Oistins - Friday night Barbados

Oistins

In talking to anyone who has been to Barbados, one of the questions you will get asked is “Did you go to Oistins?”

Oistins is an active fishing town on the south coast, and on Friday night becomes the main attraction in Barbados. With excellent fresh fish cooked on the spot, you can sit and eat outdoors whilst listening to an awry of music. There are craft items and souvenirs on sale, including jewellery, pottery, ceramics, leather craft, wood carvings, straw craft, clothing and accessories, and original paintings and prints. You can dance if you want or watch the other’s dance; some nights there's a live band. Food is usually available from about 7:00pm, but if you go early (say 5:45pm) you can walk on the pier and perhaps see a great sunset. The atmosphere is good, drinks, food and music flow all night long … Admission is free.

In the southern parish of Christ Church is a major fishing community in Barbados with a modern fishing market. Oistins is an active fishing town on the south coast and is a hub of activity on weekend nights.

On Friday night particularly, the big thing to do is go to the fish fry at Oistins Bay Gardens. The food is the main draw - excellent fish, lobster, chicken, etc., served in an extremely informal setting. You can get your fish grilled or fried depending on which vendor you choose from. It's all cooked on the spot in front of you.

There are two sources of music – one plays mostly back-in-time (Bob Marley, Platters, Jimmy Cliff, Jamaican ska, even old country and western!), the other calypso, including the current Crop Over hits. You can dance if you want or watch the other's dance! Some nights there's a live band.

Food is usually available from about 7:00pm but if you go early (say 5:45pm) you can walk on the pier and perhaps