Barbados Bound: Venturing Beyond The Beaches

It’s 6:00 a.m. — earlier than most people would get up while on vacation in the Caribbean — but the beach is already lined with a dozen people. That’s because those who wake up early enough can watch as horses from one of the oldest racetracks in the Americas take a morning dip in Carlisle Bay, Barbados.

The crowd watches attentively as the horse trainers and groomers go in and out of the water. Some horses remain close to the shore so people can pet them but others swim off into the distance. “I didn’t know horses could swim,” a young onlooker told his mom.

The activity has become a favourite thing to do for visitors, and not just those who are staying nearby at Hilton Barbados Resort or Radisson Aquatica Resort Barbados. Watching race horses from The Garrison Savannah swim and trot along the beach is just one of the unique things clients can do off the resort in Barbados. Here’s a look at some of the other experiences that await clients.

A trip to Barbados isn’t complete without visiting a rum distillery. In fact, many people credit the destination as being the birthplace of rum. Complete with samples, a great behind-the-scenes tour is offered at Mount Gay rum distillery, the site where the rum has been distilled for over 300 years. Since the company’s oldest deed of property dates to February 1703, it lays claim to being the world’s oldest rum.

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