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Barbados Independence

Plombagine Cottage is the perfect accommodation for Barbados Independence. Sitting midway between Holetown and Speightstown, this self-catering vacation rental is the ideal place to experience Bajan culture on the Barbados west coast. Prices for this villa start at US $175.00 per night, plus fees and taxes.

Barbados Independence Traditions

Barbados became an independent nation on 30th November 1960. Every year, Barbadians commemorate Independence Day with a wide range of festive activities and traditions. Some of the activities take place during the entire month of November.

Visitors to Barbados will observe many roundabouts and government buildings illuminated with the colours of the Barbados flag: blue, gold and black. In fact, many businesses sponsor a roundabout for the month of November.

The National Independence Festival of Cultural Arts (NIFCA) showcases the artistic talents of participants which include school groups, dancers, local poets, folk singers and others. In addition, there is also an art exhibition. Visitors can contact the National Cultural Foundation to purchase tickets for NIFCA.

Conkies are part of the Barbados Independence tradition. This is a delicacy made of cornmeal, pumpkin, sweet potato, raisins and grated coconut, enveloped and steamed in banana leaves. The preparation and sharing of conkies is a tradition which many Bajans look forward to around Independence Day. Many restaurants also sell conkies for Independence.

Accommodation for Barbados Independence

Celebrated on November 30th, Barbados Independence falls during the tourist high season.  Plombagine Cottage usually sells out early for the high season.  If you are considering booking Plombagine Cottage as your accommodation for Barbados Independence, it is best to secure your dates while they are still available.

Christmas in Barbados

Book Plombagine Cottage and spend Christmas in Barbados. This self-catering beachfront villa is the ideal accommodation for Christmas in Barbados. Our Nightly Rate is US $175 plus fees and taxes. Scroll down to see our Yearly Calendar and search availability.

Plombagine Cottage sells out early for the holiday season. Be sure to secure your dates while they are still available. We would love to host you and your family or group for the holidays in Barbados!

Christmas in Barbados- Shopping Tips

If you are spending Christmas in Barbados, we recommend shopping for gifts and groceries early. Most businesses do not open on December 25th. The day after Christmas, Boxing Day, is also a holiday in Barbados.  A few shops may be open on Boxing Day, but this is not a certainty.

We recommend planning your Christmas meal and shopping for groceries before Christmas Eve. Lines in supermarkets tend to be very long on December 24th. Stores are also crowded with persons doing their last minute shopping. If you want to avoid the lines and the crowds, you should do your shopping early.

Massy Supermarket at Holetown is a great place for grocery shopping. They carry a wide selection of local and imported grocery items. Most local produce is organically grown. Some prices may be high but the taste is totally worth it. They also carry a wide selecton of ham, turkey, duck, chicken and fish. In addition, Massy offers the widest selection of gourmet cheeses, cakes and wines on the Island.

For gift shopping, we recommend Limegrove at Holetown and a trip to Broad Street in Bridgetown. Travellers producing evidence of an airline ticket leaving Barbados are entitled to purchase items duty-free at most jewellery stores. Be sure to take along some form of government issued picture identification, such as your passport,  together with your travel documents, in order to take advantage of duty-free shopping.

Old Year’s Night / New Year’s Eve Fireworks

Christmas in Barbados Fireworks on Old Years Night

Many hotels and restaurants along the Barbados West Coast celebrate the turn of the year with live bands and fireworks. Plombagine Cottage is in the perfect spot to behold the spectacle of fireworks which takes place along the coast every Old Year’s Night. Ring in the new year on the beach in front of Plombagine and enjoy fireworks displays from all directions. New Year’s Day is also a holiday in Barbados. Accordingly, most businesses are not open on New Year’s Day.

Barbados Weather in December

Barbados enjoys warm, sunny weather all year round. However, the weather tends to be a little cooler in December. Some folks may even find it a bit chilly. Temperatures in the evening tend to be around 24C. The sea is usually calm in December. However, the water can also be a bit chilly in the evening.  The Atlantic Hurricane Season ends in November.  As such, there are no storms or hurricanes in December.

