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Barbados

 

An Introduction to the Barbados

 

The island of Barbados is a nation located in the Caribbean.  In fact, it is the easternmost island in the Caribbean and is completely surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and not touched by the Caribbean Sea.  Barbados is approximately 62 miles east of the Windward Islands and 250 miles north-east of Trinidad and Tobago.  The island exudes a reputation for being sophisticated and casual, warm and friendly, and always distinctly charming.  The island itself is very beautiful, with a variety of art, activities, nightlife, music, history, and some of the best restaurants to be found anywhere!

Coconut Court Beach Hotel is located directly on a large, secluded white sandy beach with protected swimming and within walking distance to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison area.  St Lawrence Gap, a nearly mile long stretch of road which is famous for its fine dining, lively nightlife, and excellent shopping, is also a short distance away.  This charming and Bajan styled hotel offers 112 rooms including Standard, Ocean View, Ocean Front, Ocean View Studios, Superior Ocean Front, and Island View Apartments.

Scuba diving in Barbados is a must and Barbados Blue Water Sports is the premiere environmental dive facility in Barbados.  Barbados is one of the few islands in the Caribbean where you can dive literally year-round!  Divers can enjoy warm water temps varying from 84 degrees F in the summer months to 77 degrees F in the winter months.  Skins are typically worn during the summer months of July-September.  You may want to put on a 3 mm Shorty in the winter.  Dive sites range from historic shipwrecks in Carlisle Bay to offshore reefs that surround the island.  Perhaps the most famous shipwreck is The Stav, or Stavronikita, a 365 foot Greek freighter which caught fire in1796 while in route from Ireland to the Caribbean.  The vessel was anchored in Carlisle Bay until 1978 when she was intentionally sunk by the US Navy.  Carlisle Bay Marine Park is also an excellent site for divers of all levels of experience.  The park features 6 shipwrecks roughly marked out underwater by old cannons, anchors, and pylons which lead the way from one wreck to the next.   Here you will also find a great diversity of marine life including sea horses, rays, octopus, reef squid, moray eels, and more.

Barbados Blue has 2 Marine Biologists on staff and over 27 years of combined Marine conservation work and they go above and beyond dive shop operations by being involved in marine conservation and restoration.  Barbados Blue is continuously combining the teaching of diving with the evaluation, monitoring, protection, and education of tropical reed and coastal ecosystems.  Your diving experience with Barbados Blue will not just be diving but an unforgettable learning experience.  They are also a PADI Project Aware Coral Watch Dive Operator and they regularly monitor coral reefs and submit data to provide critical information on coral bleaching and other ecological issues.  All of their boat engines are four-stroke low emission engines and weekly servicing is done to keep the cruisers as efficient and environmentally friendly as possible.  They use permanent moorings as opposed to dropping anchor and all oil and beverages containers are recycled.

 

Photos courtesy of Coconut Court Beach Hotel and Barbados Blue Water Sports

 

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An Introduction to Barbados

An Introduction to Barbados

An island naturally charming and sophisticated, alive with possibilities, as boundless as the turquoise sea, endless as the sandy shore....

Wake up to the rhythm of the tropics and paradise to explore...

Barbados is a coral island, pushed out of sea by volcanic activity in a far away time. On the West Coast of Barbados, coral shore beaches of fine white sand stretch along a blue-green sea. Coral reefs fringe the Barbados shoreline to provide excellent snorkeling and Scuba Diving. Along the East Coast a lively surf is blown briskly by the strong and constant trade winds and the waves pound against a rocky shore. The constant breeze of the trade winds give Barbados a mild and pleasant tropical climate. When you visit Barbados, you will see it is mostly a flat coral island with excellent beaches, but there are rolling hills and many deep ridges and gullies, with an interesting distribution of flora and fauna. Within the Barbados coral core there is a vast array of caves and underground lakes which provide an excellent supply of drinking water that is amongst the purest in the world. Geologically Barbados is unique, being actually two land masses that merged together over the years. This and other anomalies make this Caribbean Island quite phenomenal, and there are geological structures that you will find only in Barbados.

Barbados is a very beautiful island, with lots of art, activities, night life, music, history and some of the best restaurants to be found anywhere. But what makes it even more special, and the reason why so many visitors keep returning to the island year after year, is the people. Barbadians, called Bajans, are warm and friendly souls, always ready to greet you with a sincere smile. they make you feel welcome and special, in this lovely Caribbean Island. You will feel its your home and will want to come back again and again. Discover Barbados - A unique Caribbean paradise, surprisingly sophisticated, friendly, fun and always naturally Charming!

What to Expect in Barbados

CLIMATE: Barbados is warm and sunny all year round with an average daytime high of 75 - 85 F. The nights are usually slightly cooler. The prevailing northeast trade winds blow steadily so that although it is bright and sunny, it is not unbearably hot. The rain usually comes in quick showers. The dry season lasts from January to June.

DEPARTURE TAX: The departure tax of $55 BBD (approx $27 U.S. Dollars) is normally included in the price of your ticket. Please check with your airline or ticketing agent for details. If it is not, you must pay it when you check in for your flight home.

DRINKING WATER: Most of the drinking water in Barbados is piped-in and sanitized and is usually safe to drink. However, the chlorination could can mild abdominal upsets for people who are not used to it. If you have a sensitive stomach, it is wise to keep to bottled water, which is readily available.

