(calm music) – So I love Barbados, especially the food.
But the coolest thingis that every morning, the racehorses ofBarbados are brought down to the ocean for baths and because the saltwaterrelaxes their muscles.
And anyone can go and join.
You simply show up alittle bit before sunrise.
There're usually a fewtourists there, a few locals, and you can just hang out inthe water with the horses.
Coolest morning ever.
And it's right outsidethe gates of The Hilton so if you're staying at The Hilton, it's a couple minutes from your room.
I loved it, I'd go backjust for the horses again.
– I was 23 the firsttime I went to Barbados and it was my first properforeign expensive holiday.
There was six of us and wehad saved for a long time to be able to go.
And we were so excited but I think mixed with theexcitement was this fear that maybe it wouldn'tcompare to the picture we had in our imaginations of the Caribbean.
But it didn't disappoint, it was incredible.
It was the most amazing twoweeks of eating flying fish and roti and drinking Mount Gay rum, probably too much of it, and partying with thelocals in St Lawrence Gap.
And the beaches and the seaand it was just incredible.
And the six of us are still friends and we still talk about that holiday.
And I think it's the holidaywe compare other holidays to.
And we probably don't sayit very loud or very often but I don't think anything has come close.
I think the Caribbean, and particularly Barbados, is just somewhere that'sgood for the soul.
– My favorite memoryfrom Barbados is the time that I was walking acrossto a restaurant for dinner and just as I crossed the road, I noticed a baby turtlein the gutter of the road.
He'd obviously gottenturned around from the beach and gone towards theroad instead of the sea.
So I picked him up and I broughthim back over to the beach and there were luckily volunteers on the beach collecting the baby turtles to bring to a safe placeto release them, so yeah, I tucked him in with, I guess, his brothers and sisters and it was just the mostmagical experience ever.
I didn't take a photo or anything.
I was just so obsessed withthis little baby sea turtle in my hand.
So, so cute.
Something that you'd neverget to do anywhere else.
So, yeah, magical.
– I went to Barbados back in 2008 primarily to watch theAustralia versus West Indies test match that was on at that time.
And it was just so much fun from the infamous party stand and then, on subsequent days, justsitting in the normal Stadium with the normal people from Barbados.
It was just so much fun to do something that seemed like a typical event there while watching some cricket.
– I particularly loved St Nicholas Abbey which is in the center of the island.
And one side it looks downtowards the Atlantic Ocean and on the other to the Caribbean Sea.
Both with their verydistinctive coastlines.
St Nicholas Abbey wasactually a sugar plantation and it was built back 360 years ago and it details life on a plantation and their celebrations, theirparties, their Crop Overs.
And it's a wonderful record of what life would have been like.
I must say something thathas always stuck with me was, in the kitchen, they had this framed pages from a record book of theslaves who worked there in 1822.
The most valuable being 150 pounds and the least valuable, alittle girl of 6 called Mimbo who was worth five shillings.
That always stuck with me.
That, and the fireflies atsunset and the fabulous food.
It's a great place.
– This is Kerwin, and Iwent to Barbados last year, I think it was October, it was.
Had an amazing time.
Best thing about Barbadosis its people and the food.
Also had a really, reallygood time at an area called Animal Flower Cove.
That's probably not the right name but if you go all the way up to the north and you get to Animal Flower Cave, just walk around that area.
It's amazing, the landscapeis just beautiful.
There's the blowholes of water coming up.
I love Barbados.
– Barbados, one of the mostbeautiful places on this planet.
Why do I love it? Well, the crystal blue waters, that beautiful soft, white sand, all the water sports, jet skiing, snorkeling, just lazing by the pool, lazing by the beach, enjoying the local markets, enjoying the local people and of course the food.
So when I'm back here duringthe winter reminiscing, what do I do? I come to my littleshebeen here in my home and I look up my bar, and I pick down the best andfinest rum from Barbados, XL Mount Gay, wow.
What do I do? I just simply pour myself alovely glass of rum and coke, and just dream and dream and dream about the lovely days which I have spent in the beautiful Barbados.
Barbados, you cannot beat it.
And, of course, you cannotbeat the rum and coke.
So this is what I do every so often.
I sit back and I go, “To mynext vacation in Barbados.
” Cheers, enjoy.
– I done talked the truthabout King Bubba and Barbados.
♪ I got a job that I don't like ♪ ♪ They want me to work the whole night ♪ ♪ I'm so fed up with this(blowing a raspberry) ♪ ♪ And I'm flying for the whole night ♪ ♪ They don't wanna give me no time ♪ ♪ But I know I'm not missing this ♪ Meet you on the road forCrop Over, Foreday Morning and Grand Kadooment.
And tell them Bandana Man sent you.
– If you're looking fora little bit of paradise, then Barbados is one ofthe best destinations you can choose from as a traveler.
But I just wanted togive you a little tip, if you can tear yourself awayfrom the white sand beaches and the crystal clear waterfor just a day or two, then head inside to theinterior of the island and look for the little rum shops that you'll find there.
They are the epicenterof culture on the island and you will see a wholedifferent side to Barbados.
– I have some great memoriesof my trip to Barbados.
It's over 20 years ago since I was there but I remember it so well.
We hired a little moke, a tiny little car, and drove all around the island and I was really struck by the contrast of the surfy east coast, the lively south coast and then the Caribbean Sea on the west.
