Everything That You Need to Know About Barbados Holidays!
Barbados is best described as an exotic islet in the Atlantic Ocean and situated in the Eastern side of the Caribbean. The region is a self-governing land and was called as Ichirouganaim in the past.
As with the other Caribbean nations, the island of Barbados is of British descent. And with the exciting activities, electrifying nightlife, distinct attractions, interesting history, and delectable cuisines, this well-known coral island is truly one of the best holiday destinations in the world.
The huge nation is separated into 11 rural communities and the biggest town of all which is also the island’s capital is the Bridgetown. The following are some of the towns that you can visit while on Barbados holidays:
Mount Hillaby is deemed to be the district’s highest point of Barbados. The place is also enclosed by coastal plains and magnificent shorelines. Coral reefs are also abundant in Barbados. Certainly, sightseeing around the isle as you enjoy your holiday is totally an exhilarating experience.
The clean and clear bluish water in Barbados is one of the purest on earth. Therefore, you will truly have fun swimming in the calm warm waters of the Caribbean Sea. Other water activities that you can try are jet-skiing, windsurfing, scuba diving, water skiing, parasailing, and snorkeling. Likewise, Barbados offers exciting attractions on land and here are the best places to see:
- The Barbados Museum
- Bridgetown Synagogue and Cemetery
- The miniature of London’s Trafalgar Square
- Tyrol Cot Heritage Village
- Gun Hill Signal Station
- Barbados’ plantation houses
- Francia Great House
- Sharon Moravian Church
Furthermore, because of the tropical climate in the island, you can also have fun and feel invigorated while spending some time in Barbados’ flora and fauna. Here is a list of parks and gardens where your eyes can feast on the beautiful plants, palms, flowers, and fauna:
- Farley Hill National Park
- Folkestone Marine Park
- Barbados Wildlife Reserve
- Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary
- Andromeda Botanic Gardens
- Flower Forest
- Flower Forest
- Orchid World
- Harrison’s Cave
- The Animal Flower Cave
- Hackleton’s Cliff
- Welchman Hall Gully
Additionally, you can also enjoy your Barbados holidays by attending and taking part in different celebrations, events, and other festivities that are being held in Barbados. Some of the festivals that you must not miss are:
- Oistin Fish Festival
- Crop-over festival
What’s more? Ten Essential Things to Do When On Your Barbados Holidays
1.) Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum
There’s nothing better to kick start your holiday than to have yourself a bottle of authentic pirate rum. Visit Mount Gay Visitor’s center and have a sample of the best rum that the Caribbean can offer. You can also avail of a free tour around the factory to see exactly how Rum is made.
2.) The Life of a Gentleman Farmer
Have you ever thought about how your life would be if you had been a gentleman farmer during the colonial times? Well, satisfy your curiosity by visiting the Francia Plantation House, a wonderfully preserved house that dates back to when Barbados was still part of the colony. It is filled with antique furniture and antique paintings.
3.) Last Windmill Standing
If you’re on a trek to discover the history and culture of Barbados, you certainly can’t miss the Morgna Lewis Sugar Windmill. Of all the windmills in Barbados, this was the only one that lasted. Amazingly, it’s still standing right now and it has become one of Barbados’ tourist attractions.
4.) Commune with your Spiritual Side
If you’re curious about the life of the monks in the monasteries, visit St. Nicholas Abbey. It’s situated above a cliff and is 800 feet above sea level. Going there will also give you a breathtaking view of the Atlantic that is sure to make your trip up to the cliff perfectly worthwhile.
5.) Ride with the Wind
Barbados is hailed as one of the best spots for windsurfing in the world. So, if you’re up for some extreme sports, grab your swimsuit and head on out to the beach for some windsurfing action. Make sure that it’s not summer though, because during summer, the seas of Barbados are perfectly calm and are most suitable for other activities.
6.) Explore the Underwater World
If the winds are not picking up and the waves aren’t cooperating, don’t worry, the Barbados beaches still has lots to offer you. Shed your land legs and grab some snorkels and dive into the beautiful deep blue sea to explore a whole new world entirely. Swim with the fishes and discover the coral reefs in the west and south coasts, or you could also visit the Pamir shipwreck, a truly exciting and mysterious experience.
7.) Celebrate with Some Tropical Foods
Barbados offers some great cuisines for you to enjoy. The favorite is the Flying fish – this can be cooked in a variety of ways, fried, steamed, grilled – whatever, either way, it’s a must-taste if you’re visiting Barbados. You can also sample some of their fresh fruits and of course, their delicious lobsters, but if you’re going to visit a restaurant though, prepare some cash because it will cost you.
8.) A Calm Interlude
In the midst of all the hustle bustle of your visit to the tropics, why not take some time to relax and have a nice peaceful walk through Welchman Hall Gully, a path that’s flanked by beautiful flowers, vegetation, and spice trees. If you’re lucky, you might spot a monkey or two. It’s also a good place for bird watching.
9.) When Darkness Falls
You’d think that everything would be quiet once night comes in the peaceful island of Barbados. But you’d be horribly mistaken. In fact, St. Lawrence Gap, a 1 mile road in Barbados is famous for night clubs, jazz bars, and pubs where you can dance until you drop.
