Your complete guide to a vacation in Barbados

 

Barbados is one of the small countries of the Americas. Barbados is an Independent island that has attained the status of a country. This small country has a landmass that is 23km in width and a modest 34 kilometers in length. This makes the peaceful country an area of just 432km2.  The country is about 2,600km southeast of Miami while other surrounding places include Trinidad and Tobago which is some 400 km away and 168km away from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Bridgetown is the capital of the country.

Barbados is endowed with both natural and man-made centers of attraction that draws people from all walks of life to the country to pay homage to the country as tourists. The country boasts of amazing bodies of water, sacred and religious sites, nature and wildlife areas, and some other points of landmarks or interests. These tourist centers make the country a sort of Mecca for fun-finding tourists on all around the world.

The island was first inhabited by the Amerindians before it was later occupied by Kalinago people over 8 centuries ago. In the 15th century, the Spanish navigators laid claim to Barbados before it was later taken over by the English in 1625. Since then, the country has grown from strength to strength, by being rated by the Corruption Perceptions Index of Transparency International on the same level with the United States just behind Canada.

Geography and climate

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The boundary of the Caribbean Plates and the South American is the home to this marvelous island. Due to some subduction that makes Barbados rise for about 25mm in a thousand years, the land is composed of coral that is about 90meter thick. At the upper layer of the sediment, reefs reign supreme.

Barbados has only two seasons, the dry season and the wet season. The wet season is characterized by high rainfall while the dry season is marked by reduced rainfall or seizure of rainfall for a couple of months. The wet season is usually experienced from June to November while the dry season takes over from December and elapses in May. The country experiences an average temperature of between 70 to 80of (21to 31of) during the wet season and the temperature rises slightly to 73 to 88of (23 to 31of) during the dry season.

 

Barbados Festivals

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There is no time of the year that Barbados is not celebrating one festival or the other. These festivals include carnivals, culinary, street fairs, sports festivals, and many cultural festivals too.

Some notable festivals that are celebrated by the natives include:

  • Agrofest Barbados.
  • Barbados Reggae Festival.
  • Independence Surf Festival.
  • Barbados Manufacturers Exhibition.
  • Barbados Historic Rally Carnival and more.

 

Barbados Foods

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The natives have some delicacies you won’t mind having a taste of if you are on vacation in Barbados. The major foods here are listed below:

  • Cou cou: This is one of the most popular foods of the natives. To prepare this food, you need okra and cornmeal. Cou cou is customarily served with savvy and flying fish.
  • Flying fish: Just as the name implies, flying fish is steamed, fried, pickled or baked to prepare this delicacy. To bring out the real taste of this delicacy, spice it with pepper and onions.
  • Rice and peas: You can prepare a delicious rice and peas meal by blending pigeon peas with rice. The food is best served with pork, chicken, fried fish, or beef stew. If you want to go the full mile, spice it with cucumber, tomato, or lettuce.
  • Cutter: You get a cutter in Barbados by preparing a sandwich with ham, egg, or fish.

Restaurants in Barbados

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Barbados boasts of some good hotels if you want to pass the night in the country. Some of these hotels are:

  • Angry Annie’s

One of the selling points of this restaurant that is located on the First Street of Holetown is its beautiful appearance. The façade is painted with bright blue and some touch of pink and orange to make it attractive. The restaurant offers some foods such as spicy curries and roasted Bajan chicken. If you are a vegetarian, you can order for some pasta dishes.

 

 

  • Fisherman’s Pub and Grub

This restaurant started out as a shop for beer, local rum, and some snacks. With the influx of foreigners on short-term and long-term visits to the country while on holidays, the management saw the need to expand it to cater to the needs of these visitors. The restaurant has many national dishes on its menu. You can order for local delicacies such as Cou cou, pepper pot, and flying fish from their menu.

When planning your next vacation, a visit to Barbados will be a good idea. You will experience the beauty of this great country first hand. An unforgettable experience it will be.

 

Your Complete Guide to a Vacation in Grenada- The Spice Isle

 

 

Grenada is an island country that is made up of Grenada and other six small islands. The country is located in the southeastern part of the Caribbean Sea, the southwestern part of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the northwest of Trinidad and Tobago, and the northeast of Venezuela.

The country also has a beautiful appellation: the Island of Spice. Grenada got this name from the huge volume of mace and nutmeg that is produced in the country because Grenada finds her place among the largest exporters of these spices in the world.

Grenada is a small country both in size and population. It has a population in the region of 110,000 and a land size of 344 square kilometers or 133 square miles. St. George’s is the country’s capital and she gained independence from her British colonial masters on February 7, 1974.

Grenada Holidays/Festivals

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Grenada is a country with some notable holidays and festivals that you will find delightful if you witness them. A few of the important holidays and festivals here are Independence Day, Emancipation Day, Carnival Tuesday, Carriacou Regatta Festival, and the Spice Island Billfish Tournament, just to mention a few. These are festivals that express the deep culture of the people of Granada beautifully.

Grenada Food

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Grenada, like all other countries of the Caribbean, has a variety of food and drink. If you are on holidays in Grenada, you might want to have a go at some of these delicacies such as seafood like lambi and crabs, callaloo soup, oil-down (a national dish with stew that is made with breadfruit, salted meat, carrot, celery, dasheen, and onion that are steamed in coconut milk.). Grenadians also feed on roti, a food that is made from bread or pastry filled with chicken, beef, or vegetables. For the drinks, there is the locally made rum and Carib, an excellent local beer.

