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Barbados in a Nutshell

Barbados in a

2013-2014 Edition

Detailed Visitors Map Inside Shopping • Restaurant Guide • Adventures •

C r u i s e Te r m i n a l , B r i d g e t o w n | L o w e r B r o a d S t r e e t , B r i d g e t o w n West Coast Mall, Holetown, St. James | Grantley Adams International Airport Tel: 430-2400 | 1-800-51-JEWEL |

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#32 Broad Street, Bridgetown Tel. (246) 429-7072

Barbados in a Nutshell is published annually by Miller Publishing Co. Ltd.

Created By SALLY MILLER Production & Adertising Sales SALLY MILLER CHRISTINE WILKIE Production Co-ordinator JANELLE BRYAN Production Assistant LYN ARMSTRONG


Cover Artist: Elizabeth “Baiti” Stewart

Elizabeth Stewart, also known as “Baiti”, is a Caribbean artist whose work is heavily influenced by her Barbadian upbringing and her Lokono Arawak heritage. Her work articulates the vibrancy and creativity of Caribbean culture. Her paintings are influenced by stained glass religious art of the Renaissance and European Impressionist artists, Monet and Van Gogh, as well as African and indigenous woodcarving. Her current work reflects her consideration of religion and race in the Caribbean as well as the landscapes and people. Available at Gallery of Caribbean Art, The Bridgetown Gallery at Sheraton Mall and Café Moya at Sunset Crest. Tel: 439 8109

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Layout & Copy SALLY MILLER CHRISTINE WILKIE JANELLE BRYAN TAO HOWARD Design TAO HOWARD Printed By: PRINTWEB CARIBBEAN LTD. Print Run: 110,000 copies June 2013 – May 2014 Edition

Edgehill, St. Thomas, Barbados, W.I. T: (246) 421 6700 | F: (246) 421 6707 ©2013 MILLER PUBLISHING CO. LTD. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form without the prior written permission of the publisher.

Andrew Hulsmeier Kristine Dear


Sandy Lane Beach

Flower Forest

Brian Talma/DeAction Beach Shop


Learn to Surf!

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Activities 10, 11 Advertisers Index 190 Art & Craft 42 Beaches 108 Calendar of Events 12, 14, 15 Car Hire 116 Driving Tips 116 Fishing 58, 60, 64 Glass Bottom Cruises 58, 67 Golf 18 Island Adventures 52 Key Facts 8 Local Food 114,115 Nightlife 180 Nuts & Bolts 16 Nutty Facts 92, 93 Property 94 Restaurants 124 Safety 188 Sailing Cruises 56 Shopping 26 Sightseeing 70 Spa Services 16, 17 Sports Bars 186, 187 Submarine Adventures 55 SUP’ing 66 Surfing 67 Touring & Hikes 68, 69 Useful Directory 189

Horizon House McGregor Street, The Careenage Bridgetown, Barbados Wir sprechen Deutsch. Nous parlons Francais.

Directions From the Cruise Terminal: Walk directly along the sea into town. You will see the blue building at the end of the street. In Town Directions: The blue building next to the Careenage, one block south of Broad Street on McGregor Street (Scotia Bank).

Store Hours: Monday - Saturday: 9a to 5p Sunday: 9a - 2p (seasonally) Contact: Phone: 246 436-2489

Also located at: Grantley Adams Int’l Airport Departure Terminal Christ Church, Barbados


Courtesy Simply Flowers

Newly designed bank notes

Tropical blooms by Simply Flowers

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Key Facts

Jon Farmer

CAPITAL CITY - Bridgetown,

Water safe to drink straight from the tap

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the main shopping centre. On June 25 2011, 'Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison' was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. There is no other higher form of recognition for a heritage site in the World. A convenient shuttle service operates between hotels and Bridgetown - call 227-2200. CURRENCY - The Barbados Dollar is tied to the US Dollar at a rate of US$1 = Bds$1.98; other currencies fluctuate so check with the local banks or the press. ELECTRICITY - 110/230V 50Hz. FLORIST - Christina Foster at Simply Flowers Tel: 437-6597. HOURS OF BUSINESS - Banks open Monday to Thursday from 8am-3pm and Friday 8am-5pm. Supermarkets open daily from 8am and close between 7pm and 10pm in the evenings. Other retail outlets generally open Monday to Friday from 9am-5pm and on Saturday from 9am-2pm. Special opening hours in December. POPULATION - 287,733 (2012) SIZE - 166 square miles, measuring 21 miles long x 14 miles wide. TAX - 17.5% VAT is usually included in prices quoted. 7.5% VAT and 10% service charge will be added to your hotel bill. TIPPING - Usually 10%–15%. WATER - Safe to drink from tap.


Barbados Concorde Aerial Trek Aerial Trek has been awarded Experience “Tour of the Season” for 2008The Barbados Concorde Experience offers visitors an exciting, unforgettable insight into the history and unique character of the legendary supersonic aircraft. This stunning exhibition, located within an easy walking distance adjacent to the Grantley Adams International Airport, celebrates Concorde’s grace and elegance, with spectacular multi-media presentations, tempting gift and coffee shop, and observation deck. A truly memorable experience for all ages. Normal hours of operation are Tuesday - Saturday 9am-5pm. These hours may be subject to change due to private functions.

Call 420 7738 for more information

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2010 by Princess Cruises, is recommended by Trip Advisor and received near perfect scores from the well regarded Zagat 2010 Survey, among other awards. The thrill of the zipline adventure begins at the base where you are given a safety briefing and outfitted with your harness system, helmets and gloves. Experienced tour guides ensure your safety as you move over eight platforms while they provide interesting information on different areas of the beautiful eco-system of Jack-inthe-box gully in the parish of St. Thomas. At Aerial Trek Zipline Adventures you’ll discover why they are “Above it All”!!!!

Tel: 438 TREK (8735)

Rawle Culbard Courtesy National Cultural Foundation Peter Sheppard VT Caribbean/Sean Chandler


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JUNE 2013 1-2 Sol Rally Barbados 8 Lucky Horseshoe J24 Regatta 9 Lucky Horseshoe J24 and Offshore Regatta 22-23 C’bean J24 Open Chmpshps 23 Variety Club Row For Charity 23 Full Moon 27-30 BMEX Trade Show 29 BNB Crop Over Opening Gala JULY 2013 1-30 Ins & Outs of Barbados Fauna Art Show - Gallery of Caribbean Art, Sp’stown 5 Midsummer Creole Classic 5-26 Sir Garfield Sobers Int’l Schools Cricket Tour 6 Harris Paints J24 Regatta 7 Harris Paints J24 and Offshore Regatta 14 B’dos Cruising Club Regatta 14 Pan Pun de Sand 19 Pic-o-de-Crop Semi-Finals 22 Full Moon 27 Junior Kadooment 28 Soca Royale AUGUST 2013 1 United Insurance Derby 1-30 Ins & Outs of Barbados Fauna Art Show - Gallery of Caribbean Art, Sp’stown 2 Pic-o-de-Crop Finals 3 Foreday Morning 3-4 Bridgetown Market 4 Cohobblopot 5 Grand Kadooment 16-25 Historic Rally Carnival 21 Full Moon 25-31 Banks Hockey Festival SEPTEMBER 2013 8 National Dinghy Chmpshps (1) 14/28 Horse Racing at the historic Garrison Savannah 19 Full Moon 21 Mr. Caribbean Barbados Fitness Competition 22 National Dinghy Chmpshps (2)

Peter Marshall Lisa Davis André Williams

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OCTOBER 2013 TBA “deAction” Last Man Standing” SUP Around Barbados Invitational 6 B’dos Kennel Club’s All Breed Chmpshp Dog Show 6 National Dinghy Chmpshps (3) 7 National Dinghy Chmpshps (4) 19 Barbados Surfing Assoc. National Chmpshps 19 Full Moon NOVEMBER 2013 1 Independence Lighting Ceremony & Bajan Folk Brew 1-3 10th Annual Sizzlin’ Sand Beach Volleyball Barbados Sunsplash 3 National Dinghy Chmpshps (5) 15-17 Barbados Surfing Assoc. Independence Pro/Junior Pro 16-17 J24 Barbados Match Racing Championships 17 B’dos Kennel Club’s All Breed Chmpshp Dog show 17 Full Moon 19-23 Sun, Sea & Slams Int’l Bridge Festival DECEMBER 2013 6-8 Run Barbados International Marathon & 10K Series 17 Full Moon 25 Christmas Day (Bank Holiday) 25 Royal B’dos Police Force Band Christmas Concert at Queen’s Park (7am) 26 Boxing Day (Bank Holiday) 26 Boxing Day at The Races! JANUARY 2014 1 New Year’s Day (Bank Holiday) 16-21 Naniki Jazz Safari 16 Full Moon 21 Errol Barrow Day (Bank Holiday) 21 Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race 25-26 B’dos Horticultural Society’s Annual Flower & Garden Show

MARCH 2014 Sandy Lane Gold Cup 1 TBA Holders Opera Season Full Moon 16

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• The Barbados Horticultural Society holds Open Gardens on Saturdays from 2-6pm in January and February. Call (246) 428-5889 or visit • The Barbados National Trust hosts Open Houses every Wed. from 2:30-5:30pm from January to March each year. Hike Barbados is held every Sunday year round and hikes take place at 6am & 3:30pm. Moonlight hikes are at 5:30pm. Call (246) 426-2421 for hike calendar as well as details of Open House venues. • Polo Season is from December to May each year. For full details visit • Horse Racing takes place on Saturdays throughout the year. Call (246) 426-3980 or visit

Courtesy Holders Opera Season



MAY 2014 TBA Mount Gay Rum Barbados Regatta Full Moon 14

Courtesy National Cultural Foundation

APRIL 2014 Good Friday (Bank Holiday) 18 19-21 Oistins Fish Festival Easter Monday 21 (Bank Holiday) Full Moon 15 National Heroes Day 28 (Bank Holiday)

Brian Talma/DeAction Beach Shop

FEBRUARY 2014 Waterman Festival 8-9 TBA Barbados Relay Fair 9-16 Holetown Festival TBA Agrofest Full Moon 15

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Andrew Hulsmeier

- The original inhabitants were Amerindians. Barbados was settled by the English in 1627 & remained under British rule for its entire history until gaining independence in 1966. GOVERNMENT - Politically stable and a member of the British Commonwealth, the constitution is based on the British style of parliamentary democracy. The island has the third oldest parliament in the Commonwealth. RELIGION - Predominantly Anglican, but over 100 religions practice in harmony. LOCAL BUSES - A standard bus fare of BB$2 takes you to and from anywhere on a single bus – be sure to have the exact local change when boarding. DRUGS - Narcotic drugs, including Cannabis, are illegal and the penalties for possession can be up to 20 years in prison. LOCAL NEWSPAPERS - The Advocate and The Nation. OVERSEAS NEWSPAPERS Newspaper Direct Tel: 436-1314 Mohammed Patel Tel: 424-1502.

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Nuts & Bolts


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2nd OLDEST MAN IN THE WORLD - Barbadian, James

James Sisnett - supercentenarian

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Sisnett was born on 22nd February 1900. At 113 years old, he is the oldest verified living man in the Western Hemisphere. He still has an amazing memory, a hearty appetite and enjoys relatively good health.

Spa Services

Mobile Massage

Serenity Spa

A Barbadian, who received her training in London and holds a diploma in Beauty Therapy and Applied Aesthetics. Sonia Stoute offers a unique, mobile aesthetics and massage service so you can enjoy a full range of spa services in the privacy and comfort of your villa, hotel room or home. Services include (in Barbados $): Swedish Body Massage - $120 Deep Tissue Massage - $140 Manicures - $50 Pedicures - $50 Acrylic Nails (full set) - $100 Reflexology - $120 Body Scrubs - $50 Facials - $100 Half leg wax - $50 Full leg wax - $80 Brazilian Wax - $50

With a holistic approach to Wellness, the Serenity Spa experience is all-encompassing spa care, in a serene, comfortable and welcoming environment. The tranquil and intimate ambiance created by the well-trained, genuine and friendly spa professionals allows you to relax, refresh and renew. Located at The Crane, the Spa features a variety of Caribbean influenced massages, facials, body treatments, manicures and pedicures. Attentive service and professional staff ensure that clients’ exercise, nutrition, relaxation and selfawareness goals are accomplished.

Call direct: 230 0287 Everyday 9am-7pm

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The Crane, St. Philip Tel: 416 6521

Chakra Spa

& Mobile Spray Tan

Chakra Spa has internationally trained and experienced therapists using luxurious products for their therapeutic services. With six treatment rooms, including a couple’s room with a private Jacuzzi; pedi-thrones, a steam room and sauna, your Chakra experience is sure to relax, rejuvenate and heal you. View the entire Spa Menu online at:

Run by Champneys trained Sarah Young, Elements Spa uses the Phytomer line from Paris for a wonderful range of facials and body treatments. They also offer deep tissue, hot stone, aromatherapy and Swedish massages, pedicures and manicures and their speciality, a mobile spray tanning service. The spa’s expert application of the leading Geleration manicure keeps nails beautiful for weeks. Elements Spa guarantees a tranquil, private and relaxing experience. Go and renew your inner glow - You're Beautiful.

Open Tues - Sat 10am-6pm Mango Bay Hotel, Holetown, St. James Reservations: 432 6826

Spa Services

Elements Spa Open Tue-Sat 9am-7pm Sun 10am-6pm Accra Beach Hotel & Spa, Rockley, Ch. Ch. Facebook: Chakra Spa

Tel: 435 8690

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Courtesy Sandy Lane

The Country Club at Sandy Lane Golf Course


Golf in Barbados For such a small Caribbean island, Barbados is truly blessed with an incredible richness of golf courses. On the south coast can be found the Barbados Golf Club, an enjoyable 18-hole championship course, and Club Rockley, a well-maintained 9-hole resort course. Both are open to the public. On the west coast, the quality of the courses and their very close proximity to each other represent a veritable ‘Golfer’s Paradise’. Endorsed by the successful staging of a world-class golf tournament, and offering four PGA standard courses, Barbados can now be considered a genuine golf destination. Sandy Lane is home to two Tom Fazio designed courses, the Country Club and the Green Monkey; Royal Westmoreland is a very impressive Robert Trent-Jones Jr. creation; and there is a stunning 18-hole course now open at the Apes Hill Club, a spectacular residential development. The Sir Garfield Sobers Golf Tournament, held annually in April at Sandy Lane, Apes Hill Club, Royal Westmoreland and the Barbados Golf Club is one of the Caribbean’s most outstanding golf tournaments.

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New Restaurant & Bar: 19 on the green



Royal Westmoreland WORLD CLASS HOLIDAYS - Light, spacious, elegant and supremely comfortable, the luxurious Caribbean colonial style villas are beautifully designed to make the most of Barbados’ perfect year-round climate. Discretely set within fabulous mature gardens, ablaze with a tapestry of colour, and adorned in most instances by a private pool, they combine superb outdoor living space and magnificent views, with cool, expansive interiors. All are equipped to the very highest standards and come with a dedicated housekeeper to assist with daily tasks. WORLD CLASS GOLF - With views of the glittering Caribbean from every green, it's hard to imagine a more idyllic setting for a round of golf. Designed by renowned architect Robert Trent Jones Jnr., the Par 72, 7045-yard course makes skilful use of natural features and has an abundance of bunkers carved out of the lush green turf. This spectacular course calls for every club in the bag and promises a wonderfully challenging and pleasurable game.

Holiday Reservations UK Office Tel: 44 (0)1524 782503 Golf Tee Times (246) 419 7242

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Apes Hill Club Apes Hill Golf Club is said to have an exceptional 18-hole, par-72 championship golf course, and has been called one of the most lavish and high class golf courses in the Caribbean. Located in Barbados at almost 1,000 feet above sea level, with lush pastureland, coral stone quarries, wooded ravines and sparkling lakes, the course is as much in accord with its varied surroundings as it is an exciting challenge for golfers. As proclaimed by Golf Monthly, "how ever much you enjoy the front nine - and you will - this is an entrĂŠe into the main course. There is so much to savour over the back nine that I have no hesitation in claiming it to be simply sensational. And contained within this sensation is a three-hole stretch that may be the best of its kind built anywhere in the world over the last decade." The course facilities are equally impressive to complete the package.

Apes Hill, St. James Tel: 432 4500

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The Careenage runs through the heart of Bridgetown

Why is Barbados Ideal for Tax Free Shopping? Tax free shopping in Barbados is as much as a third more economical than prices in Europe, the U.K. and North America. Shoppers are safe in the knowledge that the products are genuine with good after sales service. DOCUMENTS REQUIRED: You must present your immigration departure slip or passport and travel itinerary at the time of purchase and you can get your purchases over the counter. Liquor and tobacco are the only exceptions, these are delivered to your port of departure for collection.

Shuttle Services There is a free shuttle service to Bridgetown from hotels on the south and west coasts, operating from Monday to Saturday at 9:30am or 11am returning at 1:30pm or 3pm and from the Crane on Thursdays at 8:45am. Contact your hotel’s front desk, guest services or concierge to make arrangements or telephone them at 227 2200. There is also a free shuttle to Sheraton Mall from south coast hotels. Ask your Activities Desk or call Sheraton at 437 0970.

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The Museum of Parliament and National Heroes Gallery is well worth a visit. It is located in the West Wing of the Parliament buildings in Bridgetown. Andrew Hulsmeier


Rolex owners will be pleased to learn that The Royal Shop is a Rolex dealer with an authorized service centre in Bridgetown offering excellent service.

The Royal Shop In the heart of Bridgetown there is a shop filled with treasures fit for a king. The Royal Shop, authorised dealer of Rolex, is one of Barbados' leading watch and jewellery stores and continues to upgrade the quality of their shop and further expand their impressive departments. The Royal Shop carries some of the world's most impressive designs. A new and exciting range of the world's most sought-after watches has been added to their collection including: Raymond Weil, Rado, Chopard, Maurice Lacroix, Longines and Movado. Other brands of watches they carry are Guess, Tissot, Swiss Army, Esquire, Ice, Swatch, Seiko, Casio and Citizen. They also carry an impressive range of fine jewellery and offer a choice from an exciting array of top of the line brand name jewellery such as Marco Bicego, Chopard, Rebecca and io sĂŹ. Also available are elegant and sophisticated Italian necklaces along with precious and semi-precious stones and pearls including the beautiful black and white diamond collection.

#32 Broad Street, Bridgetown. Tel: 429 7072

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Harley-Davidson of the West Indies Harley-Davidson of the West Indies has officially licensed H-D clothing and collectibles that meet the quality standards of the Harley-Davidson brand. Come in and see our custom shirts with logo back prints, trendy casual shirts, children’s clothing and accessories for every day. We also have a wide range of fashionable ladies’ H-D tops that will look great for your next trip to the Caribbean or simply to wear back home.

