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WELCOME NOTE

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elcome to the Bridgetown Cruise Terminals Inc. and our beautiful island, Barbados. We are pleased you have chosen us as part of your vacation getaway experience. There is nothing like a cruise vacation - but the time truly flies amidst all that fun. We have designed our cruise terminal with that crucial factor in mind, aimed at assisting you in making the best choices in the precious little time you will spend with us by providing services that range from tourist information and taxis, to products from local crafts and spices to duty free liquor and jewelry. Once you have disembarked the ship, do not be too shy to venture beyond the cruise terminal and sample a bit of the island. Be sure to visit our capital city, Bridgetown, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site since June 2011 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.

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 (#Cruisebarbados) or provide any comments. We wish you a day filled with beautiful memories and we encourage you to save the link to this site and continue to enjoy this publication even after you return home. Enjoy your stay in Barbados! Geoffrey Roach, CEO The Bridgetown Cruise Terminal

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Underwater Fun!


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acques Cousteau was onto something when he decided to spend his life, exploring and discovering the wonders that the world had to offer. Similarly, to truly experience Barbados to its fullest is to discover a complexity, a diversity, a sense of romance and peaceful calm that truly encapsulates island life and island living. This charming isle is a country soaked in contrasts; modern marvels stand next to historic relics and old and new traditions mix and mingle to create a delightful experience for the explorer at heart. And discovery is simply a matter of arming yourself with a map, a camera and taking a little time to find the hundreds of unspoilt coves, plains, byways or well kept secrets. Not an explorer? Then bask in the glorious weather, fall in love with smiling faces and marvel at the talents of our local artists and

Bathsheba St. Joseph

artisans. Hike over the little travelled highlands, scuba dive into the richly populated turquoise waters, consume the knowledge of the ages at a museum, rub shoulders with the elite at a polo match, or soak up the culture of the world at this year’s Holder’s season. Whatever your hearts’ desire you’ll find it here, on the shores of Barbados, and within the pages of Caribbean Dreams Magazine. With so much to do it’s easy to escape the frustrations of mundane day to day of living. Simply…

Read, Share, Explore…DREAM!

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CONTENTS 12 16 PHOTOHOLICS

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TOp 3 Bajan Delights Have a look at the things you shouldn’t miss out on while on island!

Sight Seeing

PLACES YOU SHOULD CHECK OUT!

Calendar of events

Foodie Guide

ALL ABOUT FOOD

ENDLESS BEACHES

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Day Trip on a budget

Come taste me hand!

40 Island heritage sites

The legacy of the island is a unique!

Ocean Adventures TONS OF WATER FUN

47 7 sexy foods 49 A Bajan’s favourite food

Beach Day check list

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Looking for a good reason to come to the Caribbean, then look no further! Beautiful beaches are at your disposal, take a moment to review and plan for your fun days ahead!

Explore the senses

Explore the senses

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PUBLISHER Caribbean Dreams Publishing

EDITOR IN CHIEF Nicole Niles CONTRIBUTORS C.A. Forde Lasonta John Simone Edwards

DESIGN & LAYOUT

Paul Massiah Diane Johnson SALES MANAGER

David Niles 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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EXTRA EXTRA! 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

Elf Babb

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!


EXTRA EXTRA! 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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FACILITIES The Beach For those of you who don’t want to venture too far, one popular beach nearby is Carlisle Bay. Located on the outskirts of Bridgetown, the famous Carlisle Bay (so named after the Earl of Carlisle James Hay who was the Lord Proprietor of Barbados in the 1600s), is one of the largest beaches on the island and is known for its shallow and calm waters. You can spend a relaxing day just watching the docked catamarans or explore the crystal clear blue waters. Carlisle Bay is also an underwater marine park as there

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P are six shipwrecks in the area; One said wreck is the Bajan Queen, the first party boat ever introduced to Barbados. She now spends her final days sunk there. These wrecks attract a number of species of marine life such as sea horses, reef squid and a colorful array of beautiful fish. Enjoy swimming, snorkeling, diving, glass bottom boats and several. You will also find bars, bars, beach facilities and other beach facilities on the store front, making it a convenient beach stop. So suit up and let’s dive in.

Parking Lifeguards on duty Picnic Tables & Benches Wheelchair accessibility Bathrooms, showers & changing rooms Arts & Crafts for sale Beach Equipment Rentals - Chairs, Umbrellas, Daybeds, Jet Skis, Sports Equipment etc


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The Shopping Before you head into Bridgetown the cruise terminal offers a wide variety of shops where you can indulge in arts and crafts, souvenirs luxury shopping and much more. Choose from over 20 shops that cater to all your shopping needs. Including Cave Shepherd, Diamonds International, Trendy Styles and Local Colours. But thats not all! Guess What? All shops offer duty free..

Just on the outskirts of the terminal you will find the Pelican village which caters mostly to crafts and artwork. Just beyond this “village” is the capital of Barbados and our busiest shopping area - Bridgetown. Here you will find banks, stores, tours, great liming spots and plenty of places to eat. So let’s go shopping.

Food & Drink

CUZZ FISH SHACK Just a stone’s throw away from Carlisle Bay is none other than the famous “Cuzz’s Fish Shack”. As you approach you can smell the sweet aroma of their grilled fish in the air. Long queues are sometimes the order of the day as customers wait for a taste of the delicious

GOLDEN APPLE JUICE and unique cutters for which Cuz has now become quite famous. Locating the shack is quite easy as it is painted a bright aquamarine. The Fish cutter with egg and cheese comes highly recommended, its a great stop for a local experience.

The local golden apple fruit is a Bajan favourite, enjoyed when ripe, made into Jams or delicious juice. Bajan tradition dictates that drinking golden apple juice is good for the skin and heart, so we suggest the next time you are in Barbados ask for a nice cold

glass of Golden apple juice with your meal to enjoy the delicious flavor and the health benefits. Click to download A Golden Apple Drink Recipe Click to access the recipe! DOCKED | 13


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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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2 Cold Shoulder Resort Wear Poncho

Hand crafted muticoloured long beaded necklace

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

3 Hand Crafted pattern stitched shirt

Hand crafted bronze & gold chunky necklace choker

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St. Nicholas Abbey This plantation style house is one of only three Jacobean styled mansions remaining in the Western Hemisphere. It was built by Benjamin Berringer in 1658, with Tudor arches, decorative chimneys and casement windows, synonymous with Jacobean style. This fantastic plantation styled house was once home to one of the largest sugar plantations and small refinery. Today you can relive the feel of this house built in the 1600s with some of the original pieces still there from 1810. Its close promixity to Cherry Tree Hill and the Morgan Lewis Windmill all form part of the rustic beauty of the north of the island.

REASONS TO CHOOSE MASSY STORES PHARMACY! Linked Computer System Once a prescription is filled at a Massy Stores Pharmacy, it can be refilled at ANY of our Massy Stores Pharmacy locations via email, call or fax.

7 Convenient Locations, Open 7 days per week* Worthing, Warrens, Cave Shepherd Broad Street, Sky Mall, Six Roads, Oistins & now re-opened at Price Lo Supermarket, Sargeant’s Village! *Except pharmacy location at Cave Shepherd, Broad Street and Dispensary at Sargeant’s Village, Ch. Ch. Sunset Crest pharmacy temporarily closed for renovation, to re-open mid-November 2017.

