Parish of Saint James

Parish of Saint James

Activities, Featured, Parish of Saint James
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] The Parish of Saint James on Barbados Saint James has earned a reputation as the playground of the world’s rich and famous. Celebrities, business magnates, and billionaires have been flocking to the Platinum Coast of Barbados for decades to enjoy the sun, surf, and luxurious amenities this stretch of golden paradise offers. Saint James, located squarely on the western coast of Barbados, makes up the lion’s share of what used to be referred to as Barbados’s Gold Coast. With miles of beautiful white sandy beaches it’s no wonder why so much money and influence landed in St. James. However, St. James played an important historical part in the birth of Barbados as well. It was here that the first English colonists landed in 1625 and here that they formed…
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Horse Racing

Horse Racing

Activities, Featured, Parish of Saint Michael
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Horse Racing in Barbados Horse racing is more than a sport in Barbados, it’s a national pastime second only to cricket. Horses have played an essential part in island life since the early 1800s. They’ve been used as pack animals, transportation, and sources of entertainment for decades. Being a former British Colony horse racing was a major part of the culture of Barbados a century ago and plays an integral in Barbadian society even today. The History of Horse Racing on Barbados One of the oldest tracks on the island is the Garrison Savannah. This track is located near the capitol of Bridgetown and was built in 1845. This 6 furlong oval grass track has been operation for over 170 years! During the colonial Era British military officers would…
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Oistins Fish Fry

Oistins Fish Fry

Activities, Eating & Drinking, Parish of Christchurch
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Oistins Fish Fry, a Barbados Tradition Oistins is a fishing village along Barbados’s southern coast. During the day it’s an excellent place to get an authentic feel for how (and why) a significant portion of the local population still makes it’s living from the sea. You can stroll the beach, collect fish scraps from locals and feed sea turtles by hand, or simply catch the sunset as it blazes to life out over the Caribbean Sea to the west. The town has a sort of sleepy feel common to fishing villages around the world and makes an excellent low-key destination to wind down and get a feel for the real Barbados. When the sun goes down on the weekend Oistins becomes a completely different animal. Friday and Saturday nights…
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St. Nicholas Abbey

St. Nicholas Abbey

Activities, Featured, History, Parish of Saint Peter
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] St. Nicholas Abbey Barbados has a long a storied past. Historic mansions, plantation homes, and massive private residences dot the island dating from the Colonial period over 300 years ago. One of the most stunning is the lovingly preserved manor house at the St. Nicholas Abbey in the parish of Saint Peter. This 350-year old sugar plantation housed an operational sugar mill and distillery up until the 1940s. The cane is still grown on the property and used to manufacture high-quality rum and other sugar goods available for purchase—an authentic piece of Caribbean history! The Historic Jacobian Mansion at St. Nicholas Abbey This old plantation house is unlike any other on Barbados. In fact, it is one of only three surviving Jacobian mansions in the western hemisphere. Visitors are…
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Harrison’s Cave

Harrison’s Cave

Activities, Featured, History, Parish of Saint Thomas
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Harrison’s Cave This natural limestone formation underneath the heart of Barbados is massive—at least 2.3 kilometers (1.3 miles) long and nearly 15 meters (50 feet) high in some places. Named for Thomas Harrison—who owned a large portion of land in the area in which the caves were discovered. Harrison's Cave has quickly become one of the most visited attractions in the interior of Barbados. Interestingly enough, Harrison (whose name is also on Harrison College, a school he himself formed in 1733) may not have even known about the caves on his property. First mentioned in historical documents in 1795, many of the early expeditions into the caves were stymied by the inaccessibility of the natural entrances into the underground. The caves were “forgotten” for nearly 200 years until they…
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Hunte’s Garden

Hunte’s Garden

Activities, Featured, Parish of Saint Joseph
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Explore Hunte’s Garden on Barbados Barbados is one of the most beautiful islands in the Eastern Caribbean. It’s home to many botanical gardens in which one can escape for a few hours or even a whole day. Visiting one (or even all) of these is the perfect way to get up close and personal with the unspoiled natural beauty of the tropics and leave the real world far behind. Centrally located in the lush hills of St. Joseph’s Parish, Hunte’s Garden is a uniquely curated tropical escape. It takes full advantage of the natural lay of the land and the hospitable climate to create a one-of-a-kind experience for any nature lover. Just a 20-30 minute drive from Holetown or St. Lawrence Gap, Hunte’s Garden is minutes from Flower Forest…
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Kensington Oval

Kensington Oval

Activities, Featured, Parish of Saint Michael
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] The Historic Kensington Oval Cricket Ground on Barbados As a former British colony, cricket holds a special place in the hearts and minds of Barbadians. In fact, cricket plays an important part in the history of the island itself and provides important economic stimulus even today. The historic Kensington Oval (lovingly called “the Mecca” of cricket) is the islands premiere world-class cricket facility. It was established nearly 140 years ago and is officially the oldest cricket ground in the New World. But you wouldn’t know that if you looked at it today.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_single_image image="7624" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" alignment="center"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] The Kensington Oval: Humble Beginnings The massive complex has grown over the years to accommodate more than 11,000 fans but in the beginning the facility was much smaller. In 1882 the Pickwick…
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