Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Barbados

Fri Jan 15, 2010 1:44pm EST
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By Verna Gates

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (Reuters Life!) - Barbados is a serene Caribbean island that lures visitors with its aqua waters, friendly people and fine dining.

The island also delights tourists and locals with great music, including the Barbados Jazz Festival from Jan 11 to 17. Reuters correspondents with local knowledge offer tips to help visitors get the most out the tropical paradise.


Noon - After settling in your hotel get ready for a bit of sunbathing on some of the top beaches in the world, including The Crane Resort

3:30 pm - Catch the last tour at the Mount Gay Rum Distillery and learn about the history of rum, the balm of clipper ship sailors. Become a rummy yourself by learning tasting skills at the bar. www.mountgay.

5:00 pm - Treat yourself to an early dinner at Champers where you can try grilled barracuda.

7 pm - Aside from the Las Vegas-style show, the main reason to visit The Plantation is to see a truly amazing Bajan tradition -- stilt dancers. These high walkers dance and even turn flips that can almost upstage the fire eaters.

9:00 pm - Head for Jazz Fest and listen to music.   Continued...

<p>England's Marcus Trecothick jogs along a beach near the team hotel just outside Bridgetown, Barbados March 25, 2004. REUTERS/Andy Clark</p>