For more than 200 years, Bajans have celebrated the end of the sugar-cane harvest with a boisterous bash that washes over Bridgetown and many local beaches. It helps to know the lingo: “Kadooments” are carnival parades; a “dooflicky” is a special event that might include arts and crafts, or an indigenous game called road tennis; and “liming” is chilling with friends on a beach or in a local tavern; barbadoscropoverfestival.com.
While you’re here: Spend a day on the island’s east coast, exploring the grounds of 18th century Codrington College (one of the finest examples of British Colonial architecture in the Caribbean), and enjoying flying fish at The Cove restaurant.
Where to stay: The 1887 Crane Hotel has been resurrected as a chic beach retreat. Stay in the historic residences, decorated with antiques, hardwood floors, and original coral stone walls, or in the new garden or sea-view suites. Rates start at $196; thecrane.com.