Horizon House, The Careenage, McGregor Street, Bridgetown Tel: 246 436 2489 Departure Terminal, Grantley Adams International Airport, Christ Church

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Milano Diamond Gallery


Experienced and savvy shoppers are delighted with the recent arrival in Barbados of the Milano Diamond Gallery, located on Broad Street in the heart of Bridgetown. Thanks to its global presence, Milano benefits from the ability to bring some of the latest and finest jewellery designs into Barbados ranging from Swiss timepieces to rich and colourful gemstones - all available at surprisingly affordable prices. Well worthy of extra attention is Milano’s very own Unity brand, which focuses on ‘Big Look’ diamond jewellery; as well as diamond tennis bracelets of all carat weights. Milano also represents Phillipe Charriol jewellery, Marahlago, the Caribbean’s very own distinctive brand, crafted from Larimar, and the increasingly popular Skagen watches of Denmark. Milano Diamond Gallery has 32 stores located in major ports and capital cities around the Caribbean and Alaska. One of the major factors behind Milano’s success is that this company operates its business ‘From the Mines to the Market’ – meaning that they select the best quality raw precious stones direct from the source, cut and polish them to the best possible brilliance and create fine jewellery crafted by a team of award winning designers. As diamond site-holders, they can guarantee that their clients are offered genuine wholesale prices on all of their GIA/EGL Certified diamonds and they also have a New York based customer service centre. AND if you take along your copy of Barbados in a Nutshell you will receive a free island-inspired lithograph as a keepsake memory of your visit.

29-30 Broad Street, Bridgetown Open: Mon – Sat: 9am-5pm Telephone: 429 2900 Barbados in a Nutshell |



Sheraton Mall The Mall that has it All! Visit Sheraton Mall for the largest variety of shopping, dining and entertainment options in Barbados – all under one roof! With over 120 stores, including a six screen multiplex, spa and salon services, cellular service providers, doctor and homeopathic services and art gallery, Sheraton Mall has everything you could possibly need. Conveniently located ten minutes from Oistins and fifteen from Bridgetown, there is a daily shuttle service operating along the South Coast with stops at select hotels. So book your visit to Sheraton with your South Coast hotel activities desk or contact Sheraton directly at 437-0970. Open 9am-9pm Monday through Saturday

Sargeants Village, Christ Church Tel: 437 0970

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Best of Barbados Gift Shops In 2013 this remarkable family company, now in its 38th year, celebrates the success of their hand screen printing studio. For 30 years they’ve lovingly designed and printed high quality, 100% cotton giftware in Barbados. Colourful tea-towels, aprons and bags form part of over 14 ranges that bring Bajan sunshine to homes worldwide. Visitors to these quality gift shops can be confident in knowing their large selection of art and giftware - many painted by company founder Jill Walker and her daughter Sue Trew - are unique, bringing Barbadian imagery to every room in the house! Each shop also features imaginative work from numerous talented Barbadians. Conveniently located islandwide and in the Airport Departure Lounge, Best of Barbados Gift Shops, with their friendly, welcoming and wellinformed staff, is a Bajan experience to put at the top of your list! And be sure to visit their website: - it is perfect for bringing a little Bajan sunshine to your door! See their advert and FREE OFFER on the Nutshell map.

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A great store for fantastic deals, located in Sheraton Mall and Swan Street in Historic Bridgetown, is Tropicana Jewellers. There’s exquisite jewellery, fashion watches, interchangeable strap watches and gift watch sets. They are renowned for their outstanding selection of fine sterling silver,10kt and 14kt Italian gold jewellery and a dynamic new line of stainless steel jewellery including beautiful rings, chains, earrings, pendants and bracelets. Take a piece of the island back with you - flying fish pendants and earrings and traditional West Indian Bangles for all ages in silver and gold. Tropicana also offers an extensive variety of brand name watches such as Anne Klein, Citizen and Casio. You can also find a wide selection of authentic electronic equipment such as DVDs, MP3s and MP4s, speakers, TVs, radios, car stereos and phones. Whether you are shopping for yourself or looking for a gift for someone, make sure to visit one of the two Tropicana stores.


Tropicana Jewellers

Sheraton Mall, Christ Church 437 1983 Swan Street, Bridgetown 431 9164 Barbados in a Nutshell |



Limegrove Lifestyle Centre Right in the heart of Holetown, Limegrove Lifestyle Centre has emerged as Barbados’ most exciting shopping and lifestyle destination. This West Coast must-see spot has ushered in a bold era of contemporary living, bringing to Barbados the best in art, beauty, entertainment, fashion, film and food. Limegrove features some of the world’s leading brands, including A|X Armani

Exchange, Hugo Boss, Cartier, Tag Heur, M.A.C, Ralph Lauren, Longchamp, Agent Provocateur, Michael Kors and Louis Vuitton. Well-known Barbados brands and boutiques combine with these top-tier labels to create the perfect blend of global and local shopping in a single location. Cuisine lovers will also find much to explore at Limegrove, where eateries serve up international flavours—from Asian fusion to Greek. Its bars, cinema and solid events itinerary make for great day-to-night fun with family and friends.

Mon–Sat: 10am-7pm; Sun: 10am to 5pm. Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, Holetown, St. James Tel: 620 5463

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Cigar Shop, Lounge & Bar Visit La Casa del Habano and discover their wide selection of the finest Cuban cigars. There is a fully stocked premium bar along with a comfortable lounge and outdoor deck where you can enjoy the best Blues, Jazz and Latin music in a unique atmosphere on the first floor of the Limegrove Lifestyle Centre. It’s the perfect location for a small business meeting, private event, or simply for your personal relaxation with your favourite cigar and a fine liquor or coffee. Open Monday to Saturday 10am to midnight and Sundays 2pm to 10pm.


La Casa del Habano

1st Floor, Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, Holetown, St. James Tel: 621 0621 Barbados in a Nutshell |


Diamonds International


Luxury Duty Free Shopping There is a world of Beauty, Elegance and Sophistication where immaculate collections of Diamonds, Fine Jewellery, Timepieces and Luxury Accoutrements await you. Diamonds International is the Luxury Diamond brand of the Caribbean, Mexico and Pacific Riviera specialising in loose diamonds. No Diamond is identical and just like you with your desire to be unique and different; each exquisite diamond has its own Clarity, Cut, Colour and Carat. While the traditional diamond has fifty-seven or fifty-eight carefully polished facets which capture and disperse light into a radiant light show, Diamonds International is mesmerizing the world with their 90 faceted exquisite Crown of Light diamond. The Crown of Light is an entirely unique and patented round diamond cut that maximizes every natural diamond¹s highest potential. So by combining the traditional, exceptional and nouveau we invite you to customise your signature piece of jewellery in the knowledge that your diamonds are from a secure and reputable source, non-conflict diamonds from DeBeers. Simply choose your diamond from their collection and create the jewel of your dreams. Should you in time wish to change your design or change your diamond quality, their trade-in and upgrade policies offer you that flexibility with no loss of value on your existing piece. • Bridgetown: The Bridgetown Cruise Terminal; Lower & Upper Broad Street • St. James: The Tamarind Hotel; The Fairmont Royal Pavilion; West Coast Mall; Galleria at Royal Westmoreland Golf & Country Club; Limegrove Lifestyle Centre • Christ Church: Grantley Adams International Airport; Turtle Beach Resort.

Tel: (246) 430 2400 or 1-800-51-JEWEL

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at Limegrove Lifestyle Centre


Diamonds International Diamonds International’s latest foray in the world of luxury is the opening of two luxury boutiques, one for Cartier and the other for the brand specialising in “instruments for professionals”, Breitling, both ideally located on the platinum west coast of Barbados at the Limegrove Lifestyle Centre. “The Limegrove Lifestyle Centre will provide a shopping experience unmatched anywhere in the Caribbean. It is 'everything you desire' for enjoying a quality contemporary lifestyle.” And there is so much more retail therapy with retail éspaces for some of the world’s foremost luxury brands like Audemars Piguet, Bvlgari, Hublot, John Hardy, DIOR, Chopard, IWC, Jaeger LeCoultre, MontBlanc, Panerai, Piaget, Ivanka Trump and more.

Cartier Boutique: Tel: 271 8234 Breitling Boutique: Tel: 271 8237 Other DI Boutiques: Tel: 271 8230/26/28 Barbados in a Nutshell |



The Barbados Shop Shop Online & Post Home! As your vacation unfolds on the lovely island of Barbados, you’ll fall in love with several of our local delicacies. To keep your suitcases light, visit The Barbados Shop, an affordable, online gift store for your favourite island treats, including hot sauce, Bajan seasoning and rum cakes, and have them shipped home. Choose from express, air and surface mail options to suit your budget. Items are posted Mon-Fri and shopping is available 24/7.

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2011 Design Caribbean Award for Best Innovation & Creativity Professional metalsmith Ichia Tiyi of the Tiyi By Design Art Jewellery Studio, brings you an exciting taste of exquisite, handmade jewellery from her latest collection, Classic Couture! Each piece is individually and uniquely hand crafted from sterling and fine silver and seeks to capture the aesthetic beauty of the metal in its purest form. Indulge yourself in a true collector’s item and an exceptional work of art! Open Tuesday – Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 10am-2pm. Closed Mondays.


Tiyi By Design Art Jewellery Studio

Queen Street

Jordan’s Supermarket


Tiyi By Design

Store #12, 2nd Floor, Town Square Mall, Queen Street, Speightstown, St. Peter (opposite Jordan’s Supermarket) Tel: (246) 422 6816 or 252 0184 e-mail:

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Art & Craft

Earthworks is an essential stop for truly unique pieces of Barbadian pottery

Barbadian Art & Craft Barbados has quite an astonishing array of artistic talent – the Bajan-born and artists ‘from away’ who leave the northern climes for tropical colours and magical light, the visiting residents and those who have shaped new lives here all add to the mix. Their work and their many styles of painting, portray views of local life with realism, mystery or whimsy – together they create a wonderful picture of this blessed little island. There is also a wide variety of beautiful local craftwork to be found, much of it created out of the island’s most readily available natural resources such as clay, mahogany, pandanus grass, coconut, palm fronds, bamboo, shells and leather. Pottery, batik, basket making, jewellery and wood carving are among the prominent local skills. On your travels around the island be sure to visit some of our art galleries and our talented local artists and crafts people. They will be delighted to show you their work and you will get an interesting glimpse of Bajan life. Perhaps you’ll find a unique treasure as a reminder of your visit to our ‘island in the sun’.

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Painting of Hunte’s Gardens by Sue Trew

Best of Barbados Gift Shops

Three Generations of Artists, Holly Trew, Sue Trew and Jill Walker

Janice Sylvia Brock

Brocklands Gallery features the work of Janice Sylvia Brock

Tiyi By Design

Art & Craft

Galleries & Studios Best of Barbados Gift Shops Tel: 421 6900. Now in their 37th year of operation, the Best of Barbados Gift Shops are the perfect place to find tasteful and authentic souvenirs. Featuring the art of Jill Walker, her daughter Sue Trew and Sue’s daughter, Holly, they each bring their own unique style of colourful art and giftware designs to this family institution.

Brocklands Gallery Halcyon Heights, St. James. Tel: 432 6061 or 237 7670. The home studio/gallery of Janice Sylvia Brock – over 500 square feet of exhibition space.

Tiyi By Design Award winning Art Jewellery from Tiyi By Design

Store #12, The Town Centre, Speightstown. Tel: 422 6816 or 252 0184. Exquisite line of hand-crafted art jewellery by Barbadian metalsmith/jeweller Ichia Tiyi.

The Shell Gallery

Mosaic Art

Rare and exotic sea shells can be found at The Shell Gallery

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Tel: 260 8793 or 421 2000. At her home studio, Melanie Blomgren creates exquisite custom-designed mosaics to brighten both inside and out.

The Shell Gallery “Contentment”, Gibbes, St. Peter. Tel: 422 2593. Fascinating display of sea shells from all over the world. One of the largest sea shell shops in the Caribbean offering some of the world’s most rare and exotic sea shells.

Earthworks Pottery

The Batik Studio Earthworks Complex, Edgehill Heights 2, St. Thomas. Tel: 424 0391. Henderson Reece creates stunning batiks depicting the Caribbean in vibrant tropical colours. He also offers classes.

On The Wall Gallery

Pelican Village Craft Centre Princess Alice Highway, Bridgetown. Tel: 427 5350. The largest art and craft centre in the Caribbean.

Shell Galleryy sea shells of all shapes and sizes chests adorned with shells exquisite china and ceramics shell frames jewellery and accoutrements “Contentment”, Gibbes, St. Peter T 246 422 2593 T/F 246 422 0943

SEA Gibbes

Mullins Beach Bar

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Rock Dundo

Earthworks Complex, St. Thomas. Tel: 438 9246 or 234 9145. Champers Restaurant, Christ Church. Tel: 426 3380. Features the work of many of the island’s best known artists and craftspeople.

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Art & Craft

Edgehill Heights 2, St. Thomas. Tel: 425 0223. A fascinating, working pottery producing fabulous, functional works of art.

ABC Highway

M to F 9am - 5pm | Sat 9am - 2pm Closed public holidays

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Earthworks Located on a hillside in the heart of St. Thomas, in a cool, hasslefree and country-comfortable setting. Mosaics decorate the exterior walls and floors and the studio is open to all visitors free of charge. Close attention is paid to detail and the focus is on producing the highest quality pottery; whether it is the smallest commissioned piece or an architectural installation. The team of diligent potters have transformed Earthworks and expanded its repertoire to display over 100 unique Earthworks designed shapes, in all sizes, and dozens of Earthworks patterns. The predominantly blue and green designs are now complemented by new and brighter tropical colours. So many of Barbados' return visitors go to Earthworks each year to add to their wonderful collection! All pieces are designed for constant use, everything is dishwasher and microwave safe and, of course, lead free. Also at Earthworks you will find On the Wall Gallery run by Barbadian artist Vanita Comissiong, Treetops CafĂŠ and Tulis Batik. Open Monday to Friday and half day on Saturday.

For more information telephone 425 0223

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Art & Craft

Shell Seeker, oil on canvas

Janice Sylvia Brock A master of colour and form, Janice Sylvia Brock has gained international acclaim. Her work has been likened to that of Matisse and Chagall, though the vibrant hues and the sense of movement are uniquely Brock. From the first touch of colour laid onto the virgin canvas her brush strokes are utterly confident, and this is evident in the result: works which resonate with life, sensuality, and occasionally humour. Her paintings are keenly sought after on both sides of the Atlantic. In the USA the White House has two of her pieces, while in the UK she was recently invited to exhibit in the prestigious Saatchi Gallery. At ‘Brocklands’, her studio gallery overlooking the ocean in St. James, much of her recent work is on display, as well as prints of selected paintings, in over 500 square feet of exhibition space. You can also see work in progress and chat with Janice about her art.

Viewing by appointment. Tel: 432 6061 or 237 7670

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Janice’s autobiography, My Life on Canvas, can be ordered directly from the artist by email (or in the UK call 01625585744 or 07940744684).

The Paintings of International Artist

Janice Sylvia Brock

Art & Craft

Wayne “Onkphra” Wells of Bajan Art Forms

Copper necklace by Angelique Jewellery

Salad bowl by Frank Harwood

Tropical Art Glasses

Pelican (Village) Craft Centre Pelican (Village) Craft Centre, located near the Bridgetown port, and outside of the main shopping district, is the largest arts and crafts centre in the Caribbean. A modern facility with airconditioned shops, disabled facilities and parking, houses 25 shops and several workshops where visitors can observe craftsmen making pottery, basketry and straw work, flame glass work, carving, weaving, molded figure-making, sewing and cigar making. Shopping at Pelican (Village) Craft Centre affords you the opportunity to shop for authentic unique gifts, home décor, fashion and jewellery items made and designed by artisans in Barbados and the Caribbean. Make your selection of Batik, Pottery, Woodwork, Dolls, Metal & Wirecraft, Loom-woven crafts and lots, lots more!

Princess Alice Highway, Bridgetown Tel: 426 2300 or 427 5350 Fax: 426 4635 e-mail:

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Courtesy Tiami Luxury Catamaran Cruises

Island Adventures

Swimming with the turtles on the west coast

Island Adventures Barbados offers such a wide range of activities that there is always something to satisfy every whim and fancy. While the island is renowned for its laid back lifestyle, it can also provide ample opportunity for interesting trips, new experiences and exciting adventure; all guaranteed to provide photo albums full of wonderful memories. As with all islands, the sea influences many of our leisure activities. Since the west coast of Barbados sits serenely in the Caribbean Sea and the east coast faces the surge of the Atlantic Ocean, the island is blessed with a full range of sea conditions from flat calm to pounding surf. When combined with our crystal clear, warm and inviting waters, this means that we enjoy superb conditions for just about every water sport. Swimming, surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, stand-up paddle boarding, sailing, snorkelling, diving, sports fishing - they are all practiced here and many companies offer services in these areas, including rental of equipment and lessons. Learning how to surf or SUP (stand-up paddle) can be a great souvenir to take home!

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Learning how to surf or SUP (Stand-Up Paddle) can be a great souvenir to take home! Courtesy Brian Talma/DeAction Beach Shop

Island Adventures

Sailing along the coast is a must-do experience, especially when it includes a chance to swim with turtles and snorkel over shipwrecks! If you want to see the magical underwater world of Barbados, take a scuba course, or if you prefer to stay dry, you can go out on the Atlantis Submarine, either by day or night. Back on dry land there is a whole world of activities to be enjoyed, starting with touring the island. Measuring just a compact 21 x 14 miles, Barbados is a neatly packaged bundle of variety with something different around every corner. Be sure to hire a car, go on a guided tour, or treat yourself to an exhilarating off-thebeaten-track 4 x 4 jeep safari. The different parts of Barbados are so diverse that it really is a shame not to explore the island. (Check out our Sightseeing section starting on page 70). While you are in Barbados, think about doing something that you’ve never done before. And that might just be something as simple as leaning back on a balmy night to marvel at the abundance of stars in the sky and think about how good life can be.

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The Unique Underwater Adventure! Atlantis offers you the rare opportunity to enjoy two fascinating experiences at the same time. This is the ideal way to go for an exciting ride on a real submarine, while also exploring the fascinating underwater world that is normally only accessible to scuba divers. The submarine’s knowledgeable co-pilots take you safely down to a depth of 130 feet to reveal the magnificence of the ocean floor and all the wonderful creatures that live there, as well as an intriguing shipwreck.Atlantis offers day and night tours. Both unveil the splendour of the coral reefs, swaying sea fans and a rich abundance of fish. The night dive also serves up an extra helping of novelty, as the submarine’s spotlights reveal a whole different cast of underwater characters, as the reef comes alive with rarely seen nocturnal predators. Night dives are followed by a short cocktail reception where you have the opportunity to meet the crew.Atlantis Submarines has received national awards for customer service and commitment to the environment. Green Globe and Green certified since 2009.

