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HIKING AND WALKING TRAILS

Barbados has some of the finest beaches in the world which are the ideal place for water activities and sports. However, Barbados also has some of the finest hiking trails through the exotic landscape. Accompanied by a stunning backdrop and the perfect climate, hikers would gain the most memorable experience. 

A walking tour is one of the most enjoyable ways for both professional hikers and visitors to discover the beauty of the landscape, from lush forests to flawless beaches. Additionally, you’ll get to learn about the rich culture of the island and its fascinating history.

To find the most popular hiking in Barbados, visitors should check with Hike Barbados, a group sponsored by the Barbados National Trust. They have the best weekly hiking tour which runs through the less developed, yet wild and rugged east coast of Barbados. The trail is packed with ancient, dramatic rock formations, cliffs and beaches pounded by the Atlantic – such a perfect option for either relaxing strolls along beaches or through lush botanical gardens to trickier but rewarding hill climbs or cross-country rambles.

For beginners, there also hiking trails best fit them which run through flatter scenic terrain and along footpaths, tracks and paved roads with little or no climbing involved. This tour offers an excellent experience which get hikers to explore either the villages and historic districts of Barbados, or the wilder side of the island, Cove Bay, Chalk Mountain. On the pathway cutting through Barclays Park, hikers will get to see the stunning views of the Cattlewash area, idyllic beaches and spectacular rugged coasts. No matter you want to relax or exercise, the stunning landscape views and the local wildlife would still be the perfect fits. 

So, the next time you visit Barbados, remember to pack trainers and some hiking tools with you.

Snuba: The great form of diving in the Caribbean islands (Part 1)

Snuba is basically scuba diving without a tank on its back; It’s a great way to get introduced to the sport and overcome any initial fears you might have about diving.

Snuba’s official slogan is “Go Beyond Snorkeling”, and it is an appropriate description of the experience that falls into the situation between snorkeling and scuba diving. Like snorkeling and scuba diving, you’re wearing a diving mask. However, instead of a snorkel, you have an adjustment in your mouth, as with scuba. But you don’t carry your own oxygen supply – the tanks are kept on a float and the surface, and the air is pumped through the pipe for your adjustment. No wetsuit is needed, either.

For my money, this is the best alternative for scuba out there. The introductory course takes only 15 minutes, you don’t need to be certified, and have a minimum amount of gear to fuss with. If you’ve never done scuba before, the biggest mental challenge will probably be used to breathe through things.

The first time I did Snuba – in Little Bay, St Maarten, with Blue Bubbles – I had a moment of panic when I lowered my head into the water until I realized I didn’t have to dive and I could spend time space to relax and breathe while I’m still paddling on the surface near the buoy. Then it was great – the first time I got the thrill of diving into the water (don’t forget to turn on the ear to reduce the pressure) like the divers I always envied when I was diving above.

Snuba prices change from Destination but relatively inexpensive in Cozumel – a lot for the experience you get. Anyone ages 8 and can Snuba, and there is also a special program “Snuba Doo” for young children.

Thoroughbred Horse Racing in Barbados

Although horse racing is not usually associated with the Caribbean but Great Britain, the “sport of kings” is very popular in Barbados which is home to one of the oldest race tracks in the Americas – The Garrison Savannah and the most famous races – Barbados Turf Club on the outskirts of the city of Bridgetown.

Among numerous events, the Turf Club organizes the best with three meets per year that present an elegant atmosphere of Caribbean flavor and British charm, attaching race enthusiasts to witness horses at their best. Horse racing in Barbados dates back to the time it was part of the British empire since 1845. 

If you have a chance to visit Barbados, you must watch horse racing. Even if you don’t know much about the horses, you will be thrilled by the electric atmosphere, good food, and a flutter if you wish to indulge.

Here are the most important races on the Barbados racing calendar:

The Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup

The Barbados Gold Cup is the most popular horse race in the Southern Caribbean that is organized annually on the first Saturday in March each year since 1982. This race requires contestants to race over a turf course at a distance of 1,800 meters on horse age three or older. Spectators coming from all over the world to this event is treated to top quality races. Horses in this race are top quality, owned by the world’s leading investors in thoroughbred racing. Furthermore, audiences are treated with delectable food, live music while witnessing a Gold Cup Parade. 

The Barbados Triple Crown

The 1st leg – The Banks Barbados Guineas occurs in April.

