Barbados can be intoxicating
on and off the course.
BY JOHN STEINBREDER
Apes Hill Club
ST. JAMES, BARBADOS | Let’s start by acknowledging that the best
reason to visit this Caribbean isle may well be the caramel-colored
elixir produced there, Mount Gay. And when visitors are not swilling
that luscious nectar to the soulful beat of Ska music in Bajan rum
shacks, they are sipping it on sun-drenched, sugar-sand beaches.
Of course, there are other allures of this former British colony,
which was settled in 1625 and lies 270 miles northeast of Venezuela.
Surfing and sailing, for example. Snorkeling and deep-sea fishing, too.
History buffs can enjoy tours of one of the oldest synagogues in the
Western Hemisphere (built in 1654) and also the only house outside
the U.S. in which George Washington ever lived. Then there’s the
dining, as food is taken as seriously in Barbados as rum. In fact, the
roster of eateries is so impressive that Tim and Nina Zagat published
their first dining guide in the Caribbean there in 2006. a