Best of Barbados
An island of unspoiled
charm and sophistication. A People- a Culture- History, Art and Architecture.
Alive with possibilities as boundless as the turquoise sea, endless as the
sandy shore. Wake up to the rhythm of the tropics and paradise to explore.
Barbados has a number of sites of historical, architectural, and natural
interest and it is these that make Barbados special and unique! Most people
know of the Seven Wonders of the World..... here is your chance to discover
the "Seven Wonders of Barbados"! Barbados is a relatively flat
island with an abundant supply of large gradually sloping beaches fringing the
land. In some areas, notably the North, coral and sandstone cliffs rise
straight out of the sea reaching several hundred feet in height. In the South
East, cliffs of 50 to 100 feet rise and fall along the coast separated by
small sandy beaches
| and bays. In the flatter South West and West coast, you
may walk for miles along unbroken white sand beaches, sometimes stopping at a
cluster of coral rocks jutting out to sea. All along the shore, large and
small beaches are broken by coral formations, the soft coral rocks weather by
the ocean surf, forming abstract sculptures to an artist's eye.
It is warm and sunny all year round with an average daytime high of 75 -
85oF. The nights are usually slightly cooler.
The prevailing northeast trade winds blow steadily so that although it is
bright and sunny, it is not unbearably hot.
The rain usually comes in quick showers. The dry season lasts from
January to June.
Barbados is in the tropics, and believe it or not, some people actually put
on a sweater in the cool night winter time breezes. Barbadians complain that
the sea is cold when its 78oF !!! Hurricanes usually avoid
Barbados. They arise off the African Coast and head to the Caribbean, swinging
North about 100 miles from Barbados. The pattern is reasonably consistent as
hurricanes tend to bounce from one land mass to the next and Barbados is
somewhat separate from the Caribbean island chain. This does not of course
make us immune, but the last occasion which Barbados suffered a direct hit was
in 1955. There is a story of a bus driver who drove his passengers
straight through the worst of Barbados' hurricanes, "was a bit of a
breeze" he is supposed to have said.
Rum has been produced in Barbados for over 350 years and Barbados rum is recognized
as one of the finest (and strongest!) in the world today, Mount Gay
and Malibu are the best known.
Music is in the spirit and the soul of all Bajans, and Barbados has a full
roster of musical happenings every year. Musicians from all over the
Caribbean: Dub, Soca, Reggae, Steel Pan Players, Jazz, Rock, Blues, Karaoke,
Classical Guitar and all forms of musical entertainment are on every night of
the week. Barbadian Bands and Musicians have long had international celebrity.
In the 1960's the Merrymen set the pace with several successful
tours of Europe and North America. Today Krosfyah, Second Avenue and many
others carry on the tradition of taking Barbados music to the world.
Crop Over, a five-week summer festival, is Barbados' most popular and colorful
festival. It's origins can be traced back to the 1780's, a time when
Barbados was the world's largest producer of sugar. At the end of the sugar
season, there was always a huge celebration to mark the culmination of another
successful sugar cane harvest - the Crop Over
As the sugar industry in Barbados declined, so too did the Crop Over
festival and in the 1940's the festival was terminated completely. However,
the festival was revived in 1974 and other elements of Barbadian culture were
infused to make the extravaganza that exists today ..... an event that
attracts thousands of people from across the globe.
The festival begins with the Ceremonial Delivery
of the Last Canes and the crowning of the King and Queen of the
Festival - the most productive male and female cane cutters of the season.
The Decorated Cart Parade attracts several
participants, with the carts ranging from miniature models of cars
and buses to decorated bicycles and huge trucks - each cart
depicting a particular theme. Bajans and visitors alike line the route
taken by the carts, often enjoying a snocone and the calypso music as they
watch the carts pass.
consists of several stalls which sell local food and beverages as well as
local arts and crafts. Enjoy the calypso music and the live tuk bands as
you browse through the stalls.
Cohobblopot is a
huge carnival-like show with members of the Kadooment bands displaying
their elaborate and stunning costumes. In recent years there has also been
a huge entertainment package with the most popular calypsonians and bands
performing to packed audiences.
The children are not left out as they can
participate in the Kiddies Kadooment, donning
beautiful costumes and joining their friends in a band to parade before
the judges of the competition.
The grande finale is the Grand Kadooment!
This carnival parade features large bands with members dressed in
elaborate costumes to depict various themes. Designers compete for the
coveted Designer of the Year prize while the revelers seem more
intent on having a good time! The revelers make their way from the
National Stadium to Spring Garden accompanied by the pulsating rhythm of
calypso music. When they reach Spring Garden, the party continues with
more fantastic music, lots of food and drink and, for some, a quick swim
at the nearby beach. A grand end to a grand festival.
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