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.
Ten years ago Janet Boyle decided to take a vacation to Barbados. Ten years later, and every year since, Janet has returned to her home away from home at Dover Beach Hotel, Barbados. But that’s not all – she’s brought along three generations of siblings, husbands, children and grandchildren, each falling in love with a piece of our Caribbean gem.
The Pride of Barbados or Caesalpinia pulcherrima is a typical red and yellow flower, native to the tropics of the Americas. It is, however, most known as the national flower of Barbados, adorning both the island’s Coat of Arms and Queen Elizabeth II’s Personal Barbadian flag for visits to the island. In bloom year-round, the Pride of Barbados’ sunset colours are known to shine brightly in any setting, making it the perfect emblem for the island’s Coat of Arms. At the bottom of this same insignia is Barbados’ national motto, “Pride and Industry”, which speaks to the island’s dignity and constant pursuit of excellence in everything they do.
Barbados may be the home of some of the world’s most famous beaches, but the small island is also home to one of the world’s most fascinating collections of English iron cannons. This impressive set of armoury is referred to as the National Cannon Collection of Barbados and dates all the way back to the 17th and 18th Century when the British Military protected its island colonies.