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On Barbados, come for the view, stay for the cocktails

Posted by Patricia Borns  April 11, 2011 07:35 AM

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Barbados has a wealth of wrecked and restored historic treasures and some creative ideas about how to use them. At Gun Hill Signal Station in the parish of St.George, you can take in what many consider the best view on the island while sipping cocktails by sunset and moonrise. A brainstorm of the National Trust, the warm-up to a night out has become popular with locals, held the Friday nearest to the full moon at 5:30 from January to May. The season's last two Gun Hill meet-ups are April 15 and May 20.

Gun Hill is one of several 19th century signal stations you'll see around the island that signaled of approaching ships and slave rebellions. The wait between events could be long. The lion was carved in the 1860s by a signal station officer obviously in need of something to do.

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