Barbados is the epitome of island lavishness when it comes to beaches. From the docile west to the temperamental east coast, the island has a bit of everything for beach lovers. Each of the island’s coasts has its own personality. The most popular with sunseekers is undoubtedly the west coast, whose beaches are best known for their upscale environs and calming allure, while the south-east and most easterly shores are a surfer’s dream. The south westerly beaches like that at Dover are home to soft, glowing white sands that are the perfect backdrop for lazy beach days. Fortunately for us, beautiful beachscapes such as these are all we know at Dover Beach, as our beautiful stretch along the coast of St. Lawrence Gap offers the best in beachside therapy right at our doorstep.
The biggest spectacle of Barbados’ culture is the Crop Over festival. Considered the sweetest summer festival, Crop Over is staged over two months during the summer and is a showing of musical talent, parties and cultural events that all culminate on the first Monday in August with a colourful parade of costumed revellers. Whereas several other carnivals around the world are tied to religious holidays, Crop Over’s roots are firmly entwined in the island’s historic reverence for sugar cane – a crop which historically positioned the island as a top sugar producer and contributed to it gaining recognition as the birthplace of rum. During this era of plantocracy, the African slaves that laboured on the many sugar plantations kept their homeland tradition of honouring their ancestors at the end of the harvest – it was a celebration they hoped would cause a good omen and protection to befall them and […]
Breadfruit has been a staple on Barbadian tables and menus for more than two centuries. However, for those who are unfamiliar with it, the name ‘breadfruit’ should not be taken literally, as its green, textured skin and white insides are a far cry from anything bread-like! The breadfruit – sometimes written bread-fruit – was introduced to the island at the end of the 18th century when the island’s inhabitants sought a solution to stem the period of food scarcity caused by the American Revolution. During this period, young breadfruit trees were sourced from East Asia and the Pacific, an act which would forever reshape the natural landscape of the island. Today, breadfruit trees may be found in every parish, and breadfruit is enjoyed in several unique but delicious ways. Eat it fried, pickled or steamed with other vegetables, or sample the many treats made with breadfruit flour. One of the […]