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The oldest Jewish synagogue in the Western Hemisphere is located in Barbados;

Morgan Lewis Sugar Mill is the largest and only complete sugar windmill surviving in the Caribbean.

Mount Hillaby, Barbados’ highest peak, is actually the top of an undersea mountain range that extends from Trinidad to Puerto Rico. Mount

Hillaby is the only part of the range that sticks out above the water; •

The collection of great houses and historic churches includes the St. James Parish Church, where the First Settlers are buried;

Adding to this robust history and inimitable features are countless attractions, many of which begin when the sun goes down. Some of the Barbadian night attractions that come highly recommended include the Historic Garrison Night Tour, a guided walking tour of the area that features the macabre history of crime and punishment at this remarkable site. Further south, a visit to St. Lawrence Gap showcases a multitude of bars, restaurants and nightclubs, while an evening in Oistins is a more casual experience featuring grilled seafood dinners, drinks and karaoke with the locals.

The West Coast is much more glamorous and would have probably appealed to the Rothschilds and Vanderbilts when they visited over a century earlier – if its attractions had existed then. The exquisite Limegrove Lifestyle Centre—with its range of high-end boutiques, luxury goods and international cuisine—beckons the affluent in search of unique treats. Nearby, an evening in 2nd Street, Holetown may reveal the hide-

out of a visiting celebrity enjoying drinks, food or a party with friends. Just along Barbados’ shores, above and below, even more charming evening experiences await. A cruise on a catamaran, like Tiami or Cat & The Fiddle, offers a delectable buffet, countless cocktails and an impressive sunset viewpoint. The Atlantis Submarine fascinates with a nighttime dive that showcases the beauty of the coral reef and exposes the hiding places of underwater night predators. Overall, the vast number and amazing diversity of attractions and experiences in Barbados encourage an even longer stay than early morning to midnight can fulfill, as it did so many years ago. It was this previous model that drove the development of the land-based and hotel sector in the 1900s. The longer the cruise stay and island encounter, the greater the attraction to its people, beautiful landscapes, food, rich heritage and beaches.

Staying in Barbados before or after a cruise vacation is undoubtedly a must. Daily airlift from major cities and gateways in Canada, USA and the UK make this dream vacation closer to reality. Furthermore, Barbados’ assortment in accommodation choices caters to those looking for luxurious all-inclusive resorts, intimate hotels with outstanding service and amenities, private villas or a home away from home like an Airbnb or HomeAway property. The future of Barbados’ cruise industry is definitely looking bright – sunglasses required (shirt and shoes optional). THIRD QUARTER 2019 | TRAVEL & CRUISE 51

Profile for Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association

Travel & Cruise 3rd Quarter 2019