W H E R E A R E W E G O I N G ?
B A R B A D O S
Barbados, the 21-by-14 mile Caribbean paradise that embodies crystal blue waters, fine powdery sand, brilliant turquoise bays and smashing nightlife, is situated in the North Atlantic Ocean as the easternmost island of the Lesser Antilles in the West Indies. Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados, is the epicenter, with its eclectic mix of rag-tag, shanty-style vendors hawking everything from homegrown vegetables, fruits, underwear, toiletries, cleaning products, clothes, purses.
Embrace life and celebrate it with the local bajans at the biggest Caribbean festival, attracting over 100k people from across the globe, filled with colorful carnivals, dancing, live music, cultural events and of course, Barbadian rum! For bajans, it’s a cultural celebration that has hallmarked the end of the sugar cane growing season for over 300 years. For travelers, like us, it’s a unique opportunity to become deeply immersed in the dynamic culture of the island nation. Unlike a typical tourist trip, you will experience Barbados in a way that large tourist groups miss. Offering a myriad of activities catering to your appetite for structure, spontaneity and to “brush shoulders” through the lively streets of Barbados soaking up the history and culture during the world-renowned festival, welcome to Crop Over 2019!
W H E N A R E W E G O I N G ?
August 3rd – 10th, 2 0 2 3
(SPACES ARE LIMITED)
T H E R U N D O W N
Upon your arrival, the Barbadian culture permeates you! The island appeals to a vast array of travelers and you will quickly notice this is one of the peaks of the travel season! Non-stop parties, amazing vibes and people of all colors make up the thousands of attendees from across the globe. From the moment we arrive, you will certainly know, it’s CROP OVER season!
You’ll rest peacefully with 7 nights in a renowned condominium steps away from the serene beach line. Rest… you will certainly appreciate as the BGTT experience immerses you into the island as if you were a local! From premier all-inclusive parties, Foreday jumping through the streets of Barbados, a day of lounging on the beach, touring of the island, BGTT rum tour experience, where rum is your main ingredient, and a beautiful morning coasting on a luxury all-inclusive private yacht.
LOCAL ADVISED ITINERARY… When you travel with Black Girls Travel Too, we offer a unique blend of both major highlights and off the beaten path experiences to ensure you a well-rounded experience.
THE HIGH TOUCH TREATMENT… We have mastered the art of customer care, with 24/7 online team member access before, during, and after your travels with BGTT. Our commitment to you doesn’t stop after your investment. No questions are ever too small. We got you covered and will ensure you have an epic experience from start to finish.
PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER IN TOW… You heard us right, every day will be a photoshoot! You’ll be so immersed in the moment as we take on Barbados, and professional photographs will allow you to relive the moment, time, and time again. Daily, a digital link will be delivered to you with the previous day’s memories. Giving you the power to share on your favorite social media accounts as you please!
SMALL INTIMATE GROUPS…We pride ourselves on offering small intimate tours to ensure each traveler a richer experience. Unlike large tour groups, traveling with a small group allows us more flexibility and to be less conspicuous for exploring with the locals.
Inclusive Round Trip airport transfers from and to Grantley Adams International Airport are included when you travel with Black Girls Travel Too. Hello stress free traveling!
AND THE BLACK GIRLS TRAVEL TOO EXPERIENCE
So, you’ve had your eye on a Barbados getaway for some time now...
So, you’ve had your eye on a Barbados getaway for some time now, you followed our experiences that have spanned all corners of the world, you witnessed thousands of travelers grace our Instagram and other social media platforms, you pinned your life away on Pinterest planning the trip you work hard for and deserve, the desire to immerse yourself in a modern and classic culture has you up in arms with excitement, but there’s a hesitation.
What is it like traveling with Black Girls Travel Too? This is new territory for me so how can I be sure I’ll enjoy myself, and my closet loved ones are skeptical, in turn, having me question should I invest in this experience?
With Black Girls Travel Too, your hesitations are our motivations. As a premier black owned and operated traveling service we’ve dealt with our share of skepticism and prejudices early on, now we accredit our passion of going above and beyond a traveler’s expectations to ensuring you the invaluable experience you deserve to be a part of. That hesitation you may be experiencing is familiar to us as well. A stigma placed on women of color is that we are uncultured even undeserving of a life filled with jet-setting and pages of passport stamps. Nothing could be further from the truth, so we decided to change the rules.
