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Things To Do in Barbados

Alex and I go on most of our trips together as a couple; however, because of our work schedules and random opportunities that arise, we do occasionally travel without the other. This was the case when I went to Barbados with my Dad. He had the opportunity to go and invited me to tag along with him for a few days. I had an amazing time and feel like I got a great introduction to this fascinating island. Here are some of the things that I got to enjoy and would suggest including in any Barbados itinerary:

Go See a Show

This actually happened while eating dinner at our hotel. We went into the restaurant expecting a late night meal, and were pleasantly surprised by the show that followed. From folk dancing to fire limbo, and a stellar performance of “Rolling in the Deep” by an undiscovered singer, this show was honestly spectacular. It was interesting, interactive, and just so much fun. If you have the chance to see a show like this in Barbados, I would highly recommend it!

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See the Concorde

Even if you aren’t an aviation enthusiast, I guarantee this will be an interesting stop! The Concorde is housed in a hangar located right next to the airport. Not only can you see it up close and learn about the Concorde’s history, but you can also step right inside and feel what it was like to be on a flight. We got to walk through the plane, sit in the seats, visit the cockpit, and listen to a takeoff. Kids and adults alike would have a great time here.

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Visit Mount Gay Rum Distillery

What’s a trip to the Caribbean without rum? Mount Gay Rum offers a distillery tour, a rum bar, and a retail store in one convenient location. My Dad and I were a bit short on time and could not make the tour, however we did shop in the store and sat down at the bar to enjoy a drink. Not being of much a drinker myself, I wasn’t sure what to order, but the bartenders were incredibly nice and offered to create a special cocktail just for me. It was made with rum and peach schnapps, so I decided to name my drink the “Princess Peach”.

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Eat at Oistin’s Fish Fry

If you are here on a Friday night, make sure you don’t miss out on Oistin’s Fish Fry…it’s THE place to be for tourists and locals alike. Enjoy fresh seafood, good music, and interesting company! There are dozens of vendors serving food and the seats are all cafeteria style, so expect to make new friends. The food is the main attraction, but people also come here to dance, play games, socialize, and be merry!

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Be on the lookout for my next post: “Things To Do in Barbados, Part Two”, including:

  • Barbados Wildlife Reserve
  • Harrison’s Cave
  • Catamaran Tour
  • Snorkeling

Hawaiian Luaus

Luaus are a “can’t miss” opportunity if you have the chance to go to Hawaii. They give you a fantastic introduction to Hawaiian food, music, and culture. Yes, they can be incredibly cheesy, but I guarantee you will have fun. Even the cynical and cantankerous Anthony Bourdain once admitted that he had a great time going to one.

So what does a luau consist of? Basically, great food and a great show. We attended one in Maui, but luaus are very similar no matter where you go. I went to one in Oahu nearly 10 years ago, and not much has changed since then. Since Hawaii thrives on tourism, I’ve found that most places are pretty consistent when it comes to delivering the “authentic” Hawaiian experience.

You will find that the food at a luau is typically served buffet style. Before serving the main dish of pork, everyone gathers around an underground pit, called an imu, where the pig has been cooking. It’s a very interesting presentation, and I’d imagine a bit disturbing to young children who might wonder why a pig is being shoveled out of the ground for consumption. Nonetheless, it’s those same children who stand at the front to watch.

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Aside from the pork, the buffet offers chicken, rice, sweet potatoes, and poi. Poi is the grey “pudding” that only Hawaiians seem to like. It’s made from the taro plant and, in my opinion, tastes like clay. Drinks are found in abundance: you can choose from various alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages. I also can’t forget about the dessert, which was my favorite part of the buffet. We had guava cake, pineapple upside-down cake, and haupia, which is a soft jello-type dessert made from coconut milk. In case you are wondering, yes, I did treat myself a slice of each!

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As the sun sets and you are finishing your meal, the show begins. We get to watch as performers showcase a variety of traditional Polynesian dances, including hula, fire, and stick dances.

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Most luaus have an interactive portion during the night. At our luau, the host of the show asked about the Honeymooners, and invited the grooms to come up on stage and perform a dance for their new brides. Since we came here on our Honeymoon, my dear husband is featured 4th from the left in the picture below!

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After this “Honeymoon dance”, other people were welcome to come on stage and try their hand at hula dancing. As you can see, it was the funniest part of the show as the guys up on stage tried in vain to circle their hips properly.

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Overall, luaus are a great way to spend an evening in Hawaii. The food is copious (not to mention delicious) and the show itself is interesting, impressive, and at times hilarious!