If you’re travelling over to Barbados for the upcoming Test Match between the West Indies and England at the Kensington Oval, you’re going to need some ideas of what you can get up to at the close of play.
The Island is the ideal getaway destination. And when the Barmy Army have stopped banging their drums in support of Alastair Cook, Ian Bell et al you’ll find plenty of activity on this vibrant Caribbean paradise.
Here are five things that’ll mean you won’t be stumped for ideas:
1. Take in the island’s natural wonder
Granted, most of your day will be spent at the famous Bridgetown cricketing Mecca, but your time away from the ground can be equally as memorable.
Why not hire a car and drive northwards? Check out the beauty of the island and the breathtaking views, scenic landscapes and splendid coastlines.
Discover the underground wonder at Harrison’s Cave, visit Barbados Wildlife Reserve or explore the Flower Forest, which all have remarkable, vivid colours on display and offer a secluded retreat from the commotion of the capital.
2. Take a boat trip
Barbados has 70 miles of undisturbed coastline to explore with rich, teeming waters, perfect for a snorkelling adventure.
If you’re a little more adventurous, you could embark on a scuba diving expedition and get up close to the marine life, which includes turtles and plenty of other exotic species.
Catamaran trips are extremely popular and ideal for seeing the seas off the dazzling west coast.
And what could be more relaxing than gently gliding on the clear, calm waters, perhaps enjoying a little light refreshment as you cruise along?
Bridgetown Harbour is a short walk from the ground, where there’s plenty of choice if you want to bask in the late afternoon sunset aboard one of the island’s many tourist boats.
3. Visit the rum distilleries
Bajan rum is famous the world over and is synonymous with the island and its sailing heritage.
Mount Gay, established in 1703, is said to be the oldest rum in the world. There are daily tours at the distillery located in the parish of St Michael’s where visitors can sample the full flavour and get to understand the distilling process.
It’s a friendly place to spend an hour or two, and starts with a delicious rum punch before moving onto the history, all taken in at the island’s relaxed pace.
4. Check out the local nightlife
Barbados nightlife is vibrant all year round with something for everyone, every day of the week, with clubs, bars, concerts, fine dining and cruises all perfect ways to spend your evenings.
The sun sets around 18:15 during early May, instigating the island’s transformation from daylight paradise to night-time party capital.
Despite the name, the historic streets of Holetown is a haven of activity, with 1st and 2nd street awash with live local music, a carnival atmosphere and oodles of local and international foods.
5. Go exploring
Finally, why not try a bit of escapism? For a small island there is so much variety in the landscapes and attractions to take in and ease your wanderlust.
St Nicholas Abbey is an old sugar plantation and rum distillery only a short journey from Royal Westmoreland and is ideal to whittle away a few leisurely hours before or after the Test Match is underway.
The narrow roads of the island are ideal to explore, and find quiet garden areas away from the bustling Bridgetown.
By embracing true escapism, it’s possible to find the real Barbados and its diverse wildlife, breathtaking scenery and truly embrace the way of life.
The Test between the West Indies and England starts on Friday 1st May and is the final match of a month long, three match series.