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Escape the Everyday in Barbados

Posted June 25, 2010 by Kate Hamman

Barbados Barbados may be a slice of paradise in the Caribbean, but there's much more to this island than endless beaches and crashing waves (not that those are bad things). Come taste rum that's been sweetening drinks for centuries or get a sweeping view of the flavors of Barbadian cuisine in just one meal. After you've had your fill of food and drink, you can watch the sunset from the porch of your secluded guesthouse.

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Mount Gay Estate: Pirates plundered for it, piña coladas require it, and you can learn all about it at the oldest distillery, now museum, in Barbados. For more than 300 years, Mount Gay has produced rum worth yo-ho-hoing about. Nowadays, the rum is produced elsewhere on the island, but you can still tour the museum, watch a video about rum-making, and view artifacts from the original estate. At the end of the tour, you can belly up to the rum bar to sample two different rums.

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Brown Sugar Restaurant: For a variety of Barbadian cuisine, all you need is the Brown Sugar all-you-can-eat planter's buffet luncheon. The four-course menu includes regional specialties such as Bajan fishcakes, flying fish, cou-cou, and the famous pepperpot. Enjoy homemade desserts as you dine in a tropical outdoor patio, surrounded by ferns and chirping tree frogs. The buffet costs $52 BBD (about $26, check XE.com for current exchange rates), and runs from 12:00 to 2:30 from Mondays through Fridays, with a special lunch on Sundays.

Stay
Sea-U Guest House: Find your own private metaphorical island about nine miles away from Bridgetown at Sea-U Guest House. Located on a hilltop overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and surrounded by coconut palms, the traditional Bajan-style guesthouse encourages you to swing from a hammock as you watch the afternoon drift into sunset. At Sea-U!, you'll wake to freshly baked coconut or banana bread and unspoiled beaches waiting for you to come and play on them. Rooms start at $109 per night, and include breakfast.

To search for flights and compare prices to Bridgetown, which is home to Barbados' major airport, please use our price-comparison tool.

(Photo: iStockphoto/ Dmitry Ersler)


Air Jamaica: Most Absurd Fee Ever?

Posted May 19, 2009 by Carl Unger

Air jamaica Air Jamaica announced a new $25 baggage fee for the second checked bag. Yawn, right? Little late to the party, Air Jamaica! Airlines have been adding these fees for over a year. And by keeping the first bag free, Air Jamaica actually joins the ranks of more lenient U.S. carriers like Southwest and JetBlue.

But it's not the $25 that has Air Jamaica in the running for Most Absurd Fee Ever. It's this, from the airline's press release announcing the new fee: "Passengers are guaranteed delivery of the free baggage allowance on the same flight on which they travel. All other bags will be transported within seven days, and must be collected from the airport. The status of these bags may be tracked online at www.AirJamaica.com/baggage to determine when they may be collected." The policy affects only two routes, New York-Grenada and New York-Barbados.

If you just did a spit take while reading that quote, well, that will teach you to drink while reading the BookingBuddy blog. But yes, you read correctly. Air Jamaica's new policy is that baggage you pay to check will arrive within seven days, while your free baggage arrives with you.

Let me try to make some sense out of this. The airline is clearly trying to discourage people from checking multiple bags, likely in the hope of simplifying its business and saving money. This is the driving force behind baggage fees in general. And to further unburden itself of the task of transporting baggage, Air Jamaica will now do so at its convenience, not that of its paying customers.

Alright, I tried—this makes zero sense. If anything, you would expect the bags you pay for to receive special attention. Instead, Air Jamaica is taking your money in exchange for a downgrade from the service you normally receive for free.

And that, my fellow travelers, is simply absurd.

(Photo: airplane-pictures.net)

Escape the Everyday in Barbados

Posted March 10, 2009 by Kate Hamman

Barbados-Sunset-DEF Barbados may be a slice of paradise in the Caribbean, but there's much more to this island than endless beaches and crashing waves (not that those are bad things). Come taste rum that's been sweetening drinks for centuries or get a sweeping view of the flavors of Barbadian cuisine in just one meal. After you've had your fill of food and drink, you can watch the sunset from the porch of your secluded guesthouse.

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Mount Gay Estate: Pirates plundered for it, piña coladas require it, and you can learn all about it at the oldest distillery, now museum, in Barbados. For more than 300 years, Mount Gay has produced rum worth yo-ho-hoing about. Nowadays, the rum is produced elsewhere on the island, but you can still tour the museum, watch a video about rum-making, and view artifacts from the original estate. At the end of the tour, you can belly up to the rum bar to sample two different rums.

Eat
Brown Sugar Restaurant: For a variety of Barbadian cuisine, all you need is the Brown Sugar all-you-can-eat planter's buffet luncheon. The four-course menu includes regional specialties such as bul jol or pick-up saltfish, flying fish, cou-cou, and the famous pepper pot. Enjoy homemade desserts as you dine in a tropical outdoor patio, surrounded by ferns and chirping tree frogs. The buffet costs $52 BAR(about $26, check XE.com for current exchange rates), and runs from 12:00 to 2:30 from Mondays through Fridays, with a special lunch on Sundays.

Stay
Sea-U! Guest House: Find your own private metaphorical island about nine miles away from Bridgetown at Sea-U! Guest House. Located on a hilltop overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and surrounded by coconut palms, the traditional Bajan-style guesthouse encourages you to swing from a hammock as you watch the afternoon drift into sunset. At Sea-U!, you'll wake to freshly baked coconut or banana bread and unspoiled beaches waiting for you to come and play on them. Rooms start at $109 per night, and include breakfast.

To search for flights and compare prices to Bridgetown, which is home to Barbados' major airport, please use our price-comparison tool.

(Photo: iStockphoto/ Dmitry Ersler)


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