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Insider Guide to Barbados: 4 unforgettable experiences

26 July 2016

Wondering what to do while you’re in Barbados? Here’s four unforgettable experiences our Travel Counsellors recommend!

Hike with the Barbados National Trust

Hiking Barbados

Barbados’ landscape is utterly spectacular, and it’s a wonderful mix of brilliant green plants, heady floral scents and gentle hills. Head into the interior of the island and discover fields filled with sugar canes, tropical flora and fauna, and rolling hills overlooking that glistening sand and turquoise sea.

The Barbados National Trust offer free, 3-hour hikes year-round, with distances ranging from 6 miles (“Stop ‘n’ Stare”) to 12 miles (“Grin ‘n’ Bear”). Hikes take place in the morning at 6am or in the afternoon at 3.30pm, and there are also moonlight hikes, which leave at 5.30pm.

Journey underground to Harrison’s Cave

Harrison's Cave

Pop on your adventurer’s hat and explore underground with a 3-hour cave tour! Step into the crystallised limestone cave and travel by tram to the entrance used by early explorers, and learn all about this spectacular natural wonder. There are streams running through the cave, astounding pools of crystal clear water, and glistening speleothems (stalactites and stalagmites) all waiting to be discovered!

Catch a cricket match at Kensington Oval

Cricket

Established in 1882 and the host of the Cricket World Cup in 2007, Kensington Oval is Barbados’ oldest cricket ground. The picturesque, 4-acre grounds started life as part of the Kensington Plantation, before being developed into the ground you see today. Teams from the West Indies, England, Australia, New Zealand, India, Pakistan and South Africa all play here.

Grand Kadooment, 1st August

Grand Kadooment

Booming calypso and soca music, spectacular carnival masquerades and a street parade are all part of this enthralling, energetic festival. “Kadooment” is a Bajan term for a grand occasion filled with fun, and this exuberant carnival is a must-visit if you’re in Barbados on 1st August. Celebrating the end of the Crop Over Festival (Barbados’ summer festival) Grand Kadooment is a stunning visual display of music and dancing and ends in a fantastic fireworks display.

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