Having taken a cruise last September, I thought the least I could do is share with you my experience and the places I visited on the beautiful island of Barbados so that in the event you make it there you have some ideas of things to do. Our tour group was fortunate enough to have an awesome tour guide, “Tony the Tiger”, who really did a great job of taking us around the island and showing us affluent common areas as well as not so affluent areas. It was nice to see the true heart of the island instead of just the tourist attractions. So check out some of the places I visited and hopefully this helps you if you decide to visit.
Location: North America
Surrounding countries: St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Official language: English
Currency: Barbadian Dollar
Exchange Rate: $1 U.S. to $2.00 Barbadian Dollar
Rock Hall Freedom Village – Rock Hall Freedom Village is located in the St. Thomas parish of Barbados and was the first free village established in 1841, five years after their Emancipation. Here you can find the last remaining slave hut and a monument that represents freedom. The monument pays homage to a family of three freed ex-slaves and the village of Rock Hall.
Sandy Lane – Sandy Lane is a luxury beach-front resort that is located near Holetown and Paynes Bay. It is famous for its peaceful setting and first class service and is perfect for a Caribbean escape. Here Tiger Woods married his now ex-wife Elin Woods.
Mount Hillaby – The peak of Mount Hillaby is the highest point on the island and where you can see the island fall into the ocean. It overlooks the luscious green of the island and provides a beautiful scenic look of East and North Coasts of Barbados. This was truly a breathtaking and humbling view.
St. James Parish Church – Known for being the “Oldest Church in Barbados” here you can see the beautiful structure that still has regular service and been graced by the likes of President Ronald Regan and Kofi Anan.
Barbados Rum Tasting – At the Rum factory, you can participate in the rum tasted that consists of rums that are made there right on the island. The rums are pot distilled and blended with ingredients including oak, sherry, coconut water, and age in Bourbon casks.
* Rhianna House – Close to the port this is the house where Rhianna grew up. Cousins of hers now live here and she has purchased a home for her family elsewhere on the island.
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