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WELCOME NOTE

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warm Bajan welcome to all to our beautiful island, Barbados. If you are here with us as a cruise passenger, then unfortunately

you will be spending only a few hours with us but we are pleased that you chose our island for your holiday. Please make the most of the limited time you have here before embarking your vessel for its departure. Our cruise terminal is designed with you in mind to help you make the best choices in that precious little time by providing services ranging from tourist information and taxis, and products ranging from local crafts and spices, to duty free liquor and jewelry. Do not be shy, feel free to go beyond the cruise terminal and sample the island. Your visit comes at a special time for our island as we celebrate our 50th year of independence. The island has been abuzz for most of the year as we look forward to the culmination of our celebrations on November 30th, 2016. The transformation of our country over the past 50 years has occurred in every sphere and the cruise sector has also felt the hand of change. This change was catapulted by the construction of the Deep Water Harbour, which was opened in 1961. Be sure to visit our capital city, Bridgetown, now designated a UNESCO World Heritage site or go a little further to our other towns, Holetown, Oistins and Speightstown, or visit one of our beautiful beaches, or take an island tour to visit the various exciting locations and breathtakingly scenic spots. When you are ready to take a break, be sure to take in the cuisine of one of our many restaurants or ask your taxi driver to take you to a bajan rum shop for a cold beer, or a sip of local rum. Whether you are here to celebrate with your family and friends, to simply relax, or to just explore the island, we are here to make your experience an enjoyable and safe one. There is much to do and see while you are in Barbados and we know it is not possible to do it all in a few hours, so consider Barbados for another cruise, or perhaps your next land based vacation. We at Bridgetown Cruise Terminals Inc. would love to hear from you and we encourage you to visit our Facebook page and post any pics of your visit (#cruisebarbados50) or provide any comments. We wish you a day filled with pleasant experiences and we encourage you to save the link to this site and continue to enjoy this publication even after you return home. Enjoy your day in Barbados!

The Bridgetown Cruise Terminal

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EDITOR’S NOTE

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ust off the Caribbean island chain is a place beyond your imagination. Where warm waters

caress your skin and the sun spends its day dancing majestically upon the clear blue sea. That place is Barbados, more than an island… it’s your Caribbean Dream come true. Here the sun rises and sets upon white, sandy beaches and the moon shines so brightly that you can almost reach out and pluck the stars from their heavenly perch. Until you actually experience it, you cannot imagine how calming it can be to fall asleep or awake to the lullaby of an ocean song. And beneath those waves, lies a magical, marine playground, where Nemo hides in the lush sea anemones and some sea turtles will take a piece of bread directly from the palm of your hands. Divers can bet on a seahorse or swim amongst’ an array of colourful fish located on the island’s reefs. Amazingly the ocean is only a small part of Barbados. Rich island culture, cuisine, colourful people and fantastic festivals also ignite your imagination and add another side to the excitement of your day. Caribbean Dreams Magazine encapsulates each and every one of these elements and is your tour guide to all the things that you imagined your holiday could be. Giving you an insider’s view to everything your heart could desire. Welcome to our maiden voyage, join us within these pages as we explore, taste, see, enjoy and “Experience the Dream” together.

Read, Share, Explore…DREAM!

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VISITORS WELCOME

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very traveler dreams of that perfect trip or holiday, the one that you remember forever and makes great stories to tell to your friends and family. On that dream holiday you travel to the best places, experience the true richness of varying cultures, sample and delight in the extraordinary tastes of new cuisine, explore historic and geographic treasures, have tons of fun and return home with the all-important photos in hand, rested, relaxed and yearning to go back tomorrow.

All this and more can be found on the island of Barbados. Here the island’s natural charm, warm friendly people, stunning beauty and historic treasures are only fraction of what the island has on offer. The island also boasts incredible villas & luxury accommodation; five star Zagat rated cuisine and frequently plays host to prestigious sporting activities and international championships. Saying that this island has a lot to offer would be an understatement. The possibilities are truly endless.

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Old Speightstown boardwalk, Speightstown, St. Peter

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CARIBBEAN DREAM By Dempstu Simmons Jr.

Dreaming, Sailing thoughts flow through my mind, Visions reminding your subconscious of memories sublime, A mental slideshow capturing time, Finding a natural home, As the dream roams, Between palm trees, And the breeze blows calm over, Caribbean Seas, The island sees you, And waves hello, Even breaking a bow, As waves crash and splash a sandy shore, You long for the day your dream comes true, No need for a visa, As this vision takes ya, To a colourful land, Landscapes shape creating a beautiful wallpaper, Lifestyle boredom cannot capture, Friends around every corner, Coconut flavoured laughter, A natural carnival of pleasure, Spirits influencing intoxicating banter, A masala of accented vernacular, All combined in a collage of culture, And whether we say “all yuh”, “unna”, or “wunna”, Is “You” that we mean… Being part of the romantic scene, Of a Caribbean Dream.

Dempstu is a popular local spoken word artist with regular Thursday open mike sessions at The Good Life Restaurant and Bar in Rockley Christ Church.

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CONTENTS LOOKA DE VIEW

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SIGHT SEEING

Tings To Do Pun De Island Barbados Photo Hotspots Our Barbados Bucket List Grand Gorgeous Gardens Perfect Sightseeing

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FUN & FETE CAAHN DONE! ISLAND VIBES & NIGHTLIFE

Eat, Drink & Lime! A Fantastic Date… Reasonable Price Bring Another Round of Drinks Meet me at the movies Coming Soon, Trailer Mania

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UH BELLY FULL! ISLAND CUISINE

The Food Lover Guide to Bridgetown Hotspots Grandma’s Kitchen A Bajan’s Favourite Food Fine Wine, a must with great food

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IN & UNDA DE SEA! OCEAN ADVENTURES

Beach Activities Beachy Beach Tips! Dah Beach Is Mine! Ideas for a Romantic Day at the Beach Coast to Coast Beaches The Real Pirates of the Caribbean

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PUBLISHER

Guinea Plantation

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EDITOR IN CHIEF

DESIGN & LAYOUT

Nicole Niles

Paul Massiah

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EDITORS

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C.A. Forde Marissa Chandler Lasonta John

Mandy Robinson PHOTOS

Rawle Nicole Niles


A FEW

Quick Questions

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You have finally arrived ashore on the wonderful island of Barbados. It’s no doubt that one or two things will stand out clearly in your mind. The crystal clear waters, the beauty of the island and the warm friendly people. Here is a quick look at some of the smiling faces you are sure to see right here in the terminal.

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you never expect, that happen from day to day, especially when it is busy that’s when the challenge really begins. What would you say is the most challenging thing about your job? Dealing with visitors who need help but are hesitant to accept it. Whether it be with a wheel chair, directions, suggestions or just those in need of an ear. Tell us about two of your most memorable experiences here

TYSON BABB Maintenance Technician 27 years old

DOCKED MAGAZINE How Many Years have you been Working in the Cruise Terminal? TYSON BABB 5 - 6 yrs What’s your official title? Maintenance Technician at Bridgetown Cruise Terminals Inc. I started as a plumber, but have since been exposed to electrical, air conditioning, gardening and even administration etc. I enjoy trying new things as they provide an excellent learning experience. What three words would you say best describe you? Nice, Smart & Caring What do you love most about your job? I love the entire experience, seeing new faces and the excitement in a persons’ eyes as they come off the ship for the first time. I love encountering different things that

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A. One afternoon a passenger left her ship card, money, credit cards, etc. at Harbour Lights (a local entertainment center & pub) The day was ending and the boat was leaving soon. She was in a state of panic, I took her to the bar quickly while trying to keep her calm, and luckily a staff member had found it and set it aside so she got it back. I brought her back just in the nick of time as the horn was blowing - I love to help people whenever I can, it gives you a great feeling. B. Playing an elf for Christmas - If you passed through the terminal last Christmas you may have met

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Elf Babb! What goes into a day of maintaining the terminal? Quite a bit: Aesthetics, lost & found, lighting, supervising the cleaning staff, Checking with stores to ensure all is running well. Landscaping, reporting, courier services and sometimes literally outing fires. How many people work in your department? Only three people work in this department, but sick days are few and far between when you love your job. Two work internally and one works externally (his focus is landscaping) but the three of us work very closely together so the roles often interchange. What are some of the strangest things you have ever seen? A family of cats, a Monkey, a boat of passengers dressed in cosplay or leather outfits and finally the moving rock - It’s a heavy boulder that we have moved time and time again that we find out of its position again and again. It’s a mystery!


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Products for Pain relief and skin care, Minty Cool foot Lotion is a local favourite, Bug Be Gone – Suitable for use on babies only a few months old, also Antiaging Creams & Scrubs. Once you try our products most customers are hooked. We have several customers that return year after year and disembark just to buy our products. I buy these products and so do my friends and family. Are local Products well received? It’s easy to sell products that you believe in and that you know work well. I use many of the products myself and most have been proven to have a 98% success rate. I typically let passengers test it in the morning and the product works so well for

MERDENE CADOGAN

them during the day that the sales just flow in on their return in the afternoon. Is this the only location? No, Earth Mother Botanicals has three locations on island: Grantley Adams International Airport, The Bridgetown Cruise Terminal and Four Roads, St. John. It is also available online and has international outlet stores in Wales, UK and Washington DC. With more than one location what’s different about working in the Cruise Terminal? I love interacting with people from different cultures and countries. But I love working with people in general. It’s always a pleasure to serve.

DOCKED MAGAZINE How many years have you been working in the Cruise Terminal? MERDENE CADOGAN 5 years and counting How old is the company?

Earth Mother Botanicals

Earth Mother Botanicals was founded 14 years ago by Sandra Weeks and Amy Lemay using early family remedies and recipes. What is your favorite part of working with Earth Mother Botanicals? I love the company and I really like the people I work with. It’s a stress free environment where you can work independently. What types of Products do you offer? We offer a wide range of products from Medicinal to Cosmetic which use 100% Bajan Ingredients and are 100% Natural. What are the most popular items?