Plombagine Cottage Yearly Calendar

Barbados News Updates

As Hurricane Michael barrels towards the United States coast and Tropical Storm Nadine churns in the Atlantic, we are breathing a sigh of relief that Barbados is not in the path of either of these systems.

9 October 2018- Hurricane Michael

After hammering the western point of Cuba, Hurricane Michael, a powerful Category 3 storm, is now approaching Florida. Fortunately, Barbados is not in the path of Hurricane Michael.  However, we will continue to monitor the progress of Michael, in the event of flight cancellations between Florida and Barbados.

9 October 2018- Tropical Storm Nadine

Tropical Storm Nadine is the most recent system to develop in the Atlantic. Forecasters expect that TS Nadine will dissipate in the Atlantic. While Tropical Storm Nadine is not expected to affect Barbados, we will continue to monitor this late bloomer for any change in course.

Recent Weather Updates

In the meantime, check out our updates on these recent storms:

  1. Tropical Storm Kirk 2018;
  2. Tropical Storm Isaac 2018;
  3. Hurricanes Irma and Maria 2017;

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Tropical Storm Kirk

28 September 2018- It’s Over

After raining, cats and dogs.. and sheep, goats, cows, monkeys and every other animal you can think of, Tropical Storm Kirk finally left the building. Tropical Storm Kirk dumped several inches of rain on Barbados before making its way into the Caribbean Sea.  Perplexing the minds of many meterorologists and weather watchers, the eye separated from the storm, leaving storm clouds behind to dump heavy showers over Barbados for several hours. Heavy rains caused severe flooding in some areas and persons had to be rescued from their homes and from vehicles. Images and videos spread across social media showing some of the brave resue missions. There were also power outages and disruption of internet and telephone service in some areas. Services have since been restored and flooding has receded. It’s back to business as usual and and schools reopen on Monday. This ends our journal on Tropical Storm Kirk.

27 September 2018- No Shutdown for Kirk

The Barbados Met Office continues to monitor the progress of Tropical Storm Kirk. However, no island wide shut down has been issued.

According to the National Hurricane Center: “Kirk has not changed much overnight.  Although the storm is producing a large area of deep convection, the cloud pattern is not very well organized with the centre located near the southwestern edge of the thunderstorms.  This asymmetric cloud pattern is due to about 20 kt of southwesterly shear.  The Air Force Hurricane Hunters passed through the northeastern quadrant of Kirk a few hours ago and found winds to support the same intensity of 45 kt. In addition, quality control of a ship report that came in around the same time also supports that intensity.  Another Air Force plane is scheduled to investigate Kirk later this morning.

A large fetch of strong upper-level westerly or southwesterly winds are over the entire Caribbean Sea, and Kirk will be moving into these conditions during the next few days.  These very hostile winds aloft should cause Kirk to steadily weaken, decouple, and ultimately dissipate in 3 or 4 days.  The GFS and ECMWF models suggest that dissipation could occur even sooner.  The intensity models are in good agreement, and the NHC forecast is the same as the previous one.

Center fixes from the Air Force reconnaissance aircraft indicate that Kirk is moving west-northwestward at 14 kt.  A continued west-northwest motion but at a slower pace is expected during the next few days as Kirk moves on the south side of a low- to mid-level ridge.  The latest models have not changed much, and the NHC track forecast lies near the middle of the guidance envelope.  This forecast takes Kirk across the Lesser Antilles later today as a tropical storm.”

26 September 2018- #CreepyKirk is Back

Tropical Storm Kirt Regenerates

Like a stalker ex who refuses to go away, Tropical Storm Kirk regenerates and once again sets his eye on the Caribbean. Looking better than he did before, Kirk is packing maximum sustained winds of 40 MPH and moving at a slower pace of 18 MPH. Kirk is forecast to pass to the north of Barbados tomorrow, Thursday 27 September 2018.  Tropical Storm warnings are in effect for Barbados, St. Lucia, Dominica, Martinique and Guadeloupe. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

According to the National Hurricane Center: “At 200 PM AST (1800 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Kirk was located near latitude 12.5 North, longitude 55.0 West.  Kirk is moving toward the west near 18 mph (30 km/h).  A westward to west-northwestward motion is expected over the next few days.  On the forecast track, the center will move over the Lesser Antilles within the Tropical Storm Warning area Thursday night. Reports from an Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that the maximum sustained winds have increased to near 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher gusts.  Little change in strength is forecast until Kirk crosses the Lesser Antilles, followed by weakening over the eastern Caribbean Sea. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles (185 km) from the center. The minimum central pressure estimated from Air Force Hurricane Hunter observations is 998 MB (29.47 inches).”

