The Island of Barbados is found in the Lesser Antilles of the West Indies in the Carribeans of North America. It is situated in the west of the North Atlantic and east of the Windward Island and the Carribean Sea therein, Barbados is east of the Windwards. Bridgetown, the capital and the largest city in the country. The country experiences two seasons; wet seasons and dry season. The official language for communications, administration, education, and public services over the island is the standard English. Bajan, known locally as an English-based creole language is mostly spoken by Barbadians in their everyday life informally. Their traditional lifestyle is worth keeping and also the food preparation of each delectable cuisines they are proud of. The country is home to the greatest rum and to many of the famous people from sports to celebrities, that’s why Barbados is a country of pure fun, enjoyment and fabulous nightlife.
1. The Culinary Capital of the CarribeanThe Barbados dish or Bajan cuisine is a mixture of influences from Africa, Indian, Creole, and British. The sumptuous national dish of the country is Cou-Cou and Flying Fish. It is a favorite among the locals and its guests because of its spicy thick gravy. A usual meal in the household of Barbados consists of marinated meat or fish with a special mixture of herbs and spices. Some people include side dishes like salad to complete the meal. Another variety of traditional food you may want to taste is “Pudding and Souse”. It is a slice of pickled pork and the pudding consists of spicy-sweet steamed potato. For healthier reasons, many locals prefer to use lean meat instead of pork.
2. Drinks All at One PlaceBarbados is known as the birthplace of rum. The world’s oldest remaining rum company is Mount Gay Rum Visitors Center, which is found in the Spring Garden Highway, Bridgetown in Barbados. It offers a wealth of knowledge on how the rum started, how it was made, a chance to see the distilleries, different types of rums and new tasting experience for drinks. This tour is both educative and entertainingly fun. The country is also home to the Banks Barbados Brewery, which brews; Banks Beer, Pale Lager, Banks Amber Ale, and Tiger Malt. Aside from rum, visitors may also want to try other drinks such as Mauby Drink, Coconut Water, Golden Apple Juice and many others.
3. Active Lifestyle The country hosted the finals of the 2007 Cricket World Cup in Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, referred to as the “Mecca Cricket” due to its significant contributions to some of the favorite sports of the country. The West Indies Cricket Team usually includes several Barbadian players namely; Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Clyde Walcott, Sir Everton Weekes, Gordon Greenidge, Wes Hall, Charlie Griffith, Joel Garner, Desmond Haynes and a lot more. A popular sport amongst the elite is Polo, which is usually played at Saint James Club and Holders Festival Private Grounds. The Barbadian team “The Flyin’ Fish” Segway are the Polo World Champions in 2009. A becomingly popular sport among the young is basketball, which is often played at school. The country is also well-known for other sports such as horse racing, golf, tennis, motorsports, wave sailing, netball, and volleyball.
4. National FishCou-Cou and Flying Fish are the national symbols of the island. Cou-Cou is a dish that is stirred continuously with a cou-cou stick to ensure all lumps are out to achieve the fluffy meal. Adding okras will help to achieve the right texture. The plentiful Flying Fish is one of the most desirable cuisines in the country hence it is also famously known as the “Land of Flying Fish”. It is stewed in an aromatic sauce of tomatoes, onion, thyme, chives, fresh pepper, garlic and other herbs making it savory and appetizing. Make sure you try these amazing dishes as it will surely give you a lot of reasons to go back to Barbados.
5. Clean Water for EveryoneStandpipes or standard pipes were mainly installed for the inhabitants of Barbados. The government wants to make sure that they have abundant and clean water. Barbadians would go out and collect free clean running water from the standpipes and these standpipes became the common meeting point of everyone for socializing and just hanging around while fetching clean water. For the past years, the use of standpipes has been declining because most Barbadian households now enjoy a fully equipped running water in their own homes. Despite the decline, Barbados still enjoys this traditional lifestyle and many can still be seen using the standpipes for their basic needs such as; washing of hands and hair, washing dishes and even for consumption.
6. Unlimited Carribean PartyParty all night at Carribean Island for the best party experience. Barbados will accompany you from sunset to sunrise. Visitors may be surprised that they’re mingling with the famous faces in the country. Party and nightlife are always buzzing at Saint Lawrence Gap or The Gap, where restaurants, night club and a lot of other business establishments will complete your party escapade. The Oistins Friday Night Fish Fry offers great people, music and fabulous atmosphere. They offer cheap drinks, fantastic local fresh fish, and a great experience every Friday evening. The luscious aroma of food fills every area and it is filled with great music as people enjoy every rhythm while socializing and drinking.