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BRIDGETOWN CRUISE TERMINAL MAP


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IslandFashions

JENANYA’S Jenanya’s carries unique pieces for unique people over thirty years. With pieces ranging from casual resort to formal wear, accessorized with hand crafted oneof-a-kind jewellery pieces. Jenanya’s also has surprise pieces for the males who want to stand out from the crowd. So come and let Jenanya’s outfit you today!

Hand crafted pattern stitched shirt with Hand Crafted designer Multicoloured natural jewellery

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Hand-crafted grey & bronze chunky necklace choker

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Hand crafted muticoloured long beaded necklace

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#14 James Forte Building, Hincks Street, Bridgetown. T. 246 430-7450 | Find them on

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Hand crafted bronze & gold chunky necklace choker

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5 Top Island

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Check out our ratings for this editions top 5 picks on the island. Ratings run from 1 Flying Fish (Poor) to 5 Flying Fish (Most excellent). Be sure to visit every one of them.

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TAKE A CATAMARAN CRUISE Catamaran cruises make for excellent, fun filled days. Catch a tan on the deck, swim with the turtles, snorkel and discover the magnificent creatures and sights under the sea. Enjoy a relaxed day with that special someone, or jam with family and friends.

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MIAMI BEACH Located just on the outskirts of Oistihns, is Enterprise Beach. This beach, locally known as Miami Beach, is a favourite among Bajans and visitors alike, its optimal location and great layout make it a popular destination on weekends and public holidays. Located on the South Coast, the waters in this area offer occasional swells which watersports enthusiasts may find favourable, the SERVICE WATER SPORTS & AMENITIES

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FUN FACTOR

western side of the beach, however, offers calm waters, perfect for children and general sea bathers. Did we mention the various vendors? We suggest you try the Mr. Delicious food van, and enjoy your meal on the picnic benches shaded by the trees nearby. Have a picnic, take a swim, boogie board or just relax! This beach has something for you. EXCELLENT FOR Couples, Groups, OVERALL VALUE FOR MONEY

You will find a variety of catamaran cruises, ranging from lunch time to all out jump and wave party cruises. So whether you romance your lover or jam to the latest hits with friends, join a scheduled cruise or charter your own private one, it’s sure to be a day to remember. EXCELLENT FOR Couples, Groups, Seniors, Kids, Locals, Tourists, Everyone

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COU – COU & FLYING FISH When a real Bajan hears “cou-cou and flying fish”, their mouth starts to water… well at least mine does. This dish is Barbados’ national dish. The cou cou, usually prepared with cornmeal and okra is stirred until firm with a cou cou stick (a cooking utensil which looks like a miniature TASTE

cricket bat). Friday is cou cou day and you should be able to find cou cou in several establishments across the island, including the Waterfront Café and Atlantis Restaurant. Notably there are a few variations on cou cou; sometimes done without okra or using breadfruit instead of cornmeal. However it is done, this national dish is sure to be a crowd pleaser. EXCELLENT FOR Couples, Groups, Mature, Kids, Locals, Tourists, Everyone.

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ARLINGTON HOUSE

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Located in Queens Street, Speightstown, in an eighteenth century home, the interactive Arlington House museum is a fascinating trip back in time. It showcases the life of the first settlers and the sugar trade, and the importance of Speightstown to our history. The three-storey museum is great fun and a fully interactive experience for the whole

1st Floor-“Speightstown Memories”-About the island’s first settlers. 2nd Floor-“Plantation Memories”- Showcasing the islands sugar industry 3rd Floor- “Wharf Memories”A talking pirate takes you on a journey loved by all. EXCELLENT FOR Couples, Groups, Mature, Kids, Locals, Tourists, Everyone.

EXPERIENCE FUN FACTOR COST Adults 10US Children 5US OPEN Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am - 3pm

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MAUBY This popular beverage is made throughout the Caribbean using the bark of the Mauby tree, sugar and water. In Barbados, however, it is usually bought as syrup, allowing us to just add water. This bitter drink, is said to be an acquired taste, but it is a favourite among Barbadians,

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and it is often said that if you don’t drink mauby, “yuh ca’an be Bajan”. Mauby is said to be good for arthritis, can help reduce cholesterol, help fight diabetes, and when combined with coconut water can help to lower blood pressure. EXCELLENT FOR Couples, Groups, Mature, Kids, Locals, Tourists, Everyone.

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Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary, Christ Church

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Out to a sumptuous dinner and your heartburn refuses to be forgiving? Ask the chef for a few almond slices, almond oil can neutralise stomach acid in roughly 15 minutes.

Hot date in Barbados and want to impress with a whiter smile? No time to run to the store, head to the fruit basket… rub the white inside of an orange on your teeth for 15 seconds and the d-limonene in the peel will lift surface stains quickly without damaging enamel. The look should last a few days. Awoke anxious about this morning’s Caribbean business meeting? Beat the doldrums with an exhilerating body stretch. Lay on your back, bring both knees to the chest, then let them fall to the right side, hold for a few breaths and repeat on the left. The hold is said to release positive energy in the body that can last all day long.

10yuh is a Bajan WAYS TO KNOW

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You use words like “fowl cock”, “rock stone” and “ram goat”.

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Somebody acting stupid is actually a ‘poppit’.

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Every childhood game can be played for licks or lashes.

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SOUP is a bit of water with nuff dumplings, potatoes, yams, eddoes and any other ground provision.

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Any hot beverage is considered TEA: cocoa tea, coffee tea, tea tea, green tea.

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You have a bad fall, and describe it as “lick up”, “break up”, “skin up” or “catspraddle”.

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The word HORN does not conjure up images of Dizzy Gillespie or Jazz music.

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You shake the ice in you drink and chew the ice when the drink is finished.

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Barbados HIGHEST POINT

Mount Hillaby 1120 ft above Sea level

FAVOURITE FOODS

Fishcakes & Bakes or Pudding & Souse

NATIONAL DISH

Cou-Cou & Flying Fish

OTHER TOWNS

Oistins

OUTSTANDING BAJANS

Christ Church

Holetown

Rihanna

St. James

International Pop Star

Speightstown

Sir Garfield Sobers

St. Peter

Cricketing Legend

SIZE

166 SQ Miles

DRIVING

14 miles (23 km) in breadth

on the left side

CAPITAL CITY

CLIMATE

21 miles (34km) in length

Bridgetown, St. Michael

LOCAL BEER

Banks Beer

80-87 0F 27-30 0C

FLAG TIME

GMT - 4

POPULATION

280,000+

A cutter is a sandwich & not a sharp utensil.

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Our BARBADOS For Families, For Adventure, For All Occasions!

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OUR BAR BA DOS

FOR FAMILIES FOR ADVENTURE FOR ALL OCCASIONS!

• Take a ride on a powerboat or explore the ocean in the safety of a submarine. • Rent a car and travel to the Wildlife Reserve, or search for island treasure at the Barbados Museum.

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arbados is your family’s doorway to fun, adventure and treasured memories. It may not be a hub for theme parks, rides and cartoon characters, but instead it offers a captivating island experience sure to draw your family closer together. Experience colourful island life, embark on interactive family adventures, and explore the ocean blue. Snorkel, fish, sail, swim… explore. Together you can hike, tour, interact with the tropical wildlife or visit one of our local museums on your island adventure.

• Try your hand at learning to surf... its easier than you think and the kids are natural learners. If not then sail, snorkel or swim, the watery possibilities are endless.

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OUR BAR BA DOS FOR FAMILIES

FOR ADVENTURE FOR ALL OCCASIONS! • Rent a jet ski and feel the adrenaline rush as you blast across the ocean full throttle. • Join up with the aggressive “Grin & Bear” National Trust hikers for a free 12 – 14 mile Sunday trek across rugged Barbados. • Charter a boat and fight to catch a whopping Blue Marlin.

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hrive on outdoor adventure and hungry for fantastic experiences? Then Barbados may very well be your very own fantasy Island. Surf & snorkel miles of perfect beaches, hike nature trails, crawl hidden caves, visit sunken ships and travel the back roads all waiting to be explored. Buckle up and brace yourself for a wild ride, hop on the back of a four x four on an exciting off-roading adventure, wash the mud off and its time for a deep sea diving adventure, interact with the marine life and explore some of the top dive sites in the Caribbean… Exhausted?...No? Horseback riding, deep-sea big game fishing, biking, kite surfing. Grab a friend and hike in the island’s rugged interior or trek over the easterly coastal plains and take a dip in a quiet Bajan cove. Take your pick and let the adventure begin.

FOR ADVENTURE FOR ALL OCCASIONS! • Two become one with a romantic island wedding, engagement or honeymoon. • Family reunions are fun , fantastic and fearless

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• Company retreats on island are engaging and rewarding with our award winning service excellence teams.

iterally set apart from the others, Barbados is your vacation paradise. The perfect place for any special event, wedding, reunion, anniversary, business trip, birthday or a vacation with your best friends or family, nothing beats Barbados. Rolling hills, clear blue waters, white sandy beaches, breathtaking views, spectacular marine life, fine dining, full range of accommodations and fantastic activities, what else could you need for a special occasion? Oh Wait! Fantastic weather and a vibrant culture. Barbados has that too! Spend your days on an island where the quality of service and the warmth of the island’s people is simply unforgettable. Whatever the occasion and whatever you do, make it perfectly memorable in Barbados.

