If you’re heading out at the end of July/early August then get ready for Carnival as a wealth of costumes, street food and good vibrations carry across the island as smoothly as the perennial warm breeze. Known as the ‘Crop over’ festival, it dates back to the 1780’s and celebrates the sugar cane harvest. See Calypso and Soca competitions and witness the coveted ‘Pic-O-De-Crop’ announced at the island’s Kensington Oval stadium.
9. Experience a ‘lime’
A party is known as a ‘lime’ to Bajan people and the best place to experience one is at Oistins Fish Fry which is held every Friday and Saturday. This fish market in Christchurch is where fishermen bring in the local catch by day, and where a party atmosphere emerges by night. There’s Calypso music and dancing on stage, stalls selling arts and crafts and traditional Bajan BBQ food. Locals often then head to nearby St Lawrence Gap afterwards, home to plenty of clubs and bars.
10. Visit charming Speightstown
Arlington House is a restored 18th century building in Speightstown – a quaint port twinned with Reading in England. Over three floors of interactive exhibitions, you can watch fascinating videos about local people and learn about the island’s sugar cane production and slave trade history before hearing ‘pirate’ tales of its trading past. With an onsite café and souvenir shop too, it makes for a great family day out. Why not stroll around Speightstown itself. Spot fishermen bringing in their daily catch and the charming colonial buildings will feel like they’re miles away from the tourist hotspots.
11. Soak up the Plantation history
For a glimpse of colonial history, why not visit some of the few remaining Great Houses on the island. Sunbury Plantation House in the tranquil St Philip countryside offers tours of its antique-filled rooms and unique collection of horse-drawn carriages. You can even enjoy candlelit Plantation dinners unveiling the grand lifestyle that plantation owners used to lead. Fisher Pond Great House, hidden away in the Parish of St Thomas is equally as elegant. Why not try their Bajan Sunday brunch? Even food critic Michael Winner was a fan.
If you can tear your toes away from the super soft sand then you’ll be treated to an underwater experience like no other. From swimming with turtles to watching vibrant coral reefs, there aren’t too many activities quite as enchanting as a good old snorkel. Above the water watersports such as kayaking, windsurfing and kitesurfing are all guaranteed to get the pulse going.
13. East coast waves
The East Coast is famous for being a surfer’s heaven and home to many surfing championships. So if you’re turned on by huge waves, head to northern Bathsheba – home to the famous reef break known as the Soup Bowl. This reef-filled part of the Atlantic is for advanced surfies only. But the beautiful rugged coastline, sea front restaurants and weird rock formations that point out of the sand, are worth the visit alone.
14. Explore the star-studded West Coast
The West Coast isn’t known as the Platinum Coast for nothing. Home to the rich and famous with many upmarket hotels and villas you’re sure to feel like a VIP if you visit. Splash your cash at the boutique Lime Grove shopping mall, filled with designer clothes, jewellery and trendy bistros. And if you’re looking for a special romantic getaway or something a little quieter, this is the place to be. It’s dotted with gourmet restaurants and beautiful adults-only spots like The House on Paynes Bay. The waves here are calmer too.
15. Take a catamaran trip
For the ultimate Caribbean experience check out the Virgins Ahoy trip that takes you on a crewed catamaran ride along the exclusive West Coast. Then if you want to venture below the water, Barbados is full of great scuba diving opportunities. You could see shipwrecks, hawksbill turtles, giant sand eels, sea horses and a variety of other amazing sealife.
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