The Gem of the Caribbean Sea. Little England. Bim. These are all names that have been affectionately given to Barbados over the years. One other notable one is ‘the Land of the Flying Fish’. These small fish glide for significant distances above the surface of the water and have given many a spectator the illusion of flight. While they can be found in other territories, Barbados is known for its preparation of Flying Fish as a delicacy, so much so that they became part of our national dish, Cou Cou and Flying Fish. Locals and visitors also enjoy them in Flying Fish Cutters and at many a restaurant, they are included as parts of gourmet main dishes.
The Caribbean is known for its tropical weather, but despite the year-round summer experience that these islands boast, one thing is always seasonal – mangoes! Mango season is in full bloom around summer time in Barbados with trees bearing gifts to share from household to household. Whether you prefer to eat your mangoes sliced and diced or with a good old fashioned squeeze, suck and chew, you’re sure to get a rush of sweet, unparalleled flavour.
Kids have a ball at Dover Beach at our family-friendly hotel. In addition to frolicking in the kids-friendly pool, there’re many areas for them to have fun and create lifetime memories. When it comes to feeding the kids, our restaurant is well prepared to offer those items which are favourites with kids and the kid in us. Items such as hot dogs, burgers, pizzas and the ever-popular mac and cheese are all available on our kid’s menu.
In Barbados, the rum shop is an exhilarating getaway, a safe haven, a gaming spot, a stage for worldly conversation and so much more. Our island is blessed to have hundreds all over, and it is at these small hubs of large Bajan culture, that rum and good fellowship go hand-in-hand. One rum shop in particular, however, has an offer that just can’t be beat. John Moore Rum Shop, located in Weston, St. James provides patrons with the typically charismatic Bajan hospitality and an unmatched ambience crafted by the sun, sea and sand.
The West Coast of Barbados is known for its luxury cuisine and shopping centres, but there’s much more history to it. At the centre of it all is Holetown, the first English settlement in Barbados, dating all the way back to the 1620s. First known as Jamestown, Holetown has since become a social hub with activity brimming from sunrise and through the night. During the day, arts, crafts and food can be found in one of the Chattel House Village shops. For those looking for nightlife, bars like Red Door and Jamestown in 2nd Street provide an endless source of fun, especially on weekends.