BARP Members earn 3X MASSY POINTS Everyday!** BARP MEMBERS EARN TRIPLE POINTS EVERYDAY AT ALL MASSY STORES SUPERMARKETS, SUPERCENTRE WARRENS, EXPRESS SIX ROADS AND PHARMACY LOCATIONS ** Some Pharmaceutical items are exempted. Special conditions apply.

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THE GAZEBO

When you dream of relaxing on a pristine tropical caressed by gently lapping waves with the beverage of your choice, a traditional Barbadian lunch or flying fish sandwich and just that right mix of rustic and sophistication; then the Gazebo is calling. Whether your choice is the tranquil west coast or the rugged and exciting East coast – The Gazebo’s two locations can provide the experience. Uniquely situated on Barbados’ Platinum Coast, our flagship and premier location is less than five minutes walking distance from the Caribbean’s finest and world renowned hotel resort. This makes the Gazebo experience one which our guests treasure – the ability to enjoy a truly Barbadian cuisine and lifestyle with all its traditional, indeed rustic charm while mingling with the island’s people, our visitors and international celebrities from Paynes Bay Beach the music, entertainment and business world as they enjoy ST. JAMES the island’s finest beach. (246) 232-0888 thegazebo@live.com

The Gazebo’s concept from its inception was to provide a memorable, warm, and relaxed experience to its patrons. To create excitement like “wow I never knew this was here” and thoughts of “why didn’t anyone think of doing this before” in relation to the experience. The fresh fish, lamb burgers and traditional dishes are all flavoured with Caribbean seasonings and prepared to order, grilled in an open kitchen while you observe.

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PH toholics Cherry Tree Hill Imagine standing on a hill and taking in a little piece of heaven, now open your eyes‌ you are at Cherry Tree Hill. Situated 850 feet above sea level, Cherry Tree Hill affords one a panoramic view of the Scotland District in St. Andrew. It was so named for the numerous cherry trees that once littered the area. Located in the parish of St. Peter, it forms an intrinsic part of the islands historic St. Nicholas Abbey, which it borders‌keep reading we mention it later.

Animal Flower Cave Located in the most northerly part in Barbados, in the parish of St. Lucy, the cave gets its name from the sea anemones found in the large natural pools found at the base of the cave. Some visitors have been know to enjoy a swim in these natural waters but be warned sometimes it can be quite cold frigid.

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CARVETTE APARTMENTS

Carvette Guest House and Apartments is a tropical, family owned business located in Christ Church, Barbados. On site is a three bedroom guesthouse and four (4) studio apartments, which are comfortably outfitted and fully selfcontained. #2 Maxwell Gardens CHRIST CHURCH

(246) 236-3194 or (246) 423-0039 carvetteapartments @gmail.com

Carvette is located minutes from the airport and just a few steps away from the breathtaking Dover Beach and 10 minutes away from the famous Oistins. Whether on holiday, visiting family, conducting business on island, long or short term rental, Carvette is the place for you. Their friendly management has all the experience needed to help ensure that your stay is a great one. It’s truly ideal for any holiday. Sit Back, Relax and Enjoy Barbados with Carvette Guest house and Apartments.

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Morgan Lewis Windmill This windmill is one of only two remaining in the world and stands as a reminder of the booming sugar industry celebrated by Barbados in the 17th Century. It ceased grinding in 1947 but remained a historic landmark until “recently� when the Barbados National Trust restored the facilities. Visit the location to see how the sugar was ground all those years ago. Regular tours are conducted during the months of December to April.

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Hackleton Cliff Located on the border of St. Joseph and St. John, is one of the highest points in Barbados, Hackleton Cliff. Legend has it that the cliff gets its name from Mr. Hackleton, who is said to have ridden his horse off the cliff, committing suicide. This spot offers a perfect view of the East Coast, and on a clear day you can see from the north of the island to Ragged Point in the South.

The Crane Beach Once Rated as one of the ten best beaches in the World by Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, Crane Beach is a must visit when in Barbados. It’s pink sands and beautiful blue waters make it a great spot to relax, unwind and watch passing sea turtles. DOCKED | 21


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CALENDER OF EVENTS JANUARY

H IGH L IGH T S

New Years Day

1

National Holiday

Watching the fireworks with friends or family is one of the most popular customs in Barbados on Old Years Night. The most Popular viewing spots include: Browns Beach, Sandy Lane Beach, the South Coast & West Coast Board Walks, Trevor’s Way & Sunset Ridge!

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1 31 TO

RE-Discover Restaurant Programme

www.re-discover.com

7 28 TO

FULL MOON BNT Hike Barbados

Every Sunday 6 am & 3:30 PM

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The Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series Characters of Bridgetown Walking Tour

ERROL BARROW DAY

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National Holiday

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Barbados Horticultural Society

TO

Flower & Garden Show

Professional Cricket League Regional 4 day

4TO7 11TO14 18TO21

Barbados vs Windward Islands Barbados vs Guyana Barbados vs Jamaica

Polo Matches

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Apes Hill 4 Goal Barbados Cancer Society Charity Day Polo Mount Gay Regatta Event Villages/ Ladies Tour

FEBRUARY

H IGH L IGH T S

TO

Holetown Festival

This festival commemorates the landing of eighty English settlers at Holetown (previously Jamestown) in 1627. It features music, arts and craft exhibitions, competitions, local food and an exciting weekend street fair!

Polo Matches

1 6 10 25

3 10 &

www.holetownfestivalbarbados.org

4 25 TO

3 4 TO

Girlfriends Expo Concorde Experience

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Villages/ Ladies Tour Polo Canada - Holders & Apes Hill Apes Hill 6 Goal Polo Cheshire Tour

Horse Racing

Garrison Savannah

Holders Organic Farmer’s Market & Country Lime Every Thursday

BNT Hike Barbados

Every Thursday 6 am & 3:30 PM

5 26 TO

Dinner with George Washington Dinner Theatre Every Monday

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Canepiece to Cask

Stories from St. Nicholas Abbey

4 11 18 25

Taylor’s Cycle Centre Offshire Regatta Tiki Bar J/24 Regatta Taylor’s Cycle Centre Dinghy Regatta (2) Claytons Kola Tonic Veteran’s Cup J/24 Regatta

PHOTOS: /GIRLFRIENDSEXPO | BTMI | RUNBARBADOS.ORG | BARBADOSCHOCOLATEFESTIVAL.COM

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The Careenage Bridgetown DOCKED | 23


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MARCH

CALENDER OF EVENTS

H IGH L IGH T S

3

Sandy Lane Gold Cup

www.barbadosturfclub.org

4 25 TO

FULL MOON

BNT Hike B’dos Every Sunday 6 am & 3:30 PM

APRIL

4 25 TO

7 11 TO

Polo Matches

8 25

Buttals Barbados Open

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Oistins Fish Festival

Caribbean Fine Arts Fair - CaFA

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Spa Decadent The Event

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Sandals Five Star Global Gourmet Various

Digicel B’dos Reggae Festival Various Locations

Polo Matches

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Every Sunday

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Oistins, Christ Church

H IGH L IGH T S

Join us in Paradise for the 14th Annual Digicel Reggae Festival! Highlights include: The Reggae Beach Party, Vintage Reggae Night, the Reggae Party Cruise and of course the ever popular, and main event, Reggae on the Hill.

