The Getaway: Explore the island of Barbados like a pro with these travel tips

Sugar Bay Resort in Barbados

As the summer travel season heats up and with the Caribbean at Miami’s doorstep, options for a quick Getaway are always a good thing.

If good vibes, warm friendly people and top-notch hospitality are at the top of your list, then your slice of heaven is waiting for you in Barbados, the island known for its  sun, fun and rum.

Like many Caribbean islands, Barbados offers great beaches, warm breezes and delicious local food. Celebs like Tiger Woods, Formula One race car driver Lewis Hamilton and the islands reigning queen of pop, Rihanna, all call Barbados their second home. But did you know that the island is also the birthplace of rum? Dating back to 1703, the rum capitol welcomes visitors all year round, especially for its popular summer carnival better known as Cropover.

Below are a few not-to miss options to get the most out of the island of Barbados on your next Getaway from Miami.

The Sun

Cool Running’s Catamaran Cruise

Who doesn’t love a catamaran? This one just happens to come equipped with a top notch staff and great vibes. With some of the best snorkeling on the island, Cool Running’s Catamaran departs from Bridgetown Harbor and sails to three stops along the west coast where the best reefs and shipwrecks are situated. Daily sails start at $90 and start at 11 a.m. with lunch and drinks included.
For Bookings and more info, visit:
Carlisle House, Carlisle Wharf, Hincks Street, Bridgetown
Barbados, West Indies
Phone: (246) 436-0911

The Fun

Hunte’s Gardens

What could be more exciting than a walk through a picturesque garden in the hills of the island? Well, when the host is none other than local favorite Sir Anthony Hunte, fun is definitely part of the excursion. Hunte’s Garden, located on the islands east corridor is a lavish three-acre playground that attracts tourists from as far as Australia each year for his guided tours. Great for a day trip and perfect for families, you’ll enjoy great views, quirky jokes and a history lesson during the 2-hour tour that ends with a refreshing signature rum punch.
(Cost $30 per person).
For Bookings and more info, visit:
Hwy 3A, Coffee Gully, Barbados
Phone: (246) 433-3333

Oistens and St. Lawrence Gap

Every island has that one hotspot that comes alive at night. On Barbados, there’s no better place to catch that vibe than St. Lawrence Gap – a street littered with rum bars and live music every night of the week. Minutes away from the Gap local eatery Oistens is where you’ll want to be on the weekends. Friday evenings in particular, tourists and locals alike flock to Oistens for its live performances from local Soca artists and some of the best local street food you can get your hands on. Oistens is home of the famous flying fish sandwich which is a must with a cold Banks beer. There’s no better place to capture that true “bajan” hospitality and flavor.

The Cliff Restaurant

For a more upscale culinary experience, check out The Cliff restaurant and Beach Club. Rated one of the top restaurants in the world, The Cliff has it all – world-class cuisine and impeccable views to match. Coined the platinum coast by locals, the Cliff is a hidden gem. Heads up – you’ll want to make reservations well in advance and bring extra cash as an average meal costs around $120.
For reservations and more info, visit:
Derricks, St. James, Barbados BB24110
Phone: (246) 432-1922

The Rum

St. Nicolas Abbey

Rum distilleries are definitely not in short supply on Barbados. Known as the birthplace of rum, Barbados offers many options for historical rum tours and tasting. From the historic St. Nicolas Abbey to the Mount Gay Rum Distillery, this precious commodity is tied to the islands deep history and tradition. Learning about the process from sugar to rum is fascinating and after one visit to one of their prestigious distilleries, you’ll appreciate every sip. On average you’ll need at  least four hours to take in the entire tasting and every drop is worth the experience.
For information on daily rum tours, visit:
Cherry Tree Hill
St. Peter, BB 26007
Barbados, West Indies
Phone: (246) 422-5357

Where to Stay

From quaint , family friendly villas at Bougainvillea Hotel (pictured above) to cozy beachside all-inclusives like Sugar Bay Resort (pictured at top of story) you have plenty of property options to choose from. Accommodations are in abundance on Barbados and there’s a hotel for every budget. Some hotels are kid free, so keep that in mind whether you’re taking the family or planning a relaxing weekend.

Bougainvillea Hotel
For booking information, visit:
Maxwell Coast Road, Christ Church
Barbados, West Indies
Phone: (246) 628-0990

Sugar Bay Resort
For booking information, visit:
Garrison Rd, Bridgetown
Barbados, West Indies
Phone: (246) 622-1120

How To Get There

JetBlue just made the Caribbean even more enticing with a new daily nonstop leaving out of Fort Lauderdale to Barbados. The new route from FLL to BGI kicked off in May and leaves at 8 a.m, getting you to paradise in just over three hours. Tickets start at $315 roundtrip.

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