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.
Christmas is a very special time of the year in Barbados. The sky is bluer, the waters match the sky, the breeze is more intense and it’s much cooler in the evenings. Christmas blooms such as Christmas candle, poinsettia, and snow on the mountain. The century old Christmas morning walk in Queens Park is Crème de la Crème of Christmas Day. Thousands Barbadians turn out in their finest new grabs to “out-do” each other and visitors join in the celebration as observers and participants.