10.) A Pirate’s Haven
Just because you’re tired for the day doesn’t mean that you’ll have to stop your role playing as a swashbuckling buccaneer. Quite the contrary. You can always retire to Barbados’ Pirate Inn, an inn that specializes in providing lodging that has a pirate theme.
Now, when it comes to the place to stay for your holiday, you can simply choose from the range of international and local hotels so, accommodation is generally not a problem.
Where to Eat In On Your Barbados Holidays – Recommendations
If you’re a food lover then Barbados is the place for you. Possibly the only place in the world that doesn’t have a McDonalds, it does instead have something for just about every taste and budget. From the kid friendly fast food chain Chefette to award winning restaurants such as The Cliff, and L’Azure, the cliff-top restaurant overlooking the magnificent Crane Beach.
The following are 5 recommendations for where to eat in Barbados:
For a real taste of Barbados head to Oistins, a fishing village on the south coast. Home to the weekly Friday Night Fish Fry, people from all across the island, together with tourists from all around the world, gather to eat, drink, dance, and party. Stop at any of the numerous stalls serving flying fish, rice, macaroni, and plantain, then find a table to enjoy this local specialty. Wash it down with a couple of Banks beers it is a meal to match the finest anywhere.
For breakfast or a light snack visit the Bean n’ Bagel in St. Lawrence Gap for breakfast, and while sitting on the terrace overlooking the Caribbean we eat a hearty breakfast of orange juice, omelets, fresh baked bagels, and gourmet coffee. I could happily sit here all morning and just watch the world go by
The Bean-n-Bagel Cafe (St. Lawrence Gap)
The Bean-n-Bagel Cafe is my favorite place for breakfast in Barbados. The original, located in St. Lawrence Gap, is also an Internet Cafe, so if you really can’t leave the office behind, or you just want to check in with family back home you can be in touch with the world while eating a fresh baked bagel, pastry or full breakfast of omelets and smoked salmon and a hot or iced coffee while relaxing in the morning sun.
They also serve sandwiches, vegetarian dishes, chicken Alfredo, pasta, crab salad, and pizza. Or if something sweet is more to your taste don’t miss the Tortuga Rum Cake, or my personal favourite, and I always get one to go home with, Mount Gay Great Cake.
The prices are reasonable, the atmosphere relaxed, the service friendly, the locations great, the food is good, and if surfing in the ocean is too strenuous you can surf the Internet! Two newer locations have also been opened, one in the West Coast Mall in Holetown, and the other overlooking the Careenage in Bridgetown.
For a romantic dinner on the edge of St. Lawrence Bay, Pisces in St. Lawrence Gap is a must. Enter through a grove of lush tropical foliage to a table overlooking the water. This most romantic restaurant is considered one of the finest on the island and one taste of the seafood linguine soon will tell you it is a well-deserved reputation.
Pisces is only open for dinner from 6pm, and is not inexpensive. Prices for starters are $14 – $25, and mains from $38 – $74. But for a special night out this is one restaurant not to be missed. Dress, as in most Bajan restaurants, is elegantly casual, and reservations are recommended.
One of the most unique restaurants in Barbados set in the rolling hills of St. Joseph. The natural beauty of the landscape that lies just beyond its glass walls creates the ambience of the restaurant. An outdoor porch allows you to enjoy the views of the surrounding hills while enjoying a refreshing breeze along with your meal. The menu includes a selection of staples from the Caribbean, such as yam, sweet potato and breadfruit, together with the famous Bajan corn meal cou cou.
For lunch try seared flying fish, grilled dorado, stewed lambi (conch), curried chicken, or jerk chicken or pork. For dinner, grilled snapper, local black-belly lamb, seared shrimp, and pork loin are specialties. On Sundays, they serve ‘a taste of the Caribbean’ buffet with all the fixin’s.
On the west coast make reservations at Tides. This unique restaurant features an art gallery on the main floor featuring some of the best local artists and dining on both the main floor and the second floor. Ask for a table upstairs overlooking the Caribbean. There are so many great choices on the menu it’s difficult to decide what to eat. But try the Jamaican jerk chicken wrapped in Parma ham with pesto mash, leek and Calvados cream with caramelized apples, and seared local tuna with Wasabi sauce served on warm ginger, sesame and egg noodle salad and vegetable spring rolls, accompanied with a 2005 Petit Chablis. You won’t be disappointed.
Yes the title of this section is written 5 Places To Eat in Barbados but there are reputed to be anywhere between 500 and 1500 Rum Shops in Barbados and no visit is complete without stopping in at least one. If you want a real Bajan experience you have to pay at least one visit to a rum shop. Rum shops are actually small bars found in every village and are social centers where residents gather to discuss politics, play dominoes, catch up on the latest news, gossip and… drink rum. The shops also act as grocery stores and are a good place to grab a snack, particularly cutters. Cutters are the Bajan equivalent of sandwiches, a round bun generously stacked with cheese, ham, fish or whatever else you may choose.
To conclude, Barbados holidays have a lot to offer to tourists. There are lots of amazing tourists’ spots and breathtaking sights to see. With all that Barbados has to offer, you will truly have a vacation that you will never forget.
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