25 September 2018- Remnants of Kirk

Meteorologists are still watching the remnants of Kirk, as there is a possibility that the system could regenerate. We will keep monitoring this system, in the event that it manages to reincarnate. Check back for further updates.

24 September 2018- Kirk Bye!

Remnants of Tropical Storm Kirk

7 PM- The remnants of Kirk are looking super suspicious! There is a possibility that this system may reorganize. We will keep monitoring and provide further updates if necessary.

11 AM- Looks like Kirk got the Memo from ZariaTime. Tropical Storm Kirk has “fizzled out” as instructed. According to the National Hurricane Center, the system has dissipated and there will be no further updates unless it regenerates.

5 AM-  As at 5 AM this morning, the system was still a tropical depression.  However, further strengthening is expected as the system approaches the Caribbean. In fact, the National Hurricane Center is predicting that the system will regain tropical storm status by tomorrow. The current forecast track now shows the system passing to the south of Barbados. There are no watches or warnings in effect for the system at this time.

23 September 2018- Tropical Depression Kirk

11 PM- It looks like Kirk got the Memo from ZariaTime! Tropical Storm Kirk has weakened to a Tropical Depression. However, the storm is expected to reintensify as it moves closer to the Caribbean. We will continue to monitor this system closely.

23 September 2018- Tropical Storm Kirk Update

Tropical Storm Kirk

11 AM- Tropical Storm Kirk is moving even faster now, at 21 MPH. Forecasters from the National Hurricane Center expect that the storm will gain some more strength. The current models are still predicting that this system will pass directly over or very close to Barbados.

5 AM- The early morning report from the National Hurricane Center shows that Kirk is cruising across the Atlantic at a speed of 18 MPH. On the current track, Tropical Storm Kirk should reach the Caribbean around Thursday morning. The current forecast looks threatening for Barbados, as the models forecast this system passing directly over the island. However, nature is unpredictable, and the system could change course or even dissipate before it reaches the Caribbean. We will continue to monitor the weather channels and update our guests here with new developments.

22 September 2018- Tropical Storm Kirk Develops

Tropical Storm Kirk

11 AM – We have just started tracking Tropical Storm Kirk, which has developed off the coast of Africa. According to current projections from the National Hurricane Center, this system has adopted a course which may bring it in direct contact with Barbados. We will, therefore, be providing updates over the coming days. Given its distance away from the islands, there are no warnings or watches in place for this system as yet. However, it is likely that the system will start to affect the islands around Thursday next week.

Check our Blog regularly for updates.

Nightlife in Barbados

Barbados nightlife booms with excitement. Whether your preference is rum shops, karaoke and roadside grills; or upscale bars, sophisticated clubs and fine dining, Barbados has the perfect spot for you.  There are many great places to enjoy the nightlife in Barbados. In order of proximity to the Cottage, here are our Top recommendations for experiencing nightlife in Barbados.

Top Spots for Barbados Nightlife

1. Lone Star Restaurant

Less than 3 mins walk from Plombagine Cottage, the legendary Lone Star is one of the Top 5 Restaurants Nearby. The Lone Star is also popular with celebrities visiting Barbados. Dinner is served from 6:30 pm until 10:30 pm. However, the restaurant is open all day. Its menu offers an array of European delicacies blended with Caribbean influences.

2. John Moore’s Bar

Less than 2 mins drive away from Plombagine Cottage, John Moore Bar is a hit with both locals and tourists. In addition to the wide range of local and international rums, John Moore’s also serves locally caught fish. John Moore’s is the spot to meet up with locals and tourist to find discuss a wide range of topics. From what’s happening across the island to debating events unfolding on the international scene, John Moore Bar is that place for invigorating conversation and a super lively lime.

