Among diehard surfers, Barbados is famous for Soup Bowl, a nasty curl off the eastern shore. Less knownand far more appealing for mortalsare the dozens of forgiving swells surrounding the 166-square-mile island. Newbies will find Freights Bay, near Barbados's southern tip, plenty welcoming. Fryers Well, outside of Speightstown, is a good intermediate option. And Tropicana, a left-hand break north of Holetown, offers hairball thrills. Seek lessons from Christ Church Parishbased surf master Melanie Pitcher ($70; surfbarbados.com). On land, do as the locals do: Drink the world's best rum. First, hit the Mount Gay distillery (mountgay.com), where charred-oak barrels give the rum its caramel flavor. Then make for the parish of St. James, home to the John Moore bar, one of Barbados's finest rum shacks. Here, cricket matches are fiercely debated over strong punch and grilled bonita. A solid oceanside crash pad is the Peach & Quiet, in Inch Marlow (doubles from $110; peachandquiet.com).