Island Of The Week – Barbados
Barbados is the most easterly island in the Caribbean island chain. Located in the southern Caribbean, north east of Trinidad and Tobago and east of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the terrain of this limestone rock island is relatively flat in comparison to other Caribbean islands.
There is, however, a gentle rise to a central highland region of the island – Mount Hillaby in the parish of St Andrew. This is the highest point on the island, measuring approximately 1,115 feet above sea level.
The island is only 166.4 square miles (431 km2) but although small in size it is packed with lots of attractions and sites for a vacationer to have a truly Bajan experience. Let’s explore the 6 things to do while in barbados.
6 Things to Do While in Barbados
1. Visit the Barbados Wildlife Reserve
The Barbados Wildlife Reserve offers an up close viewing of many species of local and exotic animals including tortoises, the Brocket Deer, caiman, iguanas, snakes, local and exotic birds.
While there you are sure to spot the troop of Barbados Green Monkeys. These playful creatures will amaze you as they move through the trees amidst the excitement. Be sure to visit around 2:00pm which is the feeding time for these primates to get the best out of your experience.
2. Have a Piece of Earthworks Pottery Made
Earthworks is an open pottery studio, making functional hand-decorated dinnerware and all kinds of red clay ceramic pieces. You can walk in and observe potters as they are busy crafting their work.
Earthworks regular production includes over 150 shapes in 36 different design patterns. The dinnerware is microwave and dishwasher safe and totally lead free. The range is continually changing and expanding, and can be custom made at no extra cost.
This continues to be what makes Earthworks – “No Ordinary Pottery! – it’s functional yet collective art.
3. Visit Pristine Beaches
You cannot visit Barbados and not take a dip in one of its many lovely beaches such as Mullins, Silver Sands or Accra Beach. The south coast has some lovely little beaches and a wonderful boardwalk. The west coast is more sheltered, facing onto the Caribbean sea, It boasts the longest, softest sandy beaches in the Caribbean.
Along the east coast, facing the Atlantic the beaches are a bit rougher tend to be favoured by surfers. While at the beaches you must also partake in one of the many water sports available. Water Sport Operators offer activites from from jet skiing, parasailing, knee boarding and hobie sailing.
Be sure to take a ride in a banana boat or doughnut which are especially fun for the young and the young at heart
4. Visit the Flower Forest
The Flower Forest Botanical Gardens of Barbados is the perfect place to kick back and relax among nature. This tropical paradise located in the heart of the Barbados countryside garden is home to a multitude of magnificent palms, colourful shrubs and tropical flowers.
This picturesque location is a popular spot for weddings and other special events.
5. Mount Gay Visitor Experience
Rum and more rum!
If you interested in learning about and of course sampling the world famous Mount Gay Rum be sure to visit the Mount Gay Rum Visitor Centre.
Several tours are available which allow visitors the option to not only explore the history, heritage and craft of Mount Gay rums as you visit the Heritage Room, Tasting room and Bottling Plant but some also allow sampling, cocktail mixing sessions as well as traditional Bajan lunch with live food stations.
Be sure to visit for this truly Bajan experience.
6. Crop Over
Barbados is synonymous with Crop Over. This festival is held throughout July starting with the Opening Gala. Other activities include Calypso Tents, the Party Monarch and the Pic-o-de-Crop competitions, the Cohobblopot Stage Show, Foreday Morning and Bridgetown Market.
Festivities culminate with the massive street party, known as Kadooment Day, at the beginning of August. Crop Over signifies the end of the once dominant sugar cane crop harvest.
This month long party carnival involves a wide variety of entertainment and celebrations that brings thousands of tourists to the island each year. The best part is, anyone can join in the festivities, so it’s a definite ‘must do’ while you’re in Barbados. Get set ready for these 6 things to do while in barbados.