Due to its finest beaches, perfect temperatures all year round, safe environment, and friendly locals, Barbados has gained huge popularity among all kind of travellers. Not only you can enjoy the sea and beaches there, but you can also indulge in exploring fascinating surroundings and vibrant culture of Barbados. Here is a guide for all discerning globetrotters planning to visit this 166 sq. miles island.
Culture & History
For those who are not aware yet, Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison is now a World Heritage property declared by UNESCO. Considered as an outstanding example of British colonial architecture consisting of a well-preserved old town built in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, this historic property is truly amazing. What is more, you can have dinner with George Washington, America’s first President, experiencing dining and theatrical performance at the same time! As the birthplace of rum, Barbados offers its tourists an opportunity to visit St. Nicholas Abbey, where they produce barrel rum with the traditional recipe.
Arts & Music
Along with countless open air music events, there comes Naniki Barbados Music Festival, presenting high quality jazz musical performances. Crop Over Festival is another event to pay attention to, as you don’t want to miss the fun of Carnival/Kadooment Parade. One more Festival to attend is the annual Barbados Reggae Festival which consists of four events where you can see popular performers. As for arts, Barbados is the place to be at. Dozens of galleries with foreign and local art, original works of famous artists, and numerous craft centres await you there.
World Flower Show
The World Flower Show called “Flowers in Paradise”, is held every three years, hosted by select member countries from acorss the globe. This week-long ‘Olympics’ of floral artistry welcomes to Barbados approximately 1,500 delegates from over 30 countries, including at least 500 highly talented arrangers. It runs from June 22 to 25, 2017 at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, and incorporates an International Floral Art Seminar.
Some say that Barbados is the unofficial “dining capital of the Caribbean”. A mixture of African, Indian, Irish, Creole and British influences, Bajan typical meal consists of a main dish of meat or fish, normally marinated with a mixture of herbs and spices, hot side dishes, and one or more salads. Barbados national dish is Cou-Cou and fried Flying Fish with spicy gravy. “Pudding and Souse” is another traditional meal made of pickled pork with spiced sweet potatoes.
Host to numerous international sporting events, Barbados attracts competitors and spectators from around the world. With its four world-class championship courses, it is becoming the “Golf Centre” of the Caribbean. Dozens of different sporting events, such as international sailing regattas, game fishing, surfing championships, motor racing, a hockey festival, test cricket, horse riding and polo, take place on this beautiful island. Its excellent weather allows to carry out various outdoor activities, which makes it ideal for team training.
Surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, sailing, snorkelling, diving, stand-up paddle boarding, game fishing, flyboarding, open water swimming – this is just a tiny part of what this island has to offer its visitors. You can swim with turtles or snorkel over coral reefs and shipwrecks, you can rent a boat and go explore the sea, ride a Sea-doo, and many more exciting things.
Weddings & Honeymoons
The island’s idyllic land and seascapes provide the perfect romantic backdrop for this kind of events. Whether it is an intimate beach ceremony or traditional church wedding, you can count on award-winning photographers, decorators, florists, caterers, , entertainers who will make your special day unforgettable. Check out the following hotels for your trip: Fairmont Royal Pavilion, Turtle Beach, Tamarind, and Crystal Cove by Elegant Hotels, Sandals Barbados, Waves Hotel & Spa.