Barbados is just settling back to normalcy after the annual motorsport frenzy that is FLOW King of the Hill and SOL Rally Barbados. Jeffrey Panton and Michael Fennel Jr. enjoyed another successful campaign as they claimed both crowns over the course of the two weekends. The Ford Focus WRC08 packing the punch needed to hold off all comers, including current WRC2 championship leader Elfyn Evans and Crag Parry in their Ford Fiesta R5 Evo.

For the cricket fans out there, there is the upcoming Hero (Caribbean Premier League) CPL T20 Cricket Tournament which will see dates in July for our Barbados Tridents at their home ground at the Kensington Oval. Many a Bajan and their fans will be hoping that the strains of DJ Bravo’s Champion song will continue to play in the Oval for the duration of the summer.

If it is music that is your thing, then you’re in luck. It’s ‘the season’. The Sweetest Summer Festival has kicked off and we’re about to go into high gear. The annual Crop Over season – Celebrating our Culture. Showcasing our Pride has kicked off with the traditional unveiling of costumes and the release of this year’s sweet calypso music. Across the island the atmosphere is an anticipatory one, as it feels like a party may just spontaneously erupt in every shop, restaurant and even banks. It is truly a season not to be missed.

As always, Barbados is still making sure that you are able to exceed your daily recommended allowances for sunshine and sea baths. The change of season means that the demands on the beach and attractions is not as much as during the high season, thus allowing you to maximise your vacation time. There are many unique attractions to entertain you and your family and fill up your days. There are a very wide range of day and moonlight cruises on everything from small catamarans to large party boats and even a pirate ship. For the landlubbers, there is always the beauty of Harrison’s Cave, Welchman Hall gully, Andromeda Botanical Gardens, the Animal Flower Cave and any amount of island tours to tickle your fancy.

Summer cuisine sees a shift to more traditional Bajan fare, and everywhere from the roadside shops to the upper ends of the fine dining spectrum will have their own interpretation of summer dishes. Because it is summer you may find some of the restaurants and attractions closed periodically and not offering the same hours as during the high season, but that also means that there may be deals to be had, so plan carefully.

While it is officially the ‘low season’ for tourists, you will want to ensure that you’ve made all of your Barbados travel arrangements for accommodation, as rooms and villas will fill up for the culmination of both the cricket and the upcoming Kadooment Day celebrations. Make the right choice for accommodation and concierge services and you’re already on the way to the vacation of a lifetime.

 

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