If you’re a fan of Rihanna you’ve probably heard about the Barbados Crop Over festival, the country’s national holiday, which happens every year and lasts from June to August. If you’re headed to this beautiful island, you won’t want to miss the crop over celebration!
What To Do During The Crop Over Carnival In Barbados?
Crop Over is an old celebration that dates back many centuries ago when Barbados was the most important sugar producer in the world. The celebration’s beginnings took place in 1687, at a time when slavery was present in sugarcane plantations. As the name of the carnival suggests, it began as a way to celebrate the end of the sugar cane harvest.
Today, Crop Over is by far the most important event of the year in Barbados. This comes to no surprise as it welcomes over a hundred thousand people from all over the world each year. If you’re lucky enough to visit the island during this period of time, here are the top things you should do:
Go To The Bridgetown Market
The Bridgetown Market is an incredible street fair, which is held on the last weekend of the carnival. The market spreads over the entire Spring Garden Highway and is filled by plenty of colorful kiosks. There, you will find many local products, such as clothing, jewelry, art, food, and drinks. You will also enjoy live entertainment like stilt walkers, soca music, local bands, dancers and the Barbados Landship.
Celebrate At The Crop Over Parties
There are a variety of parties organized during the carnival such as boat parties, breakfast fetes, cooler fetes, the Foreday Morning party, etc. Put your dancing shoes on and get ready to have the time of your life. The drinks will be flowing and live performances will keep you dancing to the rhythm. Make sure to buy tickets to the parties you want to attend at least 1 month in advance.
Don’t Miss The Big Crop Over Weekend
This is the last weekend of the festival, which features some of the biggest and most exciting events of the Crop Over festival. It is one of the local’s and visitor’s favorite part of the carnival. It ends with the Grand Kadooment, the climax of the festival, a carnival parade that fills the streets with Masquerade Bands and people wearing bright colorful costumes ornated with feathers and jewels.
The Pic-O-De-Crop (POC) Calypso Competition
The POC is a world-renowned musical show where musicians compete for the Calypso Monarch title, a highly sought after local music award. You’ll be sure to have fun and experience first hand Barbados’ calypso tradition!
Cohobblopot is one of the most exciting events from the carnival where some of the best bands from Barbados and the Caribbean come to play in a carnival-like show. It features dance performances as well as delicious local food and drinks. You’ll be able to witness the king and queen of the Mas Bands parade and the Kadooment bands exhibiting their elaborate and impressive costumes.
Eat Like A Local
A trip to Barbados is not complete if you don’t try all the incredible food the island has to offer. Whatsmore, Crop Over is the best time of the year to indulge in local delicacies as there are many stalls serving delicious local meals.
Being an island, Barbados is famous for its seafood, so you have to try their fishcakes and fried flying fish. Other delicious Barbados treats include its macaroni pie and pudding n’ souse. Don’t forget to try the Barbadian rum and drink some Bajan Rum Punch as you dance to the beat of the music!
Where to stay in Barbados?
It is best to stay in areas that are easily accessible by transportation, which are close to nice beaches and where you can easily get good food and drinks. Most of the activities of the Crop Over will take place in Bridgetown. However, if you don’t want to be at the center of it, other great areas to stay in are Dover Beach, Hastings, Rockley, Needhams Point, and Worthing.
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Silver Sands Beach Villa
Located right by the beach, this villa has 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. You’ll love this villa because of the views and the location. You’re just a short 20-minute ride away from Bridgetown!
This villa is spacious (3,400 sq) and flooded with natural light. Thanks to its modern decor, open plan living, a private plunge pool, the villa has a true loft style feeling. It can comfortably sleep up to six people.
Bliss is a comfortable and cozy, private bedroom with two single beds that can also be joined to make a king-size bed. It is perfect for couples or for a pair of friends. It has an en suite bathroom is located in a lovely private residence. It’s only about 20 minutes away from the capital by car!
Apes Hill Polo Villa
This beautifully decorated 3 Bedroom 3 bathroom Duplex Villa next to the Apes Hill Polo Club is ideal for a quiet and peaceful getaway from the daily hustle and bustle. It’s a short car ride away from Bridgetown!
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