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f Ponce de Leon had ever tired of searching for the fountain of youth, he may have

been contented to find Barbados – “A Jewel of the Caribbean”. Barbados would have enchanted him with crystal clear waters, brilliant blue skies, a fascinating culture and the warmth of the islands people. Visitors who travel to the island are pleasantly surprised to find all that and much more. But behind the guise of palm trees, turquoise seas and smiling faces, there’s something hidden that visitors who flock to this island gem, would never know… November in Barbados is the beginning of an all out war! Yes! War! But not the kind you think! It’s a decorative feud between Independence Day (November 30th) and Christmas. And the battle that ensues takes place in homes, stores, the media and in the minds of thousands of Barbadians. While the decision of whether to don the blue, yellow and black or trim the tree is not as difficult as what Christmas gifts to buy this season, it’s always fun to see it unfold. When will the first Christmas song play? When will the lights go on and the decorations go up? Just what will happen this year? Whatever your decision, we hope that your season will be filled with the warmth of family, friends and God’s blessings for a Happy Independence, a Merry Christmas & a joyous New Year. Happy Reading!

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FUH DE BAJANS! THIS IS FOR THE VISITOR IN YOU

B

arbadians are blessed with a rich fertile island,

clear blue waters, excursions, moonlight hikes, afternoon

the gentle sway of coconut trees, beautiful weather and

liming and rhythms that infect your mind, set your body

miles of soft, pink, sandy beaches. But you already know

tingling and force you to move in time to a pulsating beat.

that… It’s yours! Why not enjoy it? This is your chance

Social living is simply what we do… and to help you out we

to experience Barbados like never before and enjoy the

offer access to free experiences weekly on our Facebook

lighter side of island living. Enjoy every rich treasure that

Page. You really have no Excuse! This is for The Visitor in

the island has on offer. Delicious fruits and delicate flowers,

You!


VISITORS WELCOME!

P

icture it! You are laying on a crisp, clean, white,

can be enjoyed many times over, it never gets old and

sandy beach, the sun glowing on your radiant skin,

the experience, though similar is never the same! But

waves gently caressing your toes as the tide rolls in.

remember the beach is only a song in that vacation

Then it’s time for some fun, you cast your book aside,

playbook. Hills, dales, rolling landscapes, friendly

get rid of your cover up and run playfully into the sea.

people, rum and cool island vibes await you. Get out

Awaiting you is a jet ski, a surfboard, a float and a

and enjoy the island where you can never wear out

friend. Yup! On the island the beach is an activity that

your welcome!


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CONTENTS

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TIME TO LIME!

BEHIND THE LENS WITH RAWLE CULBARD

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A BAJAN’S FAVOURITE FOOD

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BARBADOS PHOTO HOTSPOTS

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SUN DAY, FUN DAY SAFE DAY!


FUN & FETE CAAHN DONE! 20 Nightlife

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What to do in the West Date Night Let’s Dance G is for Golf Time to Lime! Spa Day, Just because you can Doan Let it Miss yuh!

UH BELLY FULL 35 Island Cuisine

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Our Bajan Candy Crush All in the Seasoning Grandma’s Kitchen A Bajan’s favourite food

LOOKA DE VIEW 45 Sightseeing

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G IS FOR GOLF

ENDLESS BEACHES

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So So Souvenir Bajan Things we Love Behind the Lens with Rawle Culbard Selfie Mania Barbados Photo Hotspots This Weekend in Paradise Healthy Snacking for a Day out Caribbean Dreaming Museum Amusement Car Rentals

IN AND UNDA DE SEA 69

Ocean Adventures

COVER IMAGE Dominque Bonnet

PUBLISHER

SALES Caribbean Dreams MANAGER Publishing

David Niles

EDITOR IN CHIEF

DESIGN & LAYOUT

Nicole Niles

EDITORS C.A. Forde Lasonta John Simone Edwards

Paul Massiah

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

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Looking sexy while covering up Sun Day, Fun Day, Safe Day Skin Health in the Sun Sizzling Sand, Sizzling Man Pros & Cons of Living by the Sea Top 10 Watersports Endless Beaches Lil Things about the Island

Rawle Culbard

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Fun

Vacation

Facts

1 Don’t Skip The Cocktails! A study

from Oregon State University has shown that a daily glass of alcohol can reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s by 50% and boosts good cholesterol levels (HDL) by 10%. Another reason to enjoy the islands rum punch by the shore or that Strawberry Daiquiri by the Bar.

2 Resolving to exercise for the New Year

? Studies indicate that gruelling workouts can actually cause some people to gain weight! Instead we suggest that you play hard, take in a few more parties and Party Hard! It’s a fun, fantastic way to really look great in that costume!

3

Ummmm Mangoes! This Indian symbol of love is not only delicious, but it’s also good for you! Experts

t Barbados To Do Lis cut of Here’s our list of places that make this months must see/ do on the island.

agree that this tasty fruit is great for a number of reasons: It helps lower cholesterol, improves digestion, boosts your immune system, can help unclog and clear pimples and promotes good eyesight. Additionally, its antioxidants have been found to protect against, some cancers including, colon, breast and prostate. Just had a fight with your significant

4 other and you are the only one who

wants to make up? You don’t have to spend the night with a grumpy Gus! Give him/her drinks with lemon wedges on the side, researchers indicate that the clean lemon scent is associated with good behaviour and encourages pleasant moods.

Dive or snorkel the reef at Carlisle Bay. Watch the sunset, while sipping wine on board a sunset cruise. re Spend a playful day enjoying the amenities at Adventu Beach.

See the island with the Barbados National Trusts’ free hikes weekly. Watch the changing of the guard at the Garrison Savannah every Thurday @ 12. Visit the Wild Life Reserve at feeding time. Have dinner with George Washington at George - Apr Washington House & Museum, every Monday, Jan Try the Mount Gay Rum tour – Barbados is home words oldest rum circa 1703.

John Public Translates Bajan Sayings { p r o v e r b }

to the

His version of what things might mean!

{ p r o v e r b }

{ p r o v e r b }

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“DE SAME MOUT’ DAT YUH COURT DOAN MARRY YUH.”

“TROUBLE TREE DOAN BEAR BLOSSOM.”

“YUH SUFFER FROM SPOON TROUBLE AND PLATE DISEASE.”

Ac t ua l T r a n s l at i o n

Ac t ua l T r a n s l at i o n

Ac t u a l T r a n s l at i o n

Ac t u a l T r a n s l at i o n

The act of becoming married will not automatically make a happy/ strong relationship.

Relationships never stay the same from beginning to end.

Without hard work nothing valuable in life can be achieved.

You always want much more than you have.

John Public’s T r a n s l at i o n

John Public’s T r a n s l at i o n

John Public’s T r a n s l at i o n

John Public’s T r a n s l at i o n

John Public’s T r a n s l at i o n

“The man that chats you up may not be the man that yuh want.”

“Listen to your parents or end up in trouble.”

“Yuh never learn to eat wid knife and fork, only spoons!”

“Don’t look fuh what you ain put down.”

“A GOOD ‘LIVE WID’ BETTAH DAN A BAD MARRIAGE.”

“It’s better to live with a man that treats you well than with a man that treats you like crap.”

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{ p r o v e r b }

“YUH CAN’T GET COCONUT OFF A PUMPKIN VINE.” Ac t u a l T r a n s l at i o n

Don’t expect to reap what you haven’t sown


Smile Tings to mek yuh

SAY WHAT?

BAJAN TRANSLATIONS!

ENGLISH: “Excuse me, may I share that seat with you?” BAJAN: “Go ‘round an' gimme a li'l scotch!” ENGLISH: “My Goodness, that woman is overweight.” BAJAN: “You, she big as Sh*** yuh.”

Yuh know yuh in Barbados when

ENGLISH: “You are a very attractive woman.” BAJAN: “Psssstt! My friend! Yuh Look Good!” ENGLISH: “I really would like for us to be intimate.” BAJAN: “Yuh gon’ gimme piece or what?”

1 People refer to a public holiday as a

6 Every stranger is either Bossman,

2 Nuh fish doan taste like a fish from

7 Someone asked you 'fuh piece' … It cud

bank holiduh!

Baxter's Road!!

3 A cutter is not a sharp utensil. It’s a sandwich.

4 Yuh on a “brasion" (a date)! Even if yuh only going to de beach, yuh dress up real sharp.

5 Yuh just can’t go town an' don’t see someone yuh know.

Captain or Skipper

mean: "let me try dat" or "make some room for me!"

8 Banks' not only good for keeping ya money! Dey also great fuh drinking!

ENGLISH: “You have something on your face, dear.” BAJAN: “Uh uuuh! Wuz dah pun you face?”

Many thanks to our reader Lois B for sharing these jokes. Do you have a funny Bajan photo or joke that you want to share with us? Email us at

info.gobarbados@gmail.com

9 De word “collins” is a weapon and not somebody name.

10 If yuh cyan believe someting true yuh

does either say "Wuh?", “Yuh Lie!” or "Fuh true?"

A BAJAN FUNNY!

BAJAN WORD OF THE DAY

Kawblema (Kaw∙bleh∙muh) Injunction

“Oh my goodness” Stems from the saying “God blind me if it isn’t true.”

Perfume An elderly Bajan lady is in an elevator in a high rise apartment building in New York, going to visit some relatives. A beautiful, young woman gets in smelling like very expensive perfume. She turns up her nose at the old woman and says arrogantly, "Giorgio, Beverly Hills, $120.00 an ounce." The elderly lady with a deadpan expression says nothing.  Another young and beautiful woman smelling expensive, enters the lift, turns, looks down her long pointed nose at the old lady and says "Chanel No.5, Paris, $200.00 an ounce."  The lift is now filled with the aroma of the magnificent scents of the combined perfumes.  One floor later, as the Bajan lady approaches her destination, she quietly eases out a long silent burst of gas, which quickly overpowers the combined expensive perfumes and leaves the two women with water in their eyes. As she steps out of the elevator, she turns and says "Breadfruit, Barbados, 36 cents a pound."

COMMON USE – “Kawblema, gas prices gone tru de roof!” INTERPRETATION – “Oh my goodness, gas prices have become extremely high.” Defined & Illustrated by Nicholas Ward’s Bajan Slang Dictionary. Available at all Ganzee locations, Cave Shepherd, Pages, and other locations. Contact Nick at nicholasmlward@ gmail.com for special orders!

