Off-track Barbados

Places in Barbados that are a little off the beaten track that we think might be of interest to Bajans and to tourist.

Andromeda House location of a covert submarine tracking facility in Barbados

Andromeda Gardens – the location of a covert US Navy cold-war submarine tracking station in Barbados from 1954 to 1985/87

In addition to the US Navy NAVFAC Barbados at Harrison’s Point, St. Lucy which was operational from 1957 to 1979 there was another hush, hush and “covert” NAVFAC cold-war submarine tracking facility located in Barbados from 1954 to 1985/87. It was located within the workshop of Dr. Harry Bayley’s bay-house at Andromeda in St. Joseph. …

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IMPORTANT NOTICE: Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic - Barbados. All hikes organised by the: Barbados National trust and Barbados Hiking Association have been cancelled until further notice.

Hiking in Barbados | Run246 | The Barbados Hiking Association

Barbados PM Mia Motley in her Covid-19 update of 9th September 2021 announced with immediate effect hiking in groups is banned. Please check the Barbados Hiking Association Facebook Announcement page for further information. Run246 produce a regular listing of road running, trail running, triathlon, obstacle course racing and hiking events that take place across Barbados. …

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Firing of HARP - 17th June 1963

Observation Mission – Firing HARP:
Monday 17th June 1963

The McGill University High Altitude Research Project (HARP) space gun project commenced in Barbados in 1962 under the direction of Canadian ballistics scientist Dr. Gerald Bull in his quest to economically launch a satellite into space using a huge artillery piece. The project was abruptly abandoned in 1967.  It’s unlikely we will ever know the …

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Monday 17th June 1963
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Celestine Bajan Food

Celestine’s Bajan Food Restaurant

Celestine Giles and Esta Butcher run a restaurant on the road leading to Harrison’s Cave serving delicious home-cooked Bajan food.  It is frequented by locals either as a quick lunch stop while at work or after a hike in the area. A growing number of visitors have found this unique spot. It is good for …

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Annies B.B.Q, Oistins, Barbados

Oistins Fish Fry – Barbados. Annies BBQ where locals go for lunch, dinner and a drink

Richard Ligon wrote in his A True and Exact History of Barbadoes (first published in 1657) ….which they called Auftins Bay, not in commemoration of any Saint, but of a wild mad drunken fellow, whofe lewd and extravagant carriage made him infamous in the island; and his Plantation standing near this Bay, it was called …

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Bajan Eating Places - Chicken Rita

Chicken Rita’s. Where Bajan’s go for seasoned fried chicken!

Chicken Rita serves fried chicken (sometimes fish) and chips.  If you want to eat anything else this, this is not the place for you. This is where Bajans go to eat fried chicken, buy a drink at reasonable price and meet friends. Visitors to the island are welcome. So are children. It is not fast food. Weekends are busy but the …

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HAPR Project delict space gun

High Altitude Research Project (HARP) 1962 – 1967

The High Altitude Research Project (HARP) space gun was set up at Paragon just to the east of the runway of what was then Seawell Airport – the brainchild of Canadian ballistics scientist Dr. Gerald Bull and jointly funded by McGill University, Canada and the USA Army Research and Development Center. The HARP project was …

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