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ALL ABOUT

MARK CLARKE It is not every day that one meets a young, friendly, manager with a zest for life, for helping others and a passion for what they do. However that perfectly describes Mark Clarke, the manager of Duty Free Caribbean’s Luxury & Liquor stores at the Bridgetown cruise terminal.

ark’s journey to the cruise terminal began 22 years ago, in 1993, while he was going through the process of applying to college to study civil engineering. “I had applied for several jobs while I was working to get the necessary qualifications” he said, “they called me to the interview and less than a week later I started at Harrison’s, Bridgetown, upstairs in the linen department. It suffices to say that linen salesman would not have been his first choice, but Mark was determined to make it work. “As uncomfortable as it was in ladies linen, with my manager’s guidance and encouragement, I performed well. The opportunity soon arose for Mark to find that his

true love and passion was sales and not engineering, as he originally believed. The revelation came when he was offered a job in watch sales - a department in which he thrived. He thoroughly enjoyed the mechanical aspects of this department and, with a keen eye for detail, he soon became the go to guy for difficult and technical adjustments. “Because of the excellent training I received, I can sell anything with ease and competence. Even today, though he now manages the store, he still finds himself on the sales floor assisting others and helping to close difficult sales. “It’s a real pleasure to work in this field” he says. “No two days are the same and themed activities like Easter Bonnet Day, Halloween, Independence

and Christmas bring the store to life, provide relatable experiences for passengers and new ways for them to learn about Barbados. Mark also commends his competent staff for making the management of the day to day operations easy. “We work very well together and I shift my attention according to which store is busiest and how busy the terminal is. When asked about his favorite part of the job, the answer was short and sweet. “The visitors” he said, “they make my day.” He has an obvious passion for people, seeing and meeting new faces, creating links and making many long lasting friendships. “I particularly enjoy seeing the faces that you haven’t seen in a while; to see couples that are still

together and advancing in life together, warms my heart. Standing as a testament to the reward of hard work, Mark transferred to Duty Free Caribbean’s store at the Cruise Terminal thirteen years ago and has been a permanent fixture since then. Working his way up from linen & doily salesman, through watch and jewelry sales, to assistant manager, he now holds the post of Manager, to which he was appointed four years ago. If you have the time to chat it is easy to tell that the secret to his success is his amicable nature and his can do attitude. His goal every day is “to exceed the customer’s expectations, to ensure that they always leave happy and to go the extra mile”, and his simple personal motto, “find time - for yourself and for others”, echoes the same sentiments.

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island BANKING INFORMATION Banks open from 8:00am to 3:00pm Monday – Thursday, 8:00am to 5:00pm on Friday and are closed on all National Holidays. You can easily use your credit card at most businesses island wide or withdraw up to $1000 USD per day at hundreds of ATM Machines. ATM machines can be found island wide outside banks or at most 24hr gas stations. ATM’S ONLY DISPENSE LOCAL CURRENCY.

BUSINESS HOURS From Monday to Friday businesses and stores in Barbados normally open between 8am & 9am and close at roughly 3:30 5:00pm. Saturdays are shopping days in Barbados, however stores typically close between 1pm and 2pm in Bridgetown, but shopping malls and supermarkets open till 9:00pm. On Sundays the grocery stores will close between 12 noon and 2pm.

DRESS YOU CAN’T GO WRONG IF YOU REMEMBER THE FOLLOWING:

• No Camouflage – It’s illegal. • No bare feet & bare backs in most stores.

• Sneakers are frowned upon in several clubs & restaurants

• Try elegantly casual for fine dining - Call ahead if you need to be sure.

• Shorts of a reasonable length are mostly acceptable in this cool climate but if in doubt call ahead.

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GOVERNMENT Barbados was once an island under British rule and as a result the island’s government and governmental practices are a result of British rule. In fact, the island is a constitutional monarchy, and parliamentary democracy, modeled on the British Westminster system. In 1966 Barbados gained its independence from Britain but the island maintains a Prime Minister and 2 parliamentary houses – The House of Assembly (30 ministers) and The Senate, with Elizabeth II, as the head of state (she is represented locally by the island’s Governor General). Notably Barbados has the third oldest parliament in existence.


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EDUCATION According to UNESCO Barbados’ education level is ranked within the top 5 countries in the world partially because the literacy rate is estimated to be very close to 100%. A Large part of the island’s GDP is spent on education and all children under the age of 16 must attend Primary and Secondary Schools. Notably a large percentage of the population also attends one of four Tertiary Level Intuitions on island.

HEALTH & SAFETY Barbados is a safe place to visit with no need to worry about vaccinations and disease. You may be on vacation, but safe guard your health as you would at home. Wash hands, and be sure to protect yourself from mosquito bites by using insect repellent to avoid itchy insect bites & wails or to protect yourself against the possibility of dengue fever. Barbados is relatively safe, but be careful when traversing the island. Don’t leave valuables unattended, lock your car and hotel room doors and stay within the areas that are well lit or are heavily trafficked.

LANGUAGE

POSTAL SYSTEM

The language of Barbados is British English, however Bajans have a tendency to speak quickly in a heavy dialect affectionately called Bajan. At times this may sound quite foreign, however its simply ENGLISH - spiced up Caribbean style with the flavour of generations of dialect mixed in.

You can easily obtain stamps from the cruise terminal. The General Post Office is located in Cheapside, Bridgetown and there are 17 other district post offices island wide.

WEATHER Pack your sundress, shorts, swimwear, casual shirts and slippers for the day but at night most restaurants and clubs require you to be elegantly casual. To be sure of what’s expected, call ahead or check the weather before you go.

TAXES & GRATUITIES VAT - Value Added Tax (VAT)17.5% is charged on most items Gratuities are normally 10% 15%

EMERGENCY NUMBERS

POLICE 211 FIRE 311 AMBULANCE 511 FMH EMERGENCY MEDICAL CLINIC SANDY CREST MEDICAL

228-6120 419-4911

(Open 24 hours)

SPARMAN MEDICAL 624-3278 (Open 24 hours) CENTER QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL

436- 6450

(Open 24 hours)

DRINKING WATER The island’s water supply is clean, tasty and perfectly safe to drink straight from the tap. The coral formation of the island acts as a natural filter for the island water and ensure that it is amongst the purest in the world.

ELECTRICITY The voltage is 110 volts, 50Hz cycle. Consider bringing your converter if necessary or asking your travel agent if locally available.

ILLEGAL DRUGS Having an Illegal drug in Barbados is a serious offence and the penalties can be severe. In fact a person caught with even marijuana can be sentenced to as much as 20 years in prison.

EXCHANGE RATES The US dollar typically has an exchange rate of $1.00 US - $1.98 BDS dollars. OTHER PAYMENT METHODS Major credit cards and US dollars are accepted island wide. Traveler’s checks in U.S., U.K. and Canadian funds can also be used at many outlets.

TELECOMMUNICATIONS Want to check in with your family or the office at home? MAKE A DIRECT CALL TO •North American / Canada territories Dial 1, the area code, and the telephone number. •United Kingdom – Dial 011 44, the area code (Omit the usual 0 before the area code), and the telephone number.

LOCAL CALLS Feel free to rent a cell phone locally or utilise your “unlocked” international cell phone by purchasing a SIM card from marked retail outlets’ island wide. FROM THE PURSER Check to see if any fee is attached to this before you dial.

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Barbados is truly a gem of an island, blessed with a bounty of beautiful natural attractions that lure both locals and visitors. Nature lovers can treat themselves to a delightful weekend enjoying the island’s lush vegetation with each location offering something exciting and new. Select wisely based on your budget, and time as it’s quite easy to spend half day, or even a whole day, soaking up the serenity in any one of the island’s natural attractions.

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ANIMAL FLOWER CAVE This St. Lucy, sea cave offers spectacular views of the untamed Atlantic Ocean and traps raging sea water in its naturally formed pools. However, this is not its main attraction. The cave is home to delicate sea anemones, or ‘animal flowers’, with tentacles that retract into the stalk or stump for safety on contact with any alien object. The flower then waits awhile, allowing the danger to pass before leaving its stalk again. These anemones are relatives to large ocean varieties whose tentacles can sting and paralyze large passing fish. The ‘animal flowers’, coupled with the cool waters of the Atlantic Ocean, are truly amazing to see.

WELCHMAN HALL GULLY

ANDROMEDA GARDENS

This gully, formed from the collapsed roof of caves, is still connected to Harrison’s Cave, the island’s largest main cave. Welchman Hall Gully has a vast and interesting assortment of exotic local plants and wildlife and is rich in natural history. In fact, the grapefruit, originally from Barbados, is also said to have been started in this 3/4 mile, St. Thomas gully. It’s also a hot spot for viewing some of the island’s beautiful wild Green Monkeys.

These scenic tranquil gardens feature the most extensive collection of tropical plants in Barbados. Andromeda is home to over six hundred different species of plants adapted to a range of tropical environments, a few small animals and a tropical stream that runs though the property, forming serene waterfalls and pools. This breathtaking greenery can be found in the parish of St. Joseph.


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These are just a few sites that we recommend for your weekend stay. Other equally inviting natural attractions include Orchid World, St. George, the largest and most extensive orchid collection in the Caribbean, Harrison’s Cave, St. Thomas, the Flower Forest, St. Joseph and the Barbados Wildlife Reserve, St. Peter.

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museums

Barbados has a wealth of history, even predating its colonial arrest. As such there are many interesting places that document the history of the island and its people. During your weekend off, take the

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opportunity to learn more about Barbados, and what makes this island so unique. Museums are a great place to start, and often times provide information in an engaging, and even interactive, way.

THE CONCORDE EXPERIENCE This hi-tech museum highlights the technological wonder of British Airways Concorde G-BOAE. There are several zones within this museum that give further insight into this aviation wonder, with tidbits and little known facts about flying and aircrafts.

ARLINGTON HOUSE MUSEUM Located in the heart of Speightstown, St. Peter, this Museum has three floors of exhibits, each floor with a different theme. In addition to the house being of architectural interest, the Museum has many interactive features that make this a fun and educational visit for the whole family.