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5 Top Island

Picks 1

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. The Crop Over festival, sometimes coined the sweetest festival, is indeed the most highly anticipated festival on the island. The festival attracts participants from across the island, region and the globe. It starts with the ceremonial delivery of the last canes (i.e. the crop is over) and ends with a massive street parade made up of heart pumping, calypso music and beautiful costumes in an array of vibrant colours. Throughout the season there are nightly events to attend - art shows, calypso tents, soca fetes and so much more. The festival runs from late May/ early June until the first Monday in August.

BRIDGETOWN MARKET This big two day fair is great for families,

of things – food and drink, toys, art and craft.

looking to find treats and

Groups, Seniors, Locals, Tourists, Everyone

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LOCAL AMBIANCE & FUN FACTOR

Highway, selling a variety

EXCELLENT FOR Couples,

SERVICE & FUN FACTOR

SERVICE

the entire Spring Garden

friends or even the loner awesome deals. Stalls line

Bajans love the baccanal and revelry and while Kadooment is the grand finale of Crop over, Foreday morning has swiftly grown to be a spectacular competitor. This night version of kadooment day, though less colourful, draws a large number

OVERALL VALUE FOR MONEY

Provided by the Barbados Tourism Authority

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FOREDAY MORNING

of revellers and onlookers. The cool of the night and the pocket friendliness, has made Foreday morning what it is… fun , exciting , refreshing & fantastic. EXCELLENT FOR Couples, Groups, Seniors, Kids, Locals, Tourists, Everyone

OVERALL VALUE FOR MONEY


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CALYPSO TENTS Attending a calypso tents is a spectacular way to grasp the real essence of the festival. The relaxed, laid back environment allows those who seek to enjoy the music without the massive crowds and revelers to soak up the sweet soca

music. Calypsonians utilize the opportunity to discuss the islands challenges and hot topics using clever social commentaries. Sing along or laugh out loud at the hilarious antics of the local Emcees. EXCELLENT FOR Couples, Groups, Seniors, Locals, Everyone.

AMBIANCE, FUN FACTOR & OVERALL VALUE FOR MONEY Provided by the Barbados Tourism Authority

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SOCA ROYALE Bushy Park has been the location of choice for a variety of large events on the island. Soca Royale is one such event. This highly anticipated event annually draws crowds well into the 5 digit region. The newly renovated Bushy Park, resounding calypso music

and wonderful people, create the atmosphere that makes this event a hit year after year. However this year’s event is expected to be even bigger and better with International, Soca, SuperStar, Machel Montano slated to perform this at year’s event. EXCELLENT FOR Everyone.

FUN FACTOR, AMBIANCE, COST & OVERALL VALUE FOR MONEY

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GRAND KADOOMENT Kadooment Day is the ‘piece de resistance’ of the Crop Over festival. Each year Thousands of individuals participate in this dazzling display of color, and parade across the stage in a beautiful costumes with feathers and

beads to the beat of pulsating Kaiso rhythms. The freedom to release your inhabitation is infectious and revelers take advantage of the opportunity to do just that. Don’t miss your chance to participate in one of the greatest carnivals on earth. EXCELLENT FOR Everyone.

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time

Machine B arbados has made its mark, time after time, in the world’s history books. But many of us know so little about our islands heritage. The Go Barbados Time Machine will take you back to the documented beginnings of Barbados’ life. Put on your seatbelts, its time to travel back in time...

1625

The ‘first’ settlers arrived in Barbados. They settled in Jamestown, which is now known as Holetown.

1751

1668

80% of the capital city burnt to the ground as a result of an explosion at “The Bridgetown Magazine”. As a result 800 homes were destroyed in “the great fire of Bridgetown”.

George Washington visited and resided on the island for two months, making this his only journey and his only residence outside America. The home in which he resided has since been renamed George Washington House.

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The year of the Bussa Rebellion, the first major slave uprising on the island.

1834

The abolition of slavery in Barbados.

1934

1861

Barbados is the first island to have piped water, first offered in the city of Bridgetown.

1911

Barbados is the first British West Indian territory to introduce electricity.

Wired radio service/ Barbados Radifusion, began operation in the island.

1955

Hurricane Janet, destroyed 8 100 homes, left 20 000 homeless and killed 35 people.


1957 Barbados’ very own US Navel Facility was opened at Harrison’s Point St. Lucy. It operated for twenty-two years and was officially decommissioned in March 1979.

1964

Television was introduced to Barbados, just 49 years ago.

1966 Barbados gained its independence on November 30th, 1966. The Pointer Sisters sang at the celebratory event which was held.

1977 2003

Barbadian born, internationally acclaimed, Grammy award winning, superstar Rihanna was discovered by producer Evan Rogers.

2005

Her Majesty’s Prison Glendairy was destroyed by prisoners in a prison uprising. Military forces were brought in from other Caribbean islands for assistance. The replacement, HMP Dodds, was opened in 2007.

British Concorde Airways G-BOAE (212) first arrived in Barbados to take Her Majesty the Queen to England. It operated for 26 years before finally settling at the Concorde Experience museum in Barbados.

2011

Historic Bridgetown and its’ Garrison was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list.

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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

16 24 TO

20

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

ERROL BARROW DAY

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National Holiday

28 29

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

4 14 19 28

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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4 25 TO

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

6

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 | holetownfestivalbarbados.org

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MARCH

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

5 26

Dinner with George Washington Dinner Theatre

TO

George Washington House Every Monday

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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Polo Matches

8 25

Buttals Barbados Open

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Oistins Fish Festival

Hickstead Tour Apes Hill & Holders

Holder Organic Farmers Market & Country Lime Every Sunday

Caribbean Fine Arts Fair - CaFA

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Spa Decadent The Event

23

Sandals Five Star Global Gourmet Various

TO

Digicel B’dos Reggae Festival Various Locations

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.

Polo Matches

83 10 15

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

24 TO

29

PHOTOS: barbadosturfclub.org | /barbadosreggaefestival

www.thebarbadosreggaefestival.com

1 2 TO

1 29 TO

Every Sunday

Oistins, Christ Church

H IGH L IGH T S

22 29

Holders Organic Farmer’s Market & Country Lime

CALENDER OF EVENTS

2

14

Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre

Oistins Fish Festival

Oistins, Christ Church

EASTER MONDAY

National Holiday

Barbados Chocolate Festival

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

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CALENDER OF EVENTS

MAY

H I GH L IGH T S

27

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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LABOUR DAY

National Holiday

Boatyard J/24 Regatta

JUNE

6

TO

27

6 27 TO

Holders Organic Farmer’s Market & Country Lime Every Sunday

12 26 &

18 21

Horse Racing

TO

The Garrison Savannah

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

Various Locations www.rallybarbados.bb

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FULL MOON

28 31 TO

Barbados Restaurant Week

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

7 28

Barbados Restaurant Week contd.

Sol Rally Barbados

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barbadosgospelfest.com

H IGH L IGH T S

www.varietybarbados.org

TO

Barbados Gospel Fest

TO

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.

TO

19 26

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 | rallybarbados.bb

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Island Vibes &e Nightlif


FUN & FETE CAAHN DONE! ISLAND VIBES & NIGHTLIFE

WHAT TO DO

IN THE LIMEGROVE LIFESTYLE CENTER

WEST

Our Skinny on the best things to do on the West Coast

Hip, trendy, sophisticated, exclusive and très chic are all words that could easily describe the Limegrove Lifestyle Center, in Holetown. From gourmet grocery and jewelry, to Louis Vuitton and exclusive Ralph Lauren all at duty free prices. Expect to find deals that are exclusive to Barbados and don’t forget to take a break from shopping at the Lime Bar.

SPEIGHTSTOWN The rich history of the island starts in this north-western district. Speightstown is a historic architectural gem, kissed with

If it’s Sunday then try the farmers

modern flairs. Look for wall murals, a

market at Holders house. And

promenade, and a fantastic window to the

don’t let the term “farmers

sea where sunsets are simply phenomenal.

market” mislead you. Find gourmet

Step into a bygone era on Church Street

treats, beautiful accents for

where not only has the architecture stood

your home, gifts for that special

the test of time but where the age old

someone, homemade wines,

island tradition of street vending is still

cheeses and more.

practiced.

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HOLDER’S FARMERS MARKET


ARLINGTON MUSEUM Don’t be surprised if you get struck by Pirate fever after a trip to Arlington Museum. An intricately designed blend of old and new, this interactive museum provides a one of a kind view of old Speightstown and provides insight into what it may have been like to be a swashbuckler. The museum is home to a prominent feature on Stede Bonnet, an early Barbadian pirate and ravager of the high seas. Check out his exhibit on the top floor.

FOLKESTONE MARINE PARK & MUSEUM Almost right next door is a natural reserve for ocean life. The Folkestone National Park is a great place to take the time to unwind. You will find access to amenities such as picnic benches, glass bottom boats, playground and snorkeling…there’s something for the whole family. Oh! Be sure to look out for Simon Cowell! Yes we said Simon Cowell… from American Idol. He owns a nearby home right here on island and is frequently spotted on the surrounding beaches. So keep your eyes peeled, he may be walking by.

HOLETOWN CHATTEL VILLAGE The west provides a bevy of retail experiences for the avid shopper. This includes the islands chattel village, a unique island experience, with fantastic shopping hidden behind the façade of old Barbadian homes of yesteryear. The area has been fashioned to provide a “jalousie window” to that time.

GET A HOLE IN ONE

DINING

If you aren’t up for shopping, snorkeling

As night falls, head home and go straight to bed.

or sightseeing but are a sports lover

Immediately! Well, no not really! Head out to dinner at

instead. Then pull on those plaid pants,

one of the fabulous eateries in your neighbourhood. Tides

argyle socks and those monochromatic

(upscale dining), Zaccios (ocean front dining), Surfside (sports

shoes and head over to the Sandy Lane

bar), Elbow room (steak house), Sitar for Indian food and the

Golf Club or up to Westmoreland for a

list goes on. If you need to work up an appetite or work off

few rounds. It’s may be a bit pricey, but

the food then take a stroll around Holetown, window shop

it’s a must for avid golfers. Check out

at Limegrove or shake a leg to the resident Dj at Elbow room

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on Fridays.

Last but not least is one of our favourite things to do in the West… See a movie at Limegrove Cinemas. Two theaters, plush seating, push button assistance, popcorn too big to eat by yourself and delicious burgers and fries served by the hostess and prepared by the chef. We love it there! Check online to see what’s on now.

