1. Best cafe: Good Life Eco-Cafe & Bar Tucked on the (quiet) side of a car park in Rockley, Good Life doesn’t have the most salubrious of settings. But your insides will thank you for a visit. This vegan cafe, run by a lacto-averse naturopath, specialises in (mostly local) food that’s both healthy and creative; Asian fusion salads, chicken wraps and shakes with names like Fat Burner and Green Goodness. The ethos is green too, from the ingredient sourcing to the eco-friendly napkins, and there’s an emphasis on local talent, with live Bajan music a regular fixture.https://instagram.com/p/xHSglqP63B/2. Best attraction St. Nicholas AbbeyThis graceful old plantation, ripe with hibiscus and mahogany trees and centred on a Jacobean house, has been growing sugar since the 17th century. Indeed, visit St Nicholas Abbey and you might still chance upon workers pressing the cane to extract its juice. There’s an opportunity to taste the resulting rum, which is distilled on site in small batches, using traditional methods.https://instagram.com/p/yUV1Kbk2j4/3. Outdoor adventure: Hunte’s GardensThis place is a hole. Literally. Native Bajan, Anthony Hunte has turned a 50m deep sinkhole into a horticultural colosseum, an arena alive with heliconias and ginger lilies, aralias and impatiens, breadfruit and taro. Constantly changing mini gardens, variously planned for colours, scents or seasons, lurk off the main path, benches hide amid the foliage, birdsong sweetens the air. A little hollow of heaven. https://instagram.com/p/x5o__ciNem/4. Best restaurant: Camelot, Cobbler’s Cove RestaurantBarbados-born, Michael Harrison worked under Michel Roux Jr. at Le Gavroche, as well as other prestigious kitchens, before returning home to take the helm at Camelot. In 2014 it won Restaurant of the Year at the Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association Awards, thanks to Harrison’s culinary creativity. The menu uses the best Bajan ingredients and aims to offer a taste tour of the island. Harrison’s personal pick? The sautéed flying fish in ginger and white wine – a contemporary take on the national fish. https://instagram.com/p/xcvYYegByR/5. Best cultural activity: Eco Adventures Walks with BajansEco Adventures Walks with Bajans seeks to cure tourists blinded by all that white sand. Guided strolls with local people, up Chalky Mountain, via Rastafarian smallholdings, amid the chattel houses of Bathsheba, around historic Bridgetown, reveal a less brochure-manicured Barbados. Look out for the odd artisanal potter, bearded fig and green monkey. https://instagram.com/p/1_Hc88FU9S/6. Best market: Holders Farmers MarketFresh mangoes, garlic pickle, frozen fruit popsicles, ‘woodalion’ necklaces, woven bags, gourmet cheese, Brit-style bangers, natural massage oils and old-fashioned hot sauce; the weekly Holders Farmers Market, held every Sunday, is the place to pick up organic, 100% Bajan produce. When you’re done with your shopping, loll on the grass with a cold Banks beer listening to local tunes. https://instagram.com/p/tOpBpkQYa1/7. Best place to party: Crop OverA little like Rio Carnival, but stretched out over three, sweet months from late May to August, Crop Over celebrates the culmination of the sugar harvest, but it’s also an excuse for a crescendo-building party-a-thon. The season starts with the Cavalcade concerts and finishes with the Grand Kadooment parade, when revellers process from Bridgetown’s National Stadium to Spring Garden amid a cacophony of calypso. Don’t forget your feathers and finery. Looking for more opportunities to let your hair down? Check out these 15 of the world’s best carnivals.https://instagram.com/p/vpYFp4pPvx/8. Best for entertainment: Globe Drive-InThere’s something so American-teen-dreamy about going to a drive-in, especially when rolling down the car window admits a balmy Caribbean breeze. Barbados’s Globe Drive-In shows all the big movies on an alfresco screen in Christ Church. What makes it distinctly Bajan are the rotis and fishballs on sale by the popcorn, and the audience interaction: expect enthusiastic horn blasting at a movie’s best bits.https://instagram.com/p/1bn4K_vybE/Think Barbados is out of your holiday budget? Think again… Here’s our guide on how to holiday in Barbados on a sensible budget.Still not convinced that the Caribbean is an absolute paradise? 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