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shopping Of course, no trip is complete without some kind of shopping! Bridgetown is a must! “ Town”, as it is affectionately known, is the island’s chief commercial centre, has a wealth of monuments and historical buildings and was recently named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Many stores offer duty-free shopping, and there is a wonderful arts and crafts site - Pelican Village - that makes a great stop for affordable souvenirs, accents for home décor and authentic Bajan works. Holetown and Speightstown are also great places to shop, providing duty-free shopping, top international luxury brand outlets and local arts and crafts. Local crafts are a great way to capture the spirit of the island, are great for gifts and can be sourced island-wide.

night life

Provided by the Barbados Tourism Authority

Barbados is very active after dark especially at weekend hotspots like St. Lawrence Gap, Oistins & Baxter’s Road. Here you will find food, drinks, music in abundance and a strong police presence to ensure order. On the west coast, close to Holetown, is another very popular spot for nightlife. Second Street is filled with bars and clubs, and is a favourite place to go for many locals and visitors. You are sure to have a great time experiencing Barbados at night, and it is also a fantastic way to make new friends and hear about the experiences of others on the island. There is something for everyone.

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bajan food Shopping up a storm can make one ravenous! So be sure to partake in a succulent Bajan meal! The Bajan Saturday Staple is called Pudding and Souse, consisting of pickled pork and a tasty sweet potato pudding pie. This meal is very tasty and very Bajan! If you love pork, be sure to try this weekend treat. If you are not a lover of ‘the other white meat’ don’t worry! From Fishcakes to Flying fish & Cou Cou to freshly baked Macaroni pie or vegetables, you are sure to find a Bajan dish to satisfy your palate. Don’t forget to wash it all down with an ice-cold Mauby!

the beach After all of those attractions and museums, what would be the best way to relax on this island? That’s right! The beach! Home to over 70 beaches, there is certainly no lack of sandy scenes in Barbados. Depending on what you prefer, Barbados offers the calm waters on its west coast, and the rugged terrains and rougher waters of the east coast.

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MEDFORD CRAFT WORLD White Hall Main Road ST. MICHAEL

(246) 425-1919 info @medfordcraftworld.com www. medfordcraftworld .com

Medford Craft World owned by self-taught artist Reggie Medford, specializes in unique mahogany pieces, made from Barbados mahogany wood. Each piece is individually crafted using a unique sanding process developed by Mr. Medford himself, along with some of his workers. Medford Craft World also invites interested persons to get up close and personal with their process through their guided tours. Medford Craft World has become a highly recognized centre for genuine Barbadian souvenirs and gifts and a visit to this location is a “must do” for visitors to the island. PRODUCTS INCLUDE: •Unique Abstract Pieces •Clocks •Bookends •Napkin Holders

•Pen & Pencil Holders •Coffee Tables •Bottle Holders •Jewelry Boxes

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Barbados Photo Hotspots

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he magazines, the brochures, the videos and the island websites all carry stunning images of island life, island living and beautiful sights that stretch as far as the eye can see. These images excite our imagination, touch our hearts

{ View from Morgan Lewis Windmill, St. Andrew }

and ignite a sense of yearning to find and be a part of that same locale. Today we’re providing you with that opportunity. If you have a day or two to roam, play and simply take in the sights we suggest you visit these photo hotspots. { Culpepper Island, St. Philip }

{ Foul Bay, St. Philip }

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{ Conset Bay, St. John }

{ Codrington College, St. John }

{ Gun Hill, St. George }

{ East Coast, St. Andrew }

{ Cove Bay, St. Lucy }

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Harrison’s Cave, St. Thomas

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TAKE A CATAMARAN CRUISE swim with the turtles , feed the fish and enjoy a sumptious Bajan buffet.

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BURST INTO A RUM SHOP! Drink a beer , sample a rum and slam a dom(domino)

Here’s our list of things that make this issue’s cut of must see/do places and activities.

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TRY THE ISLANDS NATIONAL DISH try cou–cou & flying fish at Brown Sugar Restaurant, the waterfront Café or the Atlantis Restaurant.

OISTINS BAY GARDENS for sweet music, dancing, socialisation, good food, drinks & great prices

VISIT AN OPEN GARDEN OR AN OPEN HOUSE the Barbados Horticultural Society opens private gardens ( Tuesdays) and the Barbados National Trust opens private houses of interest (Wednesdays) all over the island during the winter season.

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TAKE A WALK ON THE BEACH and Enjoy beautiful sunsets or sunrises from the beach of Barbados.

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VISIT HARRISON’S CAVE a beautiful natural cave formation in the center of the island.

SEE THE BEAUTIFUL GREEN MONKEY at Welchman Hall Gully or at the Wild Life Reserve.

SAMPLE THE WORLD’S OLDEST RUM Mount Gay Rum circa 1703

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TOUR THE UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison.

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VISIT THE MORGAN LEWIS WINDMILL the last of 506 windmills which once operated in Barbados.


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HARRISON’S CAVE Welchman Hall ST. THOMAS

(246) 417-3700 FAX (246) 417-3709 reservations @harrisonscave.com www.harrisonscave.com

Located at the heart of Barbados is one of nature’s greatest treasures, Harrison’s Cave. Named after Thomas Harrison, Harrison’s cave remained an unexplored mystery until 1974, when it was rediscovered and mapped by Ole Sorensen. After this, the Barbados government began developing the Cave as an attraction, and it was officially opened to the public in 1981. Patrons can explore the cave via solar powered electronic trams to enjoy the rushing of streams and pools and view the stalactites and stalagmites up close and personal, while the tour guide explains how they were formed, along with other facts about the cave..

HARRISON’S CAVE SERVICES AND AMENITIES INCLUDE: •Adventure Tours (including the Tram Tour, Eco-Adventure Tour, Walk-In Cave Tour, Scenic Gully Tour, Junior Explorers Tour and the Junior Explorer’s Bat Tour)

•Souvenir Photo Booth •Stalactites Souvenir Shop •The Village Bar (for eats and drinks) •Available to host special events (such as cocktail parties & wedding receptions)

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enjoying the fruits of Mother Nature’s labour. Enter open gardens and experience the lives of the rich and famous, well at least those of the gardening world! So if you don’t have the time, space, energy or green thumb to create one of these stunning works of art yourself, then why not visit one of the Barbados Horticultural Society’s Open Gardens? The program begins in January but not every garden on island is open, so don’t run off with your camera to photograph your neighbours perfect Frangipani tree. Instead, visit the Barbados Horticultural Society’s website at www.horticulturebarbados.com

to view the open garden schedule, locations and timing and learn more about these beautiful gardens and their owners.

Provided by the Barbados Tourism Authority

arbados is home to award winning beaches, homes, gardens and flowers; it is also home to thousands of horticultural enthusiasts. Between the months of January and April, the Barbados Horticultural Society encourages the green thumbs on the island to open their gardens to those of us with the ‘not so green thumbs’ to go green with envy and admiration. The event brings droves of people to the homes in the open garden program, which is hosted on certain days on the island. It is an event anticipated by locals and visitors alike and it has been an ongoing tradition for the last 25 years. Garden enthusiasts, this is your chance to learn their secrets, chat with an owner, have tea on their lanai and spend an afternoon


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CREATIVE STOP Neville “Kamau” Crawford, Barbadian by birth, has been working as a professional artist for thirty (30) years. He has been working in several mediums: acrylic oils on canvas, ink, oil pastels, water colours, red clay, wood and fabric. Not only does he produce Balls Land CHRIST CHURCH

picturesque paintings but unique craft items as well. Some of his craft items include: book markers, magnets and clay masks. The latter are made from Barbados red clay and finished with a glaze.

(246) 428-5765 (246) 843-2982

He has received several awards and grants. Neville,

creativestop @caribsurf.com

in numerous group shows and foreign exhibitions. His

who did five (5) solo exhibitions, has exhibited his art work can be seen at several locations on the island such as: the “Art For Everyone” gallery, Worthing Road, Christ Church, Oistins on Friday nights, the Bridgetown Cruise terminal, Bridgetown Port or by appointment at his studio at Balls Land, Christ Church.

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Perfect

Sightseeing PLAY PROFESSIONAL •You may not have thought about composition before but think about it now! •Take extreme close-ups of a perfect flower or a design that sparked your interest. ISLAND TIPS FOR TAKING BETTER PHOTOS

It’s a stunning day, no work to be done and you don’t have a care in the world. It’s a perfect day to “Be or Play” tourist. You head out, digital camera in hand. Point! Shoot! Click!...Hhumm? Too much sun? Is that my thumb? And in that moment another potentially perfect photo bites the dust! Taking pictures is a fun way to document a great day and these simple tips, can turn your pictures from poor, dull or ordinary to frame-worthy in a flash.

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•Its OK to shoot objects slightly to the left or right? It’s more than ok, its perfect! •Try out the black and white setting and impress a few friends! •If you can, before you start the day try to take a minute to review photos in travel magazines or online, try to replicate compositions and angles at different times of day. •It may seem obvious but DON’T shoot facing the sun, instead put it behind you, over your shoulder. •Click after click of plain old scenery can get boring! Add someone for scale, interest and comic relief. •Extra batteries, a car charger

and a super large or extra SD card are also a must!


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THE BARBADOS MUSEUM

St. Ann’s Garrison, Bridgetown ST. MICHAEL

(246) 427-0201 info@barbmuse.org.bb www.barbmuse.org.bb

& HISTORICAL SOCIETY

The Barbados Museum and Historical Society is a non-profit and non-governmental organization with the mandate “to collect, document and conserve evidence of Barbados’ cultural, historical and environmental heritage; and to interpret and present this evidence for all sectors of society”. Located fittingly in one of the historic buildings that comprise the Historic Garrison Area, the BHMS opened its doors to the public in 1933. It offers something for everyone through its guided tours – exhibits in social history, fine art, African history and much more. SERVICES INCLUDE: •Guided Tours, exhibits and galleries •Gift Shop •Library resources

•Provision of grounds as a venue for special events •The Café

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Morgan Lewis Windmill St. Andrew

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CRICKET LEGENDS OF BARBADOS INC. Fontabelle ST. MICHEAL

(246) 227-2651 (246) 227-2652 info@cricketlegends barbados.com www.cricketlegends barbados.com/

Cricket Legends of Barbados was formed on August 23rd, 2005 with 42 registered shareholders – Barbadian cricketers who represented the West Indies at international level. The company seeks to inspire a new generation of cricketers by providing greater accessibility to the legends of Barbados. In addition to this, the company’s mission is to market world class products and services that reflect the rich legacy of West Indies cricket. One of the key features of the company is their Cricket Legends of Barbados Museum packed with memorabilia from West Indies cricket dating back to the early 1900s and is home to the most unique cricket memorabilia exhibits.

