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July 09, 2009

Barbados Bound

Gibbes Beach on Barbados from Conde Nast Traveler
Gibbes Beach, in St. Peter
Photo: Julien Capmeil / Condé Nast Traveler

Credit Rihanna, the pop phenom, for summing up all that's great about Barbados, her home island: "I feel the most beautiful when I am in Barbados and I am well fed, well rested and well tanned."

That's a statement worth investigating, and so, in Condé Nast Traveler's July issue, Isabel Fonseca and Alison Humes hop the parishes on the historic Caribbean country and detail their favorite locales.

Below, some highlights:

* In Christ Church, one of the most fun dining experiences is not a restaurant but the Oistins Fish Fry, a weekend street party at Oistins Harbor, where you'll find a strip of inexpensive outdoor eateries. Order fresh fish or fried chicken and breadfruit, and enjoy the relaxed paper-cup atmosphere. In the same area, the Surfer's Café Obskewer serves great coffee and an unbeatable rum punch (420-9283).

* The Crane is perched all alone above a gorgeous beach in St. Philip. Since the resort opened in 1887, it has been expanded and modernized, with more residential villas as well as retail and restaurant complexes under construction (423-6220; doubles, $340-$520).


Breezing Too Water Sport, in Holetown, at the back of the police station, organizes excursions to meet (and feed) the island's endangered greenback (and one hawksbill) turtles. It pays to get into the water early, before the large catamaran groups arrive (234-6391; two-hour excursion, $45, including mask, snorkel, boat, and punch).


For more on Barbados, pick up a copy of the July issue or read "This Earth, This Realm, This Little England" at cntraveler.com.

Further reading:
* Rihanna and Katy Perry Chill Out in Barbados

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