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Travel Guide: Things to do in Barbados, the world’s newest republic

Travel Guide: Things to do in Barbados, the world’s newest republic

CT shares the latest openings and attractions on the Caribbean island 

Barbados became a republic on 30 November 2021, removing the Queen as head of state, but travellers will notice no significant change. With easing Covid-19 restrictions, the Caribbean island is returning to its fabulous familiar self, albeit with some a few attractions to explore. Whether you’re booking your travel clients into an all-inclusive tropical escape or sending them on a cruise holiday with Royal Caribbean, Seabourn, Silversea, TUI or Cunard, here are some of the latest attractions they can enjoy.

1. Barbados’ Eco-Adventure Park
Harrison’s Cave, home to a well-organised, hour-long underground tram tour, has rebranded as an Eco-Adventure Park. A Mount Gay rum experience has been added and a zipline, challenge course, aviary and monkey attraction are due for next winter. In Bridgetown, the Synagogue Historic District now includes an upgraded museum.

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2. Eat at Barbados’ Best Restaurants
Currently, the hottest dinner reservation is at The Beach House in Holetown, recently opened by Paul Owens who was executive chef at renowned restaurant The Cliff for over 25 years. In Speightstown, Local & Co is a new restaurant majoring in island-grown produce, while PEG Farm, a scenic drive inland at Easy Hall, offers terrific garden-to-table fare, plus rural walks.
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3. Stay at The Sands Barbados
Foodies will also enjoy The Sands Barbados, a contemporary all-inclusive beach resort on the south coast with a rooftop restaurant overseen by Bajan chef and former MasterChef contestant Jason Howard. Worthing Square Food Court, a gathering of takeaway food trucks that grew out of the pandemic, is a stroll away, while Oistins, famous for its Friday night Fish Fry, and the entertainment zone of St Lawrence Gap, are within easy reach. thesandsbarbados.com

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