3. 1st and 2nd Street Holetown

Just a short 5 min drive south will land you at 1st and 2nd Street, Holetown.  Start at the beginning or start at the end- this U-shaped street is a hive of activity. On 1st Street, guests can dine at Angry Annies, enjoy a drink at the Oasis Bar, take in live entertainment at Raggamuffins, and end the night partying at the Red Door Lounge. Alternatively, guests can enjoy Indian food on 2nd Street,  For Old Year’s Night aka New Year’s Eve, 1st Street Holetown is the main attraction on the West Coast.

4. Limegrove Cinemas

For movie lovers, Limegrove Cinemas is the perfect spot on the West Coast. Limegrove has a nice ambiance and is the closest cinema to catch the latest movies. Guests can view the movie schedule on the Limegrove Cinemas website.

5. Roadside Grill at Paynes Bay

Heading in a southerly direction past Sandy Lane, you will find a fish fry serving the delicious roadside food on the West Coast, and possibly all of Barbados. Guests can stop here for grilled Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Blue Marlin, and Shrimp. They also serve juices made of local fruit, including mango, passion fruit, tamarind, and guava.

6. Harbor Lights

Barbados Nightlife Harbor Lights

Prepare to be mesmerized. Harbor Lights at Carlisle Bay takes you on a journey of authenticity, amusement and passion, every Monday and Wednesday evening with their Beach Extravaganza and Dinner Show. Harbor Lights is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the rhythms of three live, local bands. Enjoy a traditional Bajan style BBQ dinner accompanied by free-flowing drinks throughout the night.

7. St. Lawrence Gap

Considered the most popular tourist spot on the Barbados South Coast, St. Lawrence Gap comes alive with activity every night. Referred to by most locals as, “The Gap”, this road is the highlight of Bajan nightlife. Guests will find a wide selection of restaurants, clubs and roadside attractions.

8. Oistins Fish Fry

Not just your average fish fry, Oistins combines roadside food with music and dancing. Oistins Fish Fry comes alive every Friday and Saturday night. Satisfy your taste buds with an array of local cuisine, including grilled fish, jerked chicken, pork chops, ribs and shellfish served with rice, macaroni pie, salads, and fries.

Tropical Storm Isaac Barbados

13 September 2018- Bye Tropical Storm Isaac!

All is well with Barbados! Just a little rain here and there.. nothing remarkable to report.. although some thunderstorms may occur later today and into the night. We may also experience some rough seas and therefore sea bathers should exercise caution. In the meantime, Tropical Storm Isaac continues to weaken as it moves into the Caribbean Sea.  The 11 am map from the National Hurricane Center shows that Isaac has already moved past Barbados. We therefore end our updates here. Thanks for tracking this system with us at Plombagine Cottage!

12 September 2018- Tropical Storm Isaac Weakens

-The 5 pm National Hurricane Center advisory states that some additional weakening will occur over the next 48 hrs.

-According to the 8 am Public Advisory from the National Hurricane Center (NHC), Tropical Storm Isaac has lost some strength since yesterday. The NHC Public Advisory states that maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher gusts. In addition, gradual weakening is likely over the next few days. Tropical storm warnings are in effect for Dominica, Guadeloupe, and Martinique. However, there are no watches or warnings in effect for Barbados.

According to the Barbados Meteorological Services, Tropical storm-force winds of this system extend outward up to 105 miles from the center. However, the center of Tropical Storm Isaac will pass about 100 to 150 miles (160 to 240 km) north of Barbados early on Thursday morning. As such, Barbados is not within range of the tropical storm-force winds of this system. Nevertheless, Barbados will experience rain and possibly intermittent thunderstorms from the outer bands of the system as it progresses through the Caribbean Sea. Guests at Plombagine Cottage should therefore exercise caution if going to the beach today.

 

11 September 2018- Tropical Storm Isaac

Tropical Storm Isaac after downgrade from Hurricane Isaac

As at 11 am this morning, Tropical Storm Isaac was inching closer to the Caribbean. The National Hurricane Center notes that the system may regain hurricane strength and then weaken again, before reaching the Caribbean. However, Tropical Storm Isaac is maintaining a course which will take it across the central Lesser Antilles at or near hurricane strength around Thursday.  Hurricane watches are in effect for the islands of Dominica, Guadeloupe, and Martinique. A Hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are expected within the watch area within 24 hours.