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id you watch the movie “Date Night?” Where Steve Carell took his wife, Tina Faye, out for what was supposed to be a great night on the town – Unfortunately the night turns into quite the opposite, with them being chased all over the city by two goons. We suggest you avoid the drama of their night on the town, but we just love the idea of date night to break up relationship monotony. Leave the kids with the sitter and head out for an adventure “Steve and Tina style”. Unlike the movie, we suggest you avoid wearing your clothes backwards and stealing reservations, instead here are a few of our date night favourites.

dat e NIGHT icecream DINNER Quiet time alone gives you the opportunity to talk. Couples, especially those with children, after a while forget how to talk to each other. Conversation becomes a chore rather than a pleasure. Find a nice quaint restaurant, get close and get chatty. A FEW WE RECOMMEND Cafe Luna, Tides, Champers. Intimate Settings For Intimate Conversations.

karaoke

Ice cream dates have been a favourite since the dawn of time (well since the dawn of ice cream). Sweet, simple and romantic.

It's not about sounding the best, it’s about living in the moment! I once challenged my hubby to work up the courage to sing karaoke... and we recorded it... and it was bad... really bad! But the following week, we did it again…why? Because no matter how bad it sounded …it was loads of fun!

A FEW WE RECOMMEND

WE RECOMMEND

A FEW WE RECOMMEND Limegrove Cinemas and Globe Drive Inn

There’s nothing quite like shaking a leg on that dance floor. Getting up close and personal to a slow mellow tune or grind to the hot pulsating rhythms of a kaiso (calypso) beat - Works wonders for a couple’s love life. A FEW WE RECOMMEND Old Jamm Inn,The Cove & Harbour Lights

Provided by the BTMI

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dancing

Hal's Car park Bar

Staying in and watching a movie is nice and familiar, but there's something great about going to the cinema and watching that big screen - the surround sound - the hecklers and the collective cheers of approval.

Movies

Rtic Melt, Chilly Moos & Chefette


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JUST

danCE!

Music is an integral part of island culture in Barbados and the Caribbean. When a beat drops so does a Bajan! Ok, well maybe, not! But Bajans can party all night long; will leave one party to go to another, or as is seen at so many Crop Over fetes, can keep going from sun up to sun down... and back up again. Fortunately, we don’t expect you to live that lifestyle while you are on vacation but we do expect you to shake a leg at least once during your stay. Check out our nightly activities time table to decide what to do.

Photo: Flavours of Barbados

*Typically the club gets jumping between 11pm and 1am and ends at roughly 3am. Info accurate at time of publishing.

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FUN & FETE CAAHN DONE! ISLAND VIBES & NIGHTLIFE

G IS FOR

GOLF W

ith five expansive golf clubs across the island, some of

APES HILL CLUB

Located almost 1000 feet above sea level on the gorgeous west coast of Barbados, this pristinely, manicured course offers breathtaking views and exciting games among beautifully sculpted sand pits. Each hole of this par-72, 7150 yd. course offers golfers the opportunity to display a wide range of skills.

After closure for reconstruction, this golf course was reopened in 2000, with an environmentally sensitive design by Ron Kirby, one of the most respected golf course architects in the world. The course has become quite popular with locals and tourists alike offering a fair and challenging game for golfers of all levels.

ROYAL WESTMORELAND GOLF COURSE

BARBADOS GOLF CLUB

Ranked number 31 in the world outside of the USA, this course sits at the center of the exclusive Royal Westmoreland estate. The Par 72, 7045 yd. championship course was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr renowned architect, is sure to be a day well spent.

The exclusive Sandy Lane green offers not one but three spectacular courses for golfers of all skill levels. The first is The Green Monkey, a par 72, 7343 yd. course. The second, the Country Club, a golfer's paradise with lush greens, lakes and immaculately cut fairways and the third is the Old 9, originally constructed in 1961 and a longtime fan favourite.

Golf Calendar

SANDY LANE GREEN

NOVEMBER 2017

which house multiple courses, golf

BARBADOS GOLF CLUB

11TH Monthly Medal 18TH QEH Tournament 25-26TH RBC Classic

lovers in Barbados can gladly join a

AUGUST 2017

DECEMBER 2017

club and practice their drive.

ROCKLEY

GOLF COURSE

This course truly tests a golfer's ability with strategically placed trees, sloping greens and other well placed obstacles but conservatism here may well pay off. This 9 Hole, par 70, 5610 yd. golf course is another great course for a fantastic challenge.

19TH Monthly Medal 25TH Sagicor Open Championship

SEPTEMBER 2017 16TH Monthly Medal 23RD BGA Trophy

OCTOBER 2017 14TH Monthly Medal

2ND Senior Golf Association Hamper 9TH Monthly Medal 23RD BGC Xmas Hamper ROYAL WESTMORELAND

AUGUST 2017

25-27TH Sagicor Open Championship

DECEMBER 2017 3RD The President’s Putter

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IN THE COUNTRY THE VILLAGE BAR, Lemon Arbour, St John Expect to find a young energetic crowd. Finger licking good pork among other things and a fantastic country view. BAY TAVERN, Martins Bay, St. John Looking for a heaping helping of freshly caught fish then, Martins Bay is where it’s at. It’s a long drive that’s well worth it, for the atmosphere, food and seaside eating. However don’t think the long drive deters others – expect to find a crowd.

IN bridgetown RYANNE’S RESTAURANT, Bridgetown Perched just above the noise of the city is Ryanne’s in Bridgetown. Sit comfortably and watch the day go by. Shop then relax with a beer and fantastic authentic Bajan food for lunch or arrive early for breakfast. BAXTER’S ROAD, Bridgetown Speaking of 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...go to Baxter’s Rd

!

TIME LIME to

H

ave you ever wondered why island life is

IN the South OISTINS, Christ Church If you asked a local to suggest a good liming spot, he or she would most likely recommend Oistins - for food, fish, fun & festivities. ST. LAWRENCE GAP, Christ Church - When asking around, it would be a close tie between Oistins and St. Lawrence Gap for places to lime. At the gap you will find, dinner, dancing, karaoke, clubs, a bit of souvenir shopping and hotels, and a whole lot of liming.

oN the west

so laid back, calm and friendly? Well it’s

because we love to indulge in something

that many individuals don’t know is a stress reliever…. Socialization (aka liming). Socialization helps to reduce stress. So get out there find some friends or some friendly- strangers because it’s time to lime.

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1ST & 2ND STREET, Holetown - When hanging on the west pop into Second Street, lime, dance, eat and indulge in decadent deserts. MOONTOWN, St. Lucy - If you want to see another side of the island then travel to St. Lucy to the aptly named Moontown. A lively fishing village known for socialization, dominoes, fish, great promotions and cheap beers.


SHOPPING & SERVICES

SPA DAY...

justbecauseyoucan!

So you’ve made the choice to come to Barbados and don’t feel like sun, sea, shops or social life today? Why not spend the day pampering yourself? Our Suggestion – Keep that beautiful face beaming with a fantastic facial, and if you need an excuse to tell your hubby, significant other or to justify the splurge to yourself then here are “9 great reasons to get a facial.”

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We all want to look younger, even when we happen to be 20. Regular facials can help the face to radiate a more youthful glow. A facial will help to breathe life into dull, lifeless and clogged skin. Stress be gone We all like to be pampered and one of the first places that stress rears its ugly head ironically is on your face! Muscles become tense and tight, circulation slows causing those pesky miserable lines to start to form over time. Facials can help to firm & tone underlying muscles and tight muscles=tight skin= less wrinkles It helps to improve skin elasticity.

Turtle Beach Resort CHRIST CHURCH

(246) 228-2634 OR (246) 827-7859

•SERVICES OFFERED•

• Manicure • Pedicure • Hair Styling • Massage • Reflexology • Facials • Waxing • Body Wraps • Scrubs • Ear Candling for gents

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It helps to even skin tone resulting in more radiant healthy looking skin. A massage will stimulate blood flow and help the flow of oxygen and other nutrients to the skin and surrounding tissue. Reduces the ageing process by helping to improve cellular regeneration. Supple skin sounds and looks fantastic. Regular facials aid the skin oils and fluid balance resulting in supple skin and less tension lines. Possibly the best reason of all… because you deserve it.

CRYSTALS EXECUTIVE SALON & SPA

Crystal's Executive Salon & Spa enhances body, mind and spirit. Their lovely facilities offer Manicure, Pedicure, Hair Styling, Massage, Facials, Waxing, Body Wraps, Ear Candling and much more. A visit to the spa is sure to leave both ladies and gents feeling relaxed and rejuvenated and at Crystal's, their aim is to provide care for the overall wellbeing of their clients and the friendly staff ensures this. Take a spa day for yourself or come with friends, visit Crystal’s Executive Salon & Spa at Turtle Beach Resort or the Courtyard Marriott. Contact them today to find out how they can cater to your needs, call 228-2634 or 827-7895. Come in and be pampered!

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DOAN LEH IT MISS YUH! This Season’s Top Sporting Events

Here in Barbados it’s our year of sports from swimming to road tennis to highly anticipated car racing; we have a full line up of sporting events for all those sports fans. So, if you’re on the island don’t just sit around go out and see what Barbados has to offer in sports. And Doan Let it Miss Yuh!

J U LY DIVEFEST BARBADOS : 5-9TH Barbados will the hosting the first ever Divefest along its beautiful shores. The event will be featuring things such as water awareness programs, scuba and free diving demos, beach clean ups, conservation tips, lionfish hunting and tasting, and scuba dives all over the island.

SIR GARFIELD SOBERS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS CRICKET TOURNAMENT 9-23RD

AU G U S T | HOCKEY FESTIVAL : 20-26TH This event that has been held annually for over the past 30 years is back to the competitive scene with teams coming from all over the world fighting for the title of winner.

SEPTEMBER

O C TO B E R

FESTIVAL OF SPEED : 14TH

The first annual Cycling festivals will be hosted here in the beautiful island of Barbados. The highlight of the festival is the round-the-island main road sportive held on the final day where a 112 km gold course is offered for advanced riders and the 64 km silver course for riders).

BARBADOS BEACH & WELLNESS FESTIVAL : 2-6 NATIONAL DINGHY CHAMPIONSHIP : 10-24TH

RD

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The Festival of Speed will again be hosted in Barbados where it will be headlined by former Formula 1 Champion Jenson Button. This year it is promised to be bigger better and more epic. SAT Oct 1 National Triathlon

THURS Oct 19 - THURS Nov 2 Titans Aquatic Intl Swim Meet

SAT Oct 8-22 National Dinghy Championship

SAT Oct 28 - MON Oct 30 Dragon Championship

Photos: www.runbarbados.org | BTMI

THE BARBADOS CYCLING FESTIVAL : 4-9TH


SHOPPING & SERVICES

N OV E M B E R BARBADOS OPEN WATER FESTIVAL : 1-5TH This 5-year-old event is organised by Swim Barbados Vacations and it features a series of open water swim events of various distances and stand up paddle board races and kayak team relay races. SAT Nov 4 - WED Nov 15 Sizzling Beach Volleyball SUN Nov 5 - WED Nov 15 Barbados Darts Festival

SAT Nov 11 Darcy Beckles Invitational Bodybuilding Classic Island Odyssey (Cornell Sailing)

THURS Nov 9 - SUN Nov 12 Barbados Darts Festival

DECEMBER

RUN BARBADOS MARATHON WEEKEND : 1-3RD This three-day event is perfect for those runners. It features five races over the three-day course with participators coming from as far as Spain, Sweden,

SAT Dec 2 - WED Dec 6 Rugby Barbados World Seven

SUN Dec 10 - SUN Dec 24 Atlantic Odessey

Canada, Germany, Italy, Britain and the USA.

