Barbados: Through Local Eyes

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Where are you originally from?​


In one word or sentence, how do you describe your people?
Warm, Friendly, Knowledgable and loyal

On a scale of 1-10, how well does your country speak English?
English is our first language – Barbados is a former British colony.

Can you give a key phrase/word/expression that people in your country usually say?
“Lewwe lime” – Let’s hang out!

How do I say “hello/thank you/please/sorry” in your language?
We say “Good Morning”, “Good Afternoon” and “Good evening” to everyone – even when you walk in to the bank! It’s considered rude not to acknowledge people when you walk in to a space.

Are you more like laid back or party people?
Both! We are very laid back generally but we also love to party. We party especially hard during our annual carnival season, which is called Crop Over.


Best food? Weirdest food? Local food to try?
Best food is anything local! I’d suggest trying flying fish (part of our national dish) or lionfish, a piece of sugar cane and ital food (which is vegan).

Best drink? Local drink to try?
We are famous for our Mount Gay rum, so I would suggest trying Mount Gay Extra Old with a little bit of soda and ice, or our local beer, Banks. Otherwise you should try Bajan cherry juice, sorrel or mauby!

How is breakfast served in your country?
We’re not huge breakfast people, but I would suggest trying any fresh, local fruit for breakfast.


The best festival to attend?
There are so many to choose from – Crop Over (Carnival), Sailing Festival, DiveFest (Scuba diving festival) Rally festival, Horse Racing, Jazz Festival, Reggae Festival, Food & Rum Festival…to name a few!

Which sport are you guys crazy about?
Cricket, rallying (Cars), sailing and Football (soccer)!

What is the craziest thing to do in your country?
Good question! It depends on what you consider ‘crazy’ but there are quite a few unique experiences such as scuba diving wrecks, exploring caves, hiking and attending any of the ‘crazy’ parties during our Crop Over season!

What excursions and/or activities do you extremely suggest that visitors MUST do?
This also depends on what you like to do, but there are a number of unique activities that you can do such as a walking foodie tour of Bridgetown, boat cruises and a self guided island tour around the island.

Are there any local customs a visitor should be sensitive to?
Visitors should respect the wildlife! This includes not touching any animals (we have wild monkeys and sea turtles), not feeding any animals and not paying anyone to take a photo with animals.


What is/are the most surreal places/landmarks to visit?
The East Coast of Barbados is rugged, the centre of the island is lush and tropical, and beautiful and there are a number of stunning beaches along every coast. There are a number of architectural landmarks, such as beautiful old churches, plantation houses, chattel houses and one of the oldest parliaments in the world.

Can you name a place that most people have not heard of? A secret spot perhaps!
Barbados is home to the oldest synagogue in the Western Hemisphere, Nidhe Israel. The synagogue and museum were recently restored and renovated, and its one of the most beautiful historic sites I’ve ever seen. Many people don’t know the Jewish history of Barbados.

Where can visitors find the best beach?
That’s a very difficult question to answer, there are far too many! I did a blog post about the best beaches in Barbados:

If I’m staying for less than a week, which city should I choose?
Barbados is small, so you can get around quite easily. I would recommend Holetown if you’re looking for a nice hotel and the South Coast (outside of Bridgetown) for a more local experience.


In one word or sentence, how do you describe your country?

How many days at least should a visitor spend in your country?
I would say at least a week.

When is the best time to visit?
Our ‘peak’ season is November – April, so flights are cheaper between May – October.
Can you give an interesting trivia about your country? (Could be about anything!)
Barbados however has the second-highest occurrence of centenarians in the world!

What is your country’s most popular stereotype/cliché? 
You can take a Bajan out of the Barbados, but you can never take the Barbados out of a Bajan.


Are you a traveler? Which place is your favorite so far?
Yes I love to travel! My favourite countries so far have been Vietnam, China and Oman.

What’s your best travel story?
I come away from every travel experience with a heart full of stories!

Why do you love traveling? 
I travel to challenge myself, to experience new cultures and to realign with certain values that I have. Traveling is a privilege and one that I am so grateful to be able to do it so often, but travelling also makes me appreciate my home that much more and I’m always excited to come back.


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Skip to Malou is a personal lifestyle and sustainable travel blog, based in Barbados. I’m an entrepreneur feeding a passion for storytelling by blogging about island life, community impact, the ocean and collecting stamps in my passport.