Though these days the tiny island of Barbados might be best known for producing mega pop star Rihanna, this piece of paradise has more in store for the discerning traveler than its local music scene. The once British (and now Commonwealth member) tropical oasis is the birthplace of rum, and still produces one of the world’s best — Mount Gay Rum, which has a bottling plant on the island that provides tastings and tours. Another indulgence that sets Barbados apart from other destinations is its food. From intimate local bistros to ocean-side fine dining, there is truly something for everyone (which is why Barbados is the only Caribbean island with Zagat ratings). Throw in the pristine beaches and lively nightlife it’s no wonder A-list celebrities and value-minded travelers alike seek fun in the Bajan sun.