MARTINDALE’S

Owned by Marcia Martindale, this boutique has been City Centre Mall, Chapel Street, BRIDGETOWN

(246) 436-1049

facebook.com /shopatMartindales

in operation for over 20 years and Ms. Martindale translates her own simple, elegant and classic personal style into her business. Martindale’s Boutique features a selection clothing, accessories and undergarments for ladies. While the undoubted variety in style and elegance of the products are the main attraction, the excellent customer service received from the staff and from Marcia herself, is a huge draw for new and returning customers. MARTINDALE’S PRODUCTS INCLUDE: • Bras • Panties • Lingerie • Clothing • Accessories

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SHOPPING & SERVICES

GUINEA PLANTATION

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SHOPPING & SERVICES

GUINEA PLANTATION

Guinea ST. JOHN

(246) 236-3194 or (246) 423-0039

guineaplantation @gmail.com www. guineaplantation.com

Guinea Plantation may be off the beaten path but total worth the detour as a venue for Weddings, functions & Events. Located in scenic St. John, it was one of the first sugar plantations built on the island and references to Guinea Plantation date as far back as 1654. It derived its name from being stocked all at once with Africans from the Guinea Coast. Additionally, the location holds some cultural and historical significance as the first seedlings of the mango brought to Barbados in 1742 were planted on the property. This spacious property was first owned by Humphrey Walrond, but now has been beautifully restored by the new owners, the Forde Family. Today they cater to weddings, events and tours. Picture intimate gardens, roof deck, lounge, bridge and a picture-perfect plantation, lovingly restored. That is your backdrop for a truly memorable wedding or event. The grounds offer a myriad of photo opportunities and the beautifully appointed, bridal suite & grand bedrooms

provide wedding day privacy and comfort. As with many of the Old Plantation Great Houses in Barbados, it has been featured as part of the Barbados National Trust Open Houses programme 2014, where members of the public were given the opportunity to tour the historic residence. The amenities available to those who choose to stay at the Guinea Plantation include swimming pool and Jacuzzi, lush gardens, catering services and self-service apartments. Guinea Plantation provides an intimate setting for your wedding but can easily to transformed for your occasion. Guinea Plantation has been featured in several publications including Forever I Do, has hosted photo shoots for Miss Barbados World, Queens College Pageant, Bridal features, Makeup artists and has been the site of popular kadooment parties and large corporate events.

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belly full!

uh

Sugar Bay - Sizzle Steak House

Islande Cuisin


The Most Popular Foods on Island “YUH GOT TUH TRY”! Bajans love a belly full and then some, this most likely explains why our most popular dishes come in two parts. If you also enjoy the cuisine of different cultures, trying new tastes or just eating them, then look out for these double dishes. Cou Cou & Flying Fish Fish Cakes & Bakes Pudding & Souse Bajan Soup & Dumplings

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UH BELLY FULL! ISLAND CUISINE

Soft & chewy!

Guava Jam

melt in your mouth!

This local chewy candy is a delight among the young and old. It is made using guavas, a local fruit found throughout Barbados. The green fruit yellows when ripe and as has delicious inner flesh that can vary from pink to white, and is filled with small edible seeds. The guava cheese is really not a cheese at all. It is prepared by cooking together guava pulp, sugar and spice, and is a sweet way to end a tasty and hearty Bajan meal. Guava cheese is easily prepared, and is also readily available across the island.

Every now and then even though we’re supposed to watch the calories I love to treat myself to sweet candy heaven.

Tamarind

Sweet & sour goodness!

Balls

This sweet and sour treat is made by rolling the pulp of tamarind into little balls and sprinkling them with sugar. The sugar helps to appease the tangy flavour of the tamarind. Tamarind trees are found around the island, and produces brown, edible fruit. The tree is not native to Barbados, but rather was imported from the African savannah, and introduced to the island by the early settlers in the 17th century.

Sugar Cakes

Yet another sweet Bajan treat is, sugar cakes. This snack is prepared using coconut, water and sugar, and the end result is a mouth-watering delicacy. It is quite easy to prepare, and makes a delicious dessert item, or evening snack. This is a must try for candy foodie and cooking enthusiasts.

And not just the stuff that manufactured in bulk at the candy factory, I mean old fashioned Bajan Traditions.

Nut Cake Sweet& crunchy!

Contrary to what its name implies, nut cake is not a cake achieved by baking. Instead, this sweet treat really achieves its texture through boiling sugar until it reaches a desired constituency and then adding peanuts and spices.

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all Seasoning in the

E

ver wonder what makes Caribbean food sizzle with that spicy, tasty, flavourful, melting pot of all things divine? Well in Barbados it’s the seasoning. Bajan seasoning is a common staple in Barbadian households, made from a mix of various fresh herbs and spices, (usually locally grow) such as thyme, marjoram, parsley, basil, clove, black pepper, paprika, salt, garlic, and onions. This flavourful seasoning can be bought in various supermarkets all over the island, but many Barbadians, like to make their own, as it can be relatively easy to prepare. Bajan seasoning can vary from hot to mild and if you have already eaten locally prepared meat or fish, chances are you have already sampled this tangy seasoning. Often called the secret ingredient in Caribbean kitchens, this wet seasoning is used mainly on meats and fish to add extra jazz and zing. It is usually placed between the meat and skin before grilling, baking or frying. It can also be used on vegetables (such as eggplants), or used to add flavour to soups and sauces.

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R E S TA U R A N T L I S T I N G S

Garrision Historic Area Hastings ST. MICHAEL

(246) 622-1101

SIZZLE STEAKHOUSE

S U G A R B AY SIZZLE STEAKHOUSE 6:30 - 9:30pm

Located in the Sugar Bay Chattel Plaza, Sizzle

delicious appetizers to start your evening off right, and

Steakhouse is a delight for all then add traditional side the senses. With an emphasis dishes to complement your

Elegantly Casual Reservations are required

Garrision Historic Area Hastings ST. MICHAEL

on blending quality local

main course accompanied

ingredients, the best cuts of

by a selection of delectable

beef and the flavours of the

sauces. Sizzle Steakhouse

Caribbean, Sizzle encourages is an exceptional dining you to relax as your meal

experience not to be missed

is prepared to perfection.

and perfect for couples or

Choose from a selection of

families.

UMI

S U G A R B AY (246) 622-1101

UMI 6:30 - 9:30pm

Elegantly Casual Reservations are required

Indulge in savoury Asian fusion specialties at UMI.

atmosphere. Treat yourself

Located upstairs and

contemporary sushi dishes,

welcomed by friendly

along with other diversified

faces, let our staff offer

menu options made to order

you a table overlooking

by our skillful chef using

the idyllic swim-up pool

fresh flavourful ingredients.

bar or the picturesque

Customers can enjoy Asian-

view of the beach. UMI is a

themed cocktails with friends

stylish modern restaurant

while discovering the great

adorned with chic dĂŠcor,

ambiance UMI has to offer.

warm lighting and a quaint

to a taste of traditional and


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UH BELLY FULL! ISLAND CUISINE

Grandma’s Kitchen! W

atching my grandmother prepare meal after meal was the reason I grew up to love cooking. She made every meal seem ‘Oh So Easy’. A sprinkle of this, a dash of that and in no time at all the meal was prepared. One of our favourites and a popular dessert for many Bajans is Cassava Pone. I must admit that if Granny ever tried to give me cassava as a child, my nose would crinkle, my eyes well up with tears, I’d stick my tongue out and run off to hide at the utter thought of having to eat the monstrosity. Fortunately as a child I never

Cassava Pone

quite put together that pone was made with the ingredient that I dreaded so, and it was a good thing too or I might have missed out on this popular treat. Cassava is a tuberous, starchy root or ground provision and it is the third largest food carbohydrate source in the tropics used to make a wide range of products from alcohol to flour. Granny would purchase the root whole but today the cassava can be bought ready done, grated or prepared as flour – Just another readymade luxury that would have stolen quality time from me and my granny.

Method

Ingredients

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

4 lbs peeled and grated cassava

2. Grease loaf pans.

1 lb sugar 1 tsp salt 1 small grated coconut 2 tsp ground cinnamon 2 tsp grated nutmeg 2 tsp vanilla essence ¼ lb raisins ½ lb butter

3. Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl, adding enough milk to moisten but not soak the mixture. 4. Allow mixture to sit for 15 minutes, then pour into greased pans and bake for 1¼ hours. 5. The bread is finished if when stuck with a match stick or fork the end comes out clean. 6. Allow to cool, then slice.

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UH BELLY FULL! ISLAND CUISINE

A BAJAN’S

Favourite Food RICE & PEAS

T

o say that rice & peas is a staple of every Barbadian

celebration, and it can literally be found on almost every lunch

household would be a gross understatement. Rice &

menu around the island.

peas is easily to the island what French fries are to the

USA … Yes! It’s that popular. We would not be exaggerating to

Any peas will do the most popular are pigeon or field peas

say that Bajans can eat rice several times a week, often time for

followed by lentils and split. Add a little stew on the top and it

both lunch and dinner. It can be found at any (and every) Bajan

is ready to eat! We hope you enjoy it as well.

Ingredients

Method

8oz dried pigeon peas 1 cup rice dried Bay leaves Water 1 small onion peeled 2 celery stalks Fresh herbs such as thyme, marjoram, chives, parsley and basil whole peppercorns

1. Wash and pick through peas, to eliminate any unsuitable peas or foreign objects.

* Optional ¼ -½ lb. salt meat (alternately, use vegetable broth for meatless rice)

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2. Cover peas with cold water and place in refrigerator to soak overnight Or boil until peas begin to soften. 3. *Wash salt meat and place in pot with enough water to cover, add the onion, bay leaf, celery and fresh herbs. Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer. 4. Remove peas from refrigerator, pour off water and add fresh water, enough to cover the peas, and bring to boil along with two bay leaves.