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Hickstead Tour Apes Hill & Holders

Every Sunday

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George Washington House Every Monday

Holder Organic Farmers Market & Country Lime

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Holders Organic Farmer’s Market & Country Lime

Dinner with George Washington Dinner Theatre

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Oistins, Christ Church

National Holiday

DJ Cats Polo Apes Hill & Holders BPC Buttals Tournament Apes Hill Ladies International

Barbados Chocolate Festival

Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre

Oistins Fish Festival

EASTER MONDAY

Ferne Park Polo Apes Hill

4 8 TO

Vujaday Music Festival

Various locations around the island

26 29 TO

Sir Garry Sobers Festival of Golf Various Golf Courses

28 30

NATIONAL HEROES DAY

National Holiday

FULL MOON

PHOTOS: www.bushyparkbarbados.com | /BRIGHTONFARMERSMARKET | www.barbadosturfclub.org | BTMI

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The Garrison Savannah

Horse racing in Barbados is a time honoured tradition and this Annual event is said to be the most prestigious horse race in the Caribbean! It attracts thousand to the Savannah each year to cheer for their favourites and It’s an event that’s not to be missed!

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MAY

H I GH L IGH T S

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Sol Rally King of the Hill

The Barbados Rally Club hosts the “final shakedown” before Sol Rally Barbados 2017. This highly anticipated Flow King of the Hill put the driving skills of the participants and the quality of their cars to the ultimate test and attracts participants from around the world to take on the challenge!

www.rallybarbados.bb

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Boatyard J/24 Regatta

JUNE

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TO

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6 27 TO

Holders Organic Farmer’s Market & Country Lime Every Sunday

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Horse Racing

The Garrison Savannah

18 21 TO

B’dos International Masters Football Festival www.bimff.biz

Various Locations www.rallybarbados.bb

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Barbados Restaurant Week

Variety’s Annual Row for Charity Bay Street, St. Michael

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Barbados Restaurant Week contd.

Sol Rally Barbados

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FULL MOON

barbadosgospelfest.com

H IGH L IGH T S

www.varietybarbados.org

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Barbados Gospel Fest

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Every Sunday, 6 am & 3:30 PM

Crowds flock to Carlisle Bay to view this annual Charity Event. Watch teams compete to be the best in a series of kayaking relay events. It is a great family fun day and all proceeds go towards a good cause.

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BNT Hike B’dos

24 1 2 1 3

Celtic Festival Barbados

TO

TO

1 31 TO

RE-Discover Restaurant Programme

www.re-discover.com

3 24 TO

Holders Organic Farmer’s Market & Country Lime Every Sunday

7 28 TO

23

Horse Racing

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FULL MOON

The Garrison Savannah

BNT Hike Barbados

Every Thursday 6 am & 3:30 PM

Changing of the Sentry at The Main Guard Every Thursday @ 12pm

9 10 24 30

Lucky Horseshoe J/24 Regatta Lucky Horseshoe J/24 & Offshore Regatta Massy Stores Dinghy Regatta (2) Harris Paints J/24 Regatta

PHOTOS: varietybarbados.org | IG/ barbadosreggaefestival |

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LABOUR DAY

National Holiday

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TEL: (246) 231-5357

E-mail: toursrcr@hotmail.com www.rcrtours.com

RCR One Stop

$ USD Prices Adults Child

Any Garden (Orchid, Huntes, Petrea, Andromeda, Flower Forest, Welchman Hall) $70.00

Cave Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wild Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Abbey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Banks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Animal Flower Cave . . . . . . . . . . . Sunday At Sunbury . . . . . . . . . . . . Piratescove Beach & Snokel . . . . Wax Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

RCR Half Day Tours

$ USD Prices Adults Child

Abbey & Wild Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . Abbey & Any Garden . . . . . . . . . . Cave & Abbey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cave & Wild Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cave & Submarine . . . . . . . . . . . . Cave & Mountgay . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cave & Welchman Hall . . . . . . . . Cave & Any Garden . . . . . . . . . . . Cave & Medfords . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cave & Animal Flower Cave . . . . . Clay ,wood & Wax . . . . . . . . . . . . . Potters Craft & Rum . . . . . . . . . . . . Welchman Hall & . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gun Hill Signal Station . . . . . . . . . . Welchman Hall & Any Garden . . . Wild Life & Any Garden . . . . . . . . .

- NEW TOURS

$70.00 $60.00 $70.00 $45.00 $55.00 $60.00 $70.00 $40.00

$45.00 $45.00 $35.00 $45.00 $90.00 $40.00 $40.00 $60.00 $25.00

$85.00 $80.00 $90.00 $90.00 $175.00 $90.00 $85.00 $90.00 $75.00 $100.00 $75.00 $65.00 $65.00

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$70.00 $70.00

$45.00 $45.00

RCR Full Day Tours

$ USD Prices Adults Child

Cave & Pirates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $100.00 Cave/Abbey/Wild or Flow.F/Lun . $130.00 Welch. Hall or Hunt/Abbey/Wild/Lun $115.00 Garden Delight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $115.00 Cave /Critters/ Pirates . . . . . . . . . . $140.00 Pottery/Cave/Garden/Lunch/Abbey $135.00 Top 3 Cave or Abbey/Garden/Lunch/Wild $115.00 De Island Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $85.00 Coast to Coast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $75.00

$75.00 $70.00 $85.00 $85.00 $90.00 $75.00 $85.00 $45.00 $45.00

De Island Tour

This tour covers Earthworks Pottery, Andromeda Gardens, Wildlife Reserve, St. Johns Church, East Coast, Bathsheba & Lunch

Coast To Coast

We’ll drive along the coast, passing through all of the towns and making stops at North Point, Cherry Tree Hill, St. John Church, Bathsheba, and Sunbury Plantation House for a tour and lunch

Banks Breweries Tour Visit the home of the best beer in the Caribbean. Our new state of the art Brewery and Visitor’s Centre. Tour includes Transport, Brewery and 2 Beverages

Clay,Wood & Wax Tour Earthworks Pottery then travel a short distance to Medford Mahogany and on to the south coast to Caribbean Wax Museum.


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what you need to

Know! 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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LL COOL J The oh so sexy LL Cool J, rapper and current NCIS: Los Angeles star, is the grandson of a Barbadian.

With Bajan pioneers in every field, Charles was the first black United States Secret Service agent. His father was a Bajan.

STACEY DASH

This stunning actress & model has a Barbadian father.

BArbadians!

“If Yuh Proud to be a Bajan, Put all yuh flags up, put all your flags up, and if you represent we nation let me see flags up!”

LAMAN RUCKER

ERIC HIMPTON HOLDER, JR

GWYNETH PALTROW

In 2011 Gwyneth visited our shores tracing her ancestry; turns out her great-grandmother, & great grandfather were Bajans.

DOUG E. FRESH

“Teach me how to Dougie, Teach me, Teach me, How to Dougie!” Yup! This song & dance are about the beat boxer, producer and rapper, Barbadian born Doug E. Fresh.

