Mount Gay Visitor Centre#9 in Best Things To Do in Barbados
One of two commercial rum producers on the island, Mount Gay Rum offers tours of its visitor center, where guests can get a behind-the-scenes look at how Mount Gay Rum is produced. After touring the company's bottling facility, travelers sample several kinds of rum.
Some travelers say the tour is informative but boring, so you should have a keen interest in rum-making (not just rum-drinking). To make the most of the experience, consider splurging for the lunch tour (which also includes transportation to and from your hotel). However, don't expect to see the company's distillery during any of the visitor center's tours since Mount Gay Rum is produced at a separate facility in the St. Lucy parish.
The Mount Gay Visitor Centre is located near Brandons Beach, approximately 3 miles west of central Bridgetown. You can take the company's signature tasting tour on weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. or on select Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The basic tour costs 20 Barbadian dollars (or $10) per person, though children 11 and younger get in for free. Lunch and cocktail tour tickets range from Bds$100 to Bds$124 ($50 to $62). On-site facilities include a gift shop and restaurant. Free on-site parking is available. Tourgoers can also get to the bottling facility by bus. Visit Mount Gay Rum's website for more information about tours and admission fees.
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#1 Bathsheba Beach
Bathsheba Beach, which sits on Barbados' west coast, is a photographer's and surfer's paradise. For photographers, Bathsheba offers dramatic rock formations and abandoned homes. And for surfers, there's the beach's famous Soup Bowl, where top-notch waves can be found. Named after the area's foamy water, the Soup Bowl is so well-known that international surfing competitions are regularly held here. Do not, however, plan on swimming at Bathsheba. Because of the region's rough waters and rock formations, it is not safe to swim at Bathsheba Beach.
Recent travelers praised Bathsheba Beach's picturesque setting and phenomenal surf. Though many said the beach's rock formations more than justify a visit, Bathsheba Beach is a great spot to fly kites and enjoy a beach picnic as well. Keep in mind, though, that public transportation is limited in this area, so a rental car is recommended.
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