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Bona Fide Barbados: The Real Island Deal

by andrew August 2010 - last edited October by Moderator

Even amongst its Caribbean neighbours, Barbados is especially famed for its warm welcomes and beautiful beaches. It remains the first choice for many looking for the idyllic island getaway, but how can the adventurous, independent minded traveller find the 'real' Barbados?

 

Travel writer and editor Eva Holland has found that the genuine article is easy to find if you know how and where to look. In the second part of this post, she seeks out the unspoiled and authentic Barbados. We asked her how she came to 'discover' the island's charms…

Overlooking Bathsheba, Barbados by jenschapter3 on Flickr

Overlooking Bathsheba, Barbados by jenschapter3 on Flickr

 

 

Don’t judge an island…

"When my Dad took a job posting in Barbados, I knew next to nothing about Caribbean travel. I didn't know Barbados from Bermuda from Barbuda – and I was content to be ignorant, because, I assumed, there was nothing much in the way of authentic culture to be found in the islands anymore, anyway. It was all clogged beaches and generic all-inclusive packages – right?

Wrong. Three years and several visits later, I've come to know and love the island's food and its music, its quirky fusion of British colonial traditions with modern-day Caribbean culture, the extraordinary beauty of its beaches – both developed and wild – and the fierce local pride of its citizens.

 

Going local

The good news for travellers with only a short time on the island? My assumptions about Barbados dissolved quickly and easily. It took only a day or two of exploring for me to see how wrong I'd been. The island's local culture is readily accessible for anyone interested in seeking it out – locally-owned options and off-the-beaten-path alternatives abound for independent travellers.

 

I've been privileged to spend years falling in love with Barbados, but I suspect most visitors will manage to do the same in just a few days."

 

 

Bajan boys on Carlisle Bay pier © Ramunas Bruzas | Dreamstime.com

Bajan boys on Carlisle Bay pier © Ramunas Bruzas | Dreamstime.com

 

Eva's complete article can be seen here: Island Life: In Search of the Real Barbados.

Photos: jenschapter3 on Flickr, © Ramunas Bruzas | Dreamstime.com and © Grahamtomlin | Dreamstime.com.

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VirginAtlantic September 2010
Getaway up for grabs Published on August 26th, 2010 by Andrew Bowman Since our recent posts on Barbados and sailing round the islands, we’ve been daydreaming about the Caribbean. These island
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WhenShouldYou October 2010
to relax and enjoy their trip.Check out our recent posts on first-time sailing in the Caribbean and finding the real Barbados, or get the lowdown on New York with our Insider’s Guide.And if you’re heading towards
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IslandLifeIn March 2011
tear-drop-shaped island of Barbados they’re remarkably easy to find.Following on from her previous post on island discovery, travel writer and editor Eva Holland takes us on an in-depth tour of the
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JohnMann October 2011
We love Barbados, and when we're abroad we like to rent a car and travel around. When we first visited Barbados (with Virgin, of course) a few years ago, we found it remarkably difficult to find the places we wanted to visit - the maps weren't that good. So we decided to make a gps map of Barbados, which we eventually published last year. It's absolutely free as a download, runs on Garmin devices, and many visitors and local Barbadians wouldn't leave home without it. It's called "John Mann's BajanNav", and I hope you'll find it useful. It's all on our website at www.accu-nav.com/BajanNav/.
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JohnMann October 2011
If you'd like to search for things to do in Barbados, it's easier using our Barbados-centred search engine BajanNet.com. My wife's just been using it to find somewhere to stay durg our next visit in December, and she says it's excellent. (She may be biased!)
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jocelynknowles October 2011
love it love it, people are fantastic ,weather fantastic , the sounds ,the sights the smells ,i cant wait to go back xxx barbados
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KeithLloyd April 2012
Despite all the hype about Fridays the best night to visit Oistins is on a Monday when Mr Impact plays some sweet pan with a limbo show all gratis. For those lovers of snapper head to Martins Bay on a Thursday for a snapper that cant fit in the box and every Bajan dish you can think right on the beach just make sure you get there early (1130~1200hrs)
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BarbadosTheI April 2012
Bona Fide Barbados: The Real Island Deal
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Bazza57 June 2013

We have been to barbados a few times last trip been in 2012 , Love it so much going back this year .

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Andrew Bowman

Andrew is an occasional contributor to the Virgin Atlantic blog. He lived in the Japanese countryside for two years until he could no longer resist the pull of London's galleries, pubs and clubs. He likes to pretend he can speak Japanese and also sometimes writes about music.