Barbados Bites & Rum: In Partnership with FOOD & WINE Magazine
Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 4 Hours
Depart the pier on a drive through the buzzing waterfront capital of Bridgetown, with its historic statue of Lord Nelson and attractive Parliament buildings. You'll continue to Holetown, where the island's first settlers landed in 1627. Along the way are many of the splendid resorts, restaurants and mansions that line the exclusive Gold Coast.
Visit St Nicholas Abbey in the parish of St Peter. Built in 1660, this well-preserved great house is one of only three genuine Jacobean mansions remaining in the Western Hemisphere. Thanks to a recent refurbishment, it has never looked better. Admire the mansion's distinguishing features: curved Dutch gables, decorative chimney stacks, coral stone finials, a Chinese Chippendale staircase and fine antiques and china. You'll also watch a rare 1930s film about sugar plantation life. Check out the plantation, observe traditional rum-making methods and sample the delicious finished product.
Your tour continues through the island's lush countryside. Head toward the east coast for breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean from Cherry Tree Hill. Look down and you'll catch a glimpse of the historic Morgan Lewis Windmill, one of only two intact, restored sugar mills in the Caribbean.
You will stop briefly at Bathsheba, an idyllic spot for photography.
On the lively south coast is Blakey's Restaurant -- a classic snack shack that offers an extensive selection of authentic Caribbean dishes and cocktails. Sample their freshly-made banana bread and savory codfish cakes, served with a secret sauce. Rum punch, beer or a soft drink are served, too.
On the way to back to the ship, explore the south coast. This is where the island's British past really shines. You'll see places with English names such as Dover, Worthing and Hastings. Pass the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Historic Bridgetown and its garrison before you return to the port.
Minimum age is 21 years. Tour does not operate on Saturdays or holidays.