Bar­ba­dos

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or those who as­pire to more than just a day spent upon palm fringed beaches and crys­tal clear wa­ters, Bar­ba­dos of­fers many gas­tro­nomic de­lights to ex­cite your ap­petite. Build­ing on its global rep­u­ta­tion as the Culi­nary Cap­i­tal of the Caribbean, the is­land has des­ig­nated 2018, as the ‘Year of Culi­nary Ex­pe­ri­ences. In a culi­nary and cul­tural fu­sion of spices and flavours, this year is all about cel­e­brat­ing Bar­ba­dos’ cui­sine, com­pli­mented by

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the in­dige­nous spirit of heart-warm­ing rum. With a quin­tes­sen­tial as­sort­ment of food-fo­cused events, mixol­ogy and cook­ing classes, Bar­ba­dos is sure to tan­ta­lise the taste buds. Dine un­der the stars or on the wa­ter’s edge at one of its ex­quis­ite restau­rants or in­dulge in lo­cal del­i­ca­cies at a rum shop or beach shack. Awarded ‘Best Des­ti­na­tion in the World’ by the Des­ti­na­tion Sat­is­fac­tion In­dex, vis­i­tors can in­dulge in lo­cal del­i­ca­cies cou cou and fly­ing fish in a year round trop­i­cal cli­mate.

FAST FACTS

Bar­ba­dos is the east­ern­most Caribbean is­land and mea­sures 21 miles long by 14 miles wide.

The cap­i­tal is B. ridgetown.

The pop­u­la­tion is around 285,000.

Bri­tish Air­ways, Vir­gin At­lantic and Thomas Cook fly there.

Ba­jan born singer Ri­hanna grew up on West­bury New Road, St. Michael, re­named Ri­hanna Drive.

KEY EVENT

Crop Over runs from June 24 to Au­gust 6 and The Bar­ba­dos Food and Rum Fes­ti­val runs from 18-21 Oc­to­ber.

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