By cultivating only the best partnerships across the globe, investing in premier quality customer care teams, immersing in education and vetting the world’s most prized possession, a black woman to take trips of a lifetime with, your life is forever changed for the better.
We silenced the noise and lived up to no one’s expectations of our lives but our OWN!
You deserve a seat at this table, and we are saving one for you. It’s your time, pack your bags and let us take care of everything else!
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ARRIVE + EXPLORE
Welcome To Barbados!
Minutes after arriving at the Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) you will be greeted and escorted through the immigration process. After your successful completion of immigration, you will be further escorted to the luggage carousel and assisted with the collection of your luggage and whisked expeditiously over to customs. After customs, you will be escorted to a meet and greet station where you will be provided with refreshments and cool towels exuding the refreshing smell of Eucalyptus. After your welcome to Barbados pleasantries, your driver will transport you and your fellow BGTT travelers from the airport to your home away from home for the next 8 days! Yes, this is all minutes after you’ve landed on the island ladies. When we said Black Girls Travel Too was synonymous with inclusive and royal luxuries we meant it and you deserve it!
Check into your room at a renowned Barbadian hotel and the afternoon is yours to see a polo match, take a tour of the Mount Gay Rum Distillery, take in the sights at the Holders Farmers Market that showcases only local products, and the Harbour Lights Dinner Show & Beach Extravaganza, featuring steel pan and other live bands, Carnival dancers, barbecue and free drinks or hit up the Barbados Museum. You have the freedom to decide! Later in the evening, we will gather together for an official meet and greet over a flavorful Bajan welcome dinner.
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When it’s Crop Over Season, we do things a tad bit different…
Early morning rise as we prepare for a premium all inclusive breakfast fete you will never forget. Patrons dressed in fashionable sunny drip as this experience exudes an affair that can’t be missed.
Multiple stations of local delicacies and rum is always on pour when you are in Barbados. But to top it all off, there’s even a champagne and mimosa serving for those who desire to keep it classy.
After breakfast, we will return to our accommodations as the afternoon is yours to do as you please. However, that evening we are heading to Oistins Fish Fry for an authentic local experience that consist of all of the local culinary and entertainment.
Breakfast + Dinner Included
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For those who dare, join your island neighbors in The Foreday Morning Jam. A nighttime street party with a parade of organized bands of revellers, covered in paint and powder partying for their lives following the Pic-O-De-Crop calypso competition and doesn’t end until the sun comes up… Join the party and dance the morning away to sweet soca tunes through the streets of Barbados.
After our early morning jump up, we will return to our accommodations to get a little shut eye before we are up and back at it again. Remember, Crop Over is all about pace…
For those who experienced the Foreday celebration, you may choose to get a little R&R or move like the a true bacchanalist by getting no sleep and preparing for the next fete (party). We get it, it’s CROP OVER! Whether you decide to fete your day away, relax at a nearby beach with a good book, or head to Bridgetown for some shopping and drinks or all the above, it’s your day. Feel free to roam the island as you please.
But, be ready for another fete this afternoon as we venture off to the flyest fete of them all. Come ready to party, eat, and vibe the afternoon and evening away with one of the most popular fetes of the Crop Over season.
Breakfast + Lunch Included
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Today you are in for a real treat!
Yet another scrumptious Bajan breakfast, joined by your fellow BGTT Experiencers for early morning dining. Being mindful that we are in the culinary capital of the Caribbean, our Bajan breakfast keeps getting better and better. By now we are more than sure you will be jotting down a few recipes to prepare when you return home! You will for sure leave the island with memories of AMAZING Caribbean food, great conversation, and better company.
After breakfast, we will be escorted to Barbados capital, Bridgetown, where we will board a sleek and exclusive 62-foot Luxury catamaran. It emanates an elegance, with plush interior spaces and it’s multi-level decks. Fully air-conditioned, and the exterior areas are spacious, with well-appointed deck space.
After our luxuries experience sailing the coastline of Barbados, the remainder of the evening is yours to do as you wish.
Later that evening we will, we will head off to our final fete/party before many of us hit the road for Grand Kadooment the following morning.