Famous

These popular words,

Cutie pie Lamman Rucker best know for Meet The Browns is the grandson of columnist Ebenzer Ray, who was born and raised in Barbados.

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CHARLES GITTENS

from the song “Colours” by Natalie Burke & Shontelle, don’t only hold true for the average Bajan Joe. Many internationally acclaimed individuals frequently go on record to talk about their Bajan pride, heritage and influences. Most people know our diamond in the sky, Rihanna, and other names like Shontelle and Sir Garfield Sobers also hail from these shores but looka who else is a Bajan or has Barbadian roots!

The 82nd Attorney General of the United States and the first African American to hold this post. Holder’s father?A Bajan!

MEAGAN GOOD

Her grandfather from her father’s side is a Barbadian. That makes the “Think Like A Man” star part Bajan.

CUBA GOODING JR

Actor Cuba Gooding, Jr, his brother, actor Omar Gooding, and their father (singer from the Main Ingredient) Cuba Gooding, Sr. are all Barbadian descendants. Jr’s grandfather and great grans were all Bajans.

GRAND MASTER FLASH

The first hip hop/rap artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a Bajan - Grandmaster Flash was born Joseph Saddler, in Bridgetown Barbados.


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Head to the beach and enjoy a quiet relaxing day of sunbathing and swimming.

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Go to a local restaurant and have a Bajan meal. If you are in Bridgetown visit Hunter’s Bar on Tudor Street and try a ham cutter.

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Take a walk in Queens Park located in Bridgetown or just along one of the many Boardwalks around the island and enjoy the scenery.

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Sing a Karaoke song Many bars in Barbados have these machines! So grab some friends and go have a blast. On Thursdays ask someone about Q in the Community!

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Take a bus ride it’s only USD$1, the blue and yellow ones are heavily patronized by the local market and the ride can be quite the experience for a visitor to the island.

Attend a poetry reading, this is a great experience for the whole family. Ask the concierge of any readings expected nearby.

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Find a rum shop and socialize with the locals - Enjoy the atmosphere and the drinks, Banks beers at happy hour are usually 5 and even 4 for $10.

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Enjoy a tour of the islands largest Museum, it’s only USD$10 for visitors to get a glimpse of Barbados’ past.

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Window shop - Enjoy all the great shops across the island Head to Limegrove to access Duty Free pricing on Exclusive Designer Brands.

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BRIDGETOWN AKA “TOWN” The city of Bridgetown is Barbados’ largest city, and the commercial centre of the island. With an estimated population of 90,000, this St. Michael town was established by the English settlers in 1628; it was the second town to be settled in Barbados and quickly became one of the main shipping ports in the Caribbean.

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When the settlers arrived, at what is now called Bridgetown, they discovered a basic bridge, built over a mosquito-infested swamp, in the area of the Careenage. Believing the bridge to be built by the Arawak’s, an indigenous Indian people who once resided in Barbados, they named the area ‘Indian Bridge’. Despite the swamp, the location overlooked Carlisle Bay and was

NATIONAL HEROES SQUARE Once called Trafalgar Square, National Heroes Square is positioned in the heart of Bridgetown, on the northern shore of the Careenage River. Some visitors may be surprised to find that one of the significant monuments found within this square is a statue of Admiral Lord Nelson which was erected in 1813; a testament to Britain’s pervading influences at the time. The statue predates the more famous Nelson’s Column, located in England’s, Trafalgar Square, by roughly 30 years. At the time, Barbadians felt a strong connection to Nelson, who died in 1805 in England’s Battle of Trafalgar, only 6 months after

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Today, Bridgetown is a hive of activity; as the commercial centre of Barbados, there is no lack of restaurants & shops, from high-end duty-free boutiques to basic street vendors. Visitors can shop and then enjoy many of the historic and culturally significant sites and monuments that make Bridgetown famous.

visiting Barbados in command of the British fleet. Trafalgar Square was renamed National Heroes Square in 1999, in honour of ten of Barbados’ most outstanding heroes, who were involved in all aspects of the countrys development. To further honour them, a National Heroes Museum highlighting their ahievements, lies nearby in the Parliament Buildings; open Monday to Saturday, from 9am to 4pm. Notably, the Square is not without controversy; to date some Barbadians are of the opinion that the statue should be removed from the Square because Lord Nelson is not recognised as a National Hero.

THE BARBADOS CENOTAPH Also found in National Heroes Square is the Barbados Cenotaph, featuring Barbados’ Coatof-Arms; the four-sided war memorial was originally built in 1921 to commemorate the Barbadian soldiers who died in World War I (1914-1918), and has since also been inscribed with the names of Barbadians who

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the perfect place to develop a port with a safe harbor; soon Bridgetown was alive with the bustle of travellers, traders and workers carrying bananas, mangoes and barrels of rum from the merchant ships. Eventually the name ‘Bridgetown’ was coined, and in 1654, the town was renamed such. That same year the town was plagued by cholera and some 20,000 inhabitants died from its effects.

died in World War II (1935-1945). Constructed of grey granite and coral stone, this structure is reported to be the only obelisks in the world without a pyramid-shaped top. Yearly on Nov 11th, Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day) a ceremonial parade and laying of wreaths takes place at this site.

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THE BARBADOS DOLPHIN FOUNTAIN This 1865, Dolphin Fountain is yet another historic monument found within The National Heroes Square. The fountain features three dolphins, releasing water from their mouths into the base pool; it

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THE PUBLIC (PARLIAMENT) BUILDINGS The Parliament of Barbados is the 3rd oldest parliamentary body in the world, following Britain and Bermuda, and dates back to as early as 1639. It is currently the home of the Parliament of Barbados, and has been the meeting place for both chambers of Parliament (the House of Assembly and the Senate) since the 16th June, 1874.

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Originally called the Public Buildings, Barbados’ Parliament Buildings’ have many striking features including its West Wing clock tower, which has a 14ft long pendulum and copper dials, 7ft in diameter. In the East Building, stained glass windows depict British kings, queens and dignitaries from King James I, to Queen Victoria and Oliver Cromwell.

was erected using funds donated by the towns citizens to commemorate the introduction of piped water into Bridgetown in 1861.Work on the surrounding gardens, including the planting of a rare cannonball tree, began in 1882.

The coral limestone buildings of Neo Gothic Architecture, were completed in 1874; they replaced the previous buildings, which had been destroyed by the Bridgetown fire of 1668. With the first parliamentary building having burnt to the ground, Parliament was forced to meet in homes and public taverns. Today interested visitors are welcome to watch the House of Assembly proceedings every Tuesday.

THE CHAMBERLAIN BRIDGE The Chamberlain Bridge was originally a manually operated swing bridge, built in 1872, over the Careenage River (Constitution River to the locals). As legend has it the original swing bridge replaced an older, crude bridge used to span the inlet. This was said to have been built by the Arawak’s the islands earliest inhabitants. As a result the early British settlers aptly named this wooden bridge ‘Indian Bridge’ and it

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Bridgetown is an interesting and relatively easy, city to walk, explore and tour. In a few hours, one can experience a tour rich with history, take snapshots and capture a true essence of

is from this bridge that the city gets its name. The Bridge is named after Joseph Chamberlain, the former British Secretary of State for the Colonies, who helped to keep the islands economy afloat through favourable grants and loans. The manual swing bridge was replaced in 2006 by a modern, horizontally swinging, lift bridge, 39ft in length, which converts to a pedestrian walkway

the islands culture, then and now. Follow this free selfguided tour with the only requirements: sturdy shoes, comfortable clothing, sunblock, a hat, a bottle of water and a camera.

