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Palm-fringed beaches, blue sparkling sea — all of this and more awaits on Barbados, and this year there are even more reasons to visit this stunning tropical paradiseTuesday, June 11, 2019

By Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc.
Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc.

Palm-fringed beaches, blue sparkling sea — all of this and more awaits on Barbados, and this year there are even more reasons to visit this stunning tropical paradise.

With more than 100 restaurants from coast to golden coast, Barbados buzzes with a vibrant foodie scene and rightly deserves its reputation as the Caribbean’s culinary capital. 2018 is officially the Year of Culinary Experiences and the ideal time to plan a gourmet getaway. Bajan cuisine itself is a melange of global flavours, infused over centuries of cultural exchanges. Scottish, West African, English and East Indian influences combine to give Bajan food its unique flavour. Try one of Barbados’s most traditional dishes, black pudding and souse, which is an evolution of the Scottish classic, at the bustling Souse Factory in the countryside. All over the island there’s a mouthwatering array of restaurants, cafes, rum shops and beachfront eateries. Sample the catch of the day overlooking the sea, or discover one of Barbados’s stunning restaurants perched on clifftops overlooking the ocean. The Cliff, Cin Cin By The Sea and The Animal Flower Cave Restaurant are all known for their fabulous food and breathtaking views, or join the party on Friday night at the world-renowned Oistins Fish Fry where the island comes together to feast on the freshest seafood before dancing the night away to Calypso tunes.

No visit to Barbados is complete without a trip to a rum shop, and Barbados’ very own liquid gold is celebrated every year at the Food and Rum Festival (18– 21 October), this year featuring celebrity chef Tom Aikens as well as talented local chefs and mixologists.

Explore the island on foot at Run Barbados Marathon Weekend (7 –9 December), where 5k and 10k courses take runners through stunning Carlisle Bay and Bridgetown. Carlisle Bay is also home to the Open Water Festival (7–11 November) where swimmers race in a tranquil marine park.

Whether you’re looking for action and adventure, a laid-back dose of Caribbean R&R or an indulgent week sampling the island’s gourmet gems, Barbados has something for everyone.

DON'T MISS

The scenic train ride on the St Nicholas Abbey Heritage Railway (from January 2019); a complement to their rum-tasting tours

NEED TO KNOW

KEY ACTIVITIES/FACILITIES

• Year-round amazing weather
• The culinary capital of the Caribbean
• Nikki Beach Barbados
• Rated ‘Best in the World’ — ‘Best Destination’ Global Category, ‘Best Americas’ and ‘Best Accommodation’ in the 2017 Destination Satisfaction Index (DSI)
• Tax-free shopping
• The water service in Barbados is reliable and the water supply is safe to drink
• 115/230 volts 50 cycles. Standard plug types in Barbados are two flat blades or flat blades with round grounding pin

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