Barbados Crop Over (Carnival)
July 31st – August 06th, 2024.
The Barbados Crop Over Festival is an annual 3-month-long festival of Barbadian music, arts, food, culture and so much more. The festival dates back to the 17th century, and it is one of the most popular and colourful events in the Caribbean. Crop Over celebrates the official end of the sugar cane season, and is celebrated with a variety of parties and other festivities from dusk to dawn, arts and crafts markets, culinary-driven street fairs, and more.
Grand Kadooment Day celebrates the end of Crop Over in Barbados. It starts early morning at the National Stadium, and beautiful masquerade bands traverse the local city streets, as they make their way to Spring Garden highway. The masquerade bands comprise revellers dressed in sequin costumes decorated with colourful feathers, jewels, and bright accents; dancing behind music trucks and moving bars. The finale of Crop Over’s events makes this the island’s most exciting day of the year. As you will hear Bajans say: “Crop Over it sweet fuh days!”
The present-day Crop Over Festival is a uniquely Barbadian festival that emerged out of the tensions in the meeting and merging of the island’s British and West African heritage. Once called “Harvest Home”, it is one of the oldest celebrations in the western hemisphere. The origins of Crop Over are traced back centuries to when Barbados was the world’s largest producer of sugar. Crop Over began back in 1687 on sugar cane plantations during slavery. It began as a way to celebrate the end of the sugar cane crop.
The Crop Over traditions that continue today includes singing, drinking, dancing, and eating competitions. The most notable is having a “King” and “Queen” of the crop. There is also a heavy focus on Calypso music, which is a social and political commentary on current issues affecting Barbados.
- Day 1: Arrival Barbados – Meet And Greet
- Day 2: Island Tour – Fete #1: Lush Cooler Party
- Day 3: Fete #2: Mimosa Breakfast Party – Oistins Fish Fry
- Day 4: Fete #3: Am Bush (Foreday Morning) – Fete #4: Bliss All Inclusive
- Day 5: Dinner Cruise
- Day 6: Kadooment Day Parade
- Day 7: Departure
- All activities mentioned on the itinerary inclusive of all tickets and entrance fees.
- Hand-picked accommodations.
- Group transportation.
- Arrival airport transfer.
- Accommodation in double rooms. Single occupancy option is available.
- Backline Carnival Costume (you have the choice to upgrade to a frontline costume).
- Costume pickup.
- Dinner Cruise
Barbados Crop Over Group Itinerary
Wednesday July 31: Arrive in Barbados – Meet and Greet
Arrive in Barbados and transfer to your chosen accommodation. Depending on your arrival time, you will then be taken immediately afterwards to Soca Islands Meet and Greet event. This is the perfect opportunity to mingle and get to know your fellow travellers who will be partying with you for the next seven days.
Thursday August 01: Land Tour – Lush Cooler Party
We dive into an day of adventure with a trip to some of the natural wonders of Barbados. We journey through Harrison’s Cave, indulge in the delights of a rum estate tour (complete with tastings, of course), and capture moments at Bathsheba Beach. Later in the evening we attend the first fete on our list—Lush Cooler Party.
Friday August 02: Mimosa Breakfast Party – Oistins’ Fish Fry
We kick off our day bright and early, heading out from the hotel just before sunrise for Crop Over’s top breakfast event, Mimosa. Get ready for a delightful feast featuring premium drinks and scrumptious food. As the day winds down, we’ll make our way to Oistins for its lively Fish Fry—an absolute must-do when visiting Barbados.
Saturday August 03: AM Bush (Foreday Morning) – Bliss All-Inclusive
This morning, we embark on an early adventure to revel in the lively atmosphere of Caesar’s Army AM Bush Foreday Morning event, where we’ll celebrate with vibrant paint and powder. Later in the day, we’ll don our finest attire for Bliss Summer Edition, an ultra-inclusive event filled with ultra premium drinks and delightful cuisine.
Sunday August 04: Dinner Cruise
The day is free for you to enjoy as you please… walk on the beach, dip in the pool, sleep-in. As evening sets in, we relish a tranquil sail on the afternoon waters of Barbados, savouring the sunset accompanied by a delightful dinner.
Monday August 05: Kadooment Day Parade (Full Costume)
All year long, we’ve been anticipating this moment, and now it’s time to hit the road and cross the stage. Today, we’ll be parading through the streets of Bridgetown, the vibrant capital city of Barbados, showcasing our costumes. Today also marks the end of the Crop Over festivities.