The Barbados Met Services expects that on the current track, the center of Tropical Storm Isaac is likely to pass about 150 miles (240 km) north of Barbados on Thursday. As such, no tropical storm or hurricane watches are in effect for Barbados at this time. Some scattered showers, isolated thunderstorms, and occasional gusty winds may occur on Wednesday. Although Plombagine Cottage is on the western side of Barbados, Isaac may cause some sea swells as it approaches the Caribbean region from the Atlantic on the eastern side of the island. Guests may, therefore, experience some rough seas and should accordingly exercise caution when going to the beach.

10 September 2018- Isaac Downgraded to Tropical Storm

The 11 pm advisory from the National Hurricane Center states that Hurricane Isaac has weakened to a tropical storm. However, the NHC expects the system will be at or near hurricane strength when it reaches the Caribbean. The system is likely to start affecting the Caribbean Region around Thursday. However, the system is still not likely to make landfall in or near Barbados.

10 September 2018- Hurricane Isaac Update

Hurricane Isaac Mon 10 Sept 2018

5 AM: Hurricane Isaac remains a Category 1 hurricane. According to the National Hurricane Center, the system is moving in a westerly direction towards the Caribbean, at a speed of 13mph. Maximum sustained winds are reportedly 75mph. Viewing the track forecast by the NHC, at this moment the system is not expected to make landfall in Barbados. However, Barbados is likely to get some showers as the system moves through the Leeward Islands. The Barbados Meteorological Services Office notes that it may become necessary to place Barbados under a watch or a warning as the system moves closer. However, there are no tropical storm watches or warnings in effect for Barbados at this time.

9 September 2018- Tracking Hurricane Isaac

As at 11 pm, the system was upgraded to hurricane status. Hurricane Isaac is now the 5th hurricane to form this 2018 Atlantic Season. Hurricane Isaac is slowly making its way towards the Caribbean. However, the system has increased speed from its previously recorded 9mph and is now moving at 14mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. Hurricane Isaac is still on a course to impact the Caribbean around Wednesday or Thursday this week.

9 September 2018- Tracking Tropical Storm Isaac

Photo Credit: National Hurricane Center-Tropical Storm Isaac approaching Caribbean Sunday 9 September 2018

Tropical Storm Isaac continues to gain strength as it churns its way across the Atlantic Ocean. As at 5 pm Sunday, 9 September 2018, the system was still a tropical storm. However, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) expects that the system will reach hurricane strength by tonight. According to NHC Advisory No. 9, the system will move across the Lesser Antilles by Wednesday or Thursday this week. The models predict that the system is likely to pass well north of Barbados. However, guests at Plombagine Cottage should continue to monitor the progress of Tropical Storm Isaac as it makes its way towards the Caribbean. While Hurricane Irma made landfall in the British Virgin Islands in 2017 at Category 5 strength, Barbados was lucky and hopes to have another uneventful hurricane season.

Traveling to Barbados With Kids

For families travelling to Barbados with kids, Plombagine Cottage is the perfect place to stay with your little ones. Plombagine Cottage is equipped with all the baby gear you need, including:

  • High Chair
  • Baby Bathtub
  • Pack & Play
  • Children’s Books
  • Toys and Games
  • Cable TV with Nickelodeon, Disney Channel and Cartoon Network

In the event that you need to have childcare services during your stay, we can arrange a babysitter for you.  Finding a babysitter that you can trust can be challenging. This is even more so while in a foreign country. We can recommend someone to stay with your children if the need arises. Otherwise, we can help you find the right professional care provider to meet the needs of your family.

Best Kid Friendly Activities Near the Cottage

Families do not have to go far to find stimulating activities for their children to enjoy. There are a number of fun  activities that families can participate in together around the cottage. Some of these activities include:

Relaxing at the beach- Plombagine Cottage is located at Alleyne’s Bay. The beach is calm and safe for swimming. Children will also enjoy building sandcastles and making snowmen and snow angels with the sand. Plombagine Cottage is equipped with beach chairs and beach towels.