20 minutes later, the peas should be soft enough to squeeze between your fingers but not fully cooked. 5. Add the rice, and meat, along with water from other pot. But not too much water, add as needed. (If you are using large pieces of meat, leave them in their pot to cook fully. Instead, only add the meat broth to the rice and peas.) 6. Stir rice and peas to evenly distribute only once. Cover pot tightly and cook over a low heat. After 15 minutes check to see if more water is needed. 20-25 minutes later the liquid should be gone or almost. 7. Rice and peas should be soft and cooked. If not, add a ½ cup of liquid and cover pot tightly. Continue cooking for 5 more minutes, then turn off heat.


R E S TA U R A N T L I S T I N G S

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

Casual

CHICKEN BARN

Home of The Heavenly Chicken

New branch coming soon to Black Rock! 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 mouth-watering 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 home-style 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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looka de

view!

Sight

Seeing


LOOKA DE VIEW SIGHT SEEING

SO SO

SOUVENIR I

f you’ve come to the island by air or by sea chances are that Barbados is just a stop, whether for a short or a long stay. The precious moments you shared with loved ones, the great times that you have could only be better if you took a memento, something to remember us by when you returned home to your native land.

rooms. It’s even a great conversation piece for your desktop at work to make your co-workers envious of your fantastic holiday tales.

1

A PIECE OF ART / CRAFT

Bajan artisans are among the most talented in the world with pieces gracing the walls in such affluent homes as the white house and hanging in galleries and museums worldwide. If you can afford a sizeable original painting then these impressive timeless works are sure to be a treasured souvenir that will most likely increase in value as time passes. However, if your purse is a little “lighter” then consider the functionality of a print, a small painting or another type of craft (leather, pottery etc.) as a valuable keep sake.

2

RUM

Barbados is known as the birthplace of rum and our oldest rum Mount Gay is 311 years old. Mount Gay stands as the oldest recorded rum in the world and a bottle of their 1703 makes and excellent gift for loves ones or connoisseurs.

3

CERAMICS

We just love the ceramic option, perfect for kitchen counters or for living or dining

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Our tastes fall toward the little chattel houses, colourful replicas of a slowly disappearing architectural style from a bygone era. Also straight out of the time machine are the mother sally / fruit vendors, which ca still be seen to some degree selling fruit and vegetables island wide.

4

RUM CAKE

If you don’t want just rum, then try cake with rum. Bajan rum cake is similar to English Figgie pudding, but much better. Check out our February edition for a fab black cake recipe or if you aren’t a baker buy a cake and indulge at home. Share it with family & friends or save it all for yourself while you reminisce on your trip to Barbados.

5

SAND

We may take it for granted, but for some, this time on the island has been their first and possibly their last encounter with beautiful pink sandy beaches. Those are the ones that you see frolicking happily on the beach or tanning from sunrise to sunset. We feel that a beautiful bottle of the good stuff to go along with your epic holiday stories could be just perfect to remind you of the great times you had in Barbados.

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MAGNETS / KEY CHAIN

I’m a local but I still have a have a magnet that says “Barbados Dreams” sitting at home on the refrigerator, but to be honest I collect them! Conversely nothing is easier to buy or as reasonably priced as a magnet or key chain! It’s the perfect item for those who have to buy multiple gifts, and a keepsake that can last for years.

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BARBADOS T-SHIRT

Can you really go wrong with a shirt that reads “Barbados!” or “I love Barbados” or “I drank rum in Barbados? Or all of the above? OK! OK! I’m biased – what about a shirt with a map on it?

Don’t forget to pick yours up today! Try these spots for great souvenirs •Pelican Village

•The Potter's House

•Chalky Mount Potteries •Earthworks Pottery

•Red Clay Pottery •Fairfield Gallery


MUST SEE DESTINATIONS

THE BARBADOS & HISTORICAL MUSEUM SOCIETY

St. Ann’s Garrison, Bridgetown ST. MICHAEL

(246) 427-0201

info@barbmuse.org.bb www.barbmuse.org.bb

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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love LOOKA DE VIEW SIGHT SEEING

BAJAN THINGS WE

#BREADFRUIT Bring it as cou cou, steamed, pickled, fried, served as chips or roasted! We aren’t partial!

#CUTTERS Bajans love salt bread with a wide range of accompanying options – Cheese cutter , ham cutter , bread & two ( Fishcake cutter), fish cutter or corned beef cutter we love them all!

We live on an island where there are a lot of things to love: sand, sea, sun, summer all year round, but other islands have that too. So here are a few other favourite things that truly make us uniquely Bajan.

#BUS STOPS

#DOMINOES

Never get lost in Bim – Just

A Great Past time with friends or strangers

follow the “Bus to city stop” back to town

#RIHANNA The most recognized Barbadian face in the world.

#CRICKET Cricket lovely Cricket! Especially 20:20 attend a game for thrills, spills and a fantastic “lime”.

#THE GREASY POLE CLIMB

#BAJAN ANTICS It’s said that you can know a Bajan anywhere in the world by their antics - the way they shake the ice in their glass to make the drink cold faster or by the way they swear to name a few.

This popular event for Oistins fish Shamelessly

#GOBARBADOS MAGAZINE - For all

Get to the top of a metal greased pole for prizes.

things Bajan!

#BAJAN FOOD Spicy, tasty and original conkies, fish cakes & Bakes, macaroni pie, cou cou & flying fish, Pudding & Souse and more.

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#BLACK BELLY SHEEP Yup – we have our own kind of sheep here!

#BAJAN SPEAK We have a word for Everything. Check out the Bajan Slang Dictionary -Defined & Illustrated by Nicholas Ward

Photos: BTMI

festival is a must see! The aim? –


MUST SEE DESTINATIONS

HARRISON’S CAVE Welchman Hall ST. THOMAS

(246) 417-3700 F. (246) 417-3709

info@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, who owned much of the land in the area, Harrison’s Cave remained an unexplored mystery until 1974, when it was rediscovered and mapped by cave adventurer Ole Sorensen. Patrons can explore the deep wonders and natural beauty of the cave via solar powered electronic trams, or take part in a variety of exciting 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. HARRISON’S CAVE SERVICES & AMENITIES INCLUDE:

•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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| B E H I N D

T H E with

L E N S |

RAWLE CULBARD We were able to sit with seasoned wedding photographer, Rawle Culbard to learn more about his craft and experiences. A genuinely quiet and private person, Rawle is known for fully immersing himself into his client’s world to capture the emotion and subtlety of their special day. Having been in the industry for over 15 years, Rawle has worked with a number of well known companies, such as the Nation Publishing Corporation and Cave Shepherd, and uses his technical expertise to capture awe inspiring moments. GOBARBADOS So Rawle, how would you describe your style.

out the best in persons.

RAWLE CULBARD Selected focus

you like?

style and clarity with happy moments

GB What type of photography do

of candid shots. Candid shots are the

RC I like commercial photography,

ones that have a depth that takes you

promotions, working on features and

to that moment in time.

interacting with business persons.

GB What would clients say about you?

GB What do you love about wedding photography?

RC My client say I don’t miss a

RC Capturing the special moments

moment....always on the ball or any

of two people deeply in love and

other word that best describe it.

showing that love and emotion on

GB Tell me about your

film I would say is the best part.

personality.

GB Why should I pick you?

RC I would say that I’m a friendly

RC Because I always go all out to

and warm person who likes to bring

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satisfy my clients and deliver good service with value for money.

GB Tell me something about you that people don’t typically know. RC I’m a decent minded person who is very loving and private.

GB How would you describe your working style? RC Take charge with allowing the client suggestions also. The client comes first in my books.


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Rawle has always proven to be hard working and efficient always giving of his best as well as ready to offer advice. His work is always immaculate and exemplary and he is also very time conscientious. - Kay Richards Duty Free Caribbean Brand Manager

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S

elfie mania has taken the world by storm. This trend is insanely popular with celebs, the young and the young at heart. Over a million selfies are taken on a daily basis, so chances are, by now most people have seen one. In fact, 48% of all selfies end up on Facebook, 14% are sent by text, 13% are shared on What’s App, and 9% on Twitter and Instagram. But before you upload those selfies you’ve been dying to share, if you have ever deleted more than a few bad selfies from your phone frown no more…here are the secrets to taking fabulous selfies. But, before we go… wait…let me take a selfie...


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GET THE

RIGHT ANGLE

To make your face look slimmer, shoot your selfie from slightly above. Holding the camera slightly higher than your head so that it's pointing down on you will make your eyes look bigger and help you avoid "pig nose." If you’re including your torso in the shot, turn one shoulder slightly towards the camera. Stick your neck out just a little, which will help eliminate that little bulge under your chin. If you turn your head a few degrees to the right or left, your features will appear less flat. Instead of taking the picture head-on, experiment with different angles to show off your features. Angling the camera slightly above yourself and taking a snapshot of your face and chest will highlight your cleavage.

USE A

FILTER! You are very likely going to be using a smart device to take that selfie, unfortunately those cameras are the ones most likely to capture blemishes and accentuate those less than flattering features. Play with a photo filter to see what types of photos you can create which will hide the negative bits and inch you closer to selfie perfection.

LIGHT

IT UP!

During the day choose natural coming from behind you. That lighting will make you look soft and beautiful. At night (if you can) tilt the camera so the light glows across your cheek bones. Avoid the desire to use the flash or stand directly under a light, it can add dark shadows to your face that won’t help that selfie to get any likes!

STAGE IT! Be aware of your surroundings – Take a quick peep behind you to avoid the rabbit ears, the photo bomber or the string of dirty laundry that you need to hide from the internet! If you still haven’t gotten it quite right then use that crop and zoom feature! After all the models use Photoshop, why can’t you?

DO YOU! We would tell you to avoid the duck face but you certainly already know that! Highlight your best assets. Try to get your face and just a bit of your shoulders included in the shot! Why not smile? Nothing lasts like a smile in a perfectly staged shot! This takes us to our next point.

DON’T OVERDO IT It’s been said that selfie mania is an unnecessary act of narcissism, so avoid being that guy who posts a new shot every hour. However, once you consider using that camera on yourself in moderation, it’s just another way to share your life with your friends or fans and have fun! Go for it and Good Luck!

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Barbados Photo Hotspots

W

e come across so many beautiful shots of the island in our travels that it’s often hard to not get caught lusting after more time to see the sunset, to surf the ocean blue, take a stroll on one of the islands beautiful beaches or just take up a camera and run hither, thither and yon, soaking up the beauty of the island. This section highlights and celebrates all the wonderful shots that are captured by the “nonprofessionals of the world, with an eye for beauty and perfect timing. All photos were graciously provided by Franz Phillips.