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BRIDGETOWN THE INDEPENDENCE ARCH This Bridgetown monument was built in 1987, at the southern end of the Chamberlin Bridge to mark the island’s 21st year of independence. Barbados was regarded as a British colony until November 30th, 1966 when it gained political independence. As such, the Independence Arch has several symbols of Barbados’ heritage and culture designed into it. The top of the arch - The Coat of Arms bears the

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national motto: ‘Pride and Industry’. Along the two sides Four national symbols: the broken trident (symbolizing the break away from Britain), the dolphin (for Barbados’ fishing industry), the pelican (for Pelican Island), and the Pride-ofBarbados (the national flower). At the base of the arch Barbados’ National Pledge. On each side – A picture of the Father of the Nation, the late Right Excellent Errol Walton Barrow. (The island’s first Prime Minister)

INDEPENDENCE SQUARE Independence Square is a ‘waterpark’, located on the Careenage waterfront, just east of the Independence Arch. It is a peaceful place to relax; an oasis of calm amidst the hustle and bustle of the city. There are two large fountains, an amphitheater, glazed walls, sculptured seats, paving mosaics and bathroom facilities; its architecture is said to

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ST. MARY’S CHURCH Built in 1825, St. Mary’s Church was constructed on the grounds of the, then, St. Michael’s Parish Church. St. Michael’s, then a wooden church, was to be relocated, but was destroyed by a hurricane in 1780, before this could occur. It would be another forty-five years before St. Mary’s Church was actually constructed on the site (the second oldest piece of consecrated land in Barbados). This location is ripe with history: their majestic, silk, cotton tree was once known as the ‘Justice

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be a modern spin on colonial days. Formerly a car park, it is now landscaped with plants, trees, and benches. A main feature of this square is the 9ft Statue of the Right Excellent Errol Walton Barrow, who was the first Prime Minister of Barbados, National Hero and Father of Barbados’ Independence. Acts such as Diana Ross and the Supremes performed here in 1966 to celebrate Barbados’ independence.

Tree’ and was used for public hangings. A former Governor of Barbados, William Tufton, was said to have been shot under Justice Tree on allegedly fabricated charges by his predecessor. And within the graveyard lies Samuel Jackson Prescod, a National Hero and the first non-white person to be elected to the national parliament. The brick, Gregorian styled, Anglican Church, features a jalousied south porch, a barrelvaulted ceiling, a large red roof, and a century old clock which is attached to the church tower. Provided by the Barbados Tourism Authority

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THE TOM ADAMS FINANCIAL CENTER (CENTRAL BANK BUILDING) At 10 stories, the Central Bank stands the tallest building in Barbados, at a cost of US $30

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million the structure is also home to a 500-seat concert theater (the Frank Collymore Concert Hall), which is used for shows, exhibits, performing arts, lectures & meetings.

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QUEEN’S PARK Queen’s Park was originally established as the residence of the commander of the British Troops, in the West Indies. Formerly known as King’s House, before the ascension of Queen Victoria to the throne, it is now owned by Government and managed by the islands’ National Conservation Commission. In the early 1900’s, after the withdrawal of the British

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After changing hands several times, in 1983, the government seized the property and since 1985 the Barbados National Trust has owned it. The Neo-Gothic building, which is still open for religious services, is home to a museum, a unique drinking Montefiore Fountain and a spring-fed Mikvah (ritual bath, rediscovered by archeologists in 2008 ). The adjoining Jewish cemetery, which is still in use, has tombstones dating back to the 1630s. Opening Hrs: Mon – Fri: 9am – 12pm and 1pm to 4pm.

Regiment from Barbados, the property was handed over to the Government; the park was opened on 10th June 1909. On site is a stately African Baobab tree, roughly 1000 years old. It has a commanding 61.5-foot circumference, which would need 15 adults with outstretched arms to circle the trunk. As such it is said to be the largest known tree in Barbados.

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THE NIDHE ISRAEL SYNAGOGUE & MONTEFIORE FOUNTAIN This Jewish Synagogue is said to be the first one to be built in the Western Hemisphere. Built by Jews from Recife, Brazil who were fleeing from harsh Dutch treatment. They brought with them their skills and expertise in the sugarcane industry, which had previously been unexplored on the island. The Synagogue, which was completed in 1654, was destroyed by hurricane in 1834, rebuilt in 1933, then subsequently sold in 1929.


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Island Heritage Sites

Valued objects, cultural traditions, unspoiled countryside, and historic buildings passed from generation to generation…that’s heritage! The heritage of Barbados is no different and the legacy of the island is a unique blend of historical, architectural & natural beauty inherited by us all.

For lovers of all things historic, take a step back in time to one of these locations • SUNBURY • THE BARBADOS MUSEUM

• GEORGE

WASHINGTON HOUSE & MUSEUM

• NIDHE ISRAEL MUSEUM

• ST. NICHOLAS ABBEY

• BARBADOS

NATIONAL HEROES GALLERY AND MUSEUM OF PARLIAMENT

• SPRINGVALE

ECO-HERITAGE MUSEUM

• TYROL COT

HERITAGE VILLAGE

• HUTSON SUGAR MUSEUM

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SUNBURY PLANTATION HOUSE

stories. Its fun for the whole family.

St Philip

This beautifully restored, great house, originally built by Matthew Chapman, an Irish/English planter, is more than 300 years old. The house is open for public viewing, and a tour through this great house is a virtual step back in time. Sunbury is home to the largest collection of antique horse-drawn carriages in the Caribbean as well as antique furniture, silver, glassware, china, beautifully landscaped grounds and century old machinery. The venue is a pleasant place for Sunday lunch or an afternoon outing. (246) 423-6270 Daily 9:30am – 4:30pm

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The African Exhibition “Connections and Continuities” highlighting the geographical and demographic diversity of the continent.

THE BARBADOS MUSEUM & HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Garrison Savannah, St. Michael The Barbados Museum and Historical Society is housed in the historic buildings of the former British Military Prison at St Ann’s. The prison, whose upper section was built in 1817 and lower section in 1853 is one of only twelve such prisons constructed anywhere in the British Empire and as such it is unique to the region. Main displays and features of the Barbados Museum include:

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The Children’s Gallery An exiting, interactive, exhibit specially tailored to younger minds to touch, and interact with. Play “dress up” as a Zouave soldier, an African prince or a mulatto girl and listen to enthralling historic

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The Decorative Arts Gallery This gallery highlights the furnishings / lifestyle of the Planter class during the mid 18th to late 19th century. Set in four period rooms (a master bedroom, nursery, dining room and living room)

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The Natural History Gallery An ecological treasure trove on our coral reef, mangrove swamps, marine life and the island’s local & migratory birds.

