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Top 10 Things to Experience in Barbados


Visit this Top 10 list of things you must experience in Barbados.

1. Glass bottom boat
2. Crop Over Festival
3. Oistins Fish Market
4. Holetown
5. Harrison's Cave
6. Black Pearl Jolly Roger Cruises
7. Barbados Museum
8. Barbados Wild Life Reserve
9. Welchman Hall Gully
10. Aerial Trek

1. Glass Bottom Boat

Whether or not you are fond of marine life, you will enjoy a tour on a glass bottom boat in Barbados. On the glass bottom boat tour you will be treated to an enjoyable cruise while viewing a wide and colorful array of fish, marine plants and coral formations through the glass base of the boat.

At certain points of the tour, experienced and knowledgeable tour guides will provide instructions about snorkeling and diving in the pristine, azure waters where you can interact with exotic marine life and feed the amicable hawksbill turtles.

2. Crop Over Festival

You have not experienced Barbados until you have experienced the famous Barbados Crop Over Festival. The festival begins in June with the Ceremonial Delivery of the Last Canes, an event in which the last sugar canes of the crop season are blessed and the King and Queen of the crop are celebrated.

Crop Over is a party festival with lots of fetes, parties and shows which include but are not limited to: Calypso tents, Cohobblopot (a massive party event where the very best local and regional artistes perform before a very responsive crowd).

Pic-o-de-Crop is another major highlight of Crop Over where the crème de la crème of calypsonians perform social-commentary calypsos and vie for the title of Pic-o-de-Crop Monarch, among many, many more events.

All throughout this local festival, you can enjoy various events that are exclusive to Barbados. The Spring Garden highway is transformed into all night street party with lots of Bajan delicacies.

The festival culminates with Grand Kadooment, which is held on the first Monday of August. This takes the form of a large street parade where thousands of revelers masquerade in colorful and well designed costumes depicting various aspects of Barbadian culture.

The parade usually starts at Warrens, St. Michael and ends along the Spring Garden Highway and persons join the ongoing street party where the best of Barbadian Souvenirs and Crafts can enjoy the best of Barbadian culture along the way.

The Crop Over Festival is enjoyed by persons from every strata of life.

3. Oistins Fish Market

Oistins is one of the four towns in Barbados and is the largest fishing community. On weekends the streets of Oistins become a food affair where tourists and locals flock to enjoy the very best of local Bajan cuisine prepared on the spot.

At Oistins, one can see many Barbadian fishing boats and during the Easter weekend, one can experience the Oistins Fish Festival which pays homage to those persons who have made a significant contribution to the fishing industry. Some of the activities which take place during the festival are: the climbing of the grease pole, casting the fishing net, dominos and swimming competitions and much more.

On Friday and Saturday nights many visitors and locals flock to Oistins for the weekly Fish Fry, which allows for tourists to enjoy the very best of local cuisine while taking in the sounds of local music.

4. Holetown

Originally known as Jamestown, Holetown is mainly a historical site, after its benefactor King James I of England, this was the site of the first settlement in Barbados. Holetown is home to annual Holetown Festival which commemorates the first settlement in Barbados.

The festival usually starts late February and lasts for one week. During this week there are many events to take in some of which include: beauty contests, performances by our local police band and their floodlit tattoo and antique car showcase among many more. The festival culminates with a showcase of local arts and craft, food and music.

5. Harrison's Cave

Located in the central parish of St. Thomas, Harrison's Cave is one of the greatest wonders of Barbados.

The cave is a wonderful display of stalactites and stalagmites, streams of crystal clear water running through. The stalactites and stalagmites were formed over many years and some have even joined to create pillars.

Visitors are transported in electrically powered trams through the cave network and at certain points they are allowed to disembark and walk along a stunning waterfall. Well trained and friendly tour guides provide historical and geographical information about the cave along the way.

The visitor's centre was designed to blend in with the natural limestone landscape, provides refreshments and showcases a wide variety of handicraft and artifacts which have been obtained from various sites around the island.

6. Black Pearl Jolly Roger 1 Cruise

Black Pearl Jolly Roger Cruises provides a fun-filled adventure on the sea.

There is a lot of fun to be had on this cruise as patrons can take a turn on the rope swing, walk the plank or have a swim with the turtles.

Those persons who are less adventurous can enjoy a relaxing cruise on the boat which leaves Bridgetown and sails along the west coast of the island. The well-stocked bar is always opened and keeps drinks flowing for the duration of the cruise

7. Barbados Museum

A visit to the Barbados Museum and Historical Society is a must for everyone! The island's rich history and culture come to life in these fascinating galleries, set in beautiful nineteenth-century buildings.

Come and explore Barbadian natural and social history, African heritage, military history, decorative arts, prints and paintings. From special exhibitions to intriguing programmes - there's always something exciting to experience at the Barbados Museum.

8. Barbados Wildlife Reserve

Barbados may not have a zoo, but there is something much better and it is called the Barbados Wildlife Reserve. The wildlife reserve is located in natural mahogany woods in the northern and rural parish of St. Peter.

Here one has the ability to stroll through and see animals in their natural habitats at close range as there are very few cages. Patrons can observe the animals as they eat, play and interact with other animals.

There is a wide variety of animals that can be seen at the reserve. There are birds such as flamingoes, parrots, pelicans and peacocks.

The Barbadian green monkeys are common sights and are seen especially at afternoon around their feeding time. The reptile lover will enjoy the collection of snakes, which are encaged, caimans among others.
Other animals which can be seen include Brocket deer, agoutis and armadillos.

The Barbados Wildlife Reserve is a great attraction for the entire family, especially for children who have an excellent time here.

9. Welchman Hall Gully

If you are a lover of nature Welchman Hall Gully, located in the central parish of St. Thomas, is the ideal attraction for you.

The tranquility of the three-quarter mile long gully is striking as it is a mixture of tropical rainforest with Barbadian and exotic plants as it is home to tropical flora and fauna such as nutmeg, palms, bamboo among others.

Welchman Hall Gully came about as a result of collapsed caves so therefore there is still some evidence of stalactites and stalagmites along your walk through the gully. The Barbadian Green Monkey is also another common sight in the gully as it provides food, shelter and is a passageway to other gullies for these monkeys.

10. Aerial Trek

Aerial Trek Zip Line Adventures is located at Walkes Spring plantation, Jack-in-the-box Gully, St. Thomas. With Aerial Trek patrons can see the very best of natural Barbados, above it all.

The Aerial Trek begins with a tour of Jack-in-the-box gully and for the adventurous types, continues with the zip line tour.

Safety comes first as persons are given a safety briefing and then outfitted with safety gear which includes the harness system, helmet and gloves.

The tour contains eight platforms in which each is operated by experienced and knowledgeable guides who provide information on the different sections of the ecosystem and also ensure your safety as you move from one platform to the next.

After the tour, take a short walk back to the base camp where refreshments are served or go to the Tree Top shop where branded merchandise can be purchased.


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