SERVICES & AMENITIES INCLUDE •Cricket Museum – a “time machine” that takes you back to the glory days of West Indies cricket, with portrait room, cricket memorabilia and press gallery.

•Retail Store/Gift Shop •Legends Pavilion Bar & Restaurant •Guided tours • Hosts Special Events

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Historic Bridgetown

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DRINK & LIME Wondering what else to do? We have broken it down for you so Eat, Drink or Lime the day away!

Barbados is the island of culinary delights, ranging from true Bajan delicacies, to mouthwatering international epicurean feasts. Several suggestions come to mind, however a dinner show in Barbados is a must, for every visitor and local. Costumes, limbo, fire eaters and prizes equals fun for the family and money well spent. Whatever your pleasure, Barbados has a restaurant (or a food stall) for you. Make sure to try some of our local foods, fish cakes, barbecued pig tail, pudding & souse or our National dish: Cou Cou & Flying Fish.

Drink

Barbados is certainly not in short supply of bars and pubs to share drinks with friends and family, meet new people or cheer for your favorite team. Picture this, its Happy Hour in Barbados, you are sharing a cold Banks Beer - the local favourite over a laugh with friends…Or are you are sipping on a glass of wine in a cozy nook? Or trying the local rum punch at a nearby restaurant & bar? The options are truly endless, bar hop, explore the rum shops or visit one of the larger hotel bars… have a comfortable evening, sit by the pool, walk on the beach, simply enjoy it. Ask for an island cocktail,

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an international favourite or take a tour of one of our reknown rum distilleries and sample one of our premium rum brands as Barbados is home to two of the oldest rum brands in the world.

Lime

‘Liming’ is the Caribbean term for hanging out and enjoying yourself. In Barbados it takes on many forms but it essentially involves a social, relaxed environment with friends (or strangers), often involving some form of alcohol (though not absolutely necessary) that is such amazing fun, it’s always a pity when its over. In Bim ‘mass liming’ (which includes any and everybody) typically happens on the weekend. However, for many Bajans liming is also an after work staple during the week as well.



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fantastic date a

...reasonable price!

Not as much money to spend as you would like? Right now, millions of people have that problem. But instead of simply staying at home, have a fantastic low budget time on us!

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ATTEND A POETRY READING This can spark stimulating conversation or steamy romance. Try Thursday nights free at the Good Life Bar in Rockley.

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GO TO THE CLUB and dance like together like you did when you were single. Be as bad as you wanna be! (Check out our Party Time Table on Pg 44?…)

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FIND A COSY BAR order the house wine and flirt with each other all night long. Role play, try taking on different personas for the evening and act like you’ve just met.

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TAKE A WALK IN THE PARK or on the boardwalk, stop for an icecream cone or have a mini picnic.

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GO TO A RESTAURANT, and ONLY order dessert.

ENJOY A MUSEUM (most are free to CARICOM nationals) or an art gallery (free for everyone). Disuss the exhibits and the other attendees.

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SING A KARAOKE SONG. Sing your favourite song loud, hard and badly! It’s not about the quality of the song, its about having fun!

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HEAD TO A POOL HALL and play a game of pool. Can’t play? Check the internet first, then go and learn to play together.

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GO FOR A BICYCLE RIDE (borrow one from a friend or rent one reasonably for the day) take a packed a lunch, dinner, or snacks.

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SIT SOMEWHERE PRIVATE and read together. Take turns reading a chapter from a steamy novel, but change the names to those of you and your partner.

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BEST E. VILLAS Convert your dream holiday into a reality. With two locations, Best E. Villas can provide more options to suit your individual needas and guarantee you a home away from home in their award-winning, self-catering Barbados’ apartments.

Green Ridge, Prospect ST. JAMES

(246) 425-9751 F. (246) 425-9653 errolbest @bestevillas.com www.bestevillas.com

Centrally located on the west coast, at Prospect in the parish of St. James, the property boast of two and three bedroom accommodations where you can experience incomparable home-style living with all the amenities and more! Each unit features spacious living and dining areas with views of the west coast of the island. This beautiful property sits on lushly landscaped grounds with its own private fresh-water swimming pool. You can also find Best E. Villas on the south coast at Providence Development Christ Church, these apartments provide a clean, breezy atmos-phere and is constantly swept by the north-east trade winds. These two bedrooms, fully equipped, modern apartments guarantee your complete privacy. Set on beautifully landscapes grounds with a fresh water pool offers an extraordinary stay!

2007 & 2009 Winner of the Intimate Hotels of Barbados Apartments of the Year award.

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unset is said to be one of the most bewitching hours on the island of Barbados. Bright orange, pink and peach hues fill the bright, blue sky and heads turn towards the heavens, if only for a moment, to bask in the beauty of the magical parade. Grannies scuttle their children off the streets and hard working Barbadians head home for a well-earned rest… Well some of us at least! For a few others, the day has only just begun, night falls and skinny jeans, stilettos and dress shirts take their turn marching to the infectious call of the bar and party scene in Barbados! Restaurants, Bars, Pubs, Rum shops and clubs, swing open their doors and they’re off to a night of drinks, shots, laughter, social commentary (of sorts) and liming with friends, family or perfect strangers.

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ANY CORNER RUM SHOP No matter where you are, chances are there is a rum shop a short drive away or literally around the corner. These are great spots for socializing, abstract competitions with strangers (dominoes , pool , darts etc) and reasonable prices on drinks all night long. BAXTERS ROAD, Bridgetown| For a rustic Bajan experience, try Baxter’s Road. Famous for its open air fish fry, small local bars, rum shops and constant activity. Hungry at 2,3 or 4am? Baxters Road.

OISTINS, Christ Church| We’d be remiss if we didn’t recommend this open air, relaxed atmosphere, and arguably the most recommended night spot on the island. You’ll find food and grilled fish at reasonable prices, with nightly specials on beer, rum and spirts, and weekend entertainment. ST. LAWRENCE GAP | This popular party strip is home to a number of clubs, shops, hotels and restaurants; choose from Brazilian, Mexican, Greek, Italian, local cuisine and more. 1ST & 2ND STREET, Holetown| Defined as the St. James version of St. Lawerence


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Gap, this strip is known for upscale restaurants, fantastic dining, hotels, bars and clubs. MOONTOWN, St. Lucy| Moontown is a fantastic area set, within the midst of a lively village setting. Known island-wide for great food (Its said to have some of the best fish on the island on Saturday nights), karaoke, a festive atmosphere and ridiculous beer specials! MARTINS BAY, St. John | Many are often surprised at the sheer numbers of limers, drinkers and diners to be found at Martins Bay. Long lines, ocean views, packed tables and huge servings are the norm.

RUM & COKE | We all know CocaCola, but when its mixed with Mount Gay Rum, the oldest rum in the world (produced since 1703) it becomes a Bajan tradition. LOCAL BEER | Ask a group of Bajans their favourite beer and a rousing argument is likely to ensue. When the dust settles the most popular answer remains the same - the locally made Banks Beer – The Beer of Barbados (look out for specials island wide) RUM PUNCH | A lively, tasty Caribbean fusion of fruit punch and rum, and a favourite with female visitors to the island. BAJAN LEMONADE | Many of us grew up on liters on this stuff. Ask for it to be made with freshly squeezed lime and a dash of Angostura bitters. BLENDED FRUIT PUNCH | This tasty non alcoholic drink, is frequently enjoyed all over the island and is a favourite for locals and visitors alike.

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MEET ME AT THE

MOVIES Every night is movie night in Barbados! However, if you are on a

tight budget or simply the frugal type then Monday or Tuesday may be the best days to take in the newest blockuster, see a fantastic tear jerker or laugh till your sides ache. Movie night isn’t just about selecting the right type of movie, its also about the experience; and where you go is sometimes a big part of that, particularly in Barbados where every theater on the island offers a varying movie experience!

THE GLOBE DRIVE - IN

Christ Church If you are up for a double feature, head over to the Globe Drive In. Sit in the comfort of your vehicle and turn your personal surround all the way up. Load the car up at home with snacks to save even more, but buy your popcorn at the movie because movie popcorn is always a part of the experience! Additionally, if you happen to have an open cab truck, go all the way! Carry cusions and a blanket and turn the back of the cab into an intimate evening for two, or a cosy and memorable night for the kids.

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THE OLYMPUS THEATERS

Sheraton Centre, Christ Church

Tuesdays at the Olympus theaters are particularly popular. This multiplex, which has 6 huge cinemas, offers a wide selection of movies, including 3D, sure to be suitable for even the most discerning movie goer. Pick a flick, then head over to their snackette for a wide variety of snacks, candy and sodas. We suggest you arrive early, as it’s common to find long lines on Tuesdays.

Check the weather before you go at barbadosweather.org, as rain can spoil a Drive in movie. Call for listings and showtimes, or check online. If everything sounds good check YouTube for trailers to whittle down the choices.

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LIME GROVE CINEMAS

Lime Grove Lifestyle Centre, St. James Another great location to catch a flick is at the Limegrove cinemas on the West Coast! Offering a luxury movie experience. There is no need for lines, as tickets can be bought online, and the snackette comes to you at the push of a button, so no waiting in line for popcorn here!

Plan to arrive 20 – 30 minutes before the movie, especially on weekends or special days. Add a few minutes, if its opening night of a much awaited blockbuster. Where possible, buy tickets in advance to avoid, disappointments and to

increase your chances of getting great seats.