{ The Golden Light}

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{ Casuarina Sunset }

{ My Barbados}


LOOKA DE VIEW SIGHT SEEING { Batts Rock Fury } { Monkey }

{ Tropical Wetlands}

{ Tropical Paradise}

{ Little Bay }

{ Drift Wood}

{ The Red Box}

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This Weekend In

Paradise P

eople the world over appreciate the weekend so much that countless songs have been dedicated to this momentous occasion. In Barbados, we break out the dominoes and the beers and call all our friends be apart of yet another fantastic weekend. If you are wondering what you and the crew can see this weekend we have a fantastic suggestion that involves seeing the island, capturing it with our camera lens and sharing it with your friends. This weekend in paradise, avoid the hustle and bustle of city life and kindle a love affair with nature.

Harrison’s Cave t the heart of Barbados lies one of its greatest wonders Harrison’s Cave. Located in the central uplands of the island, this breathtakingly beautiful, crystallized limestone cavern is a testament to nature’s mastery. Flowing streams, deep pools of crystal clear water and towering columns characterize this living cave. Gaze in wonder at the white flow stones and in awe at the beauty of the speleothems (stalactites & stalagmites) which adorn the cave. Be sure to make Harrison’s Cave your first stop while in Barbados and Unearth the Adventure!

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Open Daily from 8:45am – 3:45pm

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f you wanted to visit a location where you could see a number of exotic animals and

have the feeling as though you were on safari, then you should visit The Barbados Wildlife Reserve. Located in the north of the island in the parish of St. Peter. It is surrounded by mahogany woods and is adjacent to Farley Hill National Park.

Open Daily from 9am – 4:30pm

Andromeda Gardens A

s the name implies Andromeda is quite simply a nature-lovers paradise. This tranquil, St. John

garden is home to the most extensive collection of tropical plants in Barbados, with over six hundred different species of plants adapted to a range of tropical environments. It is also home to a few small animals and a tropical stream runs through the

Photo provided by BTMI

property, forming serene waterfalls and pools.

Open Daily from 9 am – 5 pm | (246) 433-9454 $ Adults $13US; Children Half Price

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Welchman Hall Gully W

elchman Hall Gully has a vast and interesting assortment of Barbadian, exotic plants and wildlife and is rich in natural history. The gully is also a hot spot for viewing and photographing some of the island’s beautiful wild Green Monkeys.

(246) 433-9454 | $ Adults $12US (Guide included); Children (5-12 yrs) $6US, Under 5 - Free

Animal Flower Cave T

Open Daily from 9 am – 4:30 pm | $ Adults $10US; Children $5US

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(246) 439-8797

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ravel to St. Lucy and enter this unique island gem. The cliff side 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.


MUST SEE DESTINATIONS

CRICKET LEGENDS OF BARBADOS INC. Fontabelle ST. MICHAEL

(246) 227-2651

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.

(246) 227-2652

info@cricketlegends barbados.com www.cricketlegends barbados.com

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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PRETZELS

GRANOLA/ HEALTH BARS These great tasting energy boosters, are also high in fiber, low in calories and taste great.

NUTS

Pretzels are rich in carbs, yet low fat and are perfect for refueling, during a rough day at the beach.

HEALTHY

POPCORN

SNACKING Nuts are high on our health food list of choice. Weight watchers love these little delights because they are great energizers, help to increase your metabolism and are high in fiber and potassium.

WATER

FOR A DAY OUT

I

f you were to peep into a Barbadian beach bag, you would most likely find, a towel, some water, a book or tablet, a soda (or two), some sunblock and tons of unhealthy snacks to inhale while at the beach. Sadly if we want to continue to stay sexy in our suits and loungers, consuming a mass of unhealthy snacks may not be the best idea. Instead maybe we could consider a few healthy snack alternatives to take on our next outing.

One of the most, if not the most important item on your list is water. It’s the ORIGINAL way to rehydrate, try flavoured water for a sweeter low calorie option that is refreshing and tasty.

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our favourite beach snacks, every time I go to the beach, I must have a snow cone but next time I’ll also add a healthy alternative. Here a few of what our readers said were their not so healthy favourite cheat snacks:

FRESH FRUIT

This light snack is high in fiber and leaves you feeling fuller longer, check the bag for caloric intake and select the one that suits you best.

VEGGIES WITH DIP This snack is loaded with vitamins, is high in fiber, low in fat and can be very refreshing.

Taking fruit to the beach is a great way to ensure that you get your five daily servings of fruit & veg. Fruits are full of nutrients and can act as natural thirst quenchers on a hot day.

• CORN CURLS •CHEFETTE CHICKEN • TRAIL MIX TENDERS • CHOCOLATE TEATIME BISCUITS

HAPPY SNACKING!


MUST SEE DESTINATIONS

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, who did five (5) solo exhibitions, has exhibited his art in numerous group shows and foreign exhibitions. His

creativestop @caribsurf.com

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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caribbean dreaming Born and raised on the beautiful island of Grenada, Kay Kelman is a Caribbean artist living in Los Angeles, California. There she is well on her way to becoming an artist with global appeal. “I’ve always been interested in various forms of art,” she says, “but one day I stumbled across a tourist in Grenada painting a scene of the Careenage.” Transfixed, Kelman knew from that moment that art would become an important part of her life. She went on to study at Oral Roberts University for Graphic Design, and completed her BA at Oklahoma State University. Kelman’s artwork is distinctive. “I use oil and 80% acrylic and try to achieve movement by particular brushstrokes and composition. I tend to use reds, yellows and greens, which are Grenada’s national colors.” Blue is also a favored color

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in her work. Kelman loves “capturing simple everyday moments; a look, gesture, movement and immortalize it.” She explains, “it’s the little everyday things that are most memorable.” Having exhibited at the Oklahoma Gallery, Kelman looks forward to exposing more of her art in the Caribbean and the wider world; she already has an internet following that crosses miles. As an art teacher she offers this advice to upcoming artists, “keep on doing your thing. Keep creating, because with every new artwork, growth happens. Learn to trust your own voice and unique style regardless of what’s trendy, and utilize the internet. The world is just a click away.”

“Le Baaba: An American Abroad” Acrylic on Canvas

“The Cello” Acrylic on Canvas

Learn more about Kay Kelman at her website www.nakedcanvasart.com


MUST SEE DESTINATIONS

MEDFORD CRAFT WORLD

White Hall Main Rd 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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m u s e u m amusement

B

arbados is an island drenched in the heritage of our forefathers. Our cultural traditions, invaluable resources and historic treasures are of immeasurable value to this generation and the next. Why not visit a few of these sites and see what we really have to offer? Plan for at least a few hours in each location to ensure that you get a chance to view each exhibit.

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George Washington

1

The Barbados Museum

House & Museum Bush Hill, St. Michael

&

Historical Society

Just around the corner from the Barbados Museum is George Washington House. This this former plantation house, formerly known as ‘Bush Hill House’ was once the two-month residence of the United States’ first President, George Washington, and his ailing half-brother, Lawrence Washington in 1751. Barbados is famously the only country Washington ever visited outside colonial America and Washington marked his two-month stay with several journal entries in his diary. Adding to the intrigue of the house is a network of recently discovered manmade caves, over which the house was built, that stretch for miles in many directions.

Garrison Savannah, St. Michael

Your first stop is the Barbados Museum and Historical Society, housed in the historic buildings of the former British Military Prison at St Ann’s. The prison began construction in 1817 but was finally completed 36 year later. Today it is one of only twelve such prisons constructed anywhere in the British Empire and as such it is unique to the region. Tel. (246) 427- 0201 Open Mon - Sat 9 am – 5 pm | Sun 2 pm – 6 pm

Tel . (246) 228-5461 or (246) 228-5710 Open Mon – Fri, 9 am – 4:30 pm

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Barbados National Heroes gallery

4

Tyrol Cot Heritage Villa

& Museum of Parliament

Codrington Village. St. Michael

Bridgetown

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. Sir Grantley Adams was said to be the founding father of Barbadian democracy and his former home is a historic Palladian-style house, with a modern “Heritage Chattel House Village” onsite. The village gives visitors an idea of 1920’s architecture and way of life.

A short drive down town will bring you to a gothic, colonial, coral stone structure, in the centre of town, which has been the location of the islands Parliament of Barbados, since June 16th, 1874. Not only is it the home of the 3rd oldest parliament in the Commonwealth but the West Wing is home to the interactive Barbados Museum of Parliament and the Barbados National Heroes Gallery. Tel.( 246) 310-5400

Tel. (246) 424-2074 Open Mon - Fri 8am – 4:30pm (last tour at 4:00 p.m.)

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5

6

Springvale

The Bridgetown Synagogue

Eco-Heritage Museum Scotland District, St. Andrew

(The Nidhe Israel Jewish Museum)

Springvale Eco-Heritage Museum is a hidden treasure 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.

Bridgetown

The Nidhe Israel Jewish Synagogue (just 3 – 5 minutes’ walk from the National Heroes gallery) is said to be the first synagogue to be built in the Western Hemisphere. The original synagogue was built in 1654, destroyed by a hurricane in 1834, and then subsequently rebuilt. Today it is managed by the Barbados National Trust.

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St. Nicholas Abbey Cherry Tree Hill, St. Peter

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Sir Frank Hutson Sugar Museum Portvale Sugar Factory, St. James

Built in 1658, 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. Tour the great house, admire the architecture and historical furnishings, view a short very rare 1930s film and hear the former owners’ tale of crime and tragedy. Next explore the fully operational steam mill and rum distillery used to produce St. Nicholas Abbey Rum an enjoyable way to spend the day.

Barbados produces some of the highest quality cane sugar in the world and the Sir Frank Hutson Sugar Museum highlights this sweet, sweet treasure, showcasing the sugar industry in Barbados through the 1700’s and 1800’s. 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 between sugar, molasses and our world famous rum. Tel. (246) 250-9290 Open. Mon to Sat, 9am - 5pm

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Sunbury Plantation House St Philip

Journey 300 years back to a time in this beautifully restored great house. 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 buffet lunch or an afternoon outing. Tel. (246) 423-6270 Open. Daily from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm.

While we try our best to ensure our opening hours are correct, always call ahead to be sure.

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Car Rental Listings

RENTALS

CARS,

MOPEDS

&BIKES With breathtaking views all around the island, taking a driving tour is a must. A spontaneous romantic drive around the island can reignite a smouldering flame or a carload of friends, a map and a cooler would most likely make an afternoon well spent. Whatever your reason: photos, relaxation, romance or the abstract lime (social event with friends), be sure to get a car and get out there.

