The best time to visit Barbados, for those with a marine bias is April, during the Oistins Fish Festival, held during the Easter weekend, except Easter Sunday. This festival highlights Barbados’ fishing industry,and the popular fishing town of Oistins, which is also where the Charter of Barbados was signed between the Oliver Cromwell Commonwealth Government and the opposing forces of Barbados’ colonial government, in 1652.
Activities during the Oistins Fish Festival include the popular competitions such as fish boning (filleting), fish net throwing and fish cooking.
Visit Barbados only when it’s the game fishing season, in April’s first week, there is the Barbados International Fishing Tournament. If you don’t fancy the competition then charter a fully equipped game fishing boat and go after that 500lbs plus marlin.
April is also the month for the Reggae Festival held outdoors at Farley Hill National Park, in addition to a popular beach venue and indoor venues. Local and international artists are showcased.
Come to Barbados only when throughout the month of May the car racing competitions abound.
Labour Day, May 1st, is the MUD FEST, when the Mud Dogs revel in you guessed it, mud. Set in a hill side in rural Barbados, overlooking the scenic east coast, is the site of this all day monster truck and 4X4 jeep competition. Man and machine challenge themselves against various obstacles, such as the mud pit.
Starting in May and racing into June is the Barbados Rally Carnival featuring local and international car drivers.
Many grace Barbados’ shores only when it’s Gospelfest. During the month of May one can be filled and inspired by gospel music, at a variety of outdoor and indoor venues on the island. Gospelfest features local and international artistes.
The month of May also features the Celtic Festival & International Folk Festival.
The Golf greens will attract the Tiger Woods types, between February and June to the four golfing competitions, held at well appointed international courses.
Vacation on Barbados only when you are ready for the biggest cultural event of the year, the Crop Over Festival, with heritage fairs and local music outdoor shows during May. Then from June to July things get more hectic with calypso shows and competitions. The climax of Crop Over is the Grand Kadooment, an all day parade, on the first Monday in August, of thousands of spectacular costumed revelers, dancing to the most popular calypso songs of the festival.
Visit Barbados only when between the months of April and July, the weather is warmer than the prior months; drier and sometimes breezy, and the rains are not likely to spoil outdoor activities.
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