Submarine Adventures

Atlantis Submarines

Tel: 436 8929 or after hours 243 1069 Barbados in a Nutshell |


Sailing Cruises

Elegance Catamaran Cruises Sail away with Elegance on a 5 star luxury catamaran experience. Cruises are limited to just 14 guests, ensuring a more intimate, personalised experience. They operate a daily 5hr lunch cruise making 3 stops to snorkel over the shipwrecks and reef and to swim with the turtles before sailing to a quiet bay where a sumptuous Bajan style buffet is served onboard. Alternatively, you can try their superb 4hr Sunset Dinner Cruise. Open premium brand bar and transfers are included. Elegance is also available for Private Charters tailored to your specific requirements.

For bookings contact Sarah Tel: 830 4218 or 259 2558

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Photo: Bob Thomas

Good Times Catamaran Cruises Share your dream time with Good Times. They offer private charters and various day cruises. Be enchanted by the exciting underwater world of exotic fish, coral reefs and fascinating turtles. You can relax on the comfortable trampoline enjoying selected wines, their famous rum punch and an excellent Caribbean buffet. Their luxurious 42-foot catamaran will pick you up on the beach in front of your hotel (west coast) or transportation will be provided. They also offer a host of watersports activities like water skiing, wake boarding, banana rides and other fun rides with their Boston Whaler speedboat. You can also do turtle trips, scuba diving, fishing and lots more. Just let them know what you like best and they will organise all your fun in the sun.

Sailing Cruises

Photo: Bob Thomas

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Fishing & Glass Bottom Cruises

I.O.U Fishing Charters A Great Day’s Fishing!

Sea Spray Watersports

Fish for Wahoo, Dorado, Tuna, Barracuda, Sailfish, the mighty Blue Marlin and Shark. • Very competitive rates. • All tackle and bait supplied. • 36ft. purpose built Sportfisher, twin turbo diesel engines with full toilet facilities and sun deck. • Full safety equipment, the latest electronics and public liability insurance. • Free drinks and snacks on 4 hour charters, lunch also included on 6 & 8 hour charters. • Parties of up to 6 and individuals catered for. Fishes 4 in comfort. • Ask about their 5 hour Fish-nSwim Charter.

Barbadian/British couple Mark Jackman and his wife Karen run state-of-the-art glass bottom boat, “Karamar”. 2 hour Day Tours and Sunset Cruises along the West Coast with drinks included - don’t forget your camera! Swim with the turtles and snorkel over the shipwreck and see beautiful coral and thousands of fish! For beach weddings they offer to get you to your reception in style. Also available: Deep Sea fishing trips, Jet Skis and Water Skiing. Now offering Bike Rentals!

Tel: 269 8905

Tel: Karen 249 5001

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Sailing Cruises

Shasa Catamaran Cruises A classy and comfortable 30-ft. catamaran catering specifically to small groups of 12 or less where the emphasis is definitely on personalised service in a friendly, laid-back atmosphere. With more than a decade of sailing experience, Captain Jason O’Neal, has a richly deserved reputation with all of his guests, with many of them returning to sail on Shasa time and time again. Sailing options include the 3-hr. Sail & Snorkel Cruise, the popular 5-hr. Lunch Cruise and their romantic Sunset Cruises. Shasa’s Private Charter itinerary offers total flexibility where you choose the setting and they do the rest!

Tel: 823 4670 Barbados in a Nutshell |


Fishing & Sailing

10% Discount on Direct Bookings

Cannon Charters Small Cats This beautiful 42-ft. Hatteras Sports Fisherman is fullyequipped with modern electronic navigational equipment, custom built fishing rods and Penn International gold reels. Cannon can take you on a fishing safari equal to none in Barbados. Hunt for all kinds of tropical game fish like Marlin, Tuna and Sailfish or the more frequently found Wahoo and Dorado. Their experienced captain of 30 years and his mate are very serious fishermen and know these waters well. An all inclusive package of bait, refreshments, tackle and transportation awaits your call.

Tel: 424 6107 Fax: 421 7582

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Small Cats specializes in Private Charters for families and small groups of no more than 12 people. The emphasis is on intimate, personalised cruises with stops along the coast for swimming and snorkeling. Your friendly Captain provides a unique opportunity to swim with a family of sea turtles in a tranquil bay, much to the delight of all on board, especially the little ones! The 3hr. snorkeling Cruise and 5-hr. Lunch Cruise both include stops for swimming and snorkeling. Drinks, snorkeling gear & transportation provided.

Tel: 421 6419 or 2317306

El Tigre Catamaran Sailing Cruises El Tigre was among the top scoring attractions in Zagat’s Best of Barbados Survey: “A very attentive, warm-hearted crew with a fabulously contagious Bajan spirit enhances the three and five-hour tours aboard this spacious catamaran…” These schooner catamarans are designed and built for performance, stability and comfort. With the ability to carry 50 people, they limit their cruises to only 36 guests, ensuring absolute comfort onboard. Daily lunch cruises will delight you as you swim and snorkel with friendly sea turtles and over shipwrecks which are now a playground for countless tropical fish. Cocktails & Canapés Sunset Cruise (Wednesdays): After snorkeling over the shipwrecks and with the sea turtles, enjoy the vibrant colours of a tropical sunset in paradise. Sparkling wine, cocktails and canapés are served onboard as their attentive and warm-hearted crew cater to your every need. Private Cruises can also be arranged for any special occasion and tailored to your requirements.

Tel: 417 7245 or 231 1585

Sailing Cruises

10% Discount on Direct Bookings only

Catamaran Sailing Cruises

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Sailing Cruises Sail Calabaza Sail • Snorkel • Swim • Relax • Enjoy Calabaza limits their cruises to a maximum of 12 guests so you are assured of a peaceful and relaxing time on their spacious catamaran. They offer 5-hr Lunch Cruises, 3-hr Sunset Cruises, as well as their extra special and very popular Private Cruises. Enjoy delicious Bajan snacks onboard, along with a tasty lunch, followed by dessert. There is an open bar throughout the cruise.

For more information and reservations Tel: 826 4048

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Sailing Cruises

Tiami Luxury Catamarans Tiami Luxury Catamarans operate daily Five Star Lunch Cruises, with three stops to swim and snorkel, including one with the fascinating turtles. A sumptuous lunch along with cool refreshments from an open bar, snorkel equipment and transfers are included. The Turtles at Sunset Cocktail Cruise offers the opportunity to swim with the turtles just before the sun sets into a blaze of colour. Sumptuous canapés and cool tropical cocktails are served as you soak up the day’s last golden rays of sunshine. Tiami Luxury Catamarans specialize in private charters catered to your requirements. It really doesn’t get any better than this!

Tel: 430 0900 Barbados in a Nutshell |


Fishing & Cruising

Seascape Customised Cruises Deep Sea Fishing • Snorkeling Trips • Turtle Trips • Sunset Cruises Specialising in private charters, including deep sea fishing, snorkeling, turtle trips and sunset cruises, Seascape offers a completely customised service where you can choose when, where and for how long. Offering free soft drinks, alcohol, free transport and even free underwater photography. An all-inclusive private tour on Seascape guarantees a fantastic time and many of their repeat guests say, “it’s by far the coolest boat on the water!” The crew are professionally trained, super friendly and funny! Their laid back ‘anything goes’ policy allows you to tell them exactly what you want and they will provide...Just ask!

Sandy Beach, Worthing, Christ Church Tel: 236 5011 or 237 7043

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Look forward to a fun-filled and entertaining, yet relaxing day on the water with Jammin' Catamaran Cruises. This eye-catching 63ft. craft has all the ingredients necessary for a fun day in the sun! Jammin’s competent crew is headed by the skilled Captain Roger Kelly who guarantees all ‘Jammers’ an unforgettable ride, while the Jammin’ crew, with their dynamic personalities and friendly dispositions, ensure a truly extraordinary day on the water. All cruises offer delectable buffet meals onboard and a well stocked bar. In the water activities include swimming with the turtles and snorkeling. Their featured cruises include the Sun Blast Cruise which is the fun lovers’ favourite – great for families; and for a slamming party with really great entertainment, Jammin’s Twilight Cruise is the hottest affair on water.

Sailing Cruises

Jammin’ Catamaran Cruises

Tel: 422 1152 Barbados in a Nutshell |




Paddle Barbados

Bajans are among the friendliest people in the world and Ryan of What’SUP Barbados is a perfect example! SUP'ing (Stand Up Paddle boarding) is the world's fastest growing water-sport and Barbados is the perfect place to learn. Ryan is WPA Certified and prefers working with smaller groups where he can give individual attention, ensuring you have the best possible experience. His company is mobile, going where the conditions are best and caters to all levels from beginner to experienced, offering SUP tours, rentals, fitness and even SUP Yoga! Ask about the "Pickup & Paddle" Special which includes transport.Mention this ad for a discount.

Paddle Barbados is a leader in SUP (Stand Up Paddle) lessons, rentals and tours. Their team of experienced professionals is dedicated to having you up and paddling in no time! They offer a range of lessons to suit all levels of experience – from beginner/flat-water, to advanced wave riding – all in the best and safest conditions that Barbados has to offer. So whether you want to learn a new skill, paddle with the turtles, see the island from a different perspective, or simply get wet and tan, be sure to join in the fun by reserving your spot today!

Tel: 243 7878

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For furtherinformation Tel: 249 2SUP (2787)

Boosy’s Surf School is mobile, going wherever the waves are best. All surfing lessons begin with a beach routine where Christian explains in detail about the surf spot and the required safety precautions. Once in the water his aim is to help improve each student’s individual technique by offering feedback and suggestions for improvement after every wave. Christian teaches all lessons himself ensuring that students always get an informative, fun and progressive surfing lesson. Lessons are taught every day at 9-11am and 3-5pm.

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Shamon Too Enjoy a glorious glass-bottom boat cruise along the dazzling west coast aboard Shamon Too. A wonderful way to see this spectacular coastline with its luxurious villas and sophisticated hotels, whilst enjoying all the wonders of the underwater world! This delightful 2-hour trip offers the opportunity to swim with the turtles and snorkel on a shipwreck where you will see a fascinating array of colourful tropical fish and beautiful coral reefs. Boat suitable for infants and children. Fishing trips and pick-ups can be arranged.

Surfing & Glass Bottom Cruises

Boosy’s Surf School

For bookings contact Monica Cumberbatch at Tel: 233 6089 (for pickups) or 421 6008 Barbados in a Nutshell |


Touring & Hikes

Adventureland National Trust Sunday Hikes Every Sunday, year round, the Barbados National Trust organizes morning and afternoon hikes in scenic areas of Barbados. All hikes start at 6am and 3:30pm, except the hike closest to the full moon which starts at 5:30pm. The 6am hike caters to five groups of varying pace; from “Stop & Stare”, recommended for visitors who want to learn about Barbados, to “Grin and Bear” for the serious fitness buffs. The afternoon hike goes at a medium pace for everybody. All hikes take approximately 3 hours.

For more information call the B’dos National Trust: 426 2421

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4 x 4 Tours Explore the many unique attractions Barbados has to offer, as you tour the tropical terrain in the privacy of your rented, specially equipped and rigged 4x4! Strap up and enjoy their friendly tour-guide’s tales, rich in the history and culture of our little island paradise. They will take you to a beach on every coast that you desire. Bring your camera and grab the breathtaking beauty of Barbados on film. Go where you want and do what you want! Ask about their NEW SURF & TURF TOUR!

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Island Safari Come and experience tours with a difference in specially built 4x4 Land Rovers and Land Cruisers. Island Safari’s entertaining and informative Safari guides will take you "off the beaten track" to some of the most spectacular out-of-the-way spots on the island. They offer a variety of unique tours including their Adventure Safari, Land and Sea and Rum Shop Safari... truly a memorable day, not to be missed! Call them for their current specials!! Custom tours can be arranged.

Tel: 434 8414 Barbados in a Nutshell |


Andrew Hulsmeier


The Scotland District

Exploring Barbados Measuring just a compact 21 x 14 miles, Barbados is a neatly packaged bundle of variety with something different around every corner. Whether for a random exploring adventure or a planned visit to some attractions, the island provides a compelling range of scenic surprises, a fascinating history and rich architectural heritage, and a chance to interact with our people – considered to be amongst the friendliest in the world! Be sure to hire a car, go on a guided tour, or treat yourself to an exhilarating off-the-beaten-track 4 x 4 jeep safari. The different parts of Barbados are so diverse that it really would be a shame not to explore the island. There is a treasure trove of attractions for you to visit, ranging from lush, tropical gardens to historical plantation houses and heritage sites, to magnificent underground caverns. You will find a selection of reputable car hire companies listed in our Car Hire section (pages 116-123). You will also find the foldout Road Map which is provided with this publication very useful for selecting and finding the major attractions.

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Gina Francesca Photography


Gina Francesca Photography

West & North

Limegrove in Holetown

St. James Parish Church

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The Shell Gallery

Arlington House Museum

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The west coast is home to Holetown, in the parish of St. James, the site where John Powell landed in 1625 to claim Barbados in the name of England’s King James. Nowadays, it is a busy area of posh hotels, exquisite restaurants, trendy bars and irresistible shops. Shopping in this area has recently been taken up several notches with the opening of the magnificent Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, a vibrant community for shopping, entertainment and enjoyment, with many of the world’s leading retail brands opening flagship stores there alongside trendy cafés, gourmet food stores and state of the art movie theatres. Just north of Holetown is St. James Parish Church, which stands on one of the oldest parcels of consecrated land on the island and is often referred to as "God's acre". Many of the original settlers and a number of prominent Barbadians were laid to rest in the church and adjoining graveyard. Continuing north into St. Peter, make a stop at The Shell Gallery,

Little Bay on the rugged north-east coast Andrew Hulsmeier

Gina Francesca Photography Andrew Hulsmeier

Fishing Boat in Six Men’s Bay

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The Rugged North Coast

André Williams


Bombas Beach Bar

Monkeys at the Wildlife Reserve

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just off Highway 1 in the Gibbes area. They have an abundance of shells from around the world and many other shell related gift items for the shell enthusiast. Nearby, Gibbes Beach and Mullins are perfect for a swim and a bite to eat at the brightly painted Bombas Beach Bar. A few miles further north is Speightstown, once a fort and thriving port, today it is a fishing port and commercial centre though much of the 19th century architecture and charm still remains. It was often referred to as “Little Bristol” because of the trading connections with Bristol in England. For an interesting glimpse into the history of Speightstown, visit Arlington House Museum. The quaint little fishing village of Six Men’s has produced some of the island’s most skilled boat builders. Interestingly, during the 19th century, whalers set sail from this area. Today, fishermen still bring their fresh catches ashore here and sell them at the roadside. The delightful Fish Pot Restaurant at Little Good Harbour is a wonderful stop for lunch as you explore the north of the island.

Animal Flower Cave A wonder of Barbados not to be missed. Located at the most northerly tip of the island where the coastal scenery is spectacular. The cave got its name from the sea anemones found in its many rock pools. Steps lead down into the cave through an opening in the cliff. Weather permitting, you can have a delicious swim in the natural rock pool in the cave. The view from the naturally formed “windows” out to the sea and the pounding surf are simply awesome, so don’t forget your camera. The Pirates Tavern located on the cliff top, serves delicious, fresh Bajan salt bread cutters, wraps and cold drinks. Open daily 9am–5pm. There is an admission fee.


The full fury of the Atlantic Ocean pounds the steep, weathered cliffs of the northern coastline. The resulting erosion provides countless photo opportunities with dramatic rock formations, powerful blow holes and sea caves. The Animal Flower Cave is located on the rugged cliff tops at the northernmost point of the island. This large sea cave with several huge chambers is filled with pools, unusual rock formations and a few sea anemones. An informal café serves cold drinks and sandwiches and there are guides who will walk you through the cave. There are also some wonderful photo opportunities to be had along the rugged north eastern coastline, particularly at Little Bay and Cove Bay. The Barbados Wildlife Reserve is set amidst a lush Mahogany grove where you can mingle with free roaming monkeys, turtles, deer, otters, mongoose and many other animals. There is also a walk-in bird aviary and iguana sanctuary. Just next door, Grenade Hall Forest & Signal Station houses many interesting artifacts, including pre-Colombian tools unearthed

North Point, St. Lucy Tel: 439 8797

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Dan Christaldi Andrew Hulsmeier


St. Nicholas Abbey

View from Welchman Hall

during its restoration. The forest has over 2 km of trails winding through many species of trees and plant life – intriguing, informative and educational. Another fascinating stop in the north is St. Nicholas Abbey, thought to be one of only three remaining Jacobean houses in the western hemisphere, and probably the oldest original building on the island. Visitors can also view the restored 1890 steam mill grinding sugar cane in the old syrup factory and sample their special aged rum in the plantation bond where it is hand-bottled and sold.

Central Barbados

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Harrison’s Cave

Hunte’s Gardens

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The central portion of Barbados is exceptionally verdant with rolling hills and mile upon mile of sugar cane fields. St. George and St. Thomas are the only two parishes not bordered by the sea. An essential stop in the lofty hills of St. Thomas is Earthworks Pottery, a working pottery carrying irresistible, functional works of art. Visitors can tour the work area of the

Photo: Barbara Secher Greenidge

Welchman Hall Gully Enchanted Tropical Forest Take a stroll through one of Barbados’ true tropical treasures. Located in the heart of the island, only 2 minutes from Harrison’s Cave, Welchman Hall Gully is a uniquely special place and definitely well worth a visit. Formed centuries ago when the roofs of caves collapsed, it is now filled with an abundance of flourishing, exotic tropical plants and trees. In the peaceful hush of the gully, visitors can often see troops of Green Monkeys frolicking in the trees – a good time to see them is around 10am and 1:30pm when they are usually fed. Open daily 9am - 4pm.


pottery and chat with the potters. On the grounds you’ll also find On the Wall Art Gallery, Tulis Batik and the lovely Treetops Café where you can sit on the breezy verandah and enjoy the panorama of the surrounding countryside. In close proximity you’ll discover some of the island’s most treasured sites, all within a relatively small radius: Welchman Hall Gully; the breathtaking Harrison’s Cave, and the exquisitely land-scaped Flower Forest. Follow the signs to Hunte’s Gardens in the lush hills of St. Joseph – a real treat for all garden enthusiasts. Legendary horticulturalist, Anthony Hunte has lovingly landscaped an arena-sized natural sink hole into what can only be described as a stunning tropical garden! In St. George, orchid lovers will be astounded at the thousands of spectacular orchids on display at Orchid World. While in the area, visit the interesting Exclusive Cottons of Barbados Ginnery and Visitor’s Centre (call ahead to arrange a tour 433 3108).

Tel: 438 6671 www.welchmanhallgully Barbados in a Nutshell |


Photos: Kristine Dear


Schomburgkia Orchid


Ornamental Banana

Torch Ginger


Flower Forest Located in the lush “Scotland District”, the Flower Forest Botanical Garden is a must visit for nature lovers of all ages! Take a peaceful stroll through a mature rainforest of majestic palms, colourful tropical blooms and more! This 53 acre nature reserve and garden offers spectacular views of the east coast – some of the best panoramic photo ops in Barbados. There is a small café and art gallery/gift shop.