Breakfast + Lunch Included
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THE FINAL ACT
At last, who’s ready to Play Mas?!?! The final act of the Crop Over Festival Celebration… The Grand Kadooment!
Delight in your Bajan breakfast before heading out to celebrate the last hooray, the end of Crop Over! After breakfast join the most celebrated event of The Crop Over season. Whether you are jumping with a band or watching from the side of the road amongst the locals you are guaranteed to feel the pulse of the island. Masquerade Bands make their way to Spring Garden highway with revelers dressed in sequin costumes decorated with colorful feathers, jewels, and bright accents; dancing behind music trucks and moving bars! Be sure to bring everything that you have learned thus far as we parade throughout the Barbadian streets singing Soca in the sun.
Breakfast + Lunch Included
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Breakfast is sweet fuh days, as we continue to enjoy personal catering from one of Barbados top chef’s. And the cuisine can’t get any better, trust us!
Soon after breakfast we are dashing off for a day of adventure and exploration. From exploring the caves and learning how Barbados came to be to ruff riding it out on an off road atv experience.
Breakfast + Lunch Included
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Now we’ve enjoyed ourselves thus far from the dancing, parties, beach and more. Now it’s time to experience the island that is made up of 11 parishes.
After breakfast, we will embark on a private island tour that will navigate throughout the island showcasing why Barbados is one of the top travel destinations, if you hadn’t already figured out. Journeying to the very top of the island, St. Lucy and even making a stop at Rihanna’s, childhood home as we commute through Barbados capital, Bridgetown.
Later that evening, join us for a seat at the table during our special farewell dinner, where we reflect over our time in Barbados. After dinner, we say our final goodbyes as a group but will forever remain connected as Black Girls Who Travel Too Certified Experiencers, never forgetting the memories we made this week during Crop Over!
Breakfast + Dinner Included
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Sleep in or catch the the sun rising at Dover Beach or wrap up any last minute shopping or indulge in sweet Barbadian delicacies once more, as we begin to prepare for your airport departure by a private BGTT shuttle to Grantley Adams International Airport.
We look forward to seeing you on the next BGTT trip somewhere around world! Travel Safely!
W H A T ‘ S I N C L U D E D ?
FULL CULTURE EXPERIENCE
8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS IN PRIVATE LUXURY CONDOMINIUMS
7 BREAKFAST, 1 SNACK, 5 LUNCH,
PREMIUM ALL-INCLUSIVE BREAKFAST FETE
RUM TASTING EXPERIENCE
OISTINS FISH FRY
JOUVERT/FOREDAY MORNING ALL-INCLUSIVE EVENT
ULTRA PREMIUM ALL-INCLUSIVE
ALL-INCLUSIVE LUXURY YACHT EXPERIENCE
GUIDED ISLAND TOUR OF BARBADOS
CAVE TOUR EXPERIENCE
Ultimate Off Road ATV Experience
Expedited Airport Arrival Services
RT AIRPORT TRANSFERS
INTIMATE GROUP EXPERIENCE
2 LIVE VIDEO INFORMATIONAL GROUP CALLS
***Airfare Not Included***
*Parties/fetes that are not mentioned in the above itinerary are not included within your purchase.*
***Please do not purchase airfare until you have received a confirmation email from Black Girls Travel Too confirming your reservations.***
G O T Q U E S T I O N S ?
What is Crop Over Festival?
Crop Over Festival is a season used to celebrate the ending of the local Sugar Cane Harvest and is distinctly unique from the Carnival Festivities in other Caribbean countries.
Are the parties/fetes included in the purchase of the package?
Fetes/parties mentioned within the above description of the itinerary are the only fetes/parties included within the purchase of the Black Girls Travel Too Barbados Experience. However, there are hundreds of parties/fetes occurring during the Black Girls Travel Too Barbados Experience. Some parties are on land while others are on the water. We allow our Experiencers to decide on which additional fetes they would like to partake in, at their own expense.
How will I determine which band to play with?
There are numerous bands. Often times, revellers select bands to play mas with off of three things.
Whereas it is not a requirement for you to play mas with the same band as Black Girls Travel Too, it does make it easier and safer if you are with a familiar group of people.
Why don’t your packages include the costume?
