Activities in Barbados
Vacationers with an ear for music will certainly enjoy a stay on Barbados. The island is home to many reggae groups, steel bands and calypso singers. Their talents are showcased throughout the year in major competitions, which visitors can obtain tickets to attend.
The Barbados Museum hosts a cultural show titled, "1627 And All That Sort of Thing" on Thursday and Sunday evenings. The ticket price includes transportation to and from the hotels, a cocktail hour, dinner and the show, which presents Bajan history and folklore through music and dance.
Many of the larger hotels and resorts also sponsor weekend cultural shows and events for their guests. On Saturdays, the Plantation Restaurant and Garden Theatre hosts its Plantation Tropical Spectacular Dinner Show, complete with music, dancing, fire-eaters, limbo dancers, dinner and drinks.
The Barbados jazz festival, "Paint it Jazz," has become a popular event that attracts several well-known international artists. The festival takes place yearly during the second week in January and in the past has hosted Ray Charles, Roberta Flack, Lou Rawls, and Wynton Marsalis, among others.
Barbados has numerous bars and inns where visitors can imbibe the local treasure: rum. They run the gamut from small informal establishments frequented by locals to more sophisticated scenes where top-notch brands are served.
Calico Jack, Island Lover, Mango Punch, Piña Colada and Rumrunner are just some of the concoctions available.
As with most destinations, the favorite night spots of island residents change frequently. Visitors need only inquire about the best places to go and locals will gladly point the way.
St. Lawrence Gap is the place for gourmet dining, nightclubbing or just grooving by a bar. Indian, Chinese, Caribbean, Italian and French cuisine are offered in the restaurants and cafés that dot the south and west coasts.
Excellent shopping can also be found in the streets running parallel to Broad Street. There are numerous small shops, and street vendors offer fresh fruit, coconut water and local handicrafts.