February 3, 2006, Newsletter Issue #2: The Local Flare of Barbados

Tip of the Week

Perhaps you are someone who enjoys the local color and traditions when you embark on a Caribbean vacation. If you are visiting Barbados, you should consider traveling there during one of their many festivals.

February brings the Holetown Festival which commemorates the first settlement in Barbados, in 1627. It is celebrated with historical lectures, fashion shows, an antique car parade, street parade, and other exhibitions and concerts. This is a family friendly festival and what better time to get away from the US than February?

The fish festival, a springtime event held in town of Oistins, celebrates the local fishing industry with music, dancing, and a lot of great food. There is also a fish boning competition and a grease pole contest.

The summer brings the Crop Over which begins with the delivery of the last canes of the sugar crop and is five fun filled and raucous weeks of celebration. Crop Over is much more like a traditional Carnivale, so if you want to party, this is when to go to Barbados.

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