The 2nd leg – The Pinnacle Feeds Midsummer Creole Classic is organized in July, and

The 3rd leg – The United Insurance Barbados Derby occurs in August.

Caribbean Region Travel Guide For Statia (St. Eustatius) (Part 2)

Statia hotel and resort

Selecting a hotel on Statia is quite simple, as there are only five to choose from: The Country Inn with six rooms in a garden; seaside, 20 rooms Golden Era Hotel; Kings Well resort with dozens of villas and views of Oranje Bay; The old Gin Ginx workshop, built of bricks, bears the shape of a ship and is surrounded by tropical gardens; and Statia Lodge, with 19 private residences set between an inactive volcano and the Caribbean.

Statia Holiday Rentals

Statia is hardly a culinary destination like St. Barths are nearby, but the restaurants plus dozens of islands include some interesting options. Premium dining is usually limited to hotels like Kings Well and Old Gin House, but don’t miss Ocean View Terrace, located in the courtyard of the Government Guest House overlooking Oranje Fort.

Most restaurants are casual and the choices include burgers, pizzas, local cuisine and some incredible Chinese restaurants. Smoke Alley Bar and Grill is a restaurant and an outdoor beach bar; Blue Bead Bar and restaurant in Lower Town Oranjestad are famous for Italian and French cuisine.

Statia Culture and History

Now considered a sleepy outpost, Statia was once one of the busiest islands – and most fought in the Caribbean. Island ownership had changed at least 22 times during the battle of control between the Netherlands and Spain, and Statia’s busy port was also the main pipeline for the American colonies as they fought the British in the war. revolutionary paintings. After more than 150 years of declining fortunes, Statia began developing its tourism infrastructure in the 1960s and 1970s.

Statia Events and Festivals

Carnival, held annually on Statia since 1964, is the highlight of the island’s festival calendar, held over a period of two weeks each July and early August. Statia-America Day is Nov. 16, recognized the fact that St. Eustatius was the first country on Earth to recognize the independence of the United States. Other major holidays include the Queen’s Birthday (April), Liberation Day (July) and Antillean Day (October 30).

Statia nightlife

Statia is not a party destination, so you’ll find that the nightlife here is usually limited to hotel lounges and some bars. The Smoke Alley Bar and Grille on Gallows Bay, an outdoor bar on the beach, is probably your best bet for a classic Caribbean experience.

Visit Barbados – Paradise Island in Carribean Sea

The Carribean Sea, with its amazingly beautiful blue sea, is always one of the top choices for travelers looking for a place full of sunshine and waves.

As soon as we arrive here, we will feel a relaxed, gentle and free atmosphere. The indigenous people are very peaceful and friendly. They usually do everything in a relaxed rhythm.

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If you are used to their way of life, you will find it extremely comfortable – the comfort seems to be everything in Barbados. In the early morning, you are usually awakened at 11:25, instead of 8, or 9 or 10 like anywhere else in the world.

This island has all you can imagine about a “tropical paradise”: coconut, hummingbirds, rainforest, blue sea and sand beaches stretching for miles.

However, if you think you will find yourself a long deserted sand beach, you will be disappointed, because all of them are common. Coastal hotels have their own private beach, guarded by security guards – which means you can sunbathe without worrying about being disturbed by people street vendors.

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Barbados is a small island but not without beautiful scenery. A trip around the island will help you discover it, and the places you should visit are: Harrison Caves, Rum Winery and flower gardens or rainforest. But surely you will never want to be away from the sea and the best activities in Barbados are associated with water.

Feeding sea turtles is an interesting but very cheap activity that hotels often organize for tourists. If you want to try something more special, you can join a boat trip on the sea or fish in deep water.

If you want to explore the Caribbean environment below 150 feet of water, you can take a cruise on the Atlantis submarine. This trip promises an unprecedented experience.

Caribbean Region Travel Guide For Statia (St. Eustatius) (Part 1)

St. Eustatius, or Statia, is described as a sleepy corner of the Caribbean, although the historic island is at the center of the action as English, French, Dutch and Spanish fought to control it. Caribbean. “The Golden Rock” is one of the last great destinations where you can enjoy the taste of the old Caribbean, a comfortable island with flashy attractions but plenty of great natural habitats. great, well preserved and aplenty history.

Basic tourist information of Statia

Location: Part of Netherlands, located in Leeward Islands near St. Martin / Maarten, Saba and St. Barths.

Size: 8.1 square miles.