Swimming with the Turtles -Alleyne’s Bay is famous for the large Hawksbill and Leatherback sea turtle population that lives here. Sometimes, guests are lucky to see turtles come onto the beach late at night to nest. Kids may also spot baby turtles as they make their way into the water.

Snorkeling– Older kids will enjoy this adventure. Seeing the hundreds of pretty fish and undersea coral is an exciting experience for any child. Be sure to travel with your underwater camera to capture the beauty of the marine life at Plombagine Cottage.

Boat Tours– Families staying at Plombagine Cottage can enjoy a load of water sport activities. We recommend booking a catamaran cruise with the kids.

Dining Out– There are many restaurants where you can enjoy a great meal in Barbados with kids. Just a stroll up the beach will take you to Lone Star Restaurant, which has an excellent kids menu.  Also, check out our Top 5 Restaurants Nearby for tips on the best restaurants near the cottage.

Top 5 Places to Visit in Barbados with Kids

Harrisons Cave- The iconic Harrison’s Cave attracts tourists of all ages.. The Cave is a crystallized limestone cavern with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites, and breathtaking waterfalls, pools and streams. There is also a special junior adventure tour for little nature enthusiasts.

Animal Flower Cave- The Animal Flower Cave is known for its famous sea anemones that intrigue young visitors. These flowers are known to retreat into their stalks and then reappear.

Barbados Flower Forest- Spread over more than 53 acres of land in the hills of the Scotland District is a place of beauty and tranquility. The serene Barbados Flower Forest is a natural spectacle of tropical plant species. Families can enjoy walking thef trails and then sitting to enjoy the colorful orchids, gingers and palms.

Barbados Wildlife Reserve- Kids will enjoy seeing monkeys, parrots, peacocks and other wildlife on this adventure. The Barbados Wildlife Reserve is home to many wild species. Children can have fun naming the animals as they roam freely around the reserve.

Atlantis Submarine- Kids will love this under sea voyage. The Altantis Submarine takes you down to depths of more than 150ft under the sea. Children must be 3ft or taller to board the submarine.

Top 5 Restaurants Nearby

With many great restaurants nearby, you don’t have to venture far to find a delicious meal. Plombagine Cottage is ideally located on a public transportation route. With many places to eat out on the Barbados West Coast, there is no shortage of options. Below are our top five choices for dining out near Plombagine Cottage.

1. Lone Star

Within walking distance of Plombagine Cottage, you will find the world famous Lone Star Restaurant.  The Lone Star serves breakfast from 8:30 am and lunch from noon. Lone Star is open all day for desserts and drinks, and dinner from 6:30 in the evenings. Its woodstone oven pizzas, burgers and fries, and fish and chips are also a hit with children.

2. Ju Ju’s Bar

Just a stone’s throw further south, you will find this casual restaurant, which is a hit with many of our guests. A one or two-minute walk along the beach will land you Ju Ju’s. Guests can also rent beach umbrellas and beach chairs here. Ju Ju’s is the perfect place to lime with locals and tourists while enjoying an ice cold Banks Beer and delicious Bajan cuisine.

3. Nishi Bar

For sushi lovers, we recommend this option. Nishi Restaurant at Holetown is known for amazing sushi and seafood. They also serve a range of Caribbean and Asian dishes and a selection of specialty cocktails. The restaurant also has a live band and a very nice atmosphere.

4. Tides Restaurant

Also located at Holetown, Tides offers an exquisite dining experience. In addition to an impressive wine list, Tide’s menu includes a special dinner vegetarian ensemble. Guest can feast on a number of delicious cocktails and desserts at lunch and dinner.

5. The Fish Pot

Head north to the Fish Pot where you will find the most enchanting waterfront setting. Located at Speightstown in St. Peter, the Fish Pot is known for its superbly fresh fish. The Fish Pot is our No. 1 recommendation for fine dining in the north of Barbados.

