cash because it will cost you.

8.) A Calm Interlude

In the midst of all the hustle bustle of your visit to the tropics, why not take some time to relax and have a nice peaceful walk through Welchman Hall Gully, a path that's flanked by beautiful flowers, vegetation, and spice trees. If you're lucky, you might spot a monkey or two. It's also a good place for bird watching.

9.) When Darkness Falls

You'd think that everything would be quiet once night comes in the peaceful island of Barbados. But you'd be horribly mistaken. In fact, St. Lawrence Gap, a 1 mile road in Barbados is famous for night clubs, jazz bars, and pubs where you can dance until you drop.

10.) A Pirate's Haven

Just because you're tired for the day doesn't mean that you'll have to stop your role playing as a swashbuckling buccaneer. Quite the contrary. You can always retire to Barbados' Pirate Inn, an inn that specializes in providing lodging that has a pirate theme.
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Jonathan Williams is the travel writer for Destination Guide TV - the place to share travel videos. Visit http://www.DestinationGuide.tv/barbados to view or share Barbados travel videos.
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