Guest Post: Barbados: 5 Things to do when you are not on the beach

Barbados is famous for white sandy beaches and tourists often fly out to this island paradise for nothing more than a relaxing time on the beach with a book in their hand. Yes, Barbados does have incredible white beaches, however there is so much more to this island resort.

Beautiful Barbados

Beautiful Barbados, photo courtesy of Neil T Flickr photos

Sunbury Great House

This historic plantation house was founded over 300 years ago and is the best example of a Barbadian Sugar Estate Plantation within the island. Sunbury House was first opened as a heritage house in 1984 and guests are welcomed into Victorian style rooms with great collections of Barbadian antiques. Guests are also invited to dine at a 200 year old table to enjoy a true plantation experience.

Sugar Cane Spa

A relaxing holiday does not always need to take place by the beach. The Sugar Cane Spa offers various relaxation treatments that are great for the mind and body. Treatments include therapeutic massages, hydrotherapy baths and body cocoons. This entire relaxation experience is carried out in an adult only environment, so the children will have to be left at home for this attraction.

Mount Gay Rum Visitors Centre

Barbados is also famous for the rum it produces, and Mount Gay Rum, seen as rum of a high standard, is exported throughout the world. The rum producers offer an incredible tour of the production facilities, providing guests with the ability to learn how the rum is produced. Following the tour, a free tasting session takes place before Barbadian Bajan style food is served in the restaurant overlooking the sea. The Mount Gay shop is then on hand to provide customers with a bottle to take home as a souvenir.

Tides Art Gallery

A great way to understand Barbadian culture is through the art of the people of the country and the region as a whole. Tides Art Gallery offers an extensive collection of art works by famous Barbadian artists. Located on the Barbadian West Coast, this gallery makes for a great destination, and the famous Tides Restaurant offers gallery viewers exceptional local cuisine to top the day off.

The Kensington Oval

Cricket is the national sport of Barbados and The West Indies, with The Kensington Oval regularly holding matches featuring international cricketers. If there are no international matches taking place during your visit, then it is very likely that there will be a Barbadian divisional match going ahead which is equally worth checking out and spending a day in the sunshine on the terraces of this famous venue.

The next time you take a trip to this beautiful island, enjoy the picturesque beaches but be fully aware that there is much more available than simply a beach holiday.

Author bio:

Terry Jones is a freelance writer who travels the world in source of inspiration. He booked his holidays to Barbados at and would thoroughly recommend exploring the picturesque island for yourself.



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