1ST CHOICE CAR RENTAL

Worthing Main Rd, Christ Church 434-2277 / 228-2899 www.1stchoicecarrental.com info@1stchoicecarrental.com

ADAM’S CAR RENTAL

Lakes Folly, Bridgetown 436-0543 Or 427-3883 adam-carrental@hotmail.com

BRYCE CAR RENTAL

Union Rd, St Philip 423-6630 Or 243-7057

CORBIN’S CAR RENTALS INC.

Upper Collymore Rock, St Michael 427-9531 www.corbinscars.com

DIRECT RENTALS

Balls Plantation, Christ Church 420-6372 or 420-6391 www.barbadosrentals.net info@barbadosrentals.net

JONES GARAGE & RENT-A-CAR LTD

Passage Rd, St Michael 425-6637 www.jonescarrentals.com info@jonescarrental.com

Direct Car Rentals Balls Plantation, Christ Church

(246) 420-6372 (246) 420-6391 F. (246) 420-6391

info @barbadosrentals.net www.barbadosrentals.net

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Established in 1976, Direct Car Rentals can proudly boast 38 years of excellent service. At this family owned and operated establishment, Andrew and Jonathan are dedicated to maintaining and building strong relationships with their customers. Along with the staff of Direct Car Rentals, they pride themselves on offering quality and value, proven by the long list of satisfied clients. They offer a modern, well-maintained fleet of vehicles with offerings suitable for any budget. Purchasing only new vehicles and replacing them every 3 - 4 years, they ensure that they offer their customers only the best. Vehicles are fully insured and well maintained, with free 24hr roadside assistance. “Direct Car Rentals Ltd. - The BEST choice for your vacation or business needs!”

KAT’S AUTO RENTALS

#1 Pool Land, St John

433-1657 kats.auto.rentals@hotmail.com M A H CAR RENTALS

Passage Rd, St. Michael

427-1952 or 436-7189 mahcarrentals@sunbeach.net RAYSIDE CAR RENTALS

Kirtons, St Philip 428-0264

VENTURE CAR RENTALS INC.

Warners Park, Christ Church

228-4141 www.venturecarrentals.com

VOYAGER RENT-A-CAR

Oldbury Terrace, St Philip 420-7508

www.voyager-rent-a-car.com info@voyager-rent-a-car.com Z & S CAR RENTALS

Perkins Rd, Brittons X Rd St. Michael 437-7084 www.zandscarrentals.com


MUST SEE DESTINATIONS

ANDROMEDA

BOTANICAL GARDENS

Bathsheba ST. JOSEPH

(246) 433-9384 (246) 248-0190

info @andromedabarbados.com www. andromedabarbados.com

Andromeda Botanic Gardens is an amazing, Barbados National Trust garden with an unparalleled collection of plants, situated on the east coast. Created by multiaward winning Iris Bannochie, it is the only botanic garden in Barbados with historical and cultural significance. ‘One of the most special gardens in the world’ Wildlife love Andromeda too! Have patience and you will see hummingbirds. There are butterflies galore, including monarchs. Stay late and you’ll see our resident monkeys looking for food, playing or even fighting. Relax by the pond ‘one of the most tranquil spots in the world’ and watch the dragonflies. Feed the fish with your children – always a joy!

Andromeda Botanic Gardens is simply a work of creative genius. Creativity extends to the Andromeda Gallery Lounge which provides an opportunity for local artists/craftspeople to display and sell their work. Mahogany sculptures, handmade soaps and perfumes, bags, art and photography are all available at the Gallery Lounge. The café offers simple, but wellexecuted food – Bajan fish-cakes, sandwiches with home-made bread, organically grown salads (when available) from our own organic garden or just treat yourselves to a cup of excellent coffee and a slice of cake. Great garden, cool café and creative crafts. Andromeda Botanic Gardens – an amazing garden and so much more!

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in unda

sea!

Oceentaurnes Adv


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IN & UNDA DE SEA! OCEAN ADVENTURES

LOOKING SEXY WHILE COVERING UP I

t’s always summer (and swimsuit season) in Barbados with 365 days available to go to the beach. Beach or pool, it pays to have a flattering look! One that accentuates the positive, while hiding all the little bits, which we can sometimes be self-conscious of - something sexy, savvy and comfortable that makes us look and feel fantastic. A cover up is a fun and functional way to achieve this, so here are our suggestions. A CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON

It’s said that there is nothing sexier than a half naked woman in a man’s shirt. In some instances this may be correct, but luckily, we can just go out and get us a “boyfriend shirt” tailored to fit our bodies and curves. They are suitable for any body type, but don’t you dare play shy! The buttons down the front are great for peek-a-boo with your assets and a boyfriend shirt in linen or cotton are great for keeping cool on the beach.

TRY A HOODIE

Yes, we said hoodie, but don’t run out and buy a sweater or a sweat shirt. Instead look for a cute hooded dress, is an adorable option for a cruise or an outing that will extend into the night.

CROCHET, NET OR MESH

For those looking to show off a little more without giving away the entire show, a sexy crochet or mesh dress might be just the thing. This naughty but nice option will cover it all and expose it all - at the same time, leaving everything else to the imagination. This is a sexy and cool option for these hot island days.

BEFORE YOU BUY Tips for making the right selection

THE KAFTAN OR MAXI DRESS

If you’re looking for a sultry way to cover up that beach body, try a Kaftan or a maxi dress, the length adds a touch of elegance and sophistication that’s easy to transform from the beach to a dinner table or an elegant party with a simple change of shoes and accessories.

WRAP IT UP

The beach wrap or Sarong is a classic beach cover up. Easy to use, easy to pack and exceptionally versatile with several different ways which it can be worn. With so many beautiful print and options to match any skin tone and swimsuit, it should be easy to find one that fits your personality.

TOTALLY TUNIC

If there was just one piece that’s a “must have” for your closet of beach accessories then the tunic is that item. The tunic is available in several colours, styles and lengths and are a compliment to most body types. We suggest the classic Bohemian tunic, most popular with a plunging neckline and split at the side for added sex appeal.

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Buy something that will make you feel super sexy, that shows off your best asset (Yes we all have one!) If you like to show a little cleavage, a lot of leg, hide everything or leave little to the imagination, the tunic and boyfriend shirts are great for all of the above.

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If you burn easily then select an option with a sleeve that can help shade you from the suns rays if your sunblock (heaven forbid) is not at hand.

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On hot days a cool fabric is a plus, but if you plan to wear the cover up outside of the beach then try to select a fabric that is cool, durable and flexible (in terms of suitability) for day and night.

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Embrace length cautiously, choose a lovely flowing maxi dress or kaftan if you want to feel sexy while covering those bits, but be sure to inspect your rear end before purchase, as some materials can be quite unflattering.

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IN & UNDA DE SEA! OCEAN ADVENTURES

Know how to handle cramps

Overexertion and tiredness can cause your limbs – calves or feet especially, to cramp up. If you do get a leg cramp, do not panic. Shout for help, lie on your back and paddle back to shore.

Don’t estimate depths

If you are venturing into new waters take your time and walk out. There is the possibility that you may find that it deepens suddenly. Also be sure not to dive into the water not knowing the depth. It may be shallower than it appears, causing you to be injured, possibly even severely.

Be mindful of hidden currents

Watch out for hidden currents to avoid drifting away with the waves - pay close attention to how far you are from the shore can assist with this. If you are not a strong swimmer, be sure that water comes no higher than waist level. That way, if you begin to drift, you will still have some security which will allow you to stand. If you get caught in a rip current - it will pull you out to sea but keep calm, conserve your energy & try to float, then swim back at a 45 degree angle to avoid getting caught again. If you cannot do this then

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tread water or float and yell to attract attention.

Check for lifeguards

There are many beaches to choose from, which have lifeguard stations. When choosing your beach spot, check for lifeguard huts and if you do decide to swim at a beach where there is no attendant, be as cautious as possible. Also, if you are alone, be sure that there are other swimmers around. That way if you get into difficulty, someone could be around to assist. Find a full listing of all beach amenities online at www.gobarbados.org

Avoid Manchineel trees 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 rain from the tree can blister the skin and eyes.

SUN DAY FUN DAY SAFE DAY! A visit to the beach can be fun filled and invigorating. But there are some dangers out there of which you must be aware. Here are ways to make a day at the beach, a fun and SAFE day...


HOTEL LISTINGS

HILTON BARBADOS RESORT

Stay at the luxury Hilton Barbados th

Needham’s Point ST. MICHAEL

features a sprawling pool complex

Resort. Located on a stunning 17

with whirlpool, as well as three

Century fort, Needham’s Point.

premium tennis courts and a

Set amidst stunning grounds,

Fitness & Health Centre with spa

on its own tropical peninsula

treatment rooms overlooking

overlooking the waters of the

Carlisle Bay.

Caribbean sea. Hilton Barbados is perfect for couples, families and

Children will get star treatment

discerning business travelers. This

at the fun-filled Kidz Paradise

100% non-smoking Caribbean

Club, while the surrounding area

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resort is a true tropical paradise,

offers a multitude of cultural and

with exquisite ocean-facing

recreational activities for all the

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accommodation and four fabulous

family, including water sports,

dining options.

world-class golf, horseback riding, fishing, sailing, scuba diving,

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Just five minutes from the

swimming at some of the best

island’s capital, Bridgetown,

Barbados beaches and of course

and 20 minutes from Grantley

sightseeing at the historic Charles

Adams International Airport,

Fort, the fascinating 17th century

this luxurious ocean-front hotel

colonial fortification.

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SKIN T HEALTH IN THE SUN

he island slowly awakens, birds start to sing their melodious song, the sun rises and the flowers open to the start of a new day. Sunbeams play happily on the ocean, and kiss the skin of sun worshippers to delightfully transform the pale to a golden brown… a delight for some and a challenge for others. When it's time to hit the beach, be sure to account for style, comfort and safety. While the experience is sure to be fantastic, the extended exposure to the sun…Not good for your skin! Sunburn is uncomfortable but more importantly, it’s risky to your health. Below are some ways to stay protected.

HAZMAT GEAR! Some scientist have predicted that in the distant future we will all have to wear full body suits, much like Hazmat gear to protect us from the sun. Until that day comes, we could practice by wearing a little protective clothing! Sunglasses, a broad rim hat and cover ups will add to the sexy, mysterious, sea farrier and offer a bit of protection when you are out on the sand. Remember that sunlight can penetrate thin and light coloured clothing, but heavier, dark clothing will likely keep you hot. Find a middle ground to keep you cool and still provide some protection.