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Not much to spend? Consider saving money on snacks by carrying candy or smaller snacks in your pockets or bag.


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JANUARY

COMINGSOON! TRAILER MANIA

Here are our picks for movies to consider this season based SOLELY on their trailers. The ones that made us feel good, laugh, cry, cringe or tingle with excitement in just 3 minutes or less.

MAY 2016

These look

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may 20

THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE

may 6

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

An international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, prompting political interference in the Avenger’s activities. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.

may 27

X-MEN APOCALYPSE

JUN 2016

june 10

NOW YOU SEE ME: THE SECOND ACT

june 10

WARCRAFT

june 24

INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE

Using recovered extraterrestrial technology, the nations of Earth collaborate on an immense defense program to protect the planet. When the aliens attack with unprecedented force, only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can save the world.

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COMINGSOON! JUL

TRAILER MANIA

These look

2016

Great!

july 22

STAR TREK: BEYOND

july 1

THE LEGEND OF TARZAN

It has been years since the man once known as Tarzan left the jungles of Africa behind for a gentrified life as John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane at his side. Now, he has been invited back to the Congo to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament, unaware that he is a pawn in a deadly convergence of greed and revenge, masterminded by the Belgian, Captain Leon Rom. But those behind the murderous plot have no idea what they are about to unleash.

AUG 2016

july 29

JASON BOURNE

august 12

PETE’S DRAGON

august 12

BEN-HUR

august 5

SUICIDE SQUAD

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A mix of well-known and unknown villains (Deadshot, King Shark, Captain Boomerang and Harley Quinn) are recruited by the government to accomplish a task deemed too dangerous for superheroes. The historically independent operators must bury their own interpersonal conflicts and agendas to form a cohesive unit to take on a singular task.


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COMINGSOON!

TRAILER MANIA

SEP

These look

2016

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september 16

SNOWDEN

September 23

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN

With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue, the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns. As they prepare the town for the inevitable violent showdown, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.

september 16

WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS

OCT 2016

october 14

UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS

october 14

A MONSTER CALLS october 28

INFERNO

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon tries to stop a global genocide scheme by following clues in Dante Alighieri’s “The Divine Comedy” which take him to Florence and Venice, Italy. He battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science.

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Islande Cuisin

All bout we food! Barbados’ culinary experts have descended from places such as West Africa, England, Spain and even Portugal. Not only have these cultures had a direct influence in the foods used, but they also influenced the cooking techniques that the island adopted - creating a mouth watering fusion that is distinctively known as Bajan food. When the first settlers arrived in Barbados in the 17th century, they brought with them several animal & plant spices, including the mango and the breadfruit tree, which were all eventually amalgamated into Barbadian cuisine. Our bountiful fields of sugar cane were introduced to the island by Dutch Jews, and today, sugar and many of its by-products such as rum and molasses act as key ingredients in many Barbadian dishes. Because of Barbados’ close relationship with the sea, its no surprise that seafood and the Bajan pot are kindred souls. Commonly prepared fish include the nationally famous flying fish, mahi mahi (locally known as dolphin), snapper, wahoo (king fish), and yellowfin tuna among others. All of these fish dishes can be found at any popular bajan eatery across the island. Martins Bay, Baxters Road, Moontown and Oistins all feature deliciously prepared, freshly caught fish - usually grilled on open fire.


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ou may already know that Bridgetown and it’s Garrison have recently been named a UNESCO world heritage site; with boundless architectural and cultural splendor, shopping and tours just waiting to be experienced. Sounds and sights are all part of the Bridgetown scene, but the city of Bridgetown also has a smell. Yes! A smell! An oh so important smell that enters your nostrils and vibrates down your throat to make your tummy grumble with delight. Traditional island dishes, Italian, fast food, Bajan buffet, Bajan cutters, and alfresco dining can all be found in Bridgetown and the surrounding environs.

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IDEAL RESTAURANT Ask a Bajan where to eat in Bridgetown and one common suggestion is likely to be the Ideal Restaurant, top floor, Cave Shepherd. Bajan buffet style at less than $US20 per plate. WATERFRONT CAFÉ | Take a casual walk across the bridge for a la carte, alfresco dining at the Waterfront Café; and for a treat on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings there are Jazz sessions that go until 11pm. CHICKEN BARN | A personal fast food favorite of mine is Chicken Barn; their slogan “Home of the heavenly chicken” says it all. Who knew that the combination of great Bajan seasonings and rotisserie chicken could be oh so good!


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BROWN SUGAR RESTAURANT | Many have said that Brown Sugar restaurant, with it’s local & creole dishes offers the best buffet in Barbados. This would explain why the restaurant is always packed. Walk-ins are welcome, but we suggest a lunch reservation to avoid the wait.

CUZ’S FISH SHACK | Cuz’s snackette may not be much to look at but, plain façade aside, customers are happy to wait in the long - but fast moving - line for one of the fresh fish cutters that they have on offer. Incidentally, they also rank 6th on Trip Advisors list of places to eat in Barbados.

MAMA MIA’S ITALIAN DELI & PIZZERIA | On the outskirts of Bridgetown lies a little hidden gem and a little slice of Italy- Mama Mia’s. Simply step inside for authentic Italian décor, delicious Paninis, salads, desserts, pastries and pizzas baked in a traditional Italian pizza oven. It’s a favourite with both the locals and the tourists.

CIN CIN Cin Cin by the sea is a beautiful contemporary locale for elegant upscale dining. Open for lunch and dinner and serving Mediterranean cuisine with a Caribbean twist. BUSH BAR | This local watering hole is a favorite for Saturday and after-work limes. Locals are drawn, like flies to the great drink specials and the good food, especially the fish, pudding & souse and the pork. TNT BARBEQUE HUT | Just off Spring Garden Highway is a fast food styled restaurant, which specialises in Barbeque chicken bathed in a finger licking secret sauce. But be careful! It’s addictive! Many are hooked from just one try!

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ike many of the islands of the Caribbean, Barbados is heavily reliant on grandparents in the rearing and growth of a child in the family. Many of us have fond memories of grandparents who gave great advice (at times in the form of a parable or Bajan saying), were quick to share “licks”at any sign of bad behavior, provided warm nestling arms in times of trouble and were notorious for cooking up a storm. I’d watch my Granny move about in the kitchen to prepare dinners, snacks and lunches, and the dynamic duo of mummy and granny would whip up Christmas feasts that would be the envy of top chefs in restaurants around the island.

Granny’s Black Cake Ingredients 6lbs mixed dried fruits (raisins,currants, prunes, candied cherries) ½ lb mixed citrus peel 1 cup sweet red wine ½ cup rum ½ cup falernum 1 bottle Guinness stout (Optional) 2 lbs brown sugar 1½ tbsp mixed spice (cinnamon, clove, nutmeg etc) 1 lb unsalted butter 12 eggs 1 tsp vanilla essence 1¼ flour 1 lb almonds grounded 1 tsp salt Browning

One of the things they liked to make was Bajan Black cake. This decadent Rum soaked cake also known as Rum Cake or Great Cake is an island favourite. For many Bajans this cake is a Christmas tradition, but it is also quite commonly the cake of choice for Barbadian weddings as well. It bears some similarities to the British Plum Pudding, but has the Caribbean flair and favour, with one of the main ingredients being- rum! Fruits, such as cherries, raisins, and a bit of orange rind, are mixed, then left to soak in Bajan Rum for a minimum of two to three weeks. This gives the cake an especially strong, rum-infused, distinctive

flavour, and when finished baking the cake is still occasionally moistened with Rum or Falernum to preserve its freshness and to add an extra kick. Granny stored ours for as long as 2 months, and it always made great gifts and souvenirs to send to the folks back home.

Method 1. Combine fruit with wine, rum, falernum, Guinness and spices. Mix ingredients well and put in a jar; cover and allow mixture to steep for 3 weeks or more.

When ready to bake 2. 3. 4. 5.

Heat oven to 250 degrees F. Line 3 cake pans with waxed paper In a large bowl, Cream butter and sugar until fluffy In a seperate bowl, combine 2 tablespoons water to egg and essence. Whisk until light, then add to the butter mixture. 6. Combine the remaining dry products (flour, salt and ground almonds) in another bowl 7. Gradually stir flour mixture and fruit into butter mixture 8. Add browning to bring to a dark brown colour, similar to chocolate. 9. Gently pour or spoon mixture into prepared cake pans and cover with foil. Fill the pan ¾ full. 10. Bake for 2 ½ hours, reduce heat to 150 degrees F and bake for another 2 hours 11. Allow to cool before removing from pans. Keep leftovers stored in an airtight container. DOCKED | 65


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Favourite Food GIVE ME A PIECE UH PIE - MACARONI PIE

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n any given day of the week the phrase “I’d like to have a piece of pie” can be heard resonnating, time after time, from Bajan lunch eateries around the island.

sweet pepper, ketchup, seasonings and grated cheddar cheese. A common staple in almost every Bajan household, you are sure to find this dish offered in any restaurant with Bajan

This exceptionally popular island favourite is said to be the Bajan

cuisine; usually served with fried chicken or fish, and vegetables.

version of the American ‘mac and cheese’. It’s prepared by

Macaroni pie, or more simply ‘pie’ as it is normally called, is truly

baking together a combination of macaroni, milk, eggs, onions,

a sumptuous dish.You can try our recipe for this Bajan delight.

Ingredients 1 lb macaroni 1 green sweet pepper, chopped 2 tbsp paprika 1 tsp black pepper 2 tbsp mayonnaise 1 onion, chopped 2 tbsp French’s Mustard Fresh parsley, chopped 2 tbsp Bajan seasoning

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Method

1. Cook and drain the macaroni (do not overcook). 2. Transfer to a large bowl, and add ingredients mixing each ingredient in slowly (including 3/4 cheese).

3. Mix everything together with a spoon. 4. Place macaroni into a pyrex dish using the remaining 1/4 grated cheese on top as a crust.