Tel: 433 8152

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Mature cotton boll

A selection of available products

Exclusive Cottons of the Caribbean Cotton Experience Tour - From Field to Fabric! West Indian Sea Island Cotton (WISIC) boasts a rich heritage, distinguished reputation and endless possibilities. Likened to silk and cashmere, this internationally certified fibre is considered to be among the best cottons available and is the source of the most brilliant of cotton fine fabrics. In Barbados, West Indian Sea Island Cotton is produced by Exclusive Cottons of the Caribbean Inc., at its ginnery in the countryside. Take in a “Cotton Experience” tour – an inclusive look at the industry from field to fabric, resulting in 100% WISIC finished goods and textiles. Friendly and knowledgeable guides welcome you and look forward to sharing more with you about Barbados’ remarkable and regal cotton! Visit Exclusive Cottons of the Caribbean’s Ginnery and Visitor Centre to purchase their products or have them custom made. Open 10am to 2pm, Mon to Fri. Call for directions. Map Ref: I5


Tour of the cotton ginnery

Groves, St. George Tel: 433 3108 Barbados in a Nutshell |


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The dramatic east coast of the island

The Wild & Rugged East The Ermy Bourne Highway hugs the east coast from Belleplaine at the northern end, through to Cattlewash. In the area of Belleplaine, stop by Sand Dunes, a friendly, casual roadside bar and restaurant run by Curtis Hall – they serve ice cold drinks and the tastiest fresh grilled fish with macaroni pie. Further along the Ermy Bourne Highway is Cattlewash and its wild, Atlantic seascape, with the spectacular clay escarpment of Chalky Mount, rising up dramatically inland. The quaint, seaside village of Bathsheba is just over the hill. In the middle of the bay is Soup Bowl – a favourite surf spot with top surfers from around the world! The view and the lunch at Round House are equally enjoyable! Another first-class stop for lunch on the east coast is the historic Atlantis Hotel in Tent Bay. Having undergone an extensive and thoughtful renovation in recent times, Atlantis still retains its unique charm and famous buffet lunches! Positioned in the hills just above Atlantis, you’ll find Andromeda Gardens, encompassing some six and a half acres, it’s considered one of the finest botanical gardens in the Caribbean.

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Like the Greek maiden for whom the gardens are named, Andromeda Botanic Gardens clings to the rocky hillside above Barbados’ spectacular Atlantic coastline. Founded over fifty years ago by world renowned horticulturalist Iris Bannochie, Andromeda’s lush gardens span 6½ acres and host a horticultural collection containing about 650 species from the Caribbean, Tropical Americas, Africa, Asia, Australia and Pacific Islands. Stroll through this quiet garden of Eden, winding your way past flowering trees, palms, orchids, and breathe in the peaceful sea air for a soul-satisfying rejuvenation. Explore meandering, cobbled paths winding around 20 foot heliconias and over lily ponds playing host to the garden’s other inhabitants – lizards, birds, dragonflies, fish catching the light and even the occasional green monkey. Andromeda has a well-stocked gift shop and a lovely café, making it a great stop on your island tour. Go ahead – take a stroll through Eden.


Andromeda Gardens

Bathsheba, St. Joseph Tel: 433 9384 Barbados in a Nutshell |



South Coast

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This lively coast is home to many of the island’s hotels and is renowned for its famous Oistins Fish Fry and St. Lawrence Gap with its vibrant nightlife scene. Be sure to take a leisurely stroll along the lovely South Coast boardwalk which meanders along the waterfront between Rockley and Hastings. A number of inviting watering holes and good restaurants pop up all along the boardwalk, notably Blakey’s Bar, Naru and Tapas, which all come highly recommended. Near the southern tip of the island is the coastal town of Oistins – the island’s fishing capital, famous for its Friday night Fish Fry. All types of fresh fish are available daily from the vendors in the fish market. The fascinating Barbados Concorde Experience, located next to the airport, offers visitors an exciting and unforgettable insight into the history and unique character of the legendary supersonic aircraft. The spectacular Crane Resort is not far away, perched on a cliff top with panoramic views and the magnificent beach below.

Come explore this 300 year old Plantation House and enjoy our Bajan buffet lunch or English afternoon tea.


In the St. Philip countryside you can visit Sunbury House, steeped in history and offering a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a delicious Bajan lunch buffet or English afternoon tea. This is the only plantation house with all rooms open for viewing. A leisurely stroll through Sunbury in the company of an informative guide, will show you what life was like in Barbados during the days of the wealthy sugar plantations. The south coast runs all the way to the nation’s distinguished capital city, Bridgetown, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Property. There are a number of fascinating sites to visit in and around Bridgetown (see pages 84-85), including the Mount Gay Rum Visitors Centre where you can see how the world’s oldest rum is made and enjoy a tasting session afterwards! The Cricket Legends of Barbados Museum near Kensington Oval is a treat for all cricket enthusiasts, and the Agapey Chocolate Factory Tour will captivate chocoholics with their luxuriously rich artisan dark chocolate. Near the Bridgetown Port visitors can wander around Pelican Craft Centre and see many of the local craftspeople at work.

Tel: (246) 423 6270 email:

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The museum at the Nidhe Israel Synagogue founded in 1654

Historic Bridgetown & its Garrison A UNESCO World Heritage Property In June 2011, Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison joined the ranks of iconic global landmarks such as the Great Pyramids and the Great Wall of China as a World Heritage site. As well as being blessed with the best ‘sun, sea and sand’, Barbados can proudly and justifiably also claim to have an unparalleled collection of globally significant heritage attractions. Distinguished by a degree of preservation that remains relatively unheard of in the rest of the world, Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison offer a rare and fascinating insight into British colonial history. Historic Bridgetown is the heart of the nation, with its splendid churches, ancient Jewish Synagogue, old balconied shop houses, bridges, sugar warehouses and the Neo-Gothic Parliament Buildings, beside the Careenage. The clever use of interactive audio and video along with the exceptional high quality exhibits make a visit to the Museum of Parliament & the National Heroes Gallery a real pleasure. The Nidhe Israel Synagogue and Museum, founded in 1654, is the earliest constructed synagogue still in use in the Americas. Walking through Bridgetown and exploring the Garrison really is like taking a trip back in time. (For Walking Tours call 436 2885)

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ATTRACTION Where America’s first President spent 50 fascinating days in 1751. View the high-definition film, “George Washington in Barbados”


The Garrison historic area is home to many treasures. The island’s rich heritage and culture can be explored at the Barbados Museum, housed in the old military prison. Beneath the bastion of St. Ann’s Fort is a splendid Cannon Museum. Also in the area, George Washington Attraction is the only house outside the USA where Washington ever resided. A museum on the upper floor focuses on the rich cultural heritage of the island in the 17th and 18th centuries, when Barbados was one of the wealthiest countries in the hemisphere. The recently rediscovered Garrison Tunnels are soon to be opened to the public for tours from an entrance in the George Washington Attraction, where a movie about them is currently screened. These extraordinary tunnels seemingly used to provide drainage for the marshy Savannah, but may have also facilitated the secret movement of persons, dead or alive, from the Garrison area to the beach. The “Changing of the Sentry” ceremony takes place at the Garrison on Wednesdays at 11:45am. A full tour is offered that day from 9.15am-12.15pm. Call 233 2601 or 233 1648

View the newly discovered network of “secret tunnels”

Ask about dinner with George! George Washington was here! Shouldn’t you be too? For further information please call (246) 228-5461 Barbados in a Nutshell |



Cricket Legends of Barbados Visit! Explore! Relive the experience! Take a stroll down memory lane at the Cricket Museum on Fontabelle – home of the Cricket Legends of Barbados. Packed with memorabilia dating back to the early 1900s, the Museum fills the senses with nostalgia for those glory days when the West Indies stood on top of the cricketing world. Visitors will be bowled over by the wealth of information, all superbly laid out in the intimate setting of the Cricket Museum, and as you wander through, you will marvel at the sheer brilliance of some of Barbados’ master cricketers. See the ball bowled by Wes Hall in the first-ever hat-trick by a West Indian, a bat autographed in 1928 by the first West Indies team to tour England after the Region gained test status, and a blazer worn by England player, Trevor Bailey, in the West Indies tour of 1953/1954. Be sure to stop by The Legends Gift Shop on site (also in the departure lounge of the airport) for some first-class souvenirs of your visit.

Herbert House, Fontabelle, Bridgetown Tel: 227 2651

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The Barbados Museum & Historical Society is located in Barbados' UNESCO World Heritage Property and celebrates its 80th Anniversary in 2013-2014. Before the establishment of the Society in 1933 and opening of the museum in 1934, its 19th century buildings used to be the Garrison's military prison. Explore the exhibits to learn about the island’s natural history, social history, decorative and fine art, military history and African artefacts. Research your family history and more in the Shilstone Memorial Library and get locally-made keepsakes from The Museum Shop. Please contact them or check their website for dates of historic tours and other exciting activities.


The Barbados Museum

Open Mon – Sat 9am – 5pm & Sun 2pm – 6pm Admission: Adults BB $15.00; Children BB $7.50 Caricom Nationals: Free Entry with photo ID Bring this advert to receive a 10% discount on your admission to the Museum The Ba rba dos Mus eu m – Th e Home of B ar bad ia n Cultur e and Heritage

The Garrison, St. Michael Tel: 427 0201 Fax: 429 5946 Barbados in a Nutshell |



Caribbean Cigar Company Located at #3 Pelican Industrial Park, near Pelican Craft Centre, about 5 minutes from the Bridgetown Port and Kensington Oval, you’ll find Caribbean Cigar Company – manufacturers of the finest handmade cigars from Cuban tobacco with long filler. The company currently manufactures two lines of premium cigars: Sam Lord and Royal Barbados Cigars, ensuring superior taste and texture, using only the finest raw materials (long filler – Cuban tobacco; binder – Cameroon; wrapper – Ecuador Cuban seed). The European Cigar Journal recently described the flavour of the Royal Barbados Cigar as “excellent”. They encourage visitors to tour the factory and observe the methods by which over 4,000 cigars are produced every week. The cigars are sold in fine stores, restaurants and hotels across the island, as well as at the factory.

All tours are free! #3 Pelican Industrial Park, Bridgetown For further details call 437 8519

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Since 1703… The Story of the World’s Oldest Rum



The Mount Gay Rum Tour

“Amazing! Fascinating! Unforgettable!” These are just a few of the words visitors use to describe the Mount Gay Rum Tour. Mount Gay Rum is the world’s oldest rum, dating back to 1703; their friendly guides take you on a tour of its rich and colourful history, show you how rum is made and fittingly culminate with a fun-filled, taste-testing session. Regular tours every hour, 9:30am to 3:30pm Monday through Friday. Bajan Buffet Lunch Tours 12 noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Special Cocktail Tour 2pm on Wednesdays.

Spring Garden Highway, St. Michael Tel: 425 8757 Barbados in a Nutshell |


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The Barbados Transport Board operates the blue buses with yellow stripes

Hop on the Bus Need an easy and inexpensive way to get around the island? Well, Barbados has a very good public transport system covering virtually the entire island. The large, brightly painted blue buses with yellow stripes along the sides are government-run by the Barbados Transport Board. A standard bus fare of BB$2 takes you to and from anywhere on a single bus – be sure to have the exact local change when boarding. Bus stops are marked “into city” or “out of city” and you need to hail the bus as it approaches, as they do not automatically stop at every bus stop. There are three main terminals – two in Bridgetown (Fairchild Street and Princess Alice Highway), and one in Speightstown, St. Peter. A central staging depot is located at Mangrove in St. Philip and a sub-terminal at Oistins in Christ Church. There are also two other public transport options you may consider. The privately owned yellow mini-buses and the white vans with maroon stripes along the sides, known locally as ZRs (pronounced Zed-Arrs) because they carry a ZR on the license plate. These will volley for your patronage against the other buses. Often crowded, never dull and sometimes blasting loud music, the ZRs can show less caution on the road and sometimes go “offroute” and pack people in to make more money… so be warned!

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Farley Hill National Park

River Bay


The Transport Board offers Scenic Sunday Bus Tours departing from Independence Square in Bridgetown at 2pm and returning around 6:30pm. These tours provide a wonderful and inexpensive way to see the island (BB$20/adults, BB$12/children 511 yrs.) and it’s also a great opportunity to mix and mingle with Barbadians and really immerse yourself in our culture. The tours vary each Sunday, taking in many of the most scenic areas of the island, so why not pack a picnic and hop on board! 1st Sunday of the month: Stops include Speightstown, Farley Hill and East Coast. 2nd Sunday of the month: Stops include East Coast, Morgan Lewis Windmill, Cherry Tree Hill, Little Bay and River Bay. 3rd Sunday of the month: Stops include Foul Bay, Three Houses Park and Bath Beach. 4th Sunday of the month: Stops include Bathsheba, St. John’s Church, King George V Memorial Park and Silver Sands. The Transport Board has an informative website giving detailed information on bus routes and schedules. Visit:



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THE GRAPEFRUIT is believed


Flying Fish

to have originated in Barbados in the 1700s as a natural cross between sweet orange and Shaddock. In his Barbados Journal (1750-1751), George Washington mentions it as one of the local fruit available at a dinner party he attended.

FLYING FISH - Barbados is known as ‘the land of the flying fish’ – this local delicacy can be found on many menus around the island. Flying Fish and cou-cou is our National Dish, it was named one of the Top 10 National Dishes in the world by National Geographic. And yes, flying fish really do fly! BLACK BELLY SHEEP - The

Black Belly Sheep

Barbados Black Belly sheep are sometimes mistaken for goats, so remember, sheep’s tails hang down while goats’ stick up!

Wilfred Dederer


Whistling Frog

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whistling frog has no tadpole stage. Fully formed froglets emerge from the eggs. Females lay 15 to 30 eggs in a clutch and guard them during the ten days it takes to hatch. They sing from dusk to dawn in the rainy season, which is also their mating season.

The Bajan Rum Shop

Nutty Facts

RUM SHOPS - It is estimated that there are about 2,000 rum shops scattered around the island – be sure to visit one during your travels – if only for the ‘local experience’! Subjects discussed constantly, yet never exhausted, are sports and politics. Though often loud and vehement, debates tend to deviate quickly and unpredictably, between angry outbursts and bouts of laughter usually ending in calls for "annudduh one dey!" (another drink). LORD NELSON STATUE - The bronze statue of Lord Nelson was erected in Bridgetown's Trafalgar Square in 1813, it pre-dates its famous counterpart in London's Trafalgar Square by some 30 years. In 1999, Trafalgar Square was renamed National Heroes Square in honour of Barbados’ national heroes.

THE CONCORDE - For many years Barbados enjoyed the noteworthy distinction of being the only vacation destination in the world serviced by Concorde.

The Concorde on its final flight

Rum Punch

All photos: Andrew Hulsmeier

RUM PUNCH - For the perfect Bajan rum punch follow the rhyme: One of sour = 1 part lime juice Two of sweet = 2 parts sugar syrup Three of strong = 3 parts Bajan rum Four of weak = 4 parts water/ice Serve chilled with a dash of Angostura bitters & grated nutmeg.

Lord Nelson Statue in Bridgetown

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A private residence at Apes Hill

Real Estate in Barbados The property market in Barbados has long enjoyed a very solid reputation for being vibrant, rewarding and particularly secure. Today, when most of the world’s major economies are experiencing substantial challenges and financial instability, the purchase of real estate in Barbados can still offer a very attractive option for international investors. Barbados has made excellent progress in recent years and the very positive international exposure that is given to this island by the world’s media, as more and more celebrities choose this country as their preferred vacation destination or purchase a home here, has done a great deal to help stimulate the property market. The initial idea of owning property in Barbados usually materializes as a result of our wonderful climate, friendly people, beautiful environment, outstanding restaurants, vibrant entertainment, numerous attractions and our happy, healthy lifestyle. However, deeper thought will also recognize the easy access to Barbados, first-class international telecommunications, world standard health care facilities and the long-standing political integrity and social stability that make this country a safe jurisdiction for investment.

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Courtesy Royal Westmoreland


Apes Hill Club Apes Hill Club is buzzing. On 470 acres of some of the most beautiful land in Barbados, twelve Garden Villas and six sumptuous private villas have already been completed, while two more houses are currently under construction. At the same time, the exceptional Walters Sweep prize lots with views of both the west and east coasts have recently become available.To make life a lot easier for homeowners in every possible way, investors can now purchase the house of their dreams, have it built to their own preferences and specifications, and benefit from having the whole process managed on their behalf, hassle-free, from design to completion. Apes Hill Club is a vibrant, people-oriented community fashioned around a spectacular 18-hole golf course, the magnificent Apes Hill Polo Centre and when completed, a Club House, luxurious spa, a tennis centre and fitness centre. Apes Hill Club is committed to providing the best standards of service excellence and a high quality lifestyle to residents and guests and seems destined to be one of the leading sports and residential communities in the Caribbean.

For further information on Sales and Rentals please call: Tel: (+1) 246 432 4500 Fax: (+1) 246 432 4501

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Royal Westmoreland When you acquire a property at Royal Westmoreland, you purchase far more than a luxuriously appointed home in a stunning setting; you buy into an effortlessly elegant lifestyle. Royal Westmoreland homeowners are part of an exclusive gated community. A community of privileged and discerning individuals accustomed to luxurious living, a high degree of privacy and exceptional service. The estate offers you a superb choice of luxurious Caribbean colonial style villas and apartments, leisurely spaced around the 750 acres of championship golf course and landscaped grounds. Light, spacious and supremely comfortable, they range in size from one bedroom homes to eight bedroom distinctive architect designed villas. All are beautifully created in a harmonious blend of old world grace and new world sophistication and come with the undisputed cachet of a Royal Westmoreland address. Our design and build team will work with you every step of the way to put your personal signature on your new home.

Home Ownership Barbados Office Tel: (246) 419 0394 UK Office Tel: 44 (0) (0)1524 784209

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Buying Property in Barbados Property must pass conveyance of title, evidenced by the recording of the deeds and certified survey plans at the registry of title. A purchaser will require a registered Barbadian attorney to search the register and establish title to the property prior to the completion of sale. The parties sign a binding contract and the vendor’s attorney holds the deposit until completion, at which time the balance of the price is paid. Once an agreement has been made and a 10% deposit of the agreed price has been paid, then the deal must proceed or the deposit is forfeited. The title may be taken in a person’s name or through a corporate vehicle set up to own the property. It is possible for non-residents to purchase property through a company, that may be incorporated outside Barbados but which must be registered in Barbados. The sale of property by all persons, including citizens or permanent residents, is subject to property transfer tax of 2.5%, plus approximately 1% stamp duty. However, the first $125,000 of the sale proceeds is exempt from property transfer tax provided that there is a building on the property. Attorney’s fees for both the seller and the purchaser are approximately 1.5% to 2% of the sale price. The real estate agent’s commission fees are normally 5% of the sale. Both fees are subject to 15% VAT. Any owner of land in Barbados is required to pay an annual land tax at the following rates: First BB$125,000 = 0%, next BB$225,000 = 0.10%, next BB$500,000 = 0.65%, excess over BB$850,000 = 0.75% Following enactment of new legislation, there is a BB$60,000 cap on land tax rates, provided that the house is used exclusively as a residence by the person who owns the land upon which the house is erected. Barbados has attracted the attention of high-profile international companies such as Sotheby’s, Knight Frank and Savills. This is a great endorsement of real estate in Barbados as a safe investment for foreign purchasers.

