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 2018!
W H E N A R E W E G O I N G ?
AUGUST 2 t h – 9 t h , 2 0 1 8
(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 baby!
You’ll rest peacefully with 7 nights in a renowned hotel steps away from the serene Accra Beach. Rest… you will certainly appreciate as the BGTT experience immerses you in Crop Over 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 Experiencers mixologist competition, where rum is your main ingredient, and a beautiful morning coasting on a catamaran.
LOCAL ADVISED ITINERARY… When you travel with Black Girls Travel Too, we offer the 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 to 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 the city, 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 by our Black Girls Travel Too Ambassador and will meet your fellow travelers. Your BGTT ambassador will assist you in retrieving your luggage from baggage claim and escort you through a dedicated fast lane at customs. Now, you are ready for the real fun to commence! Your ambassador will guide you to your complimentary BGTT shuttle service where you will be greeted with a warm hello from your driver, fresh cold towels and beverages. Your driver will transport you and your fellow BGTT travelers from the airport to your home away from home for the next 7 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 BGTT 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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There’s a lesson in everything you do
Good Morning…waking up to the scenic views of Accra Beach’s crystal blue waters you can enjoy a Bajan breakfast as you continue to connect with other BGTT travelers. As you clean up from breakfast, we will enjoy a calming stroll on Accra Beach or you can catch a quick power nap on one of the beach lounge chairs where the views and breeze from the Caribbean Sea soothe you to sleep like a baby.
Next, we will gather together in the lobby to prepare for our signature rum tour departure. As we arrive, you will be welcomed with a glass of the Barbados signature island drink, Rum Punch. As the tour starts, you will quickly become more of a Bajan at heart learning the history of Barbados rum and how they achieved it’s award winning taste through the fine art of Barbados rum making. Next, we will put our skills to the test in a friendly mixologist competition! Let it be known, our founder, Danny and BGTT travelers have set the standard and S L A Y E D for the past two years!
After the rum tour, we will head back to our accommodations where you are free to enjoy the remainder of your day at your leisure and possibly recuperate from our rum tour! Feel free to soak up the Barbadian sun rays at Pirates Cove Beach or visit Oisten’s for some good eats.
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 night away to sweet soca music through the streets of Barbados.
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Rise and shine, have you gotten use to those views yet?! Us either! Peel yourself from your relaxing room to fuel yourself for the day with a delectable Bajan style breakfast and even welcome some of the BGTT guest back as they return from hours of dancing, partying, and covered in paint. For those who experienced the Foreday celebration, you may choose to get a little R&R or move like the Caribbean’s 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.
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Today you are in for a real treat! Join 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, be sure and jot down a recipe or two to experiment when you return! You will leave the island with memories of AMAZING Caribbean food, great conversation, and better company.
After breakfast, we will partake in a friendly competition with an island scavenger hunt. You will partner up with a fellow BGTT Experiencer. The two of you will venture out onto the island as a team, with the hopes of being the first to complete the scavenger hunt. You will learn the island even more and “brush shoulders” with the locals throughout your day.
In the evening, we will join the island for the most entertaining, interactive concert experience including some of the hottest entertainers in the Caribbean. The music of Barbados is a synthesis of diverse styles and influences, most notable of British and African origins. It’s all in the hips! When the music starts and the rhythms hits your immediate response is to move those hips or to “wuk up” as the locals say.
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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 rode 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.
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After breakfast, we will embark on a Private Island Safari Tour in rugged 4×4 Jeeps with a combination of on and off road adventures, visiting the beautifully landscaped gardens and panoramic views of Gun Hill and Cherry Tree Hill. We will top it all off by catching the beautiful views of the east coast and ending our tour at Animal Flower Cave, with pools deep enough for you to swim in! Next, we will transfer to a coach that will transport us to Pirates Cove Beach where a scrumptious Bajan lunch with a private tent and picnic tables awaits us.
Later that evening we will gather for our last evening together. Over dinner will be the perfect time to reflect over our week together in Barbados.
Breakfast +Snack Included
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Join your fellow BGTT Experiencers as we share our final breakfast together. Our last full day is yours to do as you wish. Perhaps the beach is calling your name or you need to hit up Bridgetown for some last-minute souvenirs. Either way the day is yours to roam or relax.
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 good byes as a group but will forever remain connected as Black Girls Who Travel Too certified Experiencers, never forgetting the memories we made this week at Crop Over!
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An early rise to wrap up any loose ends, visit the beach one last time or indulge in sweet Barbadian rum once more, then we begin to prepare for your airport departure by a private BGTT shuttle to Grantley International Airport and bid your farewells to everyone. We enjoyed taking care of you on this trip, allowing for you to focus on making memories, epic adventures and total relaxation! We look forward to seeing you on the next BGTT trip! Travel Safely!
W H A T ‘ S I N C L U D E D ?
8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS IN A BEACH FRONT HOTEL
7 BREAKFAST, 1 LUNCH,
FULL CULTURE EXPERIENCE
GUIDED SCENIC ISLAND TOUR OF BARBADOS
GUIDED CAVE TOUR
INSTRUCTIONAL RUM TOUR AND TASTING
INTIMATE GROUP EXPERIENCE
AIRPORT PICKUP/DROP OFF FROM GRANTLEY ADAMS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (BGI)
***Airfare Not Included***
*All parties (fetes) are optional and 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?
All parties/fetes are not included in the package. There are dozens of fetes to choose from and each party brings something different to the table. Some parties are on land while others are on water. We allow our Experiencers to decide on which fetes they would like to partake in. However, Foreday and Bliss are included in the purchase of the package as we will attend as a group.
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 is 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 maybe 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 water. While we have included two fetes, Foreday and Bliss, we decided to give our Experiencers the liberty to decide on which additional fetes they would like to participate in.
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 2017 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) 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 $500 USD. However, if you wish to buy several gifts, you should bring 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 the rate of $1.98 (BBD) to $1.00 (USD). The Barbadian Dollar is fixed to the U.S. Dollar and do not fluctuate. 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.
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 8days/7night in a local hotel, steps away from Accra Beach.
Are there any private rooms options available?
Of course! Our private room charge is an additional onetime fee of $550.00 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 20-60. 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 groups. Our trips are designed for a 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
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P A Y M E N T P L A N S ?
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.