5. Place in oven at 350°F. The pie is finished when top cheese starts to look slightly brown.


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fine wine a Must With Great Food! R ich flavourful Caribbean food & rum may be a main feature of the Bajan food scene, but Barbados also offers varying choices of food, Chinese, Brazilian, Italian, Greek, Mexican and a wide selection of fine wines that can make food and wine pairing exciting and fresh. If you generally enjoy sampling and experiencing various wines then you will be delighted to encounter the islands new exotic wines. However if you are a novice,

like many of us, and nothing seems remotely familiar on the sommeliers list, have no fear; just remember these basic tips to make pairing simple when dining out. The old adage “red wine-red meat, white wine-white meat,” still works quite well as a general principle. This is simply because a powerful, tannic red wine would simply overwhelm delicate white fish, while a light, refreshing white wine would be lost alongside your Kobe beef.

MEAL TYPE

ACCOMPANYING WINE

BARBEQUE

Wines can be both fruity and rich, zinfandel or rosè make good choices and sauvignon blanc’s are popular with seafood.

FRIED FOODS

Here sparkling wines are terrific but any crisp, dry, fruity wine, (white or red) should work well too.

CHINESE

Choose slightly sweet or off-dry wines, rosès or rieslings. With peking duck, try cabernet, merlot, pinot noir or zinfandel. Notably too much plum and hoisin sauces will kill any wine.

JAPANESE

Choose very cold, off dry, fruity white wines or any sparkling wine.

THAI

Rosé is the best choice but rieslings can also be a good bet. Warning—dry whites and reds are generally to be avoided.

MEXICAN

Try very cold, fruity, full-bodied sauvignon blancs and rosés. Pinot noirs will perform well, too. But Cabernet and merlots are not a good choice because the tannins and spices clash.

INDIAN

Choose full-bodied sparking wines and reds such as merlots and zinfandels or drier, full-bodied rosés.

MIDDLE EASTERN

Fruity wines, both red and white are favoured here.

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Provided by the Barbados Tourism Authority


in unda

sea!

There’s nothing better than a day at the beach. Picture a day in paradise: beautiful, turquoise waters, soft pink sand and endless sunshine … what could be better? Play in, on, around and under the ocean blue… Lounge beside or atop, soft lapping waves…Dine while overlooking the sea, or listen to an ocean song in a beach house for two. What will you do?

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f you desire a water adventure filled with fun and excitement, nothing beats the heart-racing, adrenaline-

pumping excitement of jet skiing! Action packed adventure waits across Barbados’ pure, blue surf. It’s your opportunity to slice and zip through the waves, on the ultimate thrill ride, and see another side of the island, its coastal landscapes; and if you keep your eyes peeled, you may spot a friendly turtle. Experience the unforgettable and addictive adventure of a ride on an exhilarating personal watercraft, and if that wasn’t enough, hop off and try waterskiing, tubing or the banana boat.

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PARASAILING Once you ride the wind you may never want to return to being just a regular “land lubber” again! Admire a bird’s eye view of the coast line of Barbados in a peaceful, uncluttered world just for you. No experience is required, we just hope that you aren’t afraid of heights - this ride soars up to 250ft above the ocean, an experience for just you or in tandem with a friend or loved one. It’s a breathtaking and thoroughly enjoyable experience.

STAND UP PADDLE BOARDING SUP (Stand Up Paddle boarding) may not quite be walking on water, but it’s as close as you may ever get to the experience. This Hawaiian sport is all the rage; popularized by competitions and events held worldwide. If you are not a surfer or familiar with a surf board then you may experience a sense of nervousness and anxiety at the thought of the deep blue beneath your feet, but the fun, the thrill and the ease of learning soon makes the experience comfortable and enjoyable.

NO CLUE HOW to get started or want to make the most of a SUP lesson? Then here are a few tips that will get you started!

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TEST YOUR SEA LEGS SLOWLY Don’t head out to the surf to soon! Try it first on low, flat water, where there’s less movement and you can get accustomed to the board beneath your feet.

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CHECK YOUR POSITION & STANCE The center handle of the board is the most stable location, so take a “wide”, comfortable stance over the handle to increase stability; as you get better, and more stable; you can try different positions to find your ultimate comfort zone.

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KEEP YOUR FOCUS Look at the water in front of you instead of at the board, it makes balancing much easier.

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HOLD YOUR PADDLE JUST RIGHT Hold your paddle with the blade tilted up or with the bend pointing towards the sky. If the blade is tilted down toward the ground or water, it is backward.

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SET THE RIGHT PACE It’s not a race – at least not yet! So start with small, easy strokes when you’re learning, then build to the power strokes later.

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USE SAFETY GEAR A leash will ensure you don’t loose your board and visa versa; the added protection of a life jacket makes good beach sense, in case anything goes wrong.

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TAKE A FRIEND OR A MORE EXPERIENCED PERSON ALONG Paddle with a friend or someone who can give you pointers on your techniques.

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DO TAKE IT SERIOUSLY Expect to lose your balance, tip over, fall off and try again. It may take a few tries before you get it right, but that’s simply a part of the fun. Enjoy!

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Beachy Beach Tips! Barbados is well known for its stunning - and top ranked, white, sandy beaches - enchanting, warm and oh so inviting. But a fantastic day at the beach can easily turn sour with sunburn, dehydration and poor awareness of your environment. So before you go…

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CONSIDER AN UMBRELLA, BROAD-RIMMED HAT, cover up and sunglasses between the peak sun hours of 10am and 2pm. LIMING AT THE BEACH can often involve caffeinated beverages and at times alcohol, but don’t forget your water. Experts suggest that individuals should have close to 1 liter of water for every hour that is spent in the sun.

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BEAUTIFUL, SUNNY, TROPICAL DAYS are fantastic but use sunblock, SPF 15 or higher, with UVA & UVB

A BIT ABOUT

CURRENTS

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Barbados’ beaches are typically safe but occasionally strong current or rip currents can 1 You would never have occur. experienced currents, riptides and undertow in a pool or lake so be careful. Rip currents are narrow, fast-moving belts of water 2 traveling offshore; they can occur at any beach with breaking waves. While it is very difficult to see rip currents, one must be cautious

protection that’s sweat and water proof, on all skin types. We suggest application every 30 minutes before you head out, with reapplication every two hours, especially if you are sweating or swimming. Oh! Don’t forget the special sunblock for your lips either.

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IF YOU CAN’T SWIM you should visit beaches with lifeguards and look for red flags which indicate strong currents and bigger waves. ENJOY WATER SPORTS SAFELY - It might sound obvious but avoid boogie boarding, swimming or surfing in waves that don’t match your capabilities. BE MINDFUL OF MANCHINEEL TREES which are sometimes found on the beach (usually marked with red paint) they carry a small fruit similar to a crab apple – DO NOT touch or eat this fruit! It is poisonous! In fact even standing under this tree during the rain can be hazardous, as dripping water from the tree can blister the skin and cause injury to the eyes.

LOOK FOR A channel of churning, choppy water moving out to sea. A3 line of foam, seaweed, or debris moving steadily seaward. IF YOU GET CAUGHT IN A RIP CURRENT • Don’t panic, instead conserve your energy, try to float and let it 4 you out. take • Swim parallel to the beach to

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beach to get out of the current and swim back at a 45-degree angle to avoid getting caught in the current again. If you are having trouble getting back, float or tread water, then yell or wave 5 your arms to attract attention. • ONLY attempt to help if you have a floatation device such as a surf board, boogie board or something large enough to accommodate two people.


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What’s Your Favourite Beach and Why?

brownes beach Richard S and 4 others like this

Richard S I grew up on that beach. Learned to swim there, learned to roast fish and breadfruit there. Even got sent home naked by a wave there (I was a mere 5yrs old) So I have a lot of history at that beach. Elliot S Central location, very calm water, has showers and restrooms, adequate parking, shade, lifeguard station and its lengthy so you can walk for exercise as well. Karen The water is usually nice and low, the beach is clean and the area is pretty safe Kimberley G You don’t have to worry about rocks in the water and it is clean and clear. Antonio Bus route, popular, close to hotel and town

Pebbles beach Keeley and 2 others like this Keeley It is nice and sandy with minimal rocks, and there’s a lovely snackette nearby and there are lifeguards. Armand The atmosphere, low tide and scenery. Shakina Nice atmosphere and great location.

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mullins beach Amanda and Trish like this Amanda Clean and calm. Trish Because you are treated well and the atmosphere is nice.

miami beach Neekaie and 4 others like this Neekaie has a nice picnic area and the water current is usually low Jessica Not many people go there so it’s usually nice and quiet. Tom It’s close to where we stay, pretty calm, good for sea bathing. Diane cool atmosphere Shelly Security and proximity

Bottom bay Sean likes this Sean It’s a beautiful, quiet hideaway, very picturesque and serene. The first whole day out with my then girlfriend, now wife, seemed like the perfect day. Camped out (had a tent) and picnic stuff and took many pictures by the sea and the rocks...

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Ideas for a

Romantic Day Beach at the

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or many of us, sunset walks along the shore conjure up images of love and romance. A day at the beach can be a refreshing reprieve from indoor dates, as it can be intimate, relaxing and most of all memorable. The scene is set, the location already oozes romance and natural beauty, now all you need is a good idea to put it over the top!

• Take your partner slow dancing Caribbean style. Imagine a slow walk on a

stunning beach, you’re holding hands, the sun sets, moonbeams begin to dance on the calm waters and you ask “May I have this dance?” Embrace your love and slow dance along the shore of the beach. The song of the ocean waves may be all you might need, but consider kicking it up a notch by playing a few slow tunes saved to your phone specifically for this purpose. Retire to a bottle of Moscato and make a wish upon a star that the night and your love will last forever. .