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he museum is also home to, a military gallery, a large fine arts gallery, print gallery and the Jubilee Gallery (Highlighting 4000 years of human development in Barbados) (246) 427- 0201 Mon - Sat 9am-5pm


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GEORGE GEORGE WASHINGTON WASHINGTON HOUSE HOUSE & & MUSEUM MUSEUM

Bush Bush Hill, Hill, St. St. Michael Michael A close close neighbour A neighbour of of The The Barbados Barbados Museum Museum is is George George Washington Washington House, House, this this former former plantation plantation house, house, known known at at the the time time as as ‘Bush ‘Bush Hill Hill House’ House’ was was the the two-month two-month residence residence of of the the United United States’ States’ first President, first President, George George Washington, Washington, and and his his ailing ailing half-brother, half-brother, Lawrence Lawrence Washington Washington in in 1751. 1751. Barbados Barbados was was the the only only country country Washington Washington ever ever visited visited outside outside colonial colonial America America and and Washington Washington marked marked his his two-month two-month stay stay with with several several journal journal entries entries in in his his diary. diary. Visitors experience experience a a Visitors guided guided tour, tour, short short film film and and interactive interactive museum museum highlighting highlighting Barbados’ Barbados’ social, social, economic, economic, and and political political conditions. conditions. 246 228-5461 246 228-5710 Mon -Fri 9am–4:30pm

BARBADOS NATIONAL HEROES GALLERY AND MUSEUM OF PARLIAMENT Bridgetown

Originally called “the Public Buildings”, the gothic, coral stone structure is the location of the Parliament of Barbados, and has been the weekly meeting place for both the upper (Senate) and lower house (House of Assembly) of Parliament since 16 June 1874. These buildings are not only home to the 3rd

oldest parliament in the Commonwealth but the walls of the West Wing are also home to the Barbados Museum of Parliament and the Barbados National Heroes Gallery. Enter these interactive museums and discover the history of Barbados’ Parliament and the contributions made to Barbados by ten of the island’s most outstanding national heroes. 246 310-5400

ST. NICHOLAS ABBEY ST. NICHOLAS ABBEY Cherry Tree Hill, St. Peter

Cherry Tree Hill, St. Peter As we previously Built in 1658, Nicholas indicated, St. St. Nicholas Abbey is one of ONLY three genuine Jacobean mansions in the Western Hemisphere. Barbados is home to two of these mansions, St. Nicholas Abbey and Drax Hall. The Abbeys beautifully landscaped grounds, perfectly preserved buildings and the incredible view atop Cherry Tree Hill are all well worth the drive. When you arrive take a tour through the great house, admire the architecture and historical furnishings, short very view a short, rare rare 1930s 1930s film andthe hear film and hear former the former tale owners taleowners of crime and of crime and tragedy. Nexttragedy. explore the Next operational explore the steam fully fully operational mill mill and rumsteam distillery, and rum distillerySt. used used to produce to produce St. Nicholas Nicholas Abbey Rum . Abbey Rum an enjoyable Its an enjoyable way to way tothe spend spend day.the day. 246 228-5461 246 228-5710 Mon -Fri 9am–4:30pm

THE BRIDGETOWN SYNAGOGUE

(The Nidhe Israel Jewish Museum) Highlighted in our Bridgetown feature, the Nidhe Israel Jewish Synagogue is said to be the first synagogue built in the Western Hemisphere. It was built by Jewish immigrants from Recife, Brazil who were fleeing from harsh Dutch treatment and looking for somewhere to settle. They brought with them their skills and expertise in the sugarcane industry, previously unexplored on the island. Built in 1654, this Synagogue was destroyed by a hurricane in 1834, rebuilt, subsequently disregarded and ultimately resold in 1929. After changing ownership several times, the Jewish Synagogue was then seized by the Barbados Government in 1983 and handed over to the Barbados National Trust in 1985. The buildings highlights include Gothic architectural features, a museum and a 17th century spring-fed mikvah (ritual bath) discovered by archaeologist, Michael Stoner, in 2008.

SPRINGVALE ECO-HERITAGE MUSEUM

Scotland District, St. Andrew Springvale Eco-Heritage Museum is a hidden gem tucked away in the Barbados countryside in the northern area known as Scotland District. Take a step back in time on this delightfully tranquil property, enter the museum and enjoy the tales of a younger Barbados as told by the museums’ elderly owner Mr. Newlands Greenidge.

TYROL COT HERITAGE VILLA

Codrington Village. St. Michael Constructed in 1854, Tyrol Cot was once the family home of, Sir Grantley Adams (Barbados’ first premier and the only Prime Minister of the Federation of the West Indies) and his son (second Prime Minister of Barbados) the late J.M.G.M. “Tom” Adams. Adams was said to be the founding father of Barbadian democracy and his former home is a historic Palladian-style house, andthe site of a modern “Heritage Chattel House Village” with local crafts and a restaurant , giving visitors an idea of 1920’s architecture and way of life.

SIR FRANK HUTSON SUGAR MUSEUM

Portvale Sugar Factory, St. James Barbados produces some of the highest quality cane sugar in the world and the Sir Frank Hutson Sugar Museum highlights this sweet, sweet treasure. The museum, which showcases the sugar industry in Barbados through the 1700’s and 1800’s, is the namesake of one of its founders, Sir Frank Hutson who was an avid Barbadian historian. The Museum is said to be one of the island’s best sites for understanding the sugar industry as it is also home to exhibits of old sugar making & transporting machinery. The museum is open year round but visitors to the museum between February to May (the reaping season) can also enjoy a tour of the modern factory and get a better understanding (and sample) of the relationship with molasses and our world 246 250-9290

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ME HAND The foodie List Of “Must Try’s” On Island

“COME TASTE ME HAND!”, IS A POPULAR BARBADIAN PHRASE THAT

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ARE TONS OF DELECTABLE GOODIES TO BE HAD ALL OVER THE ISLAND. FROM IMPRESSIVE RESTAURANTS TO SIDE BARS, CORNER STORES AND FOOD STALLS, ALL WITH MENUS OF MOUTH WATERING CREATIONS… MAKING A DECISION ON WHAT TO ORDER MAYBE A BIT DAUNTING. HOWEVER, IF YOU HAPPEN TO BE A FOODIE LOOKING FOR BAJAN FOOD THAT REALLY CAPTURES THE ESSENCE OF WHO WE ARE, THEN WE SUGGEST THAT YOU DON’T SET FOOT OFF THIS ISLAND WITHOUT TRYING THESE ISLAND FAVOURITES.

Cou Cou & Flying Fish |

Mahi Mahi |

Water front Café, Bridgetown or Atlantis Restaurant, St. Joseph. This is the islands national dish, cou cou (made of Corn meal) and steamed flying fish

Rotisserie Chicken |

Macaroni Pie | Mustor’s, McGregor

Oistins, Bay Gardens, Christ Church Also known as Dolphin to Bajans, but this is a fish and not the mammal we also call Flipper.

Chicken Barn, Christ Church or RA. Mapps, Eagle Hall, St. Michael This mouth watering delight is no ordinary rotisserie chicken. Add in some spicey Bajan seasonings.

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Snapper |

Bay Tavern, Martins Bay, St John This snapper arrives fresh daily and is often times more than enough for two.

A Fish Cutter |

Cuz’s, Bay Street, Bridgetown, St. Michael Ask any bajan about Cuz’s and they will direct you easily. Famous for fish cutters, our favourite is the unusual fish, egg and cheese cutter.