Tuesday August 06: Barbados Departure
Savour your last morning in Barbados. Depending on your departure time, you might have a few hours for some last-minute shopping or a final dip in the sea. Bid farewell to the island as you head to the airport for your departure.
Barbados Crop Over payment plan.
Initial Deposit: 15%
Final Payment due on or before May 31 2024
Soca Islands provides you with the most flexible payment plan making it super easy and affordable to book your Barbados Crop Over experience by asking for payments in three installments. Your 15% deposit is due upon booking, followed by 35% of the total cost due 30 days after booking. The remaining 50% due 60 days before your trip.
For bookings made between 90 and 60 days before the start date of the experience, 50% of the total cost of the experience must be paid upon booking.
Bookings made between 60 days and 30 days before the start date of the experience, 100% of the total cost of the experience must be paid upon booking.
Here’s a glimpse of the hotels we selected for this adventure.
Hilton Barbados Resort
Situated alongside the Caribbean Sea with two pristine beaches, this luxurious five-star hotel in Needhams Point boasts three tennis courts, on-site dining options, and an expansive infinity pool complex. Each room provides a balcony with breathtaking ocean views. Guests at Hilton Barbados can indulge in the oversized tropical outdoor pool, relax in the hot tub and sauna, or maintain their fitness routine in the well-equipped fitness center. A spa is available for soothing massages, and the property includes a 17th-century fort, designated as part of Barbados’ UNESCO heritage. Additionally, the resort provides state-of-the-art meeting and convention facilities.
South Gap Hotel
Situated a mere 500 meters from Dover Beach, South Gap Hotel boasts an outdoor pool and complimentary Wi-Fi for its guests. Nestled in the St. Lawrence Gap district, visitors can explore numerous dining options and entertainment venues, including nightclubs. The dormitories feature practical decor, equipped with air conditioning, satellite TV, and a kitchenette complete with a fridge. Each dormitory also includes a balcony, and the private bathroom is fitted with a shower.
Barbados travel information.
Time Zone: GMT -04:00
Currency: Barbados Dollar. 1USD = 2BBD
Barbados is one of the most diverse and active destinations, offering some amazing sights and attractions. Activities range from submarine tours to cave exploration; jeep safaris to heritage tours; exciting Caribbean nightlife to fine dining. Simply everything you’d want on a Caribbean vacation.
Barbados is sophisticated and casual, warm and friendly, and forever distinctively charming. From luxury to intimate, expensive to affordable there is something for every taste and budget here. You’ll be seduced by the warmth of its welcome and by the natural delights of this Caribbean island.
Feel the doors of your imagination open wide when you discover Barbados for therein lies the magic of this island, where you are limited only by your dreams and fancies. With every precious pearl of experience, your Barbados vacation will be one to remember.
There is just so much to do – so many treasures to uncover – as you soak up the warmth and enjoy the comforts of this beautiful island. Land lubbers and sea farers alike can have their pick of surf and turf activities appropriate for all ages and stages of calm or daredevil delight! Singles, lovers, friends and families also have rich and plentiful options to choose from. Whether you want to swim or sunbathe, party and play hard or enjoy art, culture and cuisine at its best, it’s right here waiting for you.
How to get around Bridgetown
The nearest airport is Grantley Adams International Airport, located approximately 30 minutes east of the city centre. Upon arrival, Bridgetown offers affordable and reliable public transport services. The most common way to get around the island is by bus.The large public buses can be identified as blue buses with yellow striped sides. They service every major route in rural and urban areas of Barbados. You can also find privately owned minibuses, which are yellow with blue stripes; as well as “ZR Vans”, which are white with maroon stripes.
Where to stay in Barbados
The city of Bridgetown features a variety of accommodation options ranging from hostels to guesthouses, hotels, resorts, Airbnb, vacation rentals and more. Popular waterfront resorts include the South Gap Hotel, Blue Horizon Hotel and Accra Beach Hotel.
Things to do in Bridgetown
The eastern Caribbean island of Barbados features a number of popular things to see and do. The picture-perfect holiday destination boasts a range of outdoor activities, such as windsurfing and kitesurfing, swimming with turtles, island safaris, cave tours and more. The city of Bridgetown also offers a number of historical attractions and museums.
Popular museums include the Barbados Museum & Historical Society, The Niche Israel Synagogue and Museum and The Cricket Legends of Barbados. You can also explore the Bridgetown Markets, featuring a wide variety of stallholders offering fresh produce, arts and crafts, clothing, jewellery, collectables and more.