Even More Restaurants Nearby

In addition to the restaurants above, check out our top recommendations for Barbados Nightlife. We also recommend Papa Earl’s, a local joint across from the Cottage. Papa Earl serves local food which includes healthy vegetarian dishes. Guests can also check out the Friday evening grill at the neighborhood shop just down from the Cottage. For the best rum shop lime, we recommend John Moore’s Bar which is about a 5 min walk to Weston, or less than one minute drive from the Cottage. Enjoy!

Barbados Food and Rum Festival

The Barbados Food and Rum Festival kicks off this year from Thursday, 18 October 2018 to Sunday, 21 October 2018.  This four-day event will be a marriage of food and flavour. Patrons can look forward to an experience that will tantalize the taste buds and stimulate the senses.

The Barbados Food and Rum Festival commences with a Grand Opening and Oistins Bay Gardens Cook-Off.  Next is the Signature Rum Event which takes place on Friday evening, featuring an array of delectable dishes paired with Bajan rums.  Attendees at this event can expect to be delighted with samples of Mount Gay, Cockspur and other local spirits. This will also be an educational event. Patrons can also expect to learn how to pair rums, wines, and cocktails with meats for the best culinary experience.

On Saturday, the action unfolds with Polo Rum Spirits. The entertainment continues with a duel between local and International Top Chefs.  The Grand Finale takes place on Sunday, October 19th at the Hilton Hotel with a Beach Party. The evening ends with a night of fine dining,

Barbados food and rum festival shrimp

The Barbados Food and Rum Festival attracts connoisseurs from all over the world.  Tickets for this event often sell out fast. If you plan on attending, be sure to purchase your Barbados Food and Rum Festival Tickets early.

Book Now for the Barbados Food and Rum Festival

The  Barbados Food and Rum Festival takes place at the start of the winter season. Be sure to Book Your Accommodation while dates are still available.  There are many fun activities to enjoy around Plombagine Cottage. Check out our Top 5 Restaurants Nearby for recommendations on dining out near the Cottage.  With cool temperatures all year round, October is a great time to experience Barbados nightlife.  Plombagine Cottage is rated one of the best villas on the Barbados west coast. Be sure to check out our Special Offers page for discounts and promotions.

Barbados NOT Affected by Hurricane Irma

While many islands in the Caribbean were devastated by the passage of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria in 2017, these systems did not make landfall in Barbados. Apart from large sea swells, Barbados did not experience any other effects. The track below shows the path taken by Hurricane Irma. Thankfully, both Irma and Maria kept far away from Barbados.

Hurricane Irma path

Not to be confused with Antigua & Barbuda in the Lesser Antilles, Barbados is a tiny island which sits close to the easternmost edge of the Caribbean Sea. Indeed, Barbados is not situate in the Caribbean Sea. Rather, it actually lies the Atlantic Ocean. Because of its unique position, Barbados usually escapes the impact of tropical storms and hurricanes.

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Barbados Hurricane Season

Barbados is not in the hurricane belt and has not seen a major hurricane since 1955. These systems usually gain strength after they pass Barbados and make their way up the Caribbean Island chain. Many Barbadians have become complacent that the island will never see a major hurricane. However, guests should monitor the weather during the hurricane season, and take such precautions as are necessary, if the government issues a Tropical Storm Warning.

The Barbados Hurricane Season officially starts on 1st June. However, most activity historically takes place between mid-August to mid-September- the summer months when ocean temperatures are warmest. While Barbados has not seen a major system since Plombagine Cottage commenced operations in 2012, we do have a hurricane plan in place. If a storm approaches, we will assist guests with preparations if they wish to stay. Otherwise, we will cancel upcoming reservations or allow guests to shorten their stay, penalty free, due to the impending storm.

Things To Do During the Summer

Barbados generally enjoys warm, sunny weather all year round. The sea on the West Coast tends to be calmer than the Atlantic on the eastern side of the island. Guests spending summer at Plombagine Cottage usually enjoy a number of fun activities. These include participation in the popular Crop Over Festival. Others enjoy beach activities, such as swimming with the turtles, snorkeling, and visits to many of the beautiful tourist attractions around the island. Summer is also the perfect time to travel with children. There are many activities for kids to enjoy, including boat tours and water sports.