Barbeque Pig Tails |

Baxters Road, St. Michael or Oistins, Christ Church It’s exactly what it sounds like, slowly barbaqued over an open flame and flavoured with Bajan Barbeque Sauce. .Ribs | Chris’s Place, Rock Dundo, St Peter These ribs are said to be the best on the island, a part of this is the secret sauce.

Fish Cakes |

Hot Legendary Fish Cakes, in Oistins, Christ Church or Eagle Hall, St. Michael Fishcakes are a Bajan favourite; these fried delacies are a must.

Street, Bridgetown, St. Michael Whatever you thought you knew about macaroni pie will change after you have tried it in Barbados.

Barbeque/Fried Pork chops |

The Village Bar, Lemon Arbour, St John Just the thought of these pork chops sets our tummies in an uproar. Try these immediately!

Souse |

De Souse Factory, Kendal, St John Pickled Breadfruit, sweet potatoes and pork! Bajans enjoy this item so much that we have even designated Saturday as “Souse Day”.


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Warrens, St. Michael Coverly, Ch Ch Bay Street, Bridgetown Worthing, Ch Ch

(246) 228-6381

Opening Hours 10:30am - 10:30pm 9 - 10:45am Breakfast 11 - 3:30pm Lunch

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Home of The Heavenly Chicken

Head over to Chicken Barn Coverly. Where birds are slowly cooked over a keenly regulated open flame in the rotisserie to allow the specially prepared seasonings and herbs to penetrate the meat giving it a mouthwatering flavor that tantalizes the palate, creating an authentic Caribbean experience in every bite.Enjoy rotisserie chicken accompanied by a choice of french fries, garden or pasta salad and

cole-slaw. Try a succulent chickenbreast sandwich garnished with lettuce, onion, tomato and pickles or the flying-fish and chips is an alternative for the non-meat eaters who are desirous of enjoying this Barbadian favourite. On your next visit enjoy homestyle hamburgers made from ground beef, using their forty-year old family recipe. A treat thoroughly enjoyed by the discerning beef lover.

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Foodie Guide AVOCADO In the early days, the shape of this fruit was said to be so sexually suggestive that it was banned by catholic priests in Spain. Today not only is this a delicious treat grown in Barbados but it is also rich in Vitamin E, B6, Folic Acid and Potassium which can arouse sexual desire in some.

HOT CHILIES For those of us that can only stand the heat that relates to the temperature of the food, and not its ingredients, we may have crinkled our nose at the thought of Chili peppers. However this tidbit may make you reconsider. Capsaicin, found in these peppers, increases circulation and stimulates nerve endings, which can heighten the feeling and the intensity of everything!

OYSTERS Somehow, somewhere, you heard a million times, that oysters are an aphrodisiac. Its true, they are overflowing with zinc, known to increase testosterone, and sex drives.

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BASIL Basil is said to be the king to sexual aromatherapy. Not only does it add flavor to your main course but its sweet aroma can add flavor your romance as well.

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The Caribbean is the perfect place to fall in love, rekindle love or set a rip-roaring fire to an already steamy romance. While soft music and candlelight are part of the setting for a romantic night out, what ends up on your plate, can positively impact the rest of the night too. Certain foods are known to be natural aphrodisiacs and because of their chemical compounds they can certainly add to your romantic night out.

ASPARAGUS Yet another good reason to eat your vegetables! Asparagus comes with a positively naughty side effect. The early scholars noted it had the ability to “stir up the lust in men and women”. The vegetable is chemically made to boosts testosterone, estrogen, progesterone and histamine production, all needed to reach and intensify the Big O.

CHOCOLATE Don’t you dare skip the dessert! Heard that chocolate is a natural aphrodisiac? Well its chemical make up is to blame! This decadent pleasure has phenyl ethylamine, which releases dopamine in the brains pleasure centers and encourages feelings of attraction and excitement, its other compounds encourage relaxation, generate feelings of well being and help lead to this baby’s reputation for increasing sexual desire.

BANANAS Bananas are often associated with love as its shape may be strikingly similar to that of male reproductive organs. But apart from the obvious, the enzymes, minerals and vitamins found within its sinful form are also good for the said suggested male libido.

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Foodie Guide

A BAJAN’S

Favourite FOOD

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arbados’ rich history is not only reflected in the diverse monuments scattered across the island and in the architecture of its many historic buildings, but it is also evident in the various culinary styles of the island and our favourite foods and dishes. One such favourite food is Pudding & Souse. Usually sold across the island on Saturdays, this extremely popular Barbadian pork dish, is served with steam pudding, a sweet pudding made from sweet potato and herbs. The souse is prepared with prime pork meat and also inclides other parts of the pig, such as trotters, ears, tails & ears all pickled in cucumber, onion and lime. The eating of these additional parts of the pig can be traced back to colonial days, when slave-masters kept the leaner cuts of pork for themselves. The slaves used the remaining parts as the base for the dish we love so much today.

Lean Pork Souse & Sweet Potato Pudding Ingredients (Serves 6 – 8 )

of the remaining ingredients and add to the pork meat, cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 6 hours. Serve at Room Temperature.

SOUSE

SWEET POTATO PUDDING

6 lbs of pork stewing meat cut into 1 inch chunks 1 Tbsp Salt 2 Tsp Minced Garic 1 Thinly sliced Onion 1 Chopped Hot pepper 1 Cup freshly squeezed lime juice 3 cups water 2 Large cucumbers , peeled and diced 1/2 Tsp Black Pepper 1 Tsp Salt

3 lbs Sweet potatoes peeled & Grated 2 Tsp Salt 1 Tsp ground cloves 2 medium finely chopped Onions 3 Tbsp flour 3 Tbsp margarine 2 Tbsp Bajan Seasoning 3 Tbsp brown sugar 2 Tbsp gravy browning 1 Tbsp hot pepper sauce

Place pork into pot, cover with water and add 1Tbsp Salt. Cook on a medium heat for 30 minutes or until the meat is tender. Remove the meat from the pot and place in a non - metallic bowl. Mix together all

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any locals and visitors are trueblue, water babies, easily identified by fresh tans, browned hair, and talk of having a ‘sea bath’ at every possible opportunity. For others a day at the beach may be more infrequent…a cherished thing only enjoyed on holidays or with much planning. How frustrating on that occasion, to finally arrive and settle down to enjoy it, only to realize a few crucial items didn’t make the trip. Things are missing and we could have done better. So for those of us with less experience, and for “Forgetful Jones”. No worries! We

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HYDRATE YOURSELF

SUNSCREEN! SUNSCREEN! SUNSCREEN! Don’t Think You Need It? WRONG! You do! Even in the unusual spots, ears, the tops of the feet and hands. You’d also be surprised how many people can get scalp burn parting their hair in the usual place every day, be careful its painful.

IN CASE OF LULL, BREAK GLASS! In case the frolic in the ocean is not enough for a day at the beach, carry a book, a ball, a Frisbee, cards (if you don’t expect the wind), floats (but lather on that sun screen first), boogie boards, paddle and ball, snorkel gear, a water proof camera or any other item that might also keep you entertained.

SUNGLASSES Refuse to add those years to your face by spending your day out squinting. Crows Feet? “Faget about it!” Carry a pair of fashionable sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection or buy a pair, dutyfree from The Sunglass Hut.

