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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
[This story appears in the October 2019 edition of WestJet Magazine.]
Living Like a Local in Barbados
Barbados celebrates its 50th anniversary of independence on November 30, 2016. To toast the occasion, we asked Bajan Darrio Prescod, the Barbados and Caribbean brand ambassador for Mount Gay Rum (one of the country’s most famous exports), to share his favourite island spots.