3 Best Ways to Experience Barbados When You’re Not On The Beach

Barbados is a phenomenal country that too many people miss out on even when they visit as tourists. Like anywhere else in the world, the true charm of Barbados is experienced outside of the resort and off the beach. If you’re traveling on vacation or deciding to spend the winter as a nomad in Barbados there are 3 things you need to keep on your radar.

Mount Gay Rum Cocktail Masterclass

“Mount Gay Signature Rum Tour and Cocktail Workshop Review” by anax44 is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Rum is a signature alcohol of the Caribbean. Mount Gay has been producing Barbados rum since the early 1700s with their largest distillery based in Bridgetown. For $70/per person Mount Gay Rum Distilleries offers a masterclass in rum-based cocktail preparation.

In addition to becoming a top-notch mixologist, you’ll also experience a rum tasting and learn about the history of rum making in Bermuda. You can sign up and learn more about Mount Gay here.

Crop Over

“Crop Over 2008” by Hugh Fiske is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Carnivals are an iconic part of Caribbean culture and if you think of them places like Jamaica and Trinidad are normally the first to come to mind, but Barbados actually originated one of the biggest festival seasons in the Carribean hundreds of years ago.

Crop Over takes place in the summer between June and August. Crop Over is a cultural harvest festival that sees a variety of events and festivities across the entire 2 month period ending non the first Monday in August known as “Kadooment Day”. Kadooment Day is the climax of Crop Over celebrations in Barbados and is a public holiday and among the most energetic and colorful carnivals in the Caribbean.

Visit Oistins Fish Fry

“Oistins Fish Fry – Barbados” by David Berkowitz is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Lobster, swordfish, marlin, mahi-mahi all on the grill and ready to be enjoyed by hundreds nearly every Friday night. A Barbados fish fry is a must-experience if you’re visiting the island for even just one day, and Oistins is the best place to do so. A plate of fish and a cold drink will cost you around $17 US dollars.

There’s more than just fish for sale at this particular fish fry hotspot. You can often find jewelry, trinkets and souvenirs on sale, especially if you get there a bit early as food usually isn’t served until around 7pm.

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