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Barbados

30 Dec, 2008

Barbados is a good choice to spend a holiday. For its size, it is remarkable how many tourist attractions it has for the holiday goer. There are a lot of things that you can do in Barbados. You can go diving, you can check out local art and, of course, party at night.

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Diving in Barbados

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Barbados is in the Carribbean. Thus, diving is something that most tourists should do when visiting the city. These dives allow you to explore the diversity of the Carribbean’s marine life. A lot of diving companies offer guided diving services in the seas around Barbados. You can find out ahead through the Internet which diving companies have the best reputation in diving when it comes to safety, the fun factor and interestingness of the diving package.

Most of the companies offer packages that include equipment and some light snacks.

The Art Galleries of Barbados

Barbados is home to several remarkable art galleries that you definitely should visit. The galleries are home to the work of several talented artists. The art pieces are for sale as well.

Some of the art galleries of Barbados include:

• #17 Art Gallery
The #17 Art Gallery features the art of artist Corrie Scott. Art is sold cheap, with the cheapest piece costing only $15. Viewing is by appointment because of Scott’s schedules. Samples of exhibited art can be viewed at the gallery’s website at www.corriescott. Net

• The Gallery at Lancaster Great House
• Tides Gallery at the Tides Restaurant in Holetown, St. James
• Zemicon Gallery in Hincks Street, Bridgetown
• Mango’s Art Gallery in Speightstown
• Barbados Art Council
• Gang of 4 Studio
• Kirby Gallery

These are just some of the many art galleries that the island is host to. If you’re an art aficionado, make sure to go around and visit as much of these galleries as you could. You might find one worthy of purchase and taking home as a souvenir of your holiday in Barbados.

Mount Gay Rum Barbados

Barbados Island is home to the oldest rum in the whole world. The rum company that produces the rum – Mount Gay Distilleries Ltd. – turned 300 in 2003, making it 305 years old today. If you want to know the secret of how this brand remained through all those years, then add a tour to the Mount Gay rum refinery to your list.

The company allows tourists to take a tour of their facilities. There are two tours being offered namely the cocktail tour and the normal tour.

• The cocktail tour
The cocktail tour is offered during Wednesdays only. This tour is highly recommended because it’s a lot of fun. Aside from the usual educational tour, in the end the guests are given cocktail recipes in which they mix and drink. It’s kind of rare to drink a lot during a tour, and this tour is intended to get you drunk.

• The regular tour
This tour includes the usual company history and other educational exhibits, a complimentary taste of the centuries old Mount Gay rum. It does not have the cocktail mixing part of the cocktail tour.

Earthworks Pottery

Anyone who has visited Barbados will recommend this tour of the earthworks pottery. Experience up close and personal how pottery is done. David and Goldie Spieler will show you how with David manning the pottery wheel and Goldie molding earth into pottery pieces. Visitors can access their shops and watch as their order is being made. It is advisable to call ahead with details of your order before you visit.

Earthworks pottery is known for its features including:

• Personalized designs
• Monograms (for mugs)
• Painted text

At the end of the tour, you will be given souvenir pieces that you can bring home and, of course, you can also buy from their gift shop. You can also enjoy tea at a terrace restaurant after the tour is over.

Beaches

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Barbados, being an island in the Carribbean, is home to some of the best beaches in the world.

Gibbes Beach, for example, is noteworthy for its many features:

• It is very quiet
• It offers a lot of shade
• The waters in its vicinity are calm and safe

The Beach is very peaceful and is perfect for people looking for a quite respite from their daily lives while still enjoying everything that a beach has to offer: white sand, plenty of sun (if you decide to get out of the shade), swimming, windsurfing, water-skiing and scuba diving, among others.

Nightlife

Just like any place in the world, Barbados has a vibrant nightlife for party animals to enjoy. There are many clubs in the island, all of them concentrated in a street called St. Lawrence’s Gap. Some of the clubs in the Gap include:

• Club Xtreme
Located on the southern part of the island, Club Xtreme is considered as the best clubbing place to be during a holiday in Barbados. It features a wide variety of genres, including Alternative, Dance, R&B and a lot more. The club has a wide premise, over 10,000 square feet which means it has a lot of place for everyone to groove to the music.

• The Boatyard
The boatyard offers a unique experience for night owls. It is basically a beach club. You can enjoy water sports by the day, and party at night. It also has its own restaurant to suit your eating needs.

• Harbour Lights
If you want to enjoy the adrenalin-pumping experience without the claustrophobic feeling of your conventional club, Harbour Lights is definitely the place for you. It is located right beside the beach, and its open air environment offers a unique clubbing experience. You can party all night and enjoy the refreshing feeling of the sea breeze.

You should also check out some dinner shows held at some restaurants in Barbados. This is a rare look at the culture of the locals of the island. One of these shows is the Bajan Roots & Rhythm. This dinner show can be viewed at the Plantation Garden Theatre, and is said to be the only show that accurately shows the culture of the West Indians.

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