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“East is East and West is West and never the twain shall meet”: Barbados might well have inspired Rudyard Kipling to pen that famed verse. The island's coasts are so dramatically contrasting (in atmosphere, geography) that visiting both sides will make you feel like you've enjoyed two distinctly separate holidays. If the west attracts tourists with its crystalline, lake-like waters and blue-chip restaurants, the east will seduce with its romantic, ragged coastline and sumptuous quiet. Although doing nothing is a most respectable activity in Barbados, there are plenty of options for those looking for a holiday from their holiday. Activities range from the cultural (visiting churches, opera-going) to the debauched (rum-imbibing) to the natural (beach-hopping) to the posh (polo playing).

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Barbados National Trust Open Houses

Wednesday afternoons between mid-January and mid-April, the National Trust allows you to peer behind the scenes, visiting a different private home each...more

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Beaches of Barbados

An utter misnomer, Foul Bay is actually a lovely and largely lonesome stretch of beach on the East Coast, majestically bookended by ragged cliffs. A popular...more

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Globe Drive-In, Christ Church

Head to this retro-chic drive-in, and you'll wish you could forsake your local popcorn-and-Twizzlers multiplex forever. Crowds are lively (honking stands in for...more

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Golf in Barbados

Barbados is a golf mecca, with three major international courses. These are the 18-hole, par-72 Ron Kirby course at the Barbados Golf Club (Durants, Christ...more

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Holders Season, Holetown

Most people don't plan trips to the Caribbean for its high-brow arts scene, but Barbados Holders Season has much to lure culturati of all stripes. Lauded the...more

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Horse Racing at the Garrison Savannah, Bridgetown

An afternoon at the races is a festive, adrenaline-spiked break from beachside languor. Barbados boasts a strong history of thoroughbred horse racing: The Turf...more

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Mount Gay Rum Tour, Bridgetown

More than 300 years old, the world's oldest rum distiller gives fun tours, where the historical and practical information (learning how the rum is made) leads...more

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Polo Lessons at Waterhall Polo Centre, Apes Hill

On such a posh island, could there be a more fitting game to play? And the Sport of Kings' sweeping setting will suit even the bluest of blood. Panoramic views...more

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St. Nicholas Abbey, Cherry Tree Hill

How many Jacobean mansions can you see in the Caribbean? Not a lot. This one, dating from 1660, looks incongruous and unlikely amid tropical...more

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Surfing Lessons at Surfer's Point, Silver Sands

A coral island, Barbados' reefs, its mighty waves and cooling trade winds provide prime surfing and windsurfing conditions. And you don't have to be a character...more

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