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Castle and GardensDating back to the 1790s, WhitstableCastle and Gardens has been home tolocal merchants and dignitaries,remaining a landmark attractionthroughout its history. With stunninggardens overlooking Whitstable Bay,highlights include a homemade menuavailable in the Orangery Tea Room,Castle roof garden, pirate-themed areafor children and beautiful gardens. Withfree entry this folly is a 'must see'attraction for everyone visiting the town. Tel: 01227 281 726Web: www.whitstablecastle.co.ukEmail: info@whitstablecastle.co.ukMuseum and Art GalleryDiscover local stories of seaside, floods,the world's first passenger steam railway,shopping, industries and newspapercartoon characters Pip, Squeak andWilfred, plus memorabilia of famousresident Peter Cushing. Visit the artgallery to see one of the specialexhibitions.Located in Oxford Street.Tel: 01227 276 998Web: www.canterbury-museums.co.ukEmail: museums@canterbury.gov.ukWhitstable Oyster YawlFor more than 250 years sailing craftknown as oyster yawls dredged foroysters to remove predators and keepthem clean. 'Favourite' is one of sixoyster yawls left and the only one basedin Whitstable. She is a much loved partof the street scene in Island Wall nearthe disappeared shipyards, sail makersand forges once built on the beach. Web: www.favourite.org.uk12www.canterbury.co.ukWhitstableWhitstable HarbourWhitstable Harbour was constructed in1831 and has an interesting historywhich includes diving, shipbuilding,ship owning, fishing and world-widetrade. Learn more about this fullyworking harbour by taking a stroll andstopping at the information boardscovering topics such as water sports, the wind farm, wildlife, aggregatesimporting and fishing.Tel: 01227 274 086Web: www.whitstableharbour.org12What-to-doIfyou'venevervacationedinGrandBahamabefore,you'reinforatreat.Asrepeatvisitorswilltellyou,therearemorethingstodothanyou'llhavetimefor-especiallyifyou'reanaturelover.TofindyourwayaroundGrandBahama,checkthemapsatthebackofthisbookletorpickupacopyofBahamasTrailblazerMaps.They'reeasytofind,makegreatsouvenirsand,bestofall,they'refree.Tobeginwith,therearethreenationalparkstoexplore,eachdifferentfromtheotherbutallofferingpleasantandexcitingoutingsforsingles,couplesandfamilies.TheRandNatureCentre,northeastofthedowntownarea,isaparadiseforbirdwatchers.You'llseeplentyofindigenousavifaunaandtheirmigratorycousins.LucayanNationalPark,furthereast,hastrailsandwalksthroughintriguingBahamianecosystems.Youcanvisitfascinatingcavesinhabitedbymigratorybats.PetersonCayisthecountry'ssmallestnationalpark,aneasykayakpaddlehalf-mileoffshore,whereyoucansnorkelovercolourfulreefsandlollonagreatbeach.Don'tmisstheGardenoftheGroves,anoasisofnaturalandman-madebeautyjustwestofthePlacestogo,thingstodoRandNatureCentreGardenoftheGrovesPetersonCayBARBARACHRISTOFILIS/©DUPUCHTOSHEENAROBINSON-BLAIR/©DUPUCHBARBARACHRISTOFILIS/©DUPUCH

What-to-do13downtownarea.Youcanarrangefreepickupandreturntransportationattheactivitydeskofyourhotelorbycalling374-7778.WithintheGardenareponds,walkwaysandallsortsofwildlifetoseeandphotograph.Youcangoonyourownortakeaguidedtour.There'sasecludedGardenCafeandBarforanalfrescolunchorsnack,andshopswhereyoucanpickuplocalartsandcrafts.Don'tmissthewalkablespirituallabyrinth,designedtoproducecalmnessandserenity.Kids,meanwhile,willlovetheplayground.Infact,childrenwillfindplentyofthingstodoonholidayonGrandBahama.TheGrandLucayanresortcomplexoffersgolf,tennis,fitnessfacilitiesandaspa.Ifgamblingisonyourmind,tryyourluckattheDININGOUTDiningoutisalwayspartofagoodvacation.Youcanenjoyagreatmealandwalkaway-nocookingbeforehandnorcleaningupafter.ThereareplentyofchoicesaroundtownandintheGrandLucayanResort.Checkoutthediningsectionbeginningonpage41forsomeofthebestrestaurantsonGrandBahama.LucayanNationalParkGrandLucayanBeach&GolfResortGrandLucayanBeach&GolfResortSaborHARRYCUTTING/©DUPUCHHARRYCUTTING/©DUPUCHCOURTESYPELICANBAYHOTELBARBARACHRISTOFILIS/©DUPUCH