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Beyond The Beach: 5 Must-Do Activities

Beyond The Beach: 5 Must-Do Activities

When you think of Barbados, you probably envisage sipping tropical cocktails on luxurious stretches of white sand beaches with crystal-clear waters. While this is undoubtedly a true part of the Barbadian experience, there's so much more to this Caribbean paradise than sun, sand, and sea. From exploring underground caves to a madcap Island Safari, Barbados offers many activities and attractions that will take your trip to the next level.

Harrison’s Cave – Underground Natural Beauty

Harrison's Cave is an awe-inspiring natural wonder. Its extensive mile-long cave system is home to a constantly growing geological system and an abundance of waterfalls. This renowned tourist attraction is often described as "world-class” with “unparalleled beauty" and a “must-see attraction”. Every year, thousands of visitors from all corners of the globe flock to explore this subterranean marvel in Barbados.

Simply jump on the electric tram and take a ride through the winding cave system, which allows for immersion in this natural wonder while preserving the most delicate areas of the cave. The cave's interior is replete with plunge pools, caverns, and crystallized formations. The stunning natural beauty of the stalactites and stalagmites is breathtaking, especially within the Great Cathedral Hall. Harrison's Cave is a truly enchanting place that should not be overlooked by anyone visiting Barbados.

Mount Gay Rum Distillery – The Birthplace of Rum

Did you know that Barbados is the birthplace of rum? For over three centuries, Mount Gay Distillery has been producing exquisite, deeply flavorful rums in Barbados, and you can immerse yourself in the history of rum production by visiting the original location where it all began in 1703.

Take a tour of the historic Mount Gay Distillery in the island’s northernmost parish of St. Lucy to experience the fully operational rum-making headquarters. Walk through the still house, which showcases the recommissioned Coffey Still, one of only three copper stills remaining in the world. Indulge your senses with a visit to the well that has been providing Mount Gay with coral-filtered water for over 300 years, and the molasses house where sweet notes travel through the air. Finally, step into the bonds where the rum ages in their casks. Best of all you get to sample and savour the aroma of the four rich, fragrant signature rums. The expert mixologists on hand will serve up some tantalizing tricks and cocktails that will leave you wanting more.

Savour the Culinary Scene

Barbados boasts a distinctive local cuisine, featuring an array of must-try dishes such as flying fish and cou-cou, macaroni pie, fish cakes, and rice and peas. For an unparalleled seafood experience, venture to Oistins on a Friday night, where you’ll find some of the freshest catches on the island, seasoned and served up to the patron’s delight.

The island's culinary identity is a seamless fusion of African, European, and Caribbean flavours, brimming with exotic spices and herbs exclusive to the region. Whether you're a connoisseur of haute cuisine or a fan of street food, you'll be able to satisfy your cravings. Don't deprive yourself of the chance to taste the tantalizing flavours of Barbados cuisine during your visit.

Explore Andromeda Garden

If you're looking for a Zen-like experience, the flora and fauna of Barbados’ Andromeda Gardens is a must-visit attraction. This botanical garden is home to over six acres of lush, exotic vegetation, including towering palm trees, vibrant orchids, and colourful bromeliads. The garden is a feast for the senses, with fragrant flowers and the sound of trickling water from the various fountains setting the perfect ambience. Take a leisurely stroll through the winding paths and marvel at Barbados’ natural beauty. Don't forget to bring your camera to capture the incredible scenery and memories that will last a lifetime.

Enjoy a Wild Island Safari

Embark on a thrilling adventure in Barbados by experiencing an island safari. Hop on an all-terrain vehicle and journey through the lush tropical forests, verdant landscapes, and idyllic countryside of the island. Marvel at the stunning vistas, spot exotic wildlife, and learn about the island's history and culture from your knowledgeable guide. Feel the wind in your hair as you navigate through rugged terrains and experience the rush of adrenaline as you traverse off-road tracks. This exhilarating excursion promises to be an unforgettable experience. 

Barbados offers a rich array of activities for travellers to explore. From the stunning natural formations of Harrison's Cave to the fascinating history of the Mount Gay Rum Tour, there is something for everyone. For those seeking a more adventurous experience, an island safari is a must-do while Andromeda Gardens provides nature’s peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle. Don’t forget to explore the culinary scene - a true feast for the senses. Plan your trip to Barbados today and discover all that this beautiful island has to offer!

Ready to start planning your Barbados trip? Book your stay at The Crane Resort. To begin planning all your activities, e-mail concierge@thecrane.com.


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