Investment capital: Oranjestad

Languages: Dutch, English, Spanish

Religions: Seventh-day Adventists, Methodists, Roman Catholics, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Bahai Faith, Baptist, Anglican, Apostolic, Pentecostal, and World Beliefs

Currency: Antillean Guilder; The US dollar is also widely accepted.

Phone/Area code: 599.

Tipping: 15%; Service charge includes at the hotel.

Weather: Arid tropical sea; The storm threatens from July to November.

Airport: FD Roosevelt Airport (Test Flight). Most flights originate from St Maarten; There is also regular ferry service from the nearby Caribbean island of the Netherlands.

Things to Do in Statia

Diving is a major attraction in Statia thanks to its unique blend of warm water, healthy coral reefs, abundant shipwrecks and underwater volcanic landscapes. St. Marine Park Eustatius is part of Statia’s diverse ecotourism services, which also include an inactive volcano, a rainforest shelter and an extensive trail system. History buffs will find plenty to love about Statia, including the 1629 Fort Oranje Training Workshop, the Old Town in Oranjestad, and the Lynch Plantation Museum.

Statia Beach

Statia is not really a beach destination, but there is a trio of beaches that can swim on the island: Oranje Beach on tranquil Caribbean waters with beige and black sand, while Zeelandia Beach is a secluded strip on the Atlantic side of the island, water and a dangerous commitment.

Therefore, more suitable for private sunbathing than swimming (in fact, swimming is explicitly prohibited on some). Lynch Beach, also on the Atlantic Ocean, is a small beach with shallow water that is best suited for shore bathing.

Football Curacao – tulips from the Caribbean Islands

CONCACAF is an acronym for the North Central American Football Association and the Caribbean, which is made up of three regions, and the weight of football is also different. In Central America, football is the breath of the people with traditional sport backgrounds like Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica.

In North America, baseball and basketball dominate, while the influence of British culture makes cricket a symbol of the Caribbean Islands. And in Curacao, baseball is considered the national soul, the national spirit of sports lovers, when they are proud to witness many legends once famous at the American professional baseball tournament.

Bacuna - từng nổi danh trong màu áo Aston Villa - là cái tên sáng giá nhất của tuyển Curacao hiện tại. 

Amidst the windy beaches of the Caribbean, few people pay attention to the football of this land until one day in 2014, when the legendary Patrick Kluivert returned to his motherland with the goal of heading to the World Cup.

With a population of about 159,000 people, Curacao is tiny in the Atlantic. They are not a nation, but a Dutch territory that was created in 2010 after Antilles, the autonomous nation was abolished. Geographically and politically, Curacao has many similarities to Surinam, another Dutch territory, and is influenced by every aspect of life and culture of this country.

Football is influenced the same way. Surinam’s children like Ruud Gullit, Frank Rijkaard or Virgil van Dijk have been helping the team create a foothold. The Curacao bloodline also has an impact on Dutch football, though to a lesser extent with Leroy Fer, Vurnon Anita or Tahith Chong. With such a young formation history, Curacao football is still strange to fans.

“See everything as a party for fun and comfort,” Leandro Bacuna – the brightest talent of Curacao – said before the stage of the competition with Jamaica in the 2017 Gold Cup, the first major tournament of football. Curacao in history.

Like most of the squad that year, Bacuna was born and absorbed the football culture from the Netherlands. If you regularly follow the Premier League, it will not be difficult to realize that Bacuna has played for Aston Villa. Similarly, Cuco Martina, the other big name in the squad, played for Cardiff City in the second half of last season.

Cricket in Jamaica

In the past, Cricket in Jamaica was considered a sport played by the elite of British colonialism. It is also the very first British game played in Jamaica only by the upper classes. Today, the rules of the game remain the same technically and socially in which teams are divided into “gentlemen” and “players,” with their very own locker room.
Cricket was a game that exemplified English reserve, the social structure of the game shows how the appearance of propriety and manners remain critical to the game. Jamaicans from all social backgrounds start to play the game, and overtime, it is thriving to become the most popular sport throughout the Caribbean at all socio-economic levels.
Jamaica has produced many of the world’s best cricketeers and cricket team including the West Indies as the best in the world. They also built the largest and best known cricket stadiums in the Caribbean – the Sabina Park in Kingston – with the total capacity of 12,000 seatings.
Cricket is a popular spectator sport which consistently draw large audiences coming to cheer their favorite teams. The West Indies began playing in 1928 and compete in international competition. In 1935, the team won the first test series which is played over five days, with each round lasting about seven hours.

