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The beautiful beaches, the rich culture, the friendly locals and best of all, great deals to an incredible holiday destination! Still not sure if you should visit Barbados? Maybe this will change your mind:

Watch the sunset

The best spot to catch a beautiful sunset at the west coast of the island. They’re different every day, but their colours always turn the sea and sky into a tropical kaleidoscope. Look out for shooting stars after dusk! And happy hour…

The Festivals

Food, Wine & Rum Festival

Photo by Food Wine Rum.com
Photo by Food Wine Rum.com

If you’re looking to savour Barbados’ true flavours, head over to the annual gastronomic festival featuring acclaimed Bajan & international culinary artists, wine experts and mixologists.

When: November 19-22, 2015

Where: Bridgetown

Classical/Pops Festival

Photo by Classical/Pops Festival
Photo by Classical/Pops Festival

A music festival with a variety of artistic influences: well-known classical music, contemporary pop, rock stars, Broadway performers, opera singers and film composers. Some of the world’s most popular orchestras like the Boston Symphony Orchestra perform here.

When: December 11-12, 2015

Where: Apes Hill Club, St. James

Crop over Festival

Crop Over Festival
Photo by Barbados Crop Over Festival

This is the most popular festival of the island. It’s a lot like the Carnival celebrations in Brazil. The festival kicks off with the Ceremonial delivery of the last sugar canes and crowning the King and Queen of the festival. The whole Island “dresses up” and prepares for the celebrations:

Bridgetown Market: As you stroll around its stalls, enjoy live Calypso and Soca music.

Cohobblopot: Kadooment bands dress up in their carnival-like costumes and parade down the streets of the Island. Children can participate in the Kiddies Kadooment.

Folk concerts and art & photographic exhibitions: Very important part of the festival to highlight the history and culture of Barbados, as well as the artistic talents of Bajans.

The festival ends on August with the Grand Kadooment, a carnival parade with large bands dressed in elaborate costumes. Designers compete for the Designer of the year prize and the bands focus on having a great time. They parade to Spring Garden and they continue their party there with more Calypso music, food, drinks and a quick swim at the nearest beach. Seems like a great way to end a grand festival!

When: April-August

Where: Various locations around the island

Submarine and boat rides

Photo by Barbados Atlantis Submarines
Photo by Barbados Atlantis Submarines

Have you ever wanted to experience a submarine? That’s something you can definitely do in Barbados! Fully submerge yourself in the aquamarine Caribbean sea and discover their hidden paradise!

But if you don’t want to go underwater, you can also enjoy a relaxing catamaran or boat cruise.

Arts & Crafts

oistins-fish-fry
Photo by dcostin via Flickr

They take their arts and crafts very seriously! The Pelican village is the best place to get them. You’ll find everything from batik to rum cakes! You’ll most probably also bump into licensed vendors on the beach.

Watersports

Photo by Theromanticholiday
Photo by Theromanticholiday

Snorkelling, kayaking, paddle surfing, surfing, scuba diving, jet skiing, sailing, windsurfing, kite surfing… you name it, you’ll find it in Barbados!

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