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All photos: Andrew Hulsmeier

Alleyne’s Bay


Time to hit the Beach! Barbados is surrounded by miles of glorious, palm-fringed, white sand beaches lapped by crystal clear, turquoise waters. Here is a brief coast-by-coast guide to some of our favourites. Check the Barbados in a Nutshell Road Map, included in this publication, for the symbols indicating Vehicular and Pedestrian Beach Access. Contact Posh Nosh (432 5865), Relish Epicurea (621 0077), Cutters (423 0611) or Patisserie & Bistro Flindt (432 2626) for ready-to-go picnic lunches. Also see page 129 for all the restaurants that offer a take-away service. CAUTION: When snorkeling remember to take a brightly coloured buoy/float – there is a lot of water traffic along this coast. Beware of the poisonous manchineel trees (usually marked with a red ring around the trunk) and the yellow-green “apples” found along the west coast beaches - they cause severe blistering.

West Coast Calm, clear water, good swimming and snorkeling – lots of watersports. If you need masks and fins for snorkeling visit Hazell’s Waterworld (see page 54). The earlier you get to the beach on this coast, the better - before the afternoon sun hits. For Glass Bottom Boat Tours call Monica at Shamon Too (233

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6089) or Mark at Sea Spray Watersports (249 5001). Speightstown Area: In the north, between Half Moon Fort and Speightstown, there are a number of beaches with excellent swimming and snorkeling conditions. South of Port St. Charles there is parking and public access to a lovely stretch of beach.

Port St. Charles Beach

Alleyne’s Bay, Gibbes & Mullins: Magnificent stretches

Mullins has plenty of activity


of beach with glassy, turquoise water; good areas for snorkeling with a variety of watersports on offer. Alleyne’s Bay, Lower Carlton and Gibbes are lovely quiet beaches with easy access, but no beach facilities. Mullins is very busy with chair/umbrella rentals. Bombas Beach Bar is located just north of Mullins Beach. Heron Bay: There is a small amount of parking in the road between Colony Club and Heron Bay and a quiet beach with excellent swimming. Folkestone Marine Reserve: A 2-km stretch of marine reserve. Good snorkeling – equipment and lockers available for rent at the Visitors Centre. Ample shade, picnic tables and parking. Holetown Area: Busy beaches – lots of watersports.

Reid’s Bay is a lovely quiet beach with easy access and parking

Folkestone Marine Reserve has a small beach but good snorkeling

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Paynes Bay

Sandy Lane

beach, a favourite with families and cruise ship passengers. Ideal swimming and snorkeling conditions – you may even spot some turtles. A public access path is next to No. 1 Sandy Lane, which also gives access to the splendid Sandy Lane beach where there is some of the best swimming to be had on the west coast. Fitts Village: Quiet stretch of beach - good snorkeling. Lunch at Il Tempio Restaurant & Beach Bar, happy hours 4-6pm daily, closed Mondays. Brighton Beach: This is a quiet stretch of beach just off the Spring Garden Highway.

South Coast

Courtesy Harbour Lights

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Paynes Bay: White sandy

Carlisle Bay is exceptionally calm

Harbour Lights in Carlisle Bay

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Small to medium waves except Carlisle Bay and Sandy Beach which are both very calm. Good conditions for body surfing, surfing and windsurfing. Carlise Bay: A stunning stretch of beach from Bridgetown to the Hilton. Great for swimming and walking. Umbrellas and sun loungers available for rent at Harbour Lights along with drinks and local food off the grill. Lobster Alive rents chairs and umbrellas and serves cold

Accra Beach, the most popular beach on the south coast

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Richard Haynes Boardwalk is most enjoyable in the late afternoon

Jonathon Farmer

Carib Beach has wonderful swimming and a super beach bar

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Accra Beach (Rockley Beach): Very popular – lots of activity, food stalls, parking, beach chair, umbrella & boogie board rentals. Good for body surfing and body watching! Richard Haynes Boardwalk: A wonderful seaside walkway stretching from Accra Beach to Hastings.

Sandy Beach & Carib Beach: Picturesque lagoon - shallow, calm water. Ideal for families. The Carib Beach Bar serves beastly cold drinks and really delicious fish & calamari. Beach chairs, umbrellas and towels for rent from “Spock”. Dover Beach: Long, wide stretch of beach, perfect for long walks. Some shade – breezy, with bigger waves. Beach chair and umbrella

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Carlisle Bay is perfect for SUPing

Courtesy Paddle Barbados

drinks all day. You can sit in your swimsuit with your toes in the sand and devour a freshly cooked lobster. Pebbles Beach: Located between the Hilton Hotel and the Barbados Yacht Club. Lovely beach, good swimming conditions. Look out for Jason from Paddle Barbados and take a lesson in Stand Up Paddling, then try a Bajan fish cutter from Cuz’s stall in the car park!


Andrew Hulsmeier Brian Talma/DeAction Beach Shop

Silver Sands & Surfer’s Point: Miami Beach has a shallow, calm side and a side with waves

Silver Sands has the perfect conditions for wind and kitesurfing

A haven for windsurfing, wavejumping and kitesurfing. Boosy’s Surf School offers surfing lessons for beginners and surfing tours around the island for more advanced surfers. Board rentals available. DeAction Beach Shop at Silver Sands rents equipment for all types of surfing – they also offer lessons, including wind and kitesurfing.

East Coast

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rentals, food stalls and shops. Miami Beach: Just south of Oistins, lovely beach and gorgeous turquoise water. Lots of shade, chairs for rent, great food & drink from Mr. Delicious.



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Biggest waves – strong and dangerous undercurrents. Cattlewash: Miles upon miles of untouched beach along the island’s most rugged stretch of coast. Swimming here is extremely dangerous! There are some shallow rock pools at low tide – be sure to ask the locals where the safe areas are. Bathsheba: Fresh ocean breezes and pounding surf, a favourite with surfers. See the restaurant guide for lunch spots.

CAUTION: The east coast has very dangerous currents – it is NOT safe for swimming!

South-East Coast Big waves, some currents – be sure to keep within your depth. Crane Beach: One of the world’s most glorious beaches. Great for boogie boarding. Chair and umbrella rentals. Drinks sold on the beach. Lunch at L’Azure or The Carriage House at The Crane Resort features fresh fish and lobster. Cutters of Barbados is located very nearby and they serve delicious sandwiches, pizzas, salads, etc. They will deliver any size picnic to the beach including their special rum punch, beer and wine! Foul Bay: A spectacular stretch of beach with a pleasant shaded area for picnics and easy parking. Exercise extreme caution when swimming as there are strong currents. For security reasons, you are advised to use the northern end where the NCC wardens are present. Bottom Bay: Beautiful, often deserted bay north of the Crane and east point. Park on the clifftop and go down the steps – beach chairs available for rent. Watch out for undercurrents. Harrismith: A deserted beach that is probably best to visit in a group for a picnic. There are lovely shallow pools formed by a natural breakwater.

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Crane Beach


Courtesy Stoute’s Car Rentals

Car Hire

Driving Tips When hiring a car pay attention to the demonstration of the vehicle, as many models are different in the Caribbean. Note the emergency hotline number of your rental company and check that they offer breakdown assistance. Many of the rental companies offer unlimited mileage, free delivery to and pick-up from hotels, villas, airport and seaport; baby seats and free road maps. All vehicles are covered by insurance including unlimited liability for passengers and third party personal injury coverage. The Collision Damage Waiver is comprehensive insurance and is highly recommended, but does not usually cover damage to rims and tyres. Although credit card insurance covers you for most motor vehicles, it is recommended that you check which vehicles are exempt. If you have an accident, you must leave your vehicle in its position and call your car hire company and the police immediately – do not admit liability. For Police dial 211 and ambulance 511. In Barbados we drive on the left. Drivers must have a Visitor’s Permit which can be obtained from most car rental offices, or from the Oistins, Hastings or Speightstown Police Stations for BDS$10 - it is valid for two months from the date of issue. Seat belts are compulsory. Visitors are easily identifiable on the road by the ‘H’ number plate and locals are usually accommodating of your confusion and make allowances. However, since the ‘H’ does identify you as a visitor you can be a target for pickpockets and harassing vagrants. Authorized security personnel at all attractions and places of interest are usually in uniform, so do not pay anyone else who claims to be “security” to guard your vehicle. Please be careful with your possessions and place them in the boot/trunk wherever possible and ensure that the vehicle is always locked when unattended.

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Measuring just a compact 21 x 14 miles, Barbados is a neatly packaged bundle of variety with something different around every corner Morgan Lewis Windmill/Photo: Jonathon Farmer

Car Hire

National Car Rentals Ltd.



IVER We offer a full range of vehicles from fully to hote Y & guest hols loaded sedans to mokes. In addition, we have uses the only luxury class on the island, which includes Mercedes. Vehicles are delivered free of charge to hotels and our rental agents can issue your local driver’s permit.



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Grantley Adams Int’l Airport & CWTS Complex, Lower Estate, St. Michael Reservations: 434 8414 Toll Free: 1 800 581 8773

Direct Rentals Ltd.

Direct Car Rentals is 100% Bajan owned and operated with over 37 years in the car rental industry and a reputation for excellent service. They offer the widest range of new vehicles (SUV's, cars, jeeps, mini-vans) and possibly the largest selection of SUV's available. Comprehensive insurance with unlimited passenger liability coverage, free pickup and delivery islandwide, free maps, unlimited mileage and courteous service combine to give you the best value for your money. Children’s car seats are available and visitor permits are issued on the spot. Luggage transfers at competitive rates. From the fully loaded executive models to the small economy car, they have the right vehicle for you.

Discounts – Direct Bookings Only. Balls Plantation, Christ Church Tel: 420 6372 Fax: 420 6383

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Mangera Car Rentals

Whether it’s a business meeting, a day at the beach or a romantic dinner for two, Courtesy Rent-A-Car has a vehicle for you! Their Airport and Wildey, St. Michael locations offer Executive and Luxury vehicles at excellent prices. Courtesy Rent-A-Car is the #1 choice in car rentals in the Caribbean. They provide first class transportation for a first class destination.

Well maintained vehicles, automatic, air-conditioned cars and eight seater vans, manual and automatic jeeps, and Suzuki mokes. They will deliver to the airport or directly to your hotel or villa islandwide. Local driver’s permits are issued on delivery and baby seats are also available. Major credit cards accepted. 24-hour service.

Wildey, St. Michael Tel: 431 4160 (Wildey) or 418 2500 (Airport) Fax: 429 6387 or Toll Free Fax: (800) 303 3806

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Welches Main Road, St. Michael Tel/Fax: 436 0562 Cellular: 230 0212

A well-established family business with a large fleet of vehicles, including hard-top automatic jeeps, vans and air-conditioned, larger automatic cars. Corbin's is also a well respected garage specializing in both mechanical and body repairs so you're assured of hired cars in good condition. They offer a delivery and pick-up service and all cars are fully comprehensively insured. As is the case in most places, you must be over 25 years of age to hire a car. Reasonable rates available. AmEx, Visa and Master Card accepted.

"Pioneer", Collymore Rock, St. Michael, BB 14004 Tel: 427 9531 Fax: 427 7975

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Jones Car Rental Service Let Jones Car Rentals assist you in this Great Discovery with selections from their varied fleet of vehicles. Make your choice from automatic air-conditioned cars (large or small), executive and economy sedans, Grand Vitara Jeeps, 7 seater deluxe vans. • Prices negotiable. • Baby seats available. • Visitor’s permits issued. • Free and Prompt delivery/pick-up. • All vehicles comprehensively insured. • 24-hr. Emergency Response

Passage Road, St. Michael Tel: 42 JONES/425 6637 Fax: 426 7296

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Stoutes Car Rental Ltd is a family-owned company that offers jeeps, mokes, vans and air-conditioned sedans for short and longterm rental in Barbados. Their seasoned staff meet arriving clients at the airport or deliver the vehicles to any local address, they provide them with detailed maps of the island and directions to their destination. A 24 hour roadside assistance is offered to all customers. The company’s large fleet of well maintained vehicles is backed by decades of experience.

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Grantley Adams Int’l Airport & Kirtons, St. Philip Tel: 416 4456 Fax: 416 4435


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Bajan Seasonings


Fish Cakes

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Local Food

Local Food

Scotch Bonnet Peppers

Pudding & Souse

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BAJAN SEASONING - The cornerstone of tasty Bajan cooking, used to season fish, chicken, meats, stocks and soups. Available ready made in supermarkets, although the home made version is especially delicious. In a blender chop green topped spring onions, garlic, onions, fresh thyme, marjoram, parsley, basil, curry powder, celery salt, paprika, black pepper, ground cloves and Scotch Bonnet pepper. FISH CAKES - Often served at cocktail parties and in many rum shops around the island, hot fish cakes passed around at a gathering go like smoke in the wind! Usually served with Sauce Marie Rose and pepper sauce. PEPPER SAUCE - Made with Scotch Bonnet Peppers, locally grown tumeric, onions, garlic, vinegar, mustard or horseradish and is particuarly delicious with fish and pork. PUDDING & SOUSE - Steeped in tradition, souse is usually made with pig’s head and trotters (feet). The pudding, made with grated sweet potato, is stuffed into pig’s intestine and steamed, although it can also be steamed without the intestine. Pudding & Souse is sold all over the island every Saturday.

Andrew Hulsmeier


Local Food

Flying Fish Cutter


These and many more delicious Bajan recipes can be found in Bajan Cooking in a Nutshell.

Plantain Wrapped in Bacon


PLANTAIN - Plantains are grown and eaten throughout the Caribbean, masquerading as very large bananas, they are unpalatable unless cooked. Usually they are peeled, sliced diagonally and sautĂŠed in a little shallow oil. They can also be sliced, wrapped in bacon and baked in a medium oven for 2025 minutes. Plantains possess an undeniable but subtle sweetness that goes exceptionally well with chicken, pork and fish. FISH CUTTER - Fish is first soaked in lime, salt and water then stuffed with savoury Bajan seasonings, dipped in egg batter, covered in breadcrumbs and fried until golden. Fried fish is often sold sandwiched in a soft, but chewy white bread bun called a salt bread - it is referred to locally as a fish cutter. COCONUT WATER - The clear liquid that pools inside green coconuts is high in electrolyte potassium and is so pure it was used as plasma during WWII. Coconut water is sold island wide along the highways and on beaches, as well as the chiller counters at super-markets. For those who enjoy a tipple, it is very nice mixed with rum, gin or vodka.

Available in Bookstores Islandwide

Barbados in a Nutshell |


Courtesy L’Azure


Restaurant Guide It is said that variety is the spice of life, and the culinary diversity of Barbados dining makes for refreshing points of difference for visitors to our shores. There are area maps for the west coast on page 142, the east and south east coasts on page 134 and the south coast on page 158. Wherever you decide to dine, be sure to try the island’s fresh fish. A delicious choice is Mahi Mahi or Dorado referred to locally as Dolphin. This moist, flaky fish is absolutely delicious and is not in any way related to the mammal porpoise, known as ‘Flipper’. Other delicious catches include Flying Fish, Barracuda, Red Snapper, Tuna and King Fish. Unless otherwise stated all prices are in Barbados dollars and include 17.5% VAT. A restaurant bill is usually not presented until it is requested. Although most restaurants welcome walk-in diners, there are many that are fully booked in advance, especially from December to May, so reservations are highly recommended. Bon Appétit!

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Courtesy The Spa CafĂŠ at Sandy Lane

Courtesy Daphne’s

Restaurant Classifications


Eclectic Café Luna Cariba Champers Cin Cin Chez Max Daphne’s D’Onofrios L’Azure Muscovado Naru Nishi Palm Terrace Pisces Sandy Lane The Cliff The Garden Terrace The Mews Waterside

179 150 169 147 174 144 139 141 162 170 152 145 175 143 146 159 154 177

Beach Bars Beach House Blakey’s Bombas Carib Beach Bar Il Tempio Lobster Alive Mamu’s Gazebo Tapas

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148 160 151 172 149 131 174 168

Café Indigo Café Zoola Coffee Bean Cutters Il Tempio Island Plates Patisserie & Bistro Flindt Posh Nosh Relish Epicurea Sanctuary Café Subway The Sultan

156 157 165 133 149 151 153 132 157 172 164 165

Bar Meals/Tapas 39 Steps 160 Bert’s 186 Blakey’s 160 Bubba’s 166, 187 Carib Beach Bar 172 Café Zoola 157 Carriage House 138 Cin Cin 147 Cutters 133 Elbow Room 154 Il Tempio 149 McBride’s 171 Nishi 152 Relish Epicurea 157 Sand Dunes 136 Tapas 168 Vinnie McBride’s Pizza 171

Courtesy Mama Mia

39 Steps 160 Apsara Samudra 176 Atlantis Hotel 137 Beach House 148 Bert’s 186 Blakey’s 160 Bombas 151 Brown Sugar 161 Bubba’s 166, 187 Café Zoola 157 Café Indigo 156 Carib Beach Bar 172 Carriage House 138 Champers 169 Cin Cin 147 Coffee Bean 165 Cutters 133 Daphne’s 144 D’Onofrios (Sat. & Sun.) 139 Golden Apple Café 162 Il Tempio 149 Island Plates 151 Juma’s 150 Just Grillin’ 156, 167 L’Azure 141 Lobster Alive (Live Music) 131 Mama Mia 163

Breakfast Atlantis Hotel Bubba’s 166, Café Indigo Café Zoola Coffee Bean Cutters Golden Apple Café Island Plates L’Azure Mama Mia Mamu’s Gazebo Patisserie & Bistro Flindt Relish Epicurea Round House Sanctuary Café Sandy Lane Subway The Garden Terrace The Good Life

137 187 156 157 165 133 162 151 141 163 174 153 157 135 172 143 164 159 166

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Restaurant Classifications


Mamu’s Gazebo 174 Naniki 136 New Century 171 Patisserie & Bistro Flindt 153 Relish Epicurea 157 Round House 135 Sanctuary Café 172 Sand Dunes 136 Sandy Lane 143 Subway 164 Sunbury House 81, Map Tapas 168 The Garden Terrace 159 The Good Life 166 The Sultan 165


Courtesy Sunbury House

Restaurant Classifications


Afternoon Tea Atlantis Hotel 137 Coffee Bean 165 Cutters 133 Island Plates 151 L’Azure 141 Patisserie & Bistro Flindt 153 Relish Epicurea 157 Sanctuary Café 172 Sandy Lane 143 Sunbury House 81, Map The Garden Terrace 159

