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Barbados is the 'Little England' of the Caribbean!
Sam Lords Castle
Located in the parish of St.Philip, Sam Lord's Castle is a beautiful Georgian mansion built in 1820 by the notorious buccaneer Samuel Hall Lord.
Legend has it that Sam Lord acquired his wealth by plundering ships, which he lured onto the reefs off the coast, by hanging lanterns in the coconut trees. Captains mistook these lights for Bridgetown and wrecked their ships on the reefs.
St Nicholas Abbey
St.Nicholas Abbey, located in the parish of St.Peter, was built in 1660 and is one of only three genuine Jacobean mansions in the Western Hemisphere. Barbados is home to two of these mansions ... St.Nicholas Abbey and Drax Hall .
Distinguishing features of this magnificent, well-preserved mansion are: curved Dutch gables, chimney stacks and coral stone finials, a Chinese Chippendale staircase and fine antiques and china. A rare 1930s film of sugar plantation life can also be viewed.
St.Nicholas Abbey is not without its tale of tragedy! The house appears to have been built by Colonel Benjamin Berringer. His neighbour, friend and business partner was John (later Sir John) Yeamans. When Yeamans began to pay attention to Mrs. Berringer, a feud erupted between Yeamans and Colonel Berringer, culminating in a duel in which Berringer was killed. Soon afterwards, Sir John married Mrs. Berringer and claimed the Abbey. A court ruling later returned the property to Berringer's children and the property was named after Berringer's grand-daughter who married George Nicholas.
Meanwhile, Sir John and Berringer's widow left Barbados in 1669 and helped found the colony that is South Carolina, USA, with Sir John eventually becoming Governor of that settlement in 1672. When he died two years later, his widow married again ... for the third time!
Celebrating the heritage of the Celtic cultures, this festival includes music, song, and dance, and attracts Irish, Welch and Scottish visitors and residents of Barbados, the Caribbean and beyond. Typical events include:Haggis Nite, International Nite , Highland GamesRugby Tournament .
INTERNATIONAL FOLK FESTIVAL ENDS
"Inter-Cultural Exchange At Its Best"
People from Latin America, Brazil and other countries will join together exposing their music and culture.
BARBADOS PAN FESTIVAL 2005 BEGINS
Astrology Promotions present the 7th Annual Barbados Pan Festival.
BAJAN UNIFEST BEGINS
The 7th Annual Bajan Unifest can be described as the Ultimate University Sporting Festival. It's open to mainly Team Sports in cricket, netball, basketball, volleyball, hockey and soccer steams and supporters. This year's Festival has also attracted tennis and swimming teams. Emphasis is strictly on competitive sport and the social side of things
And many, many more coming soon on July 2005...
news for travelers
Claire Evesham - A Trip to BarbadosBarbados is addicting as you'll discover if you decide to
vacation there. You will experience the Barbadian culture,
as well as getting a sense of the cultural varieties of
West India. Just take in the nightlife, music, theater and
any other cultural events you can find and you will have an
incredible time. Go there once, and you will hardly be able
to wait until you can return.
If you are a golf lover you'll have an amazing number of
beautiful choices. The most well known are Royal
Westmoreland, Sandy Lane, and the Barbados Golf and Country
Cricket is another popular sport that you can take part in
while visiting Barbados. The national sport of Barbados
and the West Indies is cricket. Each year thousands of
people arrive in Barbados to watch the world cricket
tournaments at the famous Kingston Oval.
There are plenty of opportunities for water sports while
visiting Barbados. The beautiful, crystal clear water and
beaches will keep you outdoors in the sun for hours, going
inside only in the evening as you enjoy some of the find
dining experiences unique to Barbados. Some of the water
sports available include:
(1) snorkeling among the rocks and reef close to shore,
(2) kayaking near the shoreline,
(3) water skiing through the calming waters,
(4) wind surfing as the wind comes up,
(5) sailing in one of the many scenic coves, and
(6) boogie boarding for the more adventurous.
If you love to play in the water, you won't have time to
partake of all the water sports available in Barbados
unless you plan to take an extended holiday.
The best time of the year to visit Barbados is during
February to May when the weather is cooler and drier than
at any other time of the year. One thing that you will
have to remember is that this time is considered tourist
time and will be very busy with tourists from all over the
world. This also means that the prices of everything will
be higher than at any other time of the year.
There are a number of festivals and events happening in
Barbados year- round. The Crop-Over Festival began in
colonial times. It lasts for several weeks, starting in
July, and celebrates the sugar cane harvest. During
February, if you are there, be sure to enjoy the Holetown
Festival. This commemorates the arrival of the first
English settlers in 1627.
Other popular festivals in clued the Oistins Fish Festival
during Easter and the annual November celebration, the
National Independence Festival of Creative.
It doesn't' matter what time of year you visit Barbados, you
can rest assured that you will find plenty to do and make
you want to come back for more.
Now Barbados' number one attraction, Harrison's Cave truly is an unique experience that should not be missed during your Barbados vacation. Is the only cave in the world where running water is found along with colour crystal-like formations. The cave has large chambers, stalagmites, stalactites, lakes, streams and waterfalls.
Barbados is addicting as you'll discover if you decide to vacation there. You will experience the Barbadian culture, as well as getting a sense of the cultural varieties of West India. Just take in the nightlife, music, theater and any other cultural events you can find and you will have an incredible time. Go there once, and you will hardly be able to wait until you can return...
At this national park in northern St. Peter, across the road from the Barbados Wildlife Reserve, the imposing ruins of a plantation greathouse are surrounded by gardens and lawns, along with an avenue of towering royal palms and gigantic mahogany, whitewood, and casuarina trees. Partially rebuilt for the filming of Island in the Sun, the classic 1957 film starring Harry Belafonte and Dorothy Dandridge, the structure was later destroyed by fire. Behind the estate, there's a sweeping view of the region called Scotland for its rugged landscape.
Diving in Barbados is an unforgettable experience! The fringes and reefs found off Barbados blossom with healthy sponges, coral and plant life. There are several types of reefs, each one unique in its own special way. Wrecks form fascinating habitats for marine life and Barbados has several excellent sites for wreck diving. Carlisle Bay, with 200 reported wrecks, and the Stavronikita, located at Folkestone Marine Park, are two of the most popular sites
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