LIP PROTECTION We usually remember to protect their skin but neglect our lips. But UVA & UVB rays are bad for the lips as well, causing dryness, cracking and even stirring cold sores. So remember to protect those kissable lovelies with a proper lip balm, that’s between SPF 15 and 18.

SUNSCREEN

HYDRATE Hydration is important at all times and it’s even more important to revitalise your body when in the sun for long periods. Apart from being good for digestion, absorption and a host of other bodily functions, water is great for your skin health. Pack a large bottle (or bottles) of water and be sure to replenish your fluids regularly. Also note that hydrating you skin topically is also important.

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AFTER-SUN CARE After you return home from an enjoyable day in the sun, there is still more which you can do to protect your skin. Apply an after-sun product, to replace lost moisture and to prevent the escalation of any damage, which may have occurred

Sunscreen is very important to your skins health! So for your day in the sun be sure to have the right one. Choose broad spectrum UV coverage which is waterproof and SPF 15 or higher. Broad-spectrum UV coverage means it protects against both UVA and UVB rays. This along with the proper SPF will ensure proper protection. Look for the seal of approval on the bottle and apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside. Be sure to re-apply after coming out of the water or after any sweaty activities.


HOTEL LISTINGS

BEST E. VILLAS

Convert your dream holiday

Green-Ridge, Prospect ST. JAMES

(246) 425-9751 F. (246) 425-9653

errolbest @bestevillas.com www.bestevillas.com

into a reality. With two locations, Best E. Villas can provide more options to suit your individual needs and guarantee you a home away from home in their award-winning, self-catering Barbados’ apartments. 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 freshwater 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 northeast 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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THOUGHTS ON

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MENS BEACH STYLE

ny time is a great time to head to the Beach in Barbados. But have you put any thought into what you might wear? With the world becoming more and

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more fashionable, there’s no reason to let is pass you by. Yes! Being on holiday is a good excuse to relax and let go but why not be sexy and stylish there too? It’s easy with our “head to toe” guide to beach style.


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GO TOP GUN Start simple! These days you are sure to see more than a few people with shades on, even at night! Clearly sunglasses are a must have accessory! Sunglasses are a great way to protect your eyes, while adding a bit of mystery and sex appeal in the process. Take the time to find a high quality pair of sunglasses that really suits the frame of your face. What colour suits your style? Buy a dozen cheap pairs for every occasion or a classic style for any occasion. Have you seen the movie “TOP GUN”? … Can you say Aviator’s? Whichever style you select, always remember

SHOW SOME LEG

there’s never a good reason to wear them at night!

DARE TO NOT GO BARE (BACKED)!

While surf trunks are out in the fashionable parts of the world, they are still very acceptable for the Caribbean, in bright colours and patterns. However if you really want to stand out,

While a trip to the beach hardly warrants

then follow the current beach trends of

a shirt, not having one will cause trouble if

shorter more tailored shorts, which fall

you have to pop to the store or restaurant.

anywhere between the lower thigh and

A casual dress shirt is a great option here! So, with everyone else bare backed on the beach, the arrival of a sharply dressed

upper thigh.

FOOTWEAR

chap is sure to be a head turner…before

Boat Shoes and casual loafers are all the rage in

you take it off, that is. But don’t get caught up

the Caribbean, but a classy pair or sandals or flip-

deciding between a casual dress shirt and tee?

flops will still be seen everywhere.

Because there’s still the Polo! Try pastels and bright solids or nautical stripes - for a casual high-end beach look, or try a solid or patterned tee for a more relaxed look. P.S. Ensure any top is a great balanced compliment to your bottom.

HEADS UP! A hat is a fun way to stay stylish and cool in the hot Caribbean sun. If you are willing to try a hat then the straw trilby or the fedora are just what the doctor ordered, this is the ultimate in men’s beach fashion. With several styles and colours to pick from, it should be easy to find one that is perfectly suited to you. Feel free to also try the golf/flat cap, visor or certain cuts of straw cowboy hat, but in our opinion the fisherman’s/bucket hat…is pushing it!

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Pros & Cons

of Living by the Sea Pros

IT’S ON THE BEACH We could begin and end this list with just the one item. No commuting, no wait, cool evenings, beautiful sunsets, morning exercise! It is always there at your disposal and you can literally just jump in when the mood strikes. IT’S A STRESS REDUCER Sea breeze, soft sand and the sounds of the waves all create a serene environment, away from the hustle and bustle of day to day life. You can just head out after a long day for a stroll across the sand or soak away those worries with quick dip in the ocean, a book, soft music, a glass of wine unwind at your convenience. BETTER AIR QUALITY The continuous ocean breeze not only provides clean, fresh air but because of the negative ions in the ocean air, you can experience an increase in the flow of oxygen to the brain; resulting in higher alertness and more mental energy.

Cons

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aking to the sounds of waves rolling onto the shore; the fresh, crisp, clean ocean air; the call of passing seagulls as you have your morning cup of joe at the waters edge; and enjoying the serenity of the ocean whenever you wish... sounds like a dream, doesn’t it? A seaside home is a dream come true for many…your personal island retreat, a summer home, or a condo to retire to. However ocean front living is a lifestyle which comes with its own faults. So before you buy into the dream of perfection, it is best to weigh the pros and cons of living by the sea.

EXPENSE The high demand on beachfront properties means that these homes will always come at a premium. MAINTENANCE The effect of the salt in the atmosphere is usually quite damaging to materials within and around the home. Maintenance costs will therefore be much higher than homes inland. TOURISTS AND VISITOR CROWDING Beach rentals are usually in high demand for tourists. You are trying to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, but so are they. In some areas crowds may cause your escape to become less tranquil.

ADVENTURE You could literally find something different to do every day. The options are endless…walking, jogging, swimming, diving, surfing, fishing and so much more.

SUSCEPTIBILITY TO BAD WEATHER hurricanes build strength over large masses of open water - this means that when they first reach land, they are most destructive - leaving ocean front property at a greater risk.

RENTAL INCOME Oceanfront property can be quite expensive, but there are ways to turn this into an investment. While out of town, rent it temporarily to tourists and vacationers. There is always a market for beachfront properties.

HIGHER INSURANCE RATES Because of the higher risk of damage due to storms, potential rogue waves or flooding and salt air that comes along with oceanfront living, insurance companies will charge a premium.

As with any type of property, oceanfront homes have their pros and cons. Personally we would take the risk and purchase a home in a heart beat, but do your research on the area as every oceanfront community will not be the same. From crowds to weather patterns, select an area that will be best for you.

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HOTEL LISTINGS

CARVETTE APARTMENTS

#2 Maxwell Gardens CHRIST CHURCH

(246) 236-3194 or (246) 423-0039

carvetteapartments @gmail.com

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 self-

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

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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.

Carvette is located minutes from the airport and just a few steps away from the breathtaking Dover Beach

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SURFING

Surfing is one of the most popular water sports across the world and for one good reason…It’s tons of fun. It has been said that the act of riding the barrel of a monster wave is calming, serene and adrenalin pumping all at once. It’s no wonder that the number of people choosing to learn to surf climbs annually. The life of the surfer looks cool, fun, toned, tanned and perfect…

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JETSKI

This high speed, high energy water-sport is great for thrill seekers, adrenaline junkies or just fun lovers. Lovers of this high powered ride will be pleased to find Jet Ski operators at popular beaches waiting to take you on one of the most exciting joyrides of your life. Slide onto the back of one of these babies and go.

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BANANA BOAT BRIDING

This exciting ride on an inflatable banana shaped tube is full of fun and adventure. The tube is towed by a high speed boat while passengers on the banana hold on and try to avoid the inevitable – falling off. Wearing their protective life jackets, riders bounce and rock away until the driver accomplishes his mission, which is to turn the banana over. Another similar and equally exciting ride is tubing. You must try one or both of these activities.

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STAND UP PADDLE BOARDING

Stand up Paddling has quickly grown to be one of the more popular water-sports here in Barbados. Novice or expert, this experience lets you to walk on water, for a unique birds eye view of the marine life that lies below the depths of ocean, while getting a relaxing, full body, workout (Yes we know that’s an oxymoron).

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SNORKELING

Explore the magnificence of the under-water playground, without the weight of heavy diving equipment. Snorkelers swim just below sea level wearing a diving mask, a life vest (for added buoyancy) and a snorkeling tube to allow them to breathe. Swim with the beautiful fish, the friendly turtles and a host of other marine life.

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SCUBA DIVING

Scuba diving allows you to get up close to the creatures of the ocean. Our bodies weren’t built for this, yet we can do it. Imagine swimming among a school of fish, walking on the ocean bed or visiting a shipwreck. If you have never experienced it we encourage you to try, it’s an experience of a lifetime.

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PARA SAILING

This high adrenaline activity is another one that’s great for thrill seekers. It’s the rush of a sky adventure without the fear of being too high. Towed by a boat, you are harnessed to a large parachute and as the boat moves off, you rise into the air. What could be more amazing than flying!

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KITE SURFING

Combine surfing, windsurfing, paragliding and gymnastics and you have one awesome experience. The rider races across the water propelled by wind caught in the kites sail. It’s not a simple sport and like most others will require lessons, but once its mastered it’s said to be an extraordinary experience.

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WIND SURFING

Though newer sports like kite-surfing have emerged, wind surfing continues to be popular with enthusiasts across the world. As the name suggests, the surfboard is attached the sail which is propelled by the wind. This sport offers you a sense of tranquility which very few of the newer sports offer. This one is not about the adrenaline rush, instead it is simply a relaxing ride across the ocean.

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SAILING

Sailing is one of the greatest, long standing water-sports there is. Alone, with a friend or with a team, the flexibility of this sport is attractive to many. In a boat you can travel around the country or around the world. Charter a boat and hit the high seas. The options are endless.

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ENDLESS BEACHES 7

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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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IN & UNDA DE SEA! OCEAN ADVENTURES

1 Accra beach

Christ Church

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


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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

Christ Church

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

Christ Church

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


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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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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. Cave Shepherd, a popular duty free department store in Hastings is also open until this time.

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.


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, hotel front desk or hotel boutique. however 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 here 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

228-6120 419-4911

SANDY CREST MEDICAL

(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 your hotel provides one, as many of them do.

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 US 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 FLOW Smart Card / Digicel SIM card from marked retail outlets’ island wide. FROM THE HOTEL/ ACCOMMODATION Check to see if any fee is attached to this before you dial.

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Go Barbados - Issue #1  

An exclusive insider look at the island of Barbados! Its friendly people, its vibrant culture and the best places to Explore, Dine, Play & S...

Go Barbados - Issue #1  

An exclusive insider look at the island of Barbados! Its friendly people, its vibrant culture and the best places to Explore, Dine, Play & S...