A MINI FIRST AID KIT While you may never actually use it, smart adventurers always have a contingency plan. You don’t exactly need a black doctors bag, but BandAids, painkillers, ointment etc … Still a good idea.

Sun + Salt + You = Dehydration. That’s dry skin, damaged hair, burnt lips and dehydrated cells. Use hydrating cream before you arrive and afterwards. Replenish your skin’s moisture to avoid the alligator look in a few years. A bit of conditioner/ detangler (not too much) before the water can go a long, long, way in protecting those follicles. Either spend the day walking back and forth buying water or carry some with you and avoid a head ache later in the day. P.S. Hydrate your lips too.

PACK A HAT “I’m too sexy for my Hat, too sexy for my Hat! What you think about that?” Even if a hat is never your style. Go overboard! You may need one now! Make a stylish selection, try Dingolay in Sheraton Center, to protect you from the sun and add a classy look to your face! Broad rimmed hats are practically expected on the beach anyway!

BEACH BAGS Last…and also first, source a large, sturdy, beach bag and two plastic bags; one to hold wet clothing, the other for garbage, Enjoy your time at the beach but only leave foot prints behind!


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If you happened to be looking for a good reason to come to the Caribbean, then look no further! Many land lubbers are driven here for the pink, sandy beaches and clear, warm waters that bathe the shorelines of the beautiful hotels, summer homes to the rich and famous or cozy nooks

that lie un-spoilt by the clutter of beach chairs and kissed every day by the sun. With each step, sand delicately dusts your toes like fine icing on a sugary treat‌ and if the description above makes you want to whip out your beachwear then we suggest you head to these reader favourites.


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1 Accra beach

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This picturesque stretch of golden sand is a very popular beach among tourists, locals, and watersport operators. If you are looking for a quiet beach day, then Accra may not be the beach for you. Activities range from snorkeling, boogie boarding and even body surfing. There is a children’s park, and you may even find some active people playing beach volleyball. Accra’s waters are

generally calm, making it highly suitable for swimming. Here, you can find vendors selling arts and crafts, buy delicious coconut water and jelly - a must to try delicious island treat. Get your hair braided in a unique island style, then carry your new do to one of the many restaurants, bars, or shopping outlets which are in close proximity to this glittering gem.

adventure beach

WAVES Small to medium. Water conditions are suitable for swimming, and other water​sports. WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE

AMENITIES •Shower/​Bathroom Facilities

•Trees provide shade

•Food and drinks

•Parking

•Children’s park

•Picnic tables

•Vendors selling arts and craft

•Benches

St. Michael

This beautiful, lively beach is also known as, the ‘Boatyard Beach’ among locals because of the former Boatyard Beach Club (now Sharkey’s) at its waterfront. Today Sharkey’ offers a variety of amenities to enjoy a

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relaxing day at the beach or for a day of play in a host of beach activities. Additionally calm waters and beautiful, soft sand also make this expansive beach idyllic for a simple walk or swim.

WAVES Calm waters; ideal for swimming & watersport activities WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE

AMENITIES •Shower/​Bathroom Facilities

•Parking

•Beach equipment rentals

•Benches

•Trees provide shade

•Lifeguard on duty


CRANE beach

St.Philip

Once ranked among the top 10 beaches in the world, This south east beach features lovely white sand, with a stunning cliff view. On top of the cliff is the famed luxury accommodation - The Crane

Hotel Resort & Residences. The Atlantic waters are reasonably safe for swimmers, but persons generally stay near to the shoreline. Facilities and beach rentals are available at The Crane Hotel.

WAVES Medium to Large. Possible to swim close to shore

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WHEELCHAIR

AMENITIES •Parking

ENTERPRISE/ MIAMI beach This popular, south coast beach is a favourite among many locals. As a result, during the weekends this beach is alive with activity and people. This beautiful beach is also on the fringes of the famed fishing town, Oistins, with conditions that are suitable for young

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and old swimmers. Find facilities, foods, drinks and vendors selling everything from clothes to souvenirs. You can even find some water sport activities here. This beach is excellent for picnics, as there are benches and shaded areas for you to enjoy.

WAVES Waves: Small to medium. Excellent conditions for swimming; Water sports available WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE

AMENITIES •Shower/​Bathroom Facilities •Food and drinks •Beach equipment rentals •Trees provide shade

•Benches •Picnic Tables •Parking •Vendors •Lifeguard on duty

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BRANDONS beach

St. Michael

This beautiful beach is located along the Spring Garden Highway, and is quite a popular beach for some locals. Many events are held here annually, including the delightful Pan Pun De Sand, Reggae on the Beach, and several charity events. This picturesque beach is also an enticing window to the sea for passing motorists. This long beach is adorned with golden

sands, and has an abundance of Casuarinas and other trees along its shore. Here you can find a few water sport operators and a restaurant & bar. Brandon’s Beach has calm waters that are favorable for swimming and snorkeling. Because of its close proximity to the Barbados Cruise Terminal, during cruise season this beach has its fair share of tourists.

WORTHING/ sandy beach This aquatic gem lives up to its local name ‘Sandy Beach’ with its generous display of beautifully golden sand. Its look is ever changing as it has been redeveloped due to natural erosion. It now boasts of several artificial bays and a shallow reef. It is a popular beach for both locals and visitors,

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WAVES Calm waters with little to no undertow; ideal for swimming WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE

AMENITIES •Shower/​Bathroom Facilities

•Trees provide shade

•Food and drinks

•Parking

•Beach Equipment Rentals

•Picnic tables

•Lifeguard on duty

•Rangers

•Benches

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and its sea conditions are very favourable for swimming. You can also find several operators of watersports, and some street vendors to nip your island souvenir. This beach is also excellent for picnics, and also serves as a waterfront for a bar and several accommodations.

WAVES Small to medium. Water conditions are suitable for swimming WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE

AMENITIES •Shower/​Bathroom Facilities •Food & Drinks •Beach equipment rentals •Trees provide shade

•Parking •Picnic Tables •Benches •Rangers


baTHSHEBA This stunning beach certainly is one of the prized gems of the East Coast. Here one can see the Atlantic Ocean in her uninterrupted splendour, amidst breathtaking backdrops of remarkable stone formations, beautiful lush landscape, and pristine waters. Here, the currents are very strong, making this beach a favourite for surfers in Barbados. Here the sand is wonderfully golden, and a careful search could unearth beautiful sea shells. It is certainly one of the most ruggedly beautiful beaches Barbados has to offer, and

St. Joseph is one of the most popular. Surfers are known to frequent what is known as ‘Soup Bowl’ in Bathsheba, and host year round activities there. It’s a very good beach for picnics and photos so be sure to walk with your camera! While not suitable for swimmers, the formation of quite a few natural pools make it possible for sea lovers to still get wet. Bathsheba is also of historical value to Barbados as it is the site of the old train line, which was operational in the 1800s. Bathsheba certainly has no lack of activity and beauty.

WAVES Large to very large waves. An ideal place for experienced surfers. Natural protected pools are also formed here, suitable for a shallow soak.

AMENITIES •Shower/​Bathroom Facilities •Food & Drinks •Children’s Park •Trees provide shade •Parking •Picnic Tables •Benches •Rangers

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