Depending on who you ask, Barbados has various features that make it a unique Caribbean destination. The island has recently clawed its way up several bucket lists thanks to a few telling factors such as being the birthplace of rum, its scrumptious Cou Cou and flying fish, and of course, the famous songstress Rihanna all playing a part. Here are other fun facts about Barbados;
The month of February is the time we celebrate the landing of the British settlers on the west coast of Barbados. Therefore, the annual Holetown Festival commemorates that landing with all things cultural – dance, music, craft, art, and food from our cornucopia of cultural cuisine. It is one of the many fun ways to interact with the heritage and other cultural aspects of Barbadian life!
Cruising the waters
The ocean is a large part of Bajan life, and cruising is one fun way to interact with the water. So, hop aboard a catamaran and cruise the west coast of Barbados for a relaxing time on the water. Oh, yes, remember first to make a reservation! The fun in this fact is the tranquil atmosphere, sumptuous Bajan meal and swimming with the turtles!
Another Fun Fact relates to transportation across the island. These smaller transport vehicles are readily available and easy to navigate. Therefore, from this experience, visitors have fun and highlight the unique vibe these buses provide, as they operate with their own musical culture. The first time I heard the designation “Reggae Bus,” it was from a visitor, which has seemed to stick over time. Let the Reggae vibe continue!
Pudding and Souse
Sweet, sweet pudding and souse with all its spicy blend of titillating flavours! This age-old delicacy has satisfied Bajan cultural appetites from ancestral beginnings and remains top of the list of weekend favourites! With its savoury pudding addition, this spicy pork dish of souse is what most Bajans seek out with intent when the weekend rolls around. Similar to the Scottish Haggis, it has survived centuries of food culture.
Do you hear it? … The thud, thud, thud of hooves! … Yes, it is time to meet at the Garrison Savannah for horse racing! This ancient sport’s roots in Barbados go back to the 1800s and were brought home to the Garrison Savannah in 1845. This event is a fun open-air outing that caters to the entire family! So come on out! Enjoy the heady, pulsating atmosphere of organized horse racing in Barbados!