 

Nightlife in Grenada

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Grenada is a country full of fun.  The locals will treat you to the best reggae music and vibrant calypso. Most of the resorts in the country give tourists on holidays a dose of their night-time entertainment that includes discos, cabarets, and some well-organized shows. On several occasions in a year, the Grenadian Jazz Society is on hand to treat both locals and visitors to concerts in a couple of hotels. If you are in the country during such a concert, you will be amazed by the beauty of the nightlife in Grenada.

The best time to visit Grenada

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Grenada is a beautiful country with a very hospitable and accommodating people. However, if you want to see this country at her best, it is of a great importance to have knowledge of the best period of the year to take a vacation to the country.

Grenada has two major seasons: dry season and wet season. I will advise you to avoid the wet season at all costs. Why? The wet season runs from June to November and you will witness rainfall at an average rate of 22 days per month. This implies that your chances of getting to the country on a day without any rainfall between June and November are slim.

On the other hand, from December to May, you have the dry season when you can enjoy your holidays to the maximum. This is the ideal time to have the fun of your life if you are on a vacation to this wonderful country because you will have the opportunity to avoid the heavy rains that are the signature of the wet season. The dark side of the dry season is the great influx of people who want to escape the cold weather in their countries.

What to do in Grenada

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As a tourist in Grenada, you have an abundance of activities to keep you busy and make your visit a memorable one. You can pay a visit to some historic sites such as the Fort George, Carib’s Leap, and the Dougaldston Estate. If you are interested in bodies of water, a visit to the Sandy Island, Carenage, and Tyrell Bay will satisfy your cravings.

Regardless of when you pay a visit to Grenada, you will be treated to an amazing country with a wonderful culture and people.

Your complete guide to a vacation in the Cayman Islands

 

From year to year, people go on vacations to different parts of the world. The objective of going on a vacation is to have fun or take some time off from work to unwind.

If you are planning on going on vacation, it is a good idea if you can pay a visit to the Cayman Islands or include the islands in your itinerary. That will be a very good decision for you. Why? Let me intimate you with some interesting tourist attractions in The Cayman Islands.

Places to visit

As a tourist, you are not expected to sit down in a place and read a book while sipping a cup of tea or coffee. Of course, that’s not a bad idea. But, there are some attractive tourists’ centers you can visit in these Islands.

  • Seven Mile Beach

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The Seven Mile Beach is an absolutely wonderful center of attraction for visitors to these islands. With its beautiful scenery complemented amazing white sand and exceptionally clear swimming water, you will find the beach irresistible. I promise you will long for a visit to the beach in the future.

  • Grand Old House

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This restaurant ranks as one of the best on this island. It is the choice of many visitors to the islands. Many visitors are attracted to its awesome food and incredible environment. Although the restaurant is old, its location just beside the sea makes it worth a place among the best in the country.

  • Smith Cove

This tourist attraction is where you can get the best snorkeling experience on this island. The environment is serene and devoid of noisy distractions. It also provides a great view of ships moving to and fro to keep you busy and entertained.

 

Festivities in the Cayman Islands

 

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Pirate’s Week in the Cayman Islands

Different festivities are held in these islands throughout the year to entertain both the natives and the visitors. If you in the Cayman Islands for a visit, you will likely witness one of these festivities:

 

  • Cultural celebrations

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The most celebrated festival in the Caribbean is the carnival. Of the different festivals in these islands, the Batabano Carnival is the most celebrated among the islanders. If you plan your visit towards April, chances are you will witness the Batabano Carnival celebration.

Pedro St. James National Historic Site

  • Arts Festivals

The second month of the year is usually slated for the Arts Festival. This annual event includes some educational workshops, classical music concerts, art exhibits and others.

If you are a photographer, the best month of the year to visit the Cayman Islands is June. This is when the photography seminar is usually held. This is called Digital Shootout and covers shooting techniques, underwater photography, and photo editing.

Cuisines of the Cayman Islands

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A visit to the Cayman Islands will afford the opportunity to be treated to their delicacies. The traditional dishes on the islands include much vegetables, fish, seafood, and spices although their main foods are made from plantain, coconut, rice, yam, cassava, and peas.  The most popular foods here are Conch, Tuna, Snapper, and the like. The natives also like spicy dishes, and one of the most preferred spicy dishes in the islands is chili sauce that contains vinegar, onions, peppers, and tomatoes.

For lunch, you may have fish with any other food of their choice.  Grilled and marinated fish will be served with salads for dinner.  Regardless of when you want to take a meal, you will surely have a taste of fish or some other sea foods.

Comfortable Hotels

There is now way you will avoid using the services of a hotel if you want to spend the night there. Let me give you just three hotels that you can check in if you have to sleep over.

  • Sunshine Suites Resort

This hotel and resort gives you everything you want from a hotel. Their excellent services include:

  • Proximity to the Seven Mile Beach.
  • Free parking.
  • Free breakfast.
  • Spacious hotel rooms.
  • Customer-oriented services.

 

  • Southern Cross Club

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This is another five-star hotel you will like to try out here. It is an amazing hotel that offers the following to its guests:

  • Serene environment
  • Great food.
  • Excellent diving experience.

 

  • Pirates Point Resort

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Completing the list of 3 hotels I can recommend for you is the Pirates Point Resort. This is an absolutely wonderful hotel where you can have access to:

  • Comfy accommodation.
  • Excellent room service.
  • Great diving experience.

A visit to one of these hotels will give you an idea why I vouch for them.

What I wrote here is just a tip of the iceberg. If you want to really appreciate what the Cayman Islands have to offer you, a visit to the islands will do. Plan to pay a visit soon.