Other than this Eastern Caribbean island’s new-found identity as Rihanna’s birthplace, Barbados has a very distinct geographic identity of its own. It sits isolated from its neighbouring islands and unlike the mountainous topography of the others, has a relatively flat topography. Why? You’re soon about to find out. Here’s revealing all the reasons why Rihanna is always praises about Barbados. By Shubhanjana Das

1. Harrison’s Cave

After years of being shut to the tourists for renovation, Harrison’s Cave is back to being one of the must-visit tourist spots in Barbados. This 2.3-km long cave is covered in a 45-minute tram ride, which starts after you descend to the valley from the cliff-top either via glass elevators or hiking trails. A thorough guide will be explaining the cave’s history to you as you ogle at the stunning stalactites, stalagmites, and stone formations that resemble waterfalls.

2. Mount Gay Rum Distilleries

Barbados is big on its rum. To be precise, Mount Gay Rum. And how could you possibly call it a complete trip if you haven’t tasted one of this tropical paradise’s finest productions? Mount Gay Rum being the oldest rum in the world, the island is splashed with its logos and rum shacks everywhere. A rum tour will take you behind the scenes of the production process of this iconic company, which shows everything from the harvesting of the sugarcane, and down to the processing. However, the best part remains to be the tasting bit of the tour where you will be able to taste the rum as well as an assortment of flavoured liqueurs.

3. Bathsheba Beach

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Like every other Caribbean island, Barbados too has its share of exotic beaches. The Bathsheba Beach may just be the most loved of ‘em all. Other than being an absolute favourite spot for sunbathing and doing nothing, it’s also a paradise for surfers and photographers alike. The salt beach peppered by cliffs and protruding rocks, the crystal blue waters, and the azure of the sky make for one of the most picturesque vistas in Barbados. And given its untamed natural appeal, that’s a lot to say.

4. Sunbury Plantation House

Barbados has a 340 years-long colonial past being imperialised by the British. It’s plantations are where the people of Barbados have struggled, suffered, and eventually acquired victory and freedom. Hence, you not only must but should visit Sunbury Plantation House, which showcases Barbados’ colonial history. Built at around 1660, its cellars are now a storehouse of ancient carriages, and other machines used to cultivate the land back in the day.

5. Barbados Wildlife Reserve

Dating back to the 17th century, this wildlife reserve gives you a crash course on the island’s most wildlife diversity. Populated by Red Brockets, Patagonian Maras, Cuban Rock Iguanas, and Red-Footed Tortoises, Barbados Wildlife Reserve also offers spectacular views of the island’s panoramic landscape.

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