Top Things to Do in Barbados

Swim with sea turtles, stay in an upcycled hotel and drink rum in a historic plantation.
 

Photograph courtesy of St. Nicholas Abbey.

The self-proclaimed birthplace of rum offers plenty of tipples, plus Instagrammable beaches, environmentally friendly hotels and slow-food dining, with nary an all-inclusive in sight.

Stay At

Photograph courtesy of ECO Lifestyle + Lodge.

A Green Globe Certified boutique hotel on the island’s east coast, ECO Lifestyle + Lodge features upcycled mahogany furniture and organic bath products in the rooms, plus sustainable practices throughout the property such as solar-heated water.

ecolifestylelodge.com

Do This

Photograph courtesy of Cafe Luna.

Canadian chef Mark de Gruchy uses fresh fare at his farm-to-table restaurant, Cafe Luna, in Christ Church. Dishes such as roasted chicken breast stuffed with plantains shine on his three-course “Back to Bajan” set menu.

cafelunabarbados.com

Try This

Photograph courtesy of St. Nicholas Abbey.

Visit St. Nicholas Abbey, a historic plantation house built in 1658. On the Rum Experience Tour, you’ll learn how the spirit is made and taste white and aged rums made from sugar cane grown on the plantation.

stnicholasabbey.com

Don’t Miss

Photograph courtesy of Shasa Catamaran Cruises.

Check “swim with sea turtles” off your bucket list during a three-hour snorkel tour with Shasa Catamaran Cruises. The eco-friendly company takes small groups to the reef to dive with marine life.

shasacatamarancruises.com

[This story appears in the October 2019 edition of WestJet Magazine.]

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