DRIVING LICENSE: You can obtain a Barbados drivers permit for $5 USD on producing a valid National or International License. All authorized car rental companies can issue you a drivers license if you have a valid license, otherwise one can be purchased at one of the Barbados Licensing Authority offices. Driving is on the left in Barbados.

ELECTRICITY: Electricity in Barbados is: 110 volts/50 cycles. There is a reliable electricity supply, with only the occasional outage. Standard plugs found in Barbados are also similar to those in the United States with the exception of one. In addition to the usual 2 flat blades or 2 flat blades with a round grounding pin, there are also some plugs one single flat blade. If traveling from North America, you should be able to bring any appliances and use them without any problems. If traveling from Europe, however, you may need adapters and transformers.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: U.S. and Canadian citizens must have a valid Passport and a return or ongoing ticket.

TOURISM SEASONS: Temperatures do not vary more than about 5 degrees all year round, but in conjunction with the rainy season, low season is April – October, and hotels often discount their rates by as much as 60% this time of the year. High season can get very crowded and busy, but if you are into a happening and lively scene, November – March may be the right time for you.

VACCINATIONS: No vaccinations or preventative medications are required for travel to Barbados. However, we always suggest that you speak to your family physician for a personal recommendation.

WATER TEMPERATURES AND WETSUITS: Water temperatures generally range between 77 – 80°F year round and most people find wearing a 1mm – 3mm wet suit keeps them comfortable.

   

"Top Side" Activities and Adventures

Below are just some of the activities and attractions that await you in Barbados. We will be happy to arrange any of these and more to complete your customized itinerary. Please contact us for more information.

ANDROMEDA BOTANICAL GARDENS:

The Andromeda Botanical Gardens, found in the parish of St. Joseph, is a six-acre garden containing several varieties of orchids, palms, ferns, heliconia, hibiscus, bougainvillea, begonias, and cacti. The beautiful and exotic flowers and trees are complemented by a lovely stream which bisects the land and forms enchanting pools and waterfalls.

BARBADOS WILDLIFE RESERVE:

Here you have a unique opportunity to stroll freely through the Reserve watching the animals at close range and in their own natural environment. There are few cages and the animals can be observed as they eat, play, and interact with the other animals.

CRICKET:

Cricket is the national sport of Barbados and the West Indies. Thousands of Barbadians, other West Indians and visitors flock to world-class matches at Kensington Oval to watch batsmen of the caliber of Brian Lara, Chris Gayle and Shivnarine Chanderpaul as well as fast bowlers such as Tino Best and Pedro Collins.

DRAX HALL:

No one knows for sure, but it is generally believed that Drax Hall was built by the brothers William and James Drax in the 1650's. The brothers built Drax Hall as one of the earliest and biggest sugar properties in Barbados. They were a wealthy and well-connected family that had a special love for Barbados. There were others like them, for Barbados prospered with sugar and its plantation owners held considerable influence at home and abroad.   It is classic Jacobean architecture, with steep gable roofs, corner finials, casement gable windows and a Jacobean staircase with its carved hall archway of mastic wood.

HARRISON'S CAVE:

With an abundance of stalactites, stalagmites, streams, lakes and waterfalls, leading Speleologists consider it to be among the finest showcases in the world. The Caves are located near the geographical centre of Barbados, in the parish of St. Thomas and are natural phenomenons affording an experience unique in the tropical world: a trip aboard a special tram through the exciting subterranean stream passages!

OCEAN PARK:

Ocean Park is a unique Marine Aquarium. In its displays you can experience the underwater life up close. The 26 displays located throughout the park showcase the bright, colorful, and exotic fish and sea life found around Barbados and the Caribbean, as well as weird and wonderful animals from tropical seas around the globe. The park is set in beautiful outdoor gardens filled with lush tropical flowering plants and vegetation.

POLO:

Polo is also played to a high level in Barbados, with several first-class matches between the Barbados team and visiting international teams, throughout the year.

ST. NICHOLAS ABBEY:

St.Nicholas Abbey, located in the parish of St.Peter, was built in 1660 and is one of only three genuine Jacobean mansions in the Western Hemisphere. Barbados is home to two of these mansions ... St.Nicholas Abbey and Drax Hall. Distinguishing features of this magnificent, well-preserved mansion are: curved Dutch gables, chimneystacks, and coral stone finials, a Chinese Chippendale staircase and fine antiques and china. A rare 1930s film of sugar plantation life can also be viewed.

SAM LORD'S CASTLE:

Located in the parish of St. Philip, Sam Lord's Castle is a beautiful Georgian mansion built in 1820 by the notorious buccaneer Samuel Hall Lord. Legend has it that Sam Lord acquired his wealth by plundering ships, which he lured onto the reefs off the coast, by hanging lanterns in the coconut trees. Captains mistook these lights for Bridgetown and wrecked their ships on the reefs.

SUGAR MUSEUM:

This museum is a permanent record of how sugar was produced in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The museum now stands a tribute to Sir Frank Hutson, who with assistance from the Barbados National Trust collected the items in the museum. The history of sugar cultivation and production is displayed in this attractive museum.

WELCHMAN HALL GULLY:

Welchman Hall Gully, located in the parish of St. Thomas, is a three-quarter mile long "gully" (really a garden) and home to a number of tropical plants trees, including nutmeg, bamboo, clove, and palms.

In addition to the impressive flora, look out for the world's largest pillar (the joining of a stalactite and stalagmite) and the gazebo, which looks out to the Atlantic Ocean.


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