It would be a non-professional business move on our part to charge you for a costume that may be less or more of an investment without knowing for sure. It is also unfair to the consumer to pay for something without seeing it first. Band launches, where costumes are revealed for carnival, typically happen 4 to 5 months prior to carnival.
Why don’t your package includes all fetes/parties?
For one, it would be impossible for you to attend all fetes being that many overlap each other. Also, different fetes have different vibes. Some fetes/parties are on land while others are on the water. While we have included three fetes, we decided to give our Experiencers the liberty to decide on which additional fetes they would like to participate in at their own expense.
I’m not familiar with the Caribbean culture of carnival. How do I prepare for this experience?
The best way to prepare yourself is to just dive straight in. Head over to YouTube and listen to Crop Over 2019 Soca music. Soca is all you will hear the entire time during Crop Over. It is best to familiarize yourself with the music as you will quickly realize that everyone is a Soca head during Crop Over… And I am sure you don’t want to feel left out. Also, look at carnival videos (Crop Over 2017, 2018, & 2019) of people on the road. This can assist you tremendously in getting a clearer picture of the culture you are about to embrace. At least learn how to whine and chip. These two styles of dancing can also be viewed on YouTube. If you plan on partaking in multiple fetes and participating in Foreday or Grand Kadooment, start walking a couple of miles a day, NOW! You must build up your endurance, as you will be walking several miles in the heat during Crop Over and the road is no joke… 6 plus miles!!!
How much spending money will I need in Barbados?
You will need about $750.00 USD. However, if you wish to buy several gifts, you should add an additional $200.00 dollars or so.
What is the Barbadian conversion rate?
The currency of Barbados is the Barbadian Dollar (BBD). The Barbadian Dollar is converted at a rate of $1.98 (BBD) to $1.00 (USD). The Barbadian Dollar is fixed to the U.S. Dollar and does not fluctuate like in most foreign countries. U.S. currency is accepted across the island and most stores and restaurants accept major credit cards.
Do I need a passport to travel to Barbados?
Are flights included in the purchase of the BGTT package?
Flights are not included. However, if you desire assistance in selecting the best flight for you, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When should I purchase my airfare?
You should purchase your airfare as soon as you receive your Barbados confirmation email.
Should I purchase travel insurance?
Travel insurance is a requirement in order to travel on any Black Girls Travel Too experience we offer.
What is the arrival airport?
The arrival and departure airport is Grantley Adams International Airport, airport code (BGI).
How will I commute from Grantley Adams International Airport to my accommodations?
We provide complimentary roundtrip airport transfers in Barbados.
Where are we staying?
We will stay 8 days/7 night within a luxury condominium property.
Are there any private room options available?
Of course! Our private room charge is an additional onetime fee of $850.00 To request a private room, email email@example.com.
I really want to travel with your group, but I feel like I may be too young or too old.
No worries at all! When it comes to travel age is nothing but a number. Our BGTT Experiencers range between the ages of 25-59. There has not been one time that a traveler felt awkward because of their age traveling with Black Girls Travel Too.
Are your trips designed to serve large groups?
Totally the opposite. We understand the importance of intimate group experiences. Our trips are designed for more high touch and exclusive experience. You receive access that you probably wouldn’t get with a larger group. This unique experience allows you to create a community amongst your fellow travelers. Giving you insider access that a larger group can not.
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P A Y M E N T P L A N S ?
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By purchasing a trip from Black Girls Travel Too, you acknowledge and are aware that the trip details are subject to change. The itinerary was curated in good faith and any mention of specific destinations does not guarantee that they will be visited nor does it forfeit the contract between the purchaser and the seller. Our itinerary has been put together with care and intention, however as we may deem it fit to make adjustments that stem from political affairs, weather changes, local concerns, and etc. Our number one goal is to ensure that we provide you with a memorable experience. To ensure that our goal is your goal as well, print a final copy of your itinerary for your review prior to your departure for your trip. You also acknowledge and agree that there are inherent risks associated with any activities you may partake in. Therefore, you understand, agree, and assume full responsibility for such risk that you alone are responsible for based upon your decision to participate in such activities. There are no refunds after confirmation of your reservation. However, if your reservation is not confirmed due to availability you will be refunded in full.