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Just the word Barbados sends us back to 1975 and the hit song “Barbados” by the British Band Typically Tropical. A trip to Barbados conjures up images of swaying palm trees, turquoise clear seas, long silvery sandy beaches and cocktails at sunset, a tropical paradise in the Caribbean.
For three months we lived like a local enjoying all that Barbados had to offer. A budget holiday it is not, most islands around the world are expensive, and a Barbados vacation is one of them. Most goods are imported and even their fruit and vegetables are imported from the small island of St. Vincent nearby. For a small island, 34km in length and 23km in breadth, Barbados has a lot to offer visitors of all ages.
Time your visit at the Barbados Wildlife Reserve for the 2pm feeding time, and children and adults will be thrilled to see the antics of some of the Green Monkeys. They have been known to stand on the back of the tortoises at feeding time. These famous cheeky green monkeys and tortoises roam free through the reserve whilst caimans, iguanas and birds are housed in cages.
A 50-minute day or night-time dive with Atlantis Submarines takes you 160 feet to the bottom of the ocean just off the waters of Bridgetown the capital. In our night time dive we saw colourful schools of fish, coral reefs and a shipwreck all under the powerful spotlights that Atlantis use. Kids will love receiving their Atlantis Submarine Certificates at the end of the tour.
Couples will enjoy a Rum and Food Pairing Tour at one of the world’s oldest Rum Distilleries – Mount Gay Rum. Mount Gay Rum is reputed to be the oldest in the world and it is said that it ‘is the rum that invented rum’.
If beer is more to your liking, the local Banks (Barbados) Brewery runs a tour 3 times a day from their facilities in Newton Road Bridgetown. Not only do you learn about the history of Banks Beer in Barbados and how it is produced you can taste the popular lager whilst relaxing in the Visitors Centre Bar at the end of the tour.
As well as the other Barbados activities we have mentioned above in the Barbados for kids and teens sections, a fun family activity is a lunchtime cruise on the Black Pearl Jolly Roger Pirate Ship.
As well as the sumptuous lunch buffet you can snorkel with the turtles, learn how to swing from a rope and walk the plank in pirate style – one of the most fun things to do in Barbados!