It's such a diverse littleisland but it's fabulous.
Another highlight for me was dining in The Cliff restaurantwhere it's a torchlit cliff with stingrays swimming as you're dining, incredible food, and yeah, it was one ofthe most amazing settings I can remember.
I would go back toBarbados in a heartbeat.
– My favorite memories ofBarbados have to be the minibuses, particularly taking the onesover to Oistin's Fish Fry on a Friday night, and they are absolutelyheaving with people.
Every time they stop, there's a huge fuss as people climb over eachother to get in and out.
And some of them are literallylike mobile night clubs, they're fantastic, with strobe lighting andbig sounds, big sounds.
So, for me personally, actually my bestest thing on Barbados was unique to me because I'm a specialistand it's my specialty.
I managed to find the Space gun.
It was a 1960's project todeliver small satellites into space from a gun.
The Canadians and theAmericans picked Barbados 'cause it was close to the Equator and if you go to the tourist office, they may be able to put youin touch with the army base which it's on, which is just on the edge, just under the ridge where the airport is and they'll take you outthere and you can see it.
It is enormous.
It's rusting now.
But it was amazinglyspectacular when it was used, and very successful.
– Well I've been to Barbados many times but the most memorabletrip I ever did was a long, long time ago when I workedin Heathrow at Terminal 4 with the world's favorite airline, where I finished an early shift, straight onto a 747and across to Barbados.
We had six hours in Barbados.
We went out on the Jolly Roger, back for something to eat and then we were pouredback on the aircraft where we all slept, straightback and in for an early shift the following morning.
– My favorite Barbados momentis of walking the few steps from my hotel room, it was alovely hotel on the west coast, to the beach.
And I would wait until everyoneelse had left for the day and just as the sun was about to set, I'd have a dip in the ocean.
It was surreal.
It was blissful.
I still think about it many years later.
And when it came time forme to leave the island, I really didn't want to go.
I'd fallen totally in love with it.
And I really think it's time I go back.
– My favorite memory is on a cruise stop.
I was on an eleven nightSouthern Caribbean cruise with my best friend, Jacinta, a few years ago.
And it was onboard Celebrity Equinox but we stopped off in Barbados and the first thing thathits you is this warm feeling of Caribbean music, the atmosphere, the colours but most of all, thefriendliness of the people there.
Beaches are amazing, everything.
So we met this guy, he was a driver.
He brought us around the island.
He brought us around, showed us the sites, brought us to Sandy Lane, brought us to the most beautiful, the oldest church inBarbados called Saint James.
It was absolutely beautifulinside, really picturesque.
And then we went up asfar as this beautiful, it was up in themountaintop, makeshift bar so we went in and of coursewe had to try the Banks Beer.
Nobody twisted our arm.
I would have to say Barbadoshas just everything, has the most beautifulbeaches, fabulous weather, really, really friendly people, and I will be back.
It won't be my last visit and I would highly recommendanybody to give it a visit.
– My top five reasonsto going to Barbados is, number one, their Food andRum Festival is phenomenal.
And speaking of rum, thesecond thing you can do is go to Mount Gay Rum, they offera tour of their distillery.
And along with gettingthe history and learning how rum is made, youcan do a little tasting.
Number three, definitely the beaches.
They are open to the public.
They are safe.
Number four, you can takea catamaran excursion out on the water.
Beautiful, crystal blue.
Definitely clear, you'll love it.
Number five, it's definitely the culture.
There's a lot of history.
Did you know that GeorgeWashington actually came here? You can't go wrong sodefinitely check it out.
– I visited Barbados a couple years ago as part of an island hoppingtrip in the Caribbean.
And I went there specifically because Bridgetown is a UNESCO-listed city and I collect the UNESCO sites.
My greatest surprise was thatthere are over 365 churches so you can visit a differentchurch every day of the year.
And what I also liked isthat I went on a sailing trip and I could see some turtles that I have never, everseen so close in my life.
Look at that one.
– Hey, you guys.
Kim here with Stuffed Suitcase.
And I remember Barbados well.
I mostly remember the sunsets.
I had some amazing sunsets there.
I remember one night, in particular, we were at The Hilton Barbados and there's a point called Needham's Point and there's these old cannons that are from an old fort that was there, and that night, we had themost spectacular sunset.
The sky was just amazing.
It was full of yellows andreds and purples and blues, and all of us justcongregated there, took time.
Everything was quiet and we just watched nature put on a show.
So, definitely remember Barbadosfor their amazing sunsets and I look forward to returning.
– Hi, it's Jane andDuncan from To Travel Too.
– Hi, everyone.
A wonderful memory aboutBarbados is going down to the beach at sunsetand enjoying the time with the locals.
A must-see is to take aday trip around the island.
And recommendations, well, we've got so many but take a Bajan food tour.
And make sure you take adegustation Mount Gay tour.
And, a tip if we had one.
– Stay longer.
– Well, Barbados has definitely become one of my favorite islands.
If you're going for the first time, I would recommend, for sure, that you take an all-inclusive holiday.
I think that makes a lot of sense.
And don't be afraid to go out.
The people in Barbados are so friendly.
Safe island, in my opinion.
And to take an excursion, Iwould recommend Cool Runnings, which is this excursion on acatamaran along the west coast of the island.