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With the Atlantic Ocean bordering its east coast and the Caribbean Sea to the west, Barbados is wonderfully situated and famed for its sceniclandscapes, beautiful coral reefs, ancient caves and rich history SNAPSHOT BARBADOS46Isea&iIAUTUMN 2011windward islandsFor information on chartering around Barbados and theCaribbean, contact your CNI charter broker, see page 6

The Grenade Hall Forest & Signal Station is a communication post datingback to 1819. Originally a lookout point, today itremains a perfect vantage pointto spy across the island fromon high. Later, wander thepaths through a forest famedfor its healing plants, and thenhead to the nearby BarbadosWildlife Reserve to mingle with monkeys, birds and reptiles.St Nicholas Abbey is set in a Jacobean mansion - one of only three remaining in the eastern hemisphere. Surrounded by park-like gardens and cane fields, you can tour the great house that was built in the mid 17th century, wander through Cherry Tree Hill - a stunning avenue lined withMahogany trees and tropical flora - and relax in flower and herb gardens brimming with orchids, roses and avocado, mango and breadfruit trees. The entire west coast is a feast of fun for divers. The southern area has some particularly great shipwrecks to explore, including Ce-Trek, Eillon andBerwind, and winding among them you'll discover tropical fish, eels and seahorses. For snorkelling,try Carlisle Bay Marine Park. Little Bay is a natural havenwhere the passage of timeand the force of the waves have carved a swimming poolamong the rocks. Bathe to a background chorus of blowholes spouting sea waterhigh into the air. Nearby, CoveBay is a scenic spot where you can picnic on the beachbeneath coconut palms, listening to waves crashingagainst the lofty cliffs. Crane Beach is consideredto be one of the best in the world with pale pinksand, rolling dunes and waves changing from turquoise to lapis to azure blue. Makedinner reservations at theacclaimed and stylish Thai and Japanese influenced Zen Restaurant at The CraneResort overlooking the beach.In the southern parish of ChristChurch, the Barbados GolfClub has a PGA-approved 18-hole links course that hasbeen beautifully landscaped to provide a truly challengingand scenic round across rollinghills, open fairways, lakes and coral-waste bunkers.Barbados has been perfectingthe art of rum-making formore than 350 years. Head toMount Gay for atour and tasting,and then to the nearby MalibuBeach Club and Visitor Centre for a distillery tour followed by a relaxing lunch at the beachsidebar and restaurant. Fitts Village, originally a fishinghamlet, is a great spot forsnorkelling. Read a book under thepalms on the beach, picnic under the Casuarina trees, and later wander into the village for a Caribbean dinner.One of the island's finest restaurants is The Cliff inSt James, where candlelight, art and fine cuisinecombine. You can dine to a chorus of crashing wavesand wonderful views of the Caribbean Sea. Also in St James is The Tides - a rustic restaurant on thewater's edge with a tropical garden and an art gallery.Nature-lovers and hikers alike love Welchman Hall Gully, where tropicalplants and trees flourish in their natural environment as they have forhundreds of years. Spot green monkeys as you wander along shaded woodland trails lined with coconut, clove, nutmeg, bamboo and cacao trees.Nearby Harrison's Cave is one of the Caribbean's most famous natural historysites. The vast cave features stunning rock formations and shimmering poolsand streams. A tram escorts you amid stalagmites and stalactites to loftycathedral-like spaces beneath the island. islandlifeBridgetownAUTUMN 2011I sea&iI47ATLANTIC OCEANNSt LawrenceSouth PointRagged PointMt HillabySt PatricksSpeightstownNorth PointBelairCARIBBEAN SEA