• Share a delicious picnic lunch or dinner on the beach with your significant other! A favourite dish from home or a store bought

picnic basket is sure to delight! Add a few battery operated tea lights, for after the sun sets and the romance factor skyrockets! Carry a blanket and enjoy chocolate dipped strawberries on the sand and for the real desert snuggle and enjoy each other! Dover beach is a perfect spot for this.

•For those couples who share an early bird passion or for those late nights that

run into mornings, take a drive to the east coast, carry a blanket or folding chairs and snuggle down to watch the sunrise. A quiet beach and a spectacular show of colors in the sky are the backdrop for your morning together. Carry along a small breakfast, (fruits, juice and a thermos of their morning favourite). To make your partner really feel special draw a heart in the sand or play kissing tag at the edge of the water! There is no experience quite like sharing a quiet beach with the person you love. As you plan the activity, remember to consider the personality of your date and choose an option that will give you the chance to talk, kiss and snuggle in surroundings where both of you can feel comfortable and safe.

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COAST TO CO BARBADOS’ SOUTH COAST Known as the ‘Fun Coast’, Barbados’ south coast shows off the gentle side to the ocean. These beaches enjoy more traffic from locals and visitors, and several are rife with water-sports, such as sailing, wind-surfing, scubadiving, kayaking and more. With a name like the ‘fun coast’ Its hard to suggest just one beach, but options include Accra ( Rockley Beach ) and Dover beach for starters.

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South Coast

BARBADOS’ WEST COAST

Also known as the “platinum coast” the west coast is a favorite for many look ing to experience a day of fun in the sun. Stretching from Bridgetown to St. Lucy , it is home to a slew of ocean adventur es; swim with the turtles, jet ski, snorkel over a sunken ship; or a gentle cruise over turquoise waters may be just what the doctor ordered. The West Coast is also home to man y restaurants and bars. Choose from a 5-star meal to a simple portion of fish n chips, relax with a refreshing beverage , or shop till you drop. It’s all available here. This month’s pick for the west is Brandon’s Beach, with its long stret ches of beautiful white sand and accessib le amenities.

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OAST BEACHES BARBADOS’ EAST COAST

Bathsheba

East Coast

The East Coast of Barbados faces the beautiful Atlantic Ocean. This coast is known to feature rugged stone formations with panoramic views of the sea. Swimming is not usually recommended here because of the rough nature of the Atlantic Ocean, however there are a few beaches and coves that swimmers can enjoy. Arguably the most beautiful of Barbados’ Coasts, the East Coast is a gem of stunning landscapes, cool breezes and rustic views and is a favourite for surfers. Brave adventurers may find their very own ocean cavern for a sea bath ( at low tide ) in Bathsheba.

BARBADOS’ NORTH COAST

many This enchanting coast has rito hin its ter ry. coastal gems nestled wit mended due Swimming is not recom ts that can to the strong sea curren er the years naturally occur here. Ov d rugged rough waters have create oramic sea coast lines and the pan amoung views that are a favourite photographers. ection is Port Our North West beach sel beautiful & St. Charles beach, quite charming.

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The Real of the

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hose who have had the opportunity to delve into the history of Barbados know that it reads like a story penned by one of the worlds literary giants.

Woven into an intricate web of mystery, suspense, drama, horror, romance and of course – ‘plenty action!’ For example, movies like Pirates of the Caribbean could easily have been inspired by the historic annals of Barbados; and instead of the now famous character Jack Sparrow, Johnny Depp would have played the notorious Stede Bonnet the island’s most ruthless buccaneer.

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A bust of Stede Bonnet currently on display at Arlington Museum

the

ballad of Bonnet magine a tale of pirates for sale, fierce warship battles, pillaging, plundering, rocky escapes, deals cut with the infamous Blackbeard the pirate, and death... that would be the tale of Stede Bonnet otherwise known as “the gentleman pirate”.

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Bonnet’s story doesn’t start in the typical Pirate fashion; he started out rich. At the start of 1717 Bonnet was a retired army general and a wealthy plantation owner residing in Barbados, the island of his birth. He was also an increasingly miserable husband of one and father of three. in fact, it is said that it was his dissatisfaction with his wife Mary and married life in general that drove him to a life of piracy despite having no knowledge of seamanship. While this lack of knowledge would prove to be a continuing issue with his crew, it was his cultured and military background that made him unique and would earn him the nickname of “the Gentleman Pirate”. Bonnet “The Gentleman” was noted to have actually paid to have his ship, “the Pirate Ship Revenge”, built from scratch and paid his

The flag of “The Revenge”

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“ ...it is said that it was his deteriorating relationship with his wife Mary that drove him to a life of piracy despite having no knowledge of ship board life.”

70+ crew steady wages, straying from the usual tradition of hijacking, forced labor and the sharing of the plundered spoils. In the dead of night, and without a word to family or friend Bonnet and “The Revenge” set sail in the spring of 1717. Before the first 6 months had passed Bonnet was famous, having savagely, ravaged the then current Eastern Seaboard of the United States, the Caribbean and the New England Coast, plundering many a ship, and damaging or burning at least 9 known vessels, including two Barbadian vessels destroyed to keep the secret of his new venture from reaching the island. His tyranny remained unchallenged until September 1717 when, while on route to a known pirate den in New Providence, Bahamas he came upon a Spanish Man of War, a heavily armed battle ship, usually equipped with up to 120 cannons; Bonnet’s ship had 10. A fierce battle ensued and the faster “Revenge” barely managed to escape. The battle nearly destroyed the ship, claimed the lives of roughly half Bonnets crew and left Bonnet nursing serious injuries. These injuries left Bonnet unfit to captain his ship, and while recovering he met and befriended a man called Edward Teach, better known as the fearsome Blackbeard, captain of the “Queen Anne’s Revenge”. The two men struck a deal that would allow Black to temporarily take command of the pirate ship “Revenge” until Bonnet recovered.


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Bonnet & Black For the next four months, the two worked together using three vessels to plunder roughly 27 more ships before amicably parted ways that December. Now on his own again, Bonnet returned to commanding his ship, but unfortunately by March of 1718 a failed vessel capture under his command left his crew untrusting the pirate’s ability to lead. This resulted in a “mutiny of sorts”, with the majority of his crew defecting to instead operate under Blackbeard’s command, leaving Bonnet to stay with the group simply as Blackbeard’s guest. Shortly thereafter, in an effort to secure the high seas the Governor of North Carolina offered both Bonnet & Blackbeard a full pardon; but only if they renounced piracy forever. Both accepted. By this time Bonnet had had enough of pirating and had planned to use his pardon and his ship to become a privateer (a private vessel contracted to attack enemy ships on behalf of the country). But in an ironic twist of fate when Bonnet returned to his ship to set sail he found he had been cleaned out – robbed – by Blackbeard. Poor Bonnet was now stuck in a precarious position, with no money, no supplies, very few men and very few options on how to raise money. His solution to this problem would seal his fate!

A BIT on a Pirate Aaaarrrrgggghhhh! Ahoy, me hearties! Shiver me timbers! and Ya Scurvy Dog, are all popular pirate phrases that Barbados’ very own pirates may have said when they were plundering the Caribbean seas. Here’s what they mean along with a few other pirate terms to have you talking like a pirate in no time. Aaaarrrrgggghhhh! exclaimation of discontent or disgust Ahoy, me Hearties! the same as saying “Hello, my friends!” Avast ye stop and check this out or pay attention Batten down the hatches put everything away on the ship and tie everything down because a storm is brewing Blimey! a cry of surprise Blow me down! an expression of shock of disbelief Blow the man down command to kill someone Dead men tell no tales leave no survivors Davy Jones’ Locker fabled, mythical place at the bottom of the ocean where the evil spirit of Davy Jones brings sailor and pirates to die

How it Unfolded July 1718 – In need of money, Bonnet opted to return to piracy, using an alias for himself “Captain Thomas” and renaming his ship “Royal James” (in an effort to attempt to keep his pardon). His wrath was swift and within one month he had ravaged at least 14 vessels and added two sloops to his fleet of pirate ships.

August 1718 – Bonnet headed to Cape Fear River to anchor, repair the ships and wait out the

Pieces of eight coins or found in pirate stashes Poop deck the part of the ship farthest to the back, usually above the captain’s quarters. Not the bathroom. Three sheets to the wind someone who is very drunk. One sheet is mildly drunk and four sheets is passed out. Shiver me timbers! An exclamation of surprise!” Ya Scurvy dog A mild insult used during conversation.

hurricane season.

September 1718 – Having Remained in Cape Fear too long, news of the pirates’ location reached the navy, who set off to capture the looting criminals. A fierce battle with the Navy left the pirates outnumbered and their vessel grounded forcing captain & crew to surrender.

Early October 1718– The pirates were arrested and brought to Charleston.

Late October 1718– Three weeks later Bonnet escaped and fled with three others to a nearby island.

November 1718– The hunt for

Bonnet left one companion shot dead and the other two wounded and led to Bonnets quick surrender. This time, again charged with piracy he was sentenced to death (as were the majority of his crew members). Notably it was reported that his incarceration led to a brief civil uprising that nearly led to the burning down of the town. Bonnet wrote to the Governor to ask for clemency and was denied - though this did gain him a stay of execution seven times.

December 1718 - Stede Bonnets’

reign of terror lasted just over one year - from the summer of 1717 to October 1718 - having escaped death in fierce gun ship battles, survived life threatening wounds and mutiny. He eventually paid for his crimes and on Dec 10th 1718 Bonnet was hanged for his crimes in Charleston. Overall Bonnet amassed a fortune large enough to place him at #15 on the Forbes 2013 list of Top-Earning Pirates, just 3 ranks below his former friend Blackbeard. Today a plaque commemorating Bonnet stands near Bonnet's Creek in Southport, North Carolina, on the Cape Fear River and an annual Stede Bonnet Regatta near Southport, commemorates the pirate's dash for the ocean to flee capture. Bonnet he has also been depicted in several video games, novels and television shows and information on the pirate can be found at the Barbados Museum, St. Michael & Arlington House in Speightstown.

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