Sports Bars Bert’s Bubba’s Carriage House McBride’s

186 166, 187 138 171

Steak Houses/Grills Café Sol Carriage House Elbow Room Just Grillin’ Lobster Alive Sand Dunes

173 138 154 156, 167 131 136

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39 Steps Atlantis Hotel Beach House Blakey’s Brown Sugar Café Indigo Café Sol Café Zoola Carib Beach Bar Cariba Chez Max Coffee Bean Cutters D’Onofrios Elbow Room Golden Apple Café Island Plates Juma’s Lobster Alive Luigi’s Mama Mia Mamu’s Gazebo Nishi Patisserie & Bistro Flindt Relish Epicurea Round House Sandy Lane Sitar Tapas The Good Life The Mews Vinnie McBride’s Pizza

160 137 148 160 161 156 173 157 172 150 174 165 133 139 154 162 151 150 131 178 163 174 152 153 157 135 143 155 168 166 154 171

Ice Cream Parlours Chilly Moo’s


Coffee Bean (South Coast) Cutters (Crane area) Posh Nosh (West Coast) The Sultan

165 133 132 165

Courtesy Sitar

Private Dining Room

Take Away Apsara Samudra Bert’s Café Sol Café Zoola Chilly Moo’s Coffee Bean Cutters D’Onofrios Island Plates Just Grillin’ 156, Lobster Alive New Century Mama Mia Nishi Patisserie & Bistro Flindt Posh Nosh Relish Epicurea Sanctuary Café Sand Dunes Sitar Subway The Sultan Vinnie McBride’s Pizza Zen

176 186 173 157 167 165 133 139 151 167 131 171 163 152 153 132 157 172 136 155 164 165 171 140

Pre-made Meals Patisserie & Bistro Flindt Posh Nosh

153 132

Apsara Samudra Cin Cin Juma’s Nishi Tapas The Mews Waterside Zen

176 147 150 152 168 154 177 140

Picnics Cutters Patisserie & Bistro Flindt Posh Nosh Relish Epicurea Subway The Sultan

133 153 132 157 164 165

Restaurant Classifications


Asian Apsara Samudra Naru New Century Zen

176 170 171 140

Japanese/Sushi Café Luna (Thu. & Fri.) Naru Nishi Zen

179 170 152 140

Chinese New Century


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The Sultan


Mexican Café Sol


Irish McBride’s


Indian Artie

Restaurant Classifications


Bajan & Caribbean 39 Steps Atlantis Hotel Beach House Blakey’s Brown Sugar Café Indigo Carib Beach Bar Cariba Champers Chez Max Cin Cin Cutters Golden Apple Café Juma’s Lobster Alive Mamu’s Gazebo Muscovado Naniki Nishi Pisces Round House Sand Dunes The Garden Terrace

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160 137 148 160 161 156 172 150 169 174 147 133 162 150 131 174 162 136 152 175 135 136 159

Apsara Samudra 176 Mamu’s Gazebo (Thurs.) 174 Sitar 155

Italian Daphne’s D’Onofrios Il Tempio Luigi’s Mama Mia Tapas Vinnie McBride’s Pizza

144 139 149 178 163 168 171

Mediterranean 39 Steps Beach House Champers Cin Cin Daphne’s D’Onofrios Mama Mia Relish Epicurea Tapas The Sultan

160 148 169 147 144 139 163 157 168 165


Lobster Alive (and all that Jazz) Caribbean Spiny Lobster, flown in from The Grenadines to a big central distribution tank at the restaurant on Carlisle Bay. Good parking; wheel chair friendly. Come by boat? Wade ashore anchorage! Beach umbrellas, beach bar, dive shop. Open for lunch and dinner every day. Sunday lunch with swing jazz sextet wonderful jazz musicians. Cool Jazz Quartet Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday dinner. Varied Menu! Kids meals/Veggies. Enquire for Cooked takeaway/delivery. Reduced Summer openings. Enquire about Jazz nights.

Reservations strongly advised. Tel: 435 0305 Barbados in a Nutshell |



Posh Nosh Gourmet Fresh Food Store Posh Nosh is an innovative retail concept selling prepared fresh and frozen meals. Recently expanded to serve casual lunches, Posh Nosh continues to provide unique culinary choices. They carry a selection of ready-meals as well as kids meals, hors d’oeuvres, artisanal dressings, BBQ rubs, daily fresh salads and pasta sauces. The latest addition to the line up is Globe Runners – single portion lunches from around the world that changes constantly. Favourites include Mumbai Chicken, Roasted Beetroot Salad with Goats Cheese and Jerk Chicken, Blackened Salmon with Lentils or Asian Peanut Noodle Salad, Pad Thai, Quinoa Salad with Teriyaki Glazed Salmon, Potato Salad with Bacon, Jambalaya and Tajines. Drop by and see why this is becoming an essential foodie hang out! Open Monday to Saturday 10am–7pm. Sundays seasonal.

Sunset Boulevard, Holetown, St. James Tel: 432 5865

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Bar 1887 D’Onofrio’s L’Azure The Carriage House The Village Café Zen

Located in historic Bathsheba on the rugged east coast of Barbados, Round House has been a popular destination for locals and visitors alike for over 100 years. Built in the early 1800s, the property offers commanding views of the entire Atlantic coast, a unique scenic environment and an undisturbed stretch of beach studded with natural tidal pools, located just a one-minute walk down the sand to "Soup Bowl", one of the world's premier surf spots. Round House houses a historic inn featuring four architecturally unique rooms with unparalleled views, a bustling restaurant and bar, serving a fusion of Continental Caribbean cuisine with indoor and outdoor seating, and some of the best views on the island. With its unique hilltop perch providing a breathtaking panorama of Bathsheba and its pounding surf, Round House is a “must-do” part of every visitor’s Barbados experience. Open daily 8:30am-8:30pm, Sundays 8:30am-5pm. Live jazz every other Sunday. Happy Hour every Saturday 4pm-7pm. Reservations always recommended.


Round House

Bathsheba, St. Joseph Reservations: 433 9678 Office: 433 9079 Barbados in a Nutshell |



Naniki Nestled in the verdant hills overlooking the east coast, Naniki is known as much for its breathtaking views as for its sumptuous Caribbean cuisine. Large picture windows and the cool outdoor deck allow for bird's eye views of the Atlantic and surrounding countryside. The menu features a wonderful variety of Caribbean delicacies, including grilled seafood, chicken or pork served with local favourites like yam, breadfruit and sweet potato. Vegetarian menu also available. A la carte lunch is served daily and on Sundays "A Taste of the Caribbean" buffet lunch with live jazz. Closed Mondays.

Suriname, St. Joseph Tel: 433 1300

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Sand Dunes Restaurant & Bar This brightly-painted roadside café is the perfect stop for a cold drink, light snack or a great Bajan lunch while touring the east coast. It’s a popular spot with the local crowd and there is always a warm and friendly atmosphere. Daily menu favourites include flying fish, fresh grilled fish, Bajan beef stew, baked chicken, macaroni pie and chow mein, as well as a selection of bar snacks and sandwiches. In the evenings, their Fresh Fish-offthe-Grill is definitely worth the trip! Friday evenings are especially lively and on Saturdays their ever-popular Puddin’ & Souse is known to draw a crowd! Open daily from 9am to 9pm. Breakfast is served daily.

Ermy Bourne Highway, East Coast Road, St. Andrew Tel: 422 9427

The historic Atlantis Hotel, which overlooks picturesque Tent Bay in Bathsheba, has been restored to its former glory by the same team that has made the Fish Pot at Little Good Harbour so popular. They are committed to ensuring that the revived Atlantis is famous for serving high quality, traditional Barbadian cuisine. The legendary Atlantis Buffet Lunches on Sundays and Wednesdays, offer the perfect opportunity to savour the many delights of local food, while the regular menu offers a selection of delectable Barbadian dishes served in a more modern style. Atlantis, with its delicious food, dramatic coastal setting and lovely east coast breezes is a wonderful Barbados experience. Open everyday for breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner or just drop in for drinks and the view! Starters $15-25; Mains $25-95; Buffet $70-90.


The Atlantis

Tent Bay, St. Joseph Reservations 433 9445




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The Carriage House The Carriage House Bar & Restaurant was once the official stable of the historic “Crane Beach Hotel” over 100 years ago. In keeping with the continued expansion and development of what is today known as The Crane Residential Resort, it has been transformed into a modern day poolside bar and grill. Overlooking four waterfalls, infinity edge pools with a panoramic ocean view and waterfall pond in the surrounding back drop, this facility serves a variety of light and delectable food items and refreshments. The “ruins”, as The Carriage House is often referred to, still maintains remnants of its architectural past and rich history, in keeping with the overall style of the resort where modern day amenities are constantly melding with old world charm. Open daily: 11:00am – 5pm.

The Crane, St. Philip Reservations: 423 6220

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For a taste of home cooking, head to D’Onofrio's, Barbados’ newest Italian restaurant located within the charming Crane Village. Toast to good friends and good health with a glass of Prosecco while you savour the aromas of authentic Italian cuisine being prepared to your liking. An extensive selection of fine wines complement classic regional dishes inspired by the simple flavours and old-world traditions of Italy. For more casual fare, enjoy a selection of antipasti and pizzas in our garden terrace. Create your own special occasion and discover the meaning of la dolce vita at D’Onofrio’s. Open daily: 12:00 noon – 9:00pm.


D’Onofrio’s Trattoria

The Crane, St. Philip Reservations: 423 6220 Barbados in a Nutshell |



Zen Zagat Rated #1 for Food in Barbados, Zen offers authentic Thai and Japanese delicacies in a magnificent setting on the island’s south-east coast. Zen’s sophisticated, Asian-inspired architecture and interior décor complement its dramatic setting, complete with an all-glass frontage offering spectacular views of the sea. The centre-piece of the restaurant is a 12-person sushi bar overlooking the sea 50 feet below, where sushi chefs prepare delicious, exotic fare as you relax, chat and enjoy the amazing view. Intimate Tatami rooms, designed in traditional Japanese style, provide an option for parties from four to fourteen to dine in privacy. Reservations required. Open: 6:00pm – 9:00pm. Closed on Tuesdays.

The Crane, St. Philip Reservations: 423 6220

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“Heaven on Earth…” Zagat Survey 2009. Celebrating over 120 years of hospitality, The Crane has been renowned for over a century for both its deliciously prepared seafood and its breathtaking scenic beauty. Lunches feature an excellent and varied International and Caribbean menu in a relaxed atmosphere, boasting spectacular panoramic views of Crane Beach, named "one of the top ten beaches in the world" by Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. In the evening, the restaurant's romantic candlelit ambiance is the perfect complement to any special occasion. A well-established tradition, Sundays at The Crane are extraspecial, offering a Sunday Gospel Breakfast with live performances and a steel-pan accompanied Bajan buffet lunch. Reservations required. Open daily: 7:30am – 9:00pm.



The Crane, St. Philip Reservations: 423 6220 Barbados in a Nutshell |



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L’Acajou - Overlooking the sparkling waters of the Caribbean Sea is L'Acajou, Sandy Lane's signature restaurant. The romantic L'Acajou specializes in refined, modern, classical and contemporary renditions on European cuisine with an emphasis on French and Mediterranean paired with an impressive range of Old and New World wines. The stunning, open-air beachfront setting of this chic, fine dining restaurant is simply magical. Dine under a canopy of mahogany trees with the gentle sounds of the ocean.


Sandy Lane

Bajan Blue - Located on the Lower Terrace, this informal restaurant offers sumptuous all day dining and a mĂŠlange of European, Caribbean and Asian influenced cuisine. The elaborate Sunday Brunch is a must, as are the spectacular themed buffet evenings. Other features include the modern wine bar, sushi station and state-of-the-art grill.

Sandy Lane Hotel St. James Reservations: 444 2000 Barbados in a Nutshell |



Daphne’s Daphne’s, one of the top restaurants in Barbados, reflects the style and grace of its sister establishment, the famous Daphne’s of London. Manager Marco Alleyne, is an excellent host and he will welcome you to this elegant beachside restaurant, which offers ‘al fresco’ and covered dining in a friendly atmosphere. Though the menu is based on classic Italian cuisine, Chef Marco Festini Cromer adds his modern style to better suit contemporary tastes. Extensive wine list - Italian, New World and Classical French Wines. The Cocktail Bar at Daphne’s offers half-price Cocktail Hours from 5-7pm and bar snacks are also available. Open daily.

Paynes Bay, St. James Reservations: 432 2731

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Located right on the water’s edge, with high ceilings, tall indoor palms and imposing archways that look out over the beach, the beautiful Palm Terrace represents the epitome of casually elegant Caribbean living. Not to be outshone by the spectacular ambiance, the talented culinary team works diligently to create an enticing selection of Caribbean-influenced international cuisine, encompassing the finest seafood, meat and vegetarian dishes. Further enhanced by an excellent wine list and nightly live entertainment, the Palm Terrace can be the perfect choice for any occasion, ranging from a family dinner to a romantic table-fortwo. Ideal for special occasions and available for private functions.


Palm Terrace

Fairmont Royal Pavilion, St. James Reservations: 422 5555 Barbados in a Nutshell |



The Cliff Restaurant & Lounge Long established as one of the very top restaurants in the Caribbean, The Cliff is the first choice of many people for any special celebration. The stunning, oceanfront, cliff top setting and ambiance are truly magical but it is the food itself which makes The Cliff so special. While Chef Paul Owens consistently gains accolades from top food writers, praising his creative talents, he and his team of 12 chefs remain committed to improving upon their performance and to using only the finest fresh ingredients and producing consistency of quality. Affable waiters and knowledgeable wine stewards strive to provide service of the highest standard. The restaurant was recently renovated, bringing many stylish refinements to the overall dining experience. Available for private functions. Reservations are required.

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As the name suggests Cin Cin (pronounced Chin Chin) is chic and fun! Since Larry Rogers and his wife Michelle opened in June 2011, Cin Cin has enjoyed resounding success. Refreshingly contemporary and très elegant with uninterrupted views of the Caribbean sea meeting the horizon. The ‘al fresco’ terrace is perfect for waterside dining under the stars, while the air-conditioned inner restaurant provides a cool sanctuary allowing sweeping vistas of the ocean framed by an expansive glass wall. Cin Cin features a trendy bar lounge area, perfect for sipping cocktails or simply enjoying a light bite served by friendly and efficient staff. Larry has a flair for creating an eclectic range of Mediterranean style dishes with a Caribbean twist using the freshest of ingredients. His distinctive style and standard of "no compromise on quality" has gained him a loyal following over the years...many from the "Olives" and "La Terra" days. Open for lunch Monday to Friday and Dinner Nightly. A cool hot spot not to be missed!


Cin Cin by the Sea

Prospect, St. James Reservations: 424 4557 Barbados in a Nutshell |



The Beach House A breathtaking beachfront site at the centre of things in Holetown with cheerful staff and great food. The daytime beach menu appeals to hungry as well as healthy eaters and features the famous Caribbean lunch buffet on Sundays. The Evening Menu blends local flavours with a Mediterranean culinary flair and the romantic candlelit atmosphere ensures a truly memorable experience. The Beach House is ideal as a wedding venue for large or small parties. The Beach House is somewhere you will enjoy and leave wanting to come back the next day, next week, next month or next time you visit Barbados. Great for sundowners.

Holetown, St. James Tel: 432 1163

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The Only Authentic Italian Restaurant situated on the beach, beside the tranquil waters of the west coast, dubbed “the best Italian food in Barbados” by opera great, the late Luciano Pavarotti. Italian owners Anna and Leo welcome you, while Alessandro, chef and owner, delights your senses with tantalizing dishes. Il Tempio was featured in Condé Naste Traveler as one of the “coolest beachfront restaurants in the Caribbean”. The NY Times Frommer’s Review said, “The chef's light touch is ideal for tropical dining. The homemade pastas are a delight... and the main dishes are equally delectable...” Visa and MasterCard accepted. Happy Hours: 4pm - 6pm daily; Fridays & Sundays 4pm - 7pm with complimentary finger food. Lunch: Noon - 2.30pm. Dinner: 6pm -10pm. Closed Mondays and for the month of September.


Il Tempio

Fitts Village, St. James Reservations: 417 0057 Barbados in a Nutshell |


Juma’s Restaurant


Cariba Restaurant With a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere, Cariba offers “modern Caribbean cuisine with an Asian twist”. Internationally trained Executive Chef/ proprietor, Glen Bent has worked in 5-star establishments all over the world, including the prestigious Sandy Lane Hotel right here in Barbados. Since he and his wife Faye opened Cariba in 2008 they have earned a loyal following of repeat clients. Glen’s innovative flair in the kitchen and Faye’s warmth and hospitality make Cariba a favourite with resident and visiting gourmet food lovers. Private catering available.

Derricks, St. James Reservations: 432 8737

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Juma's is located on the ocean front with all tables overlooking the beautiful Speightstown beach. Owner run by Mark and his chef wife, Jules, whose menu is highly eclectic and features Thai, Bajan and French dishes. Lovely Thai curries, homemade desserts and cocktails. Subs and burgers served at lunchtime. Extensive wine list. Juma’s is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day (closed on Sundays, May - December except for special events). Complimentary transport to and from the restaurant is provided in the evening.

Speightstown, St. Peter Reservations: 432 0232 or 234 7286

Island Plates

Your favourite beach bar is back and buzzing in a new location north of Mullins at Turtle Bay. Bringing back its colourful setting, eclectic music and friendly service, fresh and organic foods set the scene. Wayne arrives daily with the seafood catch from his local fishermen and organic salads from Nature’s Produce. Visiting turtles at high tide wow lunchtime diners, stunning sunsets and evenings under the stars make Bombas somewhere you will want to dine more than once.

This casual little bistro, run by Barbadian sisters Pat and Marie, places the emphasis on fresh and wholesome. Daily specials might include Pat’s delicious home made quiche, curries or an ultimate salad – gluten-free & vegan options available – all served with a smile, and at prices that please. The kitchen also turns out breakfasts daily as well as packed lunches and dinners to order. Try their health-boosting smoothies to start your morning or refresh you throughout the day. Open Monday-Saturday: 8am-3pm; and for dinner every Thursday: 7pm-10pm.

Turtle Bay (North of Mullins), St. Peter Tel: 432 5664



The Town Square, Speightstown, St. Peter Tel: 252 7793

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Nishi Nishi is a chic but elegantly casual restaurant that offers the best of both worlds – Caribbean Cuisine at its finest and their highly popular Sushi. Nishi is fortunate to have excellent sushi chefs from the Far East who have earned a solid reputation for preparing both traditional sushi and the latest evolution of Japanese cuisine. West coast regulars will be happy to know that Nishi is now managed by Mannie Ward, with his usual emphasis on top class service. Guests can dine under the stars on the outdoors deck or in air-conditioned comfort inside. Nishi’s bar serves a brilliant range of cocktails in a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere. Open every night except Monday for dinner only. Families Welcome! Take-away available but orders must be in by 6.30pm.