In 1950, there was the biggest change in the game when the team won a series victory and started to play at international level. From the 1960s to the 1980s, cricket continues to be popular throughout Jamaicans and the West Indies team was the leader in the world of cricket.
Some of the most famous Caribbean cricket players are Michael Holding, Courtney Walsh, Jeffrey Dujon, Alfred Valentine, Jackie Hendricks, Collie Smith, Lawrence Rowe, Allan Rae, Maurice Foster, Jimmy Adams, Robert Samuels and George Headley whi is arguably Jamaica’s most famous cricket star in 1930s.

Scuba Diving in the Caribbean (Part 3)

While snorkeling and scuba diving are two very different activities which occur in very different locations in most cases, the Caribbean islands can offer both snorkelers and divers the perfect sports for both activities.

You might wonder what are the different between the two; and here it is. The fundamental difference between them is the location of snorkelers and divers in the water. While snorkelers float on the surface so that he can breathe through a snorkel, divers with their air tanks on their backs explore the ocean’s depths.

Sites with Sights

The Caribeean islands has plenty of amazing sites available for both divers and snorkelers such as coral reefs, volcanic vents, and old shipwrecks and underwater formations. Of course, deep dive sites can always offer more incredible sights to behold. In these places, you can enjoy the fun with the whole family as diving and snorkeling are fun for all ages; but of course, depending on the ages of the children, you must choose an appropriate form of activity.

The Cayman Islands Diving

Although the majority of popular sites for both snorkeling and diving require a boat ride, there are still something just offshore to spark your interest such as colorful fish, rays, and anemones close to land. Many of the sites in Carribean island are world-famous.

The Virgin Islands National Park and Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge are popular as both snorkeling and diving locations with locations like Trunk Bay and Leinster Bay Beach which are great spots for snorkelers; and Cane Bay Beach with spectacular wall dive can amzed both divers and snokerlers. You can also visit the islands’ reefs which have plenty of brain and elk coral that grow to amazing sizes and colorful fish, crustaceans, and sponges.

The Cayman and Virgin Islands are just two among various other popular areas to snorkel and dive.  Throughout the Caribbean, there are still plenty of other locations such as Dominica which is famous for its volcanic vents, waters bubble like warm champagne offshore from the city of Scott’s Head; Turks and Caicos with the the Caicos bank homes to corals, sponges, and sea animals along 6000 feet vertical drop-offs; Biminis with shipwrecks, black coral gardens, shallow shoals, and blue holes; Puerto Rico surrounded by a continental shelf, underwater caves and Jamaica are home to several marine parks, including one in Negril and Montego Bay.

Scuba Diving in the Caribbean (Part 2)

Diving at Coral Reef Sites

Among the diverse underwater ecosystems of the Caribbean, there are some prime breeding grounds for coral which is extremely beautiful, and are a home for many colorful marine creatures. Thus, it is understandable that divers love spending time exploring these reefs. Among various Caribbean island, divers and snorkeler would be amazed with the coast of Belize with the second largest coral reef system in the world, the wonderful waters of marina parks on Bonaire and the coral gardens teeming with fish on Curacao.

Diving from Dive Resorts

If you’re looking for convenient while spending a lot of time under water, the Caribbean island has a wide range of dive resort with on-site dive operation. Divers can book a package that includes meals, equipment, guided excursions, and the only thing that divers have to worry about is diving.

Diving for Marine Life

Throughout the Caribbean, there are various unique offerings that exist such as the Antigua’s calm waters and plentiful marine life make it an attractive snorkeling and diving destination, or the coral reefs with a specific type of fish that are so popular among swimmers. These destinations are best known for their great underwater environments and the majestic habitats such as n sharks, sting rays, dolphins, or more vibrantly colored fish.

Diving from the Shore

Shore diving destination allows divers to access great underwater locations directly from land, which is among the most popular types in the Caribbean. Although, divers should be aware that while they are often expensive and physically demanding.

Palm Beach Diving

Many divers are excited to explore the haunting and yet somehow magical wreck sites of ships in the underwater world. These vessels could be purposely sunk to encourage the development of a new coral reef system, while others were sunk under tragic circumstances. Some of the destinations that divers can explore including Martinique, St. Eustatius, Tortola, Aruba, Antilla, California, Jane Sea, and Pedernales.