2nd Street, Holetown, St. James Reservations Recommended: 432 8287 or 432 2112

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Patisserie & Bistro Flindt This chic boutique West Coast eatery is popular with locals and visitors alike. The perfect spot for Breakfast, Lunch or a Snack pastas, salads, quiche, Flindt’s famous all beef burger and of course decadent desserts! They also specialise in catering for all your entertaining needs - whether it be a picnic at the beach, fully staffed cocktail party or dinner in your home / villa or just platters of delicious canapes, sandwiches or sweet treats for a casual gettogether! And something New at Flindt - Interactive Cooking Classes with Carsten himself!

Reservations and Orders: 432 2626 / 266 9091 Holetown, St. James Barbados in a Nutshell |



Elbow Room

The Mews

This laid-back restaurant in Holetown offers a unique treat. Diners become the chefs, cooking generous cuts of their favourite meats and seafood on a sizzling hot lava rock. After dinner, Elbow Room becomes the perfect spot for a casual drink with friends or a great party in to the early morning, especially on weekends! Great atmosphere, people & music!

For a perfect evening with friends, there's no better choice than The Mews. Start with the most distinctive International and European dishes in their cosy dining area, then have some drinks and get funky at the happening bar. You will love the personal attention you get from Chris Hoad and his team! Tapas are served from 5:30pm and dinner begins at 6:00pm every night (Sundays, only in season).

Second Street, Holetown, St. James. Reservations: 432 1122 Second Street, Holetown, St. James. Reservations: 432 1927

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Piano Bar & Bistro

For over 10 years, Sitar has been offering the best of North and South Indian cuisine in a unique and healthy style - from the tantalising tandoori to rich creamy kormas, oven fresh nans and numerous mouth watering vegeterian dishes. The recently added bar menu offers light eaters a chance to nibble on tasty bites while sipping on smooth cocktails at our cozy and well stocked bar. After dining in a/c comfort, feel free to smoke the hookah on the balcony overlooking the most popular spot on the west coast. Be prepared for a truly unforgettable culinary experience served with warm Indian hospitality. Dinner Mon-Sun 6:30pm-10:30pm.

The experience at Lexy is fun sipping fabulous cocktails or superb wine - nibbling on tasty bites in air-conditioned comfort - dancing and singing along with international guest artists who tickle the ivories throughout the year. The menu includes sushi, calamari, hummus trio, spring rolls, Thai fish cakes, honey BBQ wings, coconut panko shrimp, West Indian roti and garlic bread.

Second Street, Holetown, St. James. Tel: 432 5399



2nd Street, Holetown, St. James. Tel: 432 2248 or 422 8779

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Café Indigo

Just Grillin’ West

A charming restaurant situated on the upper level of a lovely Caribbean-style building in Holetown. Indigo is a family oriented restaurant offering excellent quality and unsurpassed good value, specializing in a variety of fish and chicken dishes, U.S. steaks, pizzas, paninis, garden fresh salads and homemade pies. Open for breakfast and lunch Monday to Saturday 8:30am5pm; dinner on Tuesdays and Thursdays only until 8:45pm. Credit Cards accepted.

Following the success of its sister restaurant on the south coast, Just Grillin’ West has now gained a steady west coast following! A great casual dining option, with meals ranging in price from US$7–$19, it offers some of the best value around. The menu features a selection of up to 5 varieties of fresh fish daily and many agree it is among the tastiest grilled fish to be had on the island. Other selections from the grill include shrimp, steak, chicken and burgers, served with your choice of any two delicious side orders including Caesar salad, coleslaw, grilled vegetables or potatoes. Readyto-go salads and take-away service also available. Open Mon–Sat 11:30am–10pm Sun 5:30pm–10pm.

Indigo Courtyard Holetown, St. James Reservations: 432 0968

Sunset Crest, Holetown, St. James - Tel: 432 5410

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Relish Epicurea Café Zoola's menu is sure to satisfy your taste buds. Open from 9am, you can order breakfast, a healthy snack from the bar, a meal for lunch or dinner time, and for the party goers, they have nightly specials too! Café Zoola offers Italian coffee which has been rated as one of the finest coffee roasts in the world. Highly trained barristas deliver the perfect cup every time, accompanied by a fresh and homemade pastry or cake.

Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, St. James Tel: 271 8260


Café Zoola

An epicurean is a person who is devoted to sensual enjoyment derived from fine food and drink – and that is exactly what you’ll get at Relish Epicurea. The food is exciting and the wine list is refreshingly varied. Lots of healthy options but the culinary emphasis definitely focuses on cleverly created dishes and fantastic flavours. The kind of food that makes you say, “Wow, that was good!” Drop by for breakfast, a decadent snack, creative salads, amazing sandwiches or a delicious lunch!

Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, Holetown, St. James. Orders and Reservations: 621 0077

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Navy Gardens St. Matthias Marine Gardens




Regency Park

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Maxwell Coast Rd.

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Staple Grove



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Government Headquarters


Brown Sugar

Needham’s Point Hilton Barbados

Sanctuary Café

Almond Casuarina Beach Resort

Ocean 15 Apts.

New Century Chinese Luigi’s China House Also in St. Lawrence Gap/Dover:

St. Lawrence

Blakey’s Tapas



Carib Beach Bar Chez Max Café Sol

Bert’s Bar Champers

Pisces Apsara Samudra McBride’s

Divi Southwinds Hotel Waterside The Garden Terrace

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The Coffee Bean 39 Steps

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Mama Mia

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Bubba’s Sports Bar Just Grillin’ Chilly Moo’s The Good Life

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Muscovado Golden Apple Café

South Coast

Lanterns Mall (Hastings): Subway The Sultan

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For a delicious lunch by the beach sipping Caribbean cocktails or a dinner with live entertainment for dancing, Southern Palms is a delightful beach front hotel in St. Lawrence Gap and the restaurant, The Garden Terrace, is right on the stunning beach. Sunday lunch, famous buffet with live steel band - popular with both visitors to the island and residents. Monday night dinner is accompanied with live band for dancing, and on Thursday night it’s BBQ with live Steelband underneath the stars. Popular band ‘Syndikyt’ plays on Saturday night with à la carte dining or roast beef menu. Dining at Southern Palm’s Garden Terrace is fun! All Day Snack Menu 11am-10pm. Buffet Breakfast. Lunch Starter: From $16. Lunch Main Course: From $24. Dinner: Starters from $16; Mains: From $60. Prices are in Barbados Dollars and include VAT. 10% SC is added to the bill.


The Garden Terrace

Southern Palms Hotel, St. Lawrence Gap, Ch. Ch. Reservations: 428 7171

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Blakey’s On the Boardwalk

39 Steps

A casual restaurant and bar, with lots of island atmosphere, located on the south coast boardwalk in Hastings. With indoor and outdoor seating and great sea views, it’s the perfect spot to relax with family and friends. The menu is affordable and offers local favourites like pepperpot, along with pasta selections, pizza and burgers. Live entertainment most weekends usually draws a lively crowd. Take out available. Open from 4pm. Bar Snacks: 5-6pm; Dinner: Tues-Thurs & Sun: 6-10pm, Friday & Saturday: 6-10:30pm. Closed Mondays.

Bistro & Wine Bar

Hastings, Christ Church Reservations: 228 5284

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A favourite spot of many residents, this south coast bistro is known for consistently delicious food at reasonable prices and an excellent range of wines. Renowned for their unbeatable blackened fish. Owner run by Monica Boland, her son John, who is the chef and his wife Amanda. Great service - most staff have been there since it opened 20 years ago. Superb live entertainment every other Saturday night! Closed Sundays and public holidays.

Chattel Plaza, Hastings, Christ Church Reservations: 427 0715

Brown Sugar is the place to sample the authentic flavours of Bajan cuisine, served with warm hospitality in a charming traditional Barbadian home.


Brown Sugar • LUNCH Sumptuous 4 Course Bajan Buffet The Best in Island Cuisine Sunday - Friday from 12pm-2:30pm

• DINNER À La Carte Dining nightly from 6pm A delightful mélange of local & Caribbean cuisine.

• THE ULTIMATE BUFFET EXPERIENCE Traditional Bajan All-You-Can-Eat Buffet Live Musical Entertainment Monday nights only from 6pm-9:30pm

Aquatic Gap, St. Michael Reservations: 426 7684

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Muscovado and Golden Apple Café These two restaurants in the PomMarine Hotel are part of the Hospitality Institute of the Barbados Community College and they provide some of the best value on the island. The young students are charming in their diligent efforts to please. The Institute is the proud recipient of numerous global awards. • LUNCH IN GOLDEN APPLE CAFE - Open year round Sunday Buffet $60 - Soup, Roasts, 3 Salads, Fish, 3 Starches, Desserts Daily Lunch Buffet BB$30 Mon - Fri from 12pm - 2:30pm

• GOURMET DINNERS IN MUSCOVADO 7 courses including a glass of wine BB$75 Each Friday 7pm - 9.30pm Sept 15th - Dec 15th & Jan 20th - Apr 30th

PomMarine Hotel, Marine Gardens, Christ Church Reservations: 228 0900

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Discover the delightful atmosphere and tasty cuisine at Mama Mia's Italian Deli and Pizzeria! A warm welcome awaits you from “Mama” and her friendly staff who set the tone of this charming Italian eatery. Savour the aroma of freshly ground coffee, the sizzle of Paninis straight off the grill and the unmistakable smell of an authentic Italian pizza from their genuine Italian pizza oven. Relax in the charming air-conditioned pizzeria, or feel free to lounge on the open-air veranda. At Mama Mia you’ll relish the undeniable taste of Italy – always accompanied by warm Italian hospitality!


Mama Mia Italian Deli & Pizzeria

Tel: 434 DELI (3354) Hastings Main Road, Christ Church Mon - Thu: 10:30 am - 9:00 pm Fri - Sat: 10:30 am - 10:00 pm Sun: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm Barbados in a Nutshell |


Restaurants Subway Subway offers an endless selection of their famous subs, fresh & healthy salads, sensational breakfast options, and if you have a large group to feed, try their popular Party Platters! Fans of Subway’s fresh food offerings can find them at the popular Lanterns Mall on the south coast and their new location at Trident House in Bridgetown.

Lanterns Mall, Hastings Tel: 271 0356 Trident House, Bridgetown Tel: 436 2387

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The Sultan

Lanterns Mall, Hastings Tel: 271 0363 Quayside Centre, Rockley Tel: 426 0279

BARBADOS’ PREMIUM CAFÉ • DELICIOUS COFFEE Espresso, cappuccino, iced latte, mocha frappe and teas with carrot cake, cookies and pastries.

• BREAKFAST OR LUNCH Pastas with a choice of two sauces Caesar, Greek and Garden salads Grilled or curried chicken Crab backs or crab salad Wraps, bagels, paninis, sandwiches Daily Caribbean soup special Spicy Barbadian patties and sushi


This owner run Syrian/ Lebanese restaurant and take-away serves tasty nutritious pita bread wraps, platters and a hot buffet. Delicious specialities include chicken shawarma wrap, kibbe, sheesh kebabs and 1/4 chicken combo with yummy sides like garlic potatoes, baba ghanoui, hoummus, tabbouly, fattouch salad with pomegranate and Syrian salad. Everything is carefully prepared to special family recipes. They also sell high quality olive oil, coffee, tahini and other middle-eastern products.

Coffee Bean

• DELIVERY Call about their south coast delivery

• CONVENIENT LOCATIONS • Hastings 437 BEAN (2326) Easy walking distance from The Garrison Historic Area • Peronne Village 426 1094 Behind Big B Supercentre, Worthing • Warrens 421 BEAN (2326)

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The Good Life Bubba’s Sports Bar & Restaurant Bubba’s offers an unbeatable combination of cuisine and atmosphere. You can enjoy all the sports action live via two satellite dishes on three 10-ft. screens and 12 additional TVs. The extensive à la carte menu features their popular Buffalo wings, the tastiest burgers, sandwiches and garden-fresh salads - try their massive 20oz. steak if you dare! Daily specials and kids menu available. Happy Hours daily. Open 7 days a week: Monday - Thursday 11:30am-11pm, Friday & Saturday 11am–1am, Sunday 8am–11pm. Call for weekly game specials.

Rockley Main Road, Christ Church Tel: 435 8731

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This new south coast restaurant is redefining healthy food choices in Barbados. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, options include a variety of salads, soups, wraps, paninis, platters and pizzas made with raw, grilled, or sautéed veggies and “vegemeats”. Hemp muffins and vegan ice creams are also available. Sunset offers a variety of cocktails made from local wines, natural juices & premium alcohol.

Good Friends, Good Food, Good Vibes…the Good Life.

Merriville Apartments, Rockley, Christ Church Tel: 435 6322

Chilly Moo’s

This popular open-air grill and bar serves some of the best fresh grilled fish on the island, with a choice of up to 5 varieties of fresh fish daily. The atmosphere is friendly and very casual with meals ranging between US$7 and US$19 – among the best value anywhere. Other selections from the grill include shrimp, steak, chicken and burgers served with your choice of any 2 delicious side orders including Caesar salad, coleslaw, grilled vegetables or potatoes. Take away service available. Open Mon-Sat 11:30am-10pm. Sun 5:30pm-10pm.

Create your own flavour! At Chilly Moo’s they’ve got dozens of delicious mix-ins like candy, syrup, fruit and nuts – all smashed together on their frozen granite slab and stuffed into one of their homemade cookie dough waffle cones to produce a unique creation! (Tastebuds required). Try one of their Smoothies, Shakes, Sundaes or Floats! Opening hrs: Mon–Thurs 11am-10pm Fri–Sun 11am-11pm.

Quayside Centre, Rockley, Christ Church Tel: 435 6469

Quayside Centre, Rockley, Christ Church Tel: 435 1877 Barbados in a Nutshell |


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Tapas This trendy restaurant, beautifully positioned along the south coast boardwalk, is not only known for its breathtaking view but for its exceptional service and delicious cuisine. With a wide variety of Tapas dishes as well as an À La Carte menu, there is more than enough to satisfy any palate, making Tapas a favourite amongst locals and visitors alike. One can enjoy the casual, bubbly atmosphere at the bar just a few feet from the water’s edge or enjoy a more intimate, fine dining experience with sweeping views of the island’s southern coastline. The perfect venue for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, or any special occasion! Open daily from 12 noon, last orders 10:30pm. Fridays and Saturdays - Tapas menu until late.

Hastings, Christ Church Reservations: 228 0704

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Champers is one of the most popular restaurants in Barbados, with a solid reputation for consistently good food and value for money. Champers is nestled in a quiet lane off the main south coast road, in an attractive, traditional Barbadian building. The beautiful cliff-top setting at the water’s edge overlooking Accra Beach has covered or open terrace dining. Alive with vibrant Caribbean design and atmosphere, Champers has original art on display as well as a dedicated gallery. For weddings and corporate functions of all sizes, Champers offers several perfect options ranging from the private use of upstairs, the seaside gazebo, the art gallery or for a large gathering, the entire property. Open for lunch Sunday to Friday, and dinner seven days a week. Lunch: Starters $20-$40; Mains $55-$99; Wine $50-$455; Champagne $185-$425. Prices quoted in Barbados Dollars.



Reservations: 434 3463 or 435 6644 Skeetes Hill, Rockley, Ch. Ch. Barbados in a Nutshell |



Naru Restaurant & Lounge A unique and unforgettable dining experience awaits you at Naru Restaurant & Lounge. Award winning Executive Chef Barry Taylor and his wife Lisa have created an exciting blend of Pan Asian and Caribbean cuisine, Sushi and traditional Japanese dishes, with a fun, sophisticated atmosphere, all complemented by stunning ocean views and amiable service. Perfectly located along the south coast boardwalk, Naru is open Monday to Saturday from 5:30 - 10pm. Dress: Elegantly Casual

The Shak Shak Complex, Hastings, Christ Church Tel: 228 NARU (6278) or 271 2191

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McBride’s A wide array of classic Chinese food – all the favourites, including Roast Duck (order 6 hrs. ahead), Hot & Spicy Shrimp and Crispy Beef and the portions are generous! Owner run by Ken Chow and his wife, New Century is located just 5 minutes walk from St. Lawrence Gap on the south coast main road. In addition to dining in the spacious dining room, they also offer a fast and friendly take away service and will deliver anywhere between Oistins and Barbados Hilton. Well stocked bar, including imported Chinese beer. Open daily. Lunch: 11am-3pm; Dinner: 5.30pm-10.30pm. Visit their website to view menu.

Top Rock, Christ Church

It’s back and it’s better than ever! All NEW McBride’s returns after a modern refurbishment and new entertainment line-up! The home of the LIVE music scene in Barbados brings you even more live bands and happening DJ nights with drinks specials and hotter than ever happy hours. Experience their new-look dining experience, suitable for the entire family. Vinnie McBride’s Pizza Kitchen is the newest casual eatery in town and focuses on fun, fresh food with a great DIY pizza menu, huge wing selection and a fresh salad and sandwich menu served late into the night.


New Century

• Great Grub • Irish Pub • Dance Club

St. Lawrence Gap, Ch. Ch. Reservations: 435 6352


Tel: 420 2822/428 5438

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Sanctuary CafĂŠ This unique lakeside cafĂŠ is an ideal haven on the south coast for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or just a chat over a coffee with a tasty snack. They do wonderful coffees and teas, delicious sweet treats, good quality sandwiches, pastas, salads and hot daily specials. 100% wheelchair accessible. Free WiFi available.

Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary, Worthing, Christ Church Tel: 435 9727

Carib Beach Bar This lively beach bar on the stunning Carib Beach is ideal for lunch, dinner or just chilling out. The food is consistently good but we particularly recommend the catch of the day, deep fried calamari, seafood chowder and their caeser salad with shrimp or chicken. The Carib is rocking on Friday nights with live music and popping on Sunday night with a DJ. The swimming in the lagoon is wonderful. Children friendly.

Carib Beach, Worthing, Christ Church Tel: 435 8540

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Café Sol Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar In the heart of The Gap, Café Sol is the island's original Mexican restaurant. This lively, fun spot has relocated to a brand new location at the entrance to St. Lawrence Gap and now has a fabulous ocean view. Enjoy 2 happy hours nightly: 5-7pm & 10-12pm. Margaritas are a specialty with 15 fruity flavours on offer! The new and improved menu boasts a wide variety of Mexican favourites, from Cheese Nachos to Sirloin Steak and Shrimp fajitas. A "Gringo" menu features non-Mexican fare such as Striploin Steaks, Mojito Chicken, Buffalo Wings and much more. Open for dinner 7 nights a week and lunch Tuesday-Sunday from 11.30 am - There's rarely a time when Café Sol can't satisfy whatever hunger ails you!

St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church Tel: 420 7655 Fax: 420 7645 Barbados in a Nutshell |



Mamu’s Gazebo Located at Ocean Spray Beach Apartments in the heart of a surfer’s paradise, right on the edge of Inch Marlow Bay with spectacular views of the coastline. Breathe in the fresh Atlantic breezes and enjoy hearty breakfasts and lunches served daily, all made with fresh, locally grown herbs and vegetables. On Thursday nights guests can savour authentic Indian Cuisine with original recipes from BajanIndian film maker, “Mamu”. Caribbean Seafood Grill Night on Tuesdays & Saturdays.

Ocean Spray Beach Apts., Surfer's Point, Inch Marlow, Ch. Ch. Tel: 428 5426

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Chez Max Award winning Chef Max Benz, formerly the Executive Chef at the Savannah Hotel, has opened Chez Max, Barbados’ newest oceanfront restaurant. With Chef Max’s love of good food and the island’s cuisine, Chez Max offers the perfect mix – a European menu with a Bajan twist. Located right on the Bay at the corner of St. Lawrence Gap, it is a beautiful, friendly setting to enjoy a delicious meal. Open daily for dinner from 6pm-10pm. Bar opens at 5pm. Reservations recommended.

St. Lawrence Main Road,Worthing, Ch. Ch. Tel: 230 0369 or 427 2433

This distinguished landmark restaurant, established in 1972, is nestled on the water’s edge in the bustling atmosphere of St. Lawrence Gap. Pisces has long been one of the island’s more sought after spots to dine, with its beautiful oceanfront setting and lush indoor gardens. Under the patronage of well known Barbadian chef, Larry Rogers, who has a flair for seducing your palate with simple yet delectable dishes with a distinct Caribbean flavour. Pisces offers diners an international menu with a subtle West Indian influence and features an extensive variety of fresh seafood. This seaside restaurant with its friendly service and comfortable, yet charming ambiance should not be missed. Dinner nightly 6pm-10pm. Full Bar. Elegantly Casual Attire.



St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church Reservations: 435 6564 Barbados in a Nutshell |



Apsara Samudra Classic Indian & Thai Cuisine Renowned for the excellence of their Indian and Thai cuisine, Apsara welcomes you to its new seaside home in bustling St. Lawrence Gap. Apsara’s familiar slatted pavilions and beguiling swings step down into gentle terraces, through the dense foliage of a tropical landscape, to the brilliant sun dappled Caribbean Sea that laps below your feet. The caress of ocean breezes and the romantic flicker of the flambeaux create an atmosphere of enchantment that will embrace you while you dine. Lunch goers have a choice of sitting indoors in the breezy dining room, or outdoors where the brilliance of the Caribbean Sea is challenged by the excellence of the food! Whichever you decide we know you will succumb to the charms of Apsara. Available for weddings and private functions.

Waverley House, St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church Reservations: 420 5453 or 420 5454

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Waterside is the place to go to enjoy a ‘Caribbean Chic’ dining experience. Like a superb meal, Waterside has all the right ingredients for discerning diners – excellent location, outstanding cuisine and attentive service. Ideally situated in the vibrant St. Lawrence Gap, and blessed with a picturesque, tranquil setting right on the edge of the sea, the ambience provides an enticing environment for pleasurable dining. However, it is the celebrated, multi-award winning Chef Patron, Michael Hinds, and his dedicated team who give Waterside its greatest strength; namely the high quality and appealing variety of local delicacies on the menu, all carefully prepared with simple elegance and an infusion of delicious flavours. Waterside is ideal for private functions, especially weddings. Dinner every night from 6.30pm.


Waterside Restaurant

St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church Reservations: 418 9750 Barbados in a Nutshell |



Luigi’s Italian Restaurant In 2013 Luigi's will celebrate 50 years of serving their genuine Italian cuisine! A long time favourite with Bajans and visitors, this charming, cozy trattoria promises hearty, traditional Italian fare in a relaxed, rustic setting. Italian owner, Davide Chiesa is always on hand to offer suggestions from the authentic Italian menu, including their famous Cotoletta alla Milanese, a wonderful selection of fresh homemade pastas and their legendary Tiramisu! Everything is prepared daily with market-fresh ingredients and served with the renowned Italian warmth and hospitality. Children’s portions available. Closed Sundays.

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Dover, Christ Church Tel: 428 9218 or 268 2163

One of Barbados’ most charming and distinctive boutique hotels, Little Arches is smartly nestled away from all the hustle and bustle, just south of Oistins Bay and overlooking the sweeping vistas of Enterprise (Miami) Beach. Here you will discover one of the best-kept secrets in Barbados – located on the rooftop of this charming property is an open-air terracotta terrace; Café Luna, which features romantic al fresco dining with inventive meals being served. Little Arches guests can enjoy international cuisine served with a unique flair and sample sushi specials on Thursday and Friday nights and lobster (seasonal) on Saturdays. In the recent Zagat Survey, Café Luna was rated Top 3 overall in Barbados in many categories including “Best Food”, “Best Decor” and “Best Hotel Dining”. They also received the BHTA’s Restaurant of the Year Award 2012. Enjoy the romance of this intimate little hotel and be sure to bring your camera!


Café Luna at Little Arches Hotel

Little Arches Hotel, Enterprise Beach Road, Christ Church Tel: 428 6172 Fax: 418 0207 Barbados in a Nutshell |


Courtesy Harbour Lights


Harbour Lights Beach Extravaganza is loads of fun for the entire family

Bajan Nightlife The night time entertainment in Barbados ranks among the best in the Caribbean. Not only do the locals love to party, but being such a popular destination with visitors, there is absolutely no shortage of night clubs, bars, reggae clubs, pubs, rum shops, dinner shows and great “liming spots”.

Island Hot Spots Harbour Lights: Popular open-air, beach front club. Best Nights: Mondays and Wednesdays: Beach Extravaganza & Dinner Show on the beach; Weekend Wednesdays: drinks free 9pm–2am, look out for free Margarita specials; Oh What ‘a Friday: Free drinks 9.30pm-3am. Blakey’s on the Boardwalk: Whether you go there to wine or dine, Blakey’s is always full of atmosphere! The boardwalk location makes it a great spot for sundown cocktails. Live music on Fridays and Sundays. Bubba’s: Lively sports bar in Rockley. Catch all the sports action live via two satellite dishes on three 10ft. screens and twelve additional TVs.

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Bert’s Bar: Famous for their



Café Sol


Oistins Fish Fry

Brian Talma/DeAction Beach Shop

daiquiris and great island ambience, Bert’s is the perfect place to eat, drink and chill! MOJO: One of the most established bars on the South Coast – hugely popular with locals and visitors alike. Black and white portraits of famous musicians line the walls and Bob Marley has his own dedicated “Back Bar” room. Café Sol: Lively Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar located at the entrance of St. Lawrence Gap; perfect spot to have a few drinks and mingle before heading off to the other clubs and bars in “The Gap”. Two Happy Hours daily, 5-7pm and 10-12pm. McBride’s: Popular Irish Pub in The Gap, widely known for their broad variety of nightly themed entertainment. Oistins Fish Fry: Centred around the Oistins Fish Market, these popular fish frys provide a first class opportunity to soak up some real Bajan atmosphere, enjoy the local music and sample all types of fresh fish, deliciously seasoned the Bajan way, and eaten hot off the grill.

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Gina Francesca Photography


The Cliff Lounge Bar

Lexy Piano Bar

La Casa del Habano

Il Tempio

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The Cliff Lounge Bar: An atmospheric terrace setting dramatically perched atop The Cliff Restaurant in St. James; perfect for late night cocktails by firelight. Live entertainment throughout the week. The Mews: Primarily known for their food, the bar has rapidly developed into one of the more popular on the west coast. Suitably lively on Fridays and Saturdays. Elbow Room: Popular 2nd Street Holetown restaurant which transforms into a lively, fun-filled bar, especially on the weekends when there is good live entertainment and DJs. Lexy: Stylish piano/cabaret bar on 2nd Street in Holetown. La Casa del Habano: On the 1st floor of Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, they carry a wide selection of the finest Cuban cigars. A fully stocked premium bar, comfy lounge and outdoor deck provide a lovely setting to enjoy Blues, Jazz and Latin music. Il Tempio: Italian hospitality at its best – a wonderful spot to enjoy drinks around the beach bar. Daily Happy Hours 4-6pm (4-7pm on Fri and Sun only, with complimentary finger food). Closed Mondays.

Located in the first courtyard of Limegrove's luxurious facility in Holetown, Lime Bar has quickly become the new buzzword on the west coast’s nightlife scene. A relaxing, stylish and modern blend of bar and restaurant in an al fresco courtyard setting, popular for its cool and edgy approach to liming, dining and drinking out. Every week they feature live entertainment catering to all generations, with a great selection of the island’s top musicians and entertainers. Lime Bar is the perfect location for mingling, having fun and meeting new friends. Join them on Facebook ( or visit their website to see what’s on and receive special event invitations.


Lime Bar

Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, Holetown, St. James Tel: 271 8261 Barbados in a Nutshell |



Harbour Lights Harbour Lights is a renowned open air, beach front nightclub perfectly positioned on the stunning Carlisle Bay beach. It is a favourite “liming” spot with locals and visitors alike and considered the place to be every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Famous for its Free Drinks Club Nights, the resident DJs play a mix of the hottest local & international dance tracks. Look out for their amazing shooter specials or join in the fun at the bar and spin the wheel to try your luck at winning a round! The Monday and Wednesday Beach Extravaganza is a fantastic Dinner Show for all. With 3 live Bands there is more entertainment than ever before! Imagine dancing barefoot in the sand under the coconut trees to the pulsating beat of a live calypso band…sipping exotic drinks, feasting on a tasty Bar-B-Que dinner and enjoying the absolute best in local entertainment. Get in the swing of things as the live band jump starts the night with the sweet sounds of calypso music to set you in the mood for a high energy evening. The talented steel pan player ‘Zig E’ Walcott along with the beautiful Carnival dancers mesmerize the crowd every night with an exhilarating performance. Be amazed by the skilful performances of the stiltwalkers, the acrobatic green monkey and the shaggy bear as they keep you on the edge of your seat. The infectious beat of the Tuk band accompanied by ‘Mother Sally’ and the scintillating limbo queen leave you in awe as the Caribbean’s rich heritage is aptly portrayed at this show. What’s Included: Unlimited free drinks all evening, dinner and round trip transportation between your hotel and Harbour Lights. All ages welcome between 7pm and 10:30pm, drinks remain free until 2:00am. Dress is casual so that you can relax and enjoy a highly entertaining evening. It’s unrivaled entertainment at an unbeatable price, not to be missed! Zagat Rated ~ Most Popular Nightlife. Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2012

Tel: 436 7225

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Sports Bars


Bert Inniss

Eat, Drink, Chill. Eat, drink and chill at Bert’s for the perfect mix of island ambience, international sports coverage, world famous daiquiris and authentic stone fired pizza. Enjoy a weekday lunch combo in the air-conditioned dining room, pull up a stool at the island bar to catch the game or chill poolside with an ice cold draft or daiquiri. Bert’s menu offers traditional Bajan fare, Bert’s original favourites, vegetarian and healthy choices, and delicious meal options just for kids. Open from 11:00am (and earlier for the big sports matches). Happy Hour & a Half: 4:30pm - 6pm daily.

Rockley, Christ Church For Reservations Tel: 435 7924 Pizza Hotline: 431 1111 e-mail:

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Sports Bars

Bubba’s Sports Bar & Restaurant Bubba’s offers an unbeatable combination of cuisine and atmosphere. You can enjoy all the sports action live via 2 satellite dishes on three 10ft. screens and 12 additional TVs. You can be assured that whether it’s English Premier League Football, NBA Basketball, NFL Football or Formula One Racing - you can catch them all at Bubba’s! Full menu ranging from tasty appetizers to an extensive a la carte menu. Open 7 days a week - Monday to Thursday: 11 30 am - 11 00 pm / Friday & Saturday: 11am – 1am / Sunday: 8am – 11pm. Happy Hours daily. Call for weekly game specials.

Rockley Main Road, Christ Church Tel: 435 8731 Barbados in a Nutshell |


Jon Farmer

Do not leave valuables unattended

Andrew Hulsmeier

Protect your skin from the sun

Barbados is considered to be a safe place but always be as cautious as you would be at home. Exercise common sense when venturing into isolated locations; secure your valuables; never leave your belongings unattended on the beach or in full view in a locked car; always leave your key at front desk as lost keys mean insecurity. Barbados has never had a shark attack. The most common sharks are Nurse Sharks, which do not attack. There are no poisonous spiders or snakes but a centipede bite, though not poisonous, can be very painful.


Barbados: A Coral Paradise

Andrew Hulsmeier



Be careful of falling branches & coconuts when sitting under coconut trees

Black Sea Urchin

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Barbados is close to the equator and the sun can cause severe damage to the skin so be sure to use a good sun screen and sit under an umbrella. Before sitting under a coconut tree, check that there are no brown coconuts or drooping brown branches that are apt to fall. If you are stuck by the spines of the black sea urchins found on the reef, although painful, they are harmless and will eventually dissolve and be absorbed by the body. Only pull them out if they are clearly protruding.

Useful Directory DENTISTS

Emergency only: 211 Hotline: 429 8787 AMBULANCE SERVICES Private Ambulance:

B’dos Dental Association: For your dental needs call the BDA for a referral to a dentist in your area. Tel: 228 6488

435 9425 / 438 4357

QEH Ambulance: 511 or 426 0016 MEDICAL CENTRES

Sandy Crest Medical Centre: (Open 24-Hrs.) Sunset Crest, Holetown, St. James Tel: 419 4911 FMH Emergency Clinic: Open 8am – midnight. 3rd Ave., Belleville, St. Michael. Tel: 228 6120 Queen Elizabeth Hospital: Martindales Road, St. Michael Tel: 436 6450 Decompression Chamber: Barbados Defence Force Medical Unit, The Garrison, St. Michael Tel: 436 5483


Harcourt Carter Optical: Belleville – Tel: 429 5565 Warrens – Tel: 417 9600 JB’s – Tel: 228 1940 PHARMACIES

Knights Pharmacies: Super Centre Big B Tel: 435 0020 Super Centre Oistins Tel: 428 6057 Super Centre Sunset Crest Tel: 432 1290 Super Centre Warrens Tel: 417 5232

Useful Directory


Lewis Drug Mart: Rockley, Christ Church Tel: 435 8090 iMart Tel: 271 Drugs (3784) Cost U Less, Welches, St. Thomas. Lanterns Mall, Hastings, Christ Church Carlton Pharmacy Carlton, St. Michael Barbados in a Nutshell |


Restaurants Index

Restaurants Classifications East Coast Maps South Coast Map West Coast Map

124-179 126-130 134 158 142

39 Steps 160 Apsara Samudra 176 Atlantis Hotel 137 Beach House, The 148 Blakey’s 160 Bombas 151 Brown Sugar 161 Bubba’s 166, 187 Café Indigo 156 Café Luna 179 Café Sol 173 Café Zoola 157 Carib Beach Bar 172 Cariba 150 Carriage House, The (Crane)138 Champers 169 Chez Max 174 Chilly Moo’s 167 Cin Cin 147 Cliff, The 146 Coffee Bean, The 165 Cutters 133 Daphne’s 144 D’Onofrio’s (Crane) 139 Elbow Room 154 Garden Terrace, The 159 Golden Apple Café 162 Good Life, The 166

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Il Tempio 149 Island Plates 151 Juma’s 150 Just Grillin’ 156, 167 L’Azure (Crane) 141 Lexy Piano Bar & Bistro 155 Lobster Alive 131 Luigi’s 178 Mama Mia 163 Mamu’s Gazebo 174 McBride’s 171 Mews, The 154 Muscovado 162 Naniki 136 Naru 170 New Century 171 Nishi 152 Palm Terrace (Royal Pavilion) 145 Patisserie & Bistro Flindt 153 Pisces 175 Posh Nosh 132 Relish Epicurea 157 Round House 135 Sanctuary Café 172 Sand Dunes 136 Sandy Lane 143 Sitar 155 Subway 164 Sultan, The 165 Tapas 168 Vinnie McBride’s Pizza Kitchen 171 Waterside 177 Zen (Crane) 140

Activities Aerial Trek Concorde Experience

10-11 10, 11 10, 11

Island Adventures


Diving & Snorkeling


Hazell’s Waterworld Inc.



Car Hire 116-123 Corbin’s Car Rentals 121 Courtesy Rent-A-Car 120 Direct Car Rentals 119 Jones Car Rental Service 122 Mangera Car Rentals 120 National Car Rentals Ltd. 118 Stoutes Car Rental 123 Cellular Services Digicel LIME Golf Apes Hill Club Barbados Golf Club Royal Westmoreland

5, 13 5 13 20-25 24,25 21, Map 22,23

58, 60, 64

Cannon Charters 60 IOU Fishing Charters 58 Sea Spray Watersports 58 Seascape Customized Cruises 64 Glass Bottom Cruises

Sea Spray Watersports Shamon Too

58, 67

58 67

Sailing Cruises

56-57, 59-63, 65

El Tigre Elegance Good Times Jammin’ Sail Calabaza Shasa Small Cats Tiami

61 56 57 65 62 59 60 63

Submarine Adventures


Atlantis Submarines

9, 55

SUP’ing & Surfing

66, 67

Boosy’s Surf School Paddle Barbados What’SUP Touring & Hikes

Adventureland Barbados National Trust Island Safari

Advertisers Index

Art & Craft 42-51 Earthworks Pottery 46, 47, Map Janice Sylvia Brock 48,49 Pelican Craft Centre 50, 51 Shell Gallery, The 45

67 66 66 68-69

68 68 69

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Advertisers Index

Nightlife Harbour Lights Lime Bar

180-187 184, 185 183

Property 94-107 Apes Hill Club 102, 103 Altman Real Estate 107 Crane Resort, The 96-101, Map Royal Westmoreland 104, 105 Shopping Best of Barbados Diamonds Int’l

26-41 34, Map IFC, 1, 38, 39, IBC, BC Harley Davidson 7, 30, Map La Casa Del Habano 37 Limegrove Lifestyle Centre 36, Map Milano Diamond Gallery 31, Map Royal Shop, The 3, 28, 29, Map Sheraton Mall 32, 33 The Barbados Shop 40 Tiyi By Design 41 Tropicana Jewellers 35, Map Sightseeing 70-91 Agapey Chocolate Factory 82 Andromeda Gardens 81, Map Animal Flower Cave 75 Barbados Museum 87 Barbados Wildlife Reserve Map Caribbean Cigar Co. 88 Cricket Legends of Bdos 86

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Coconut Tours 71 Exclusive Cottons 79 Flower Forest 78, Map George Washington Attraction 85 Grenade Hall Map Hunte’s Gardens Map Mount Gay 89 Sunbury House 83, Map The Mount Gay Rum Tour 89 Welchman Hall Gully 77 Bus Routes 90 Spa Services Chakra Spa Elements Spa Mobile Massage Serenity Spa Sports Bars Bert’s Bubba’s

18-19 19 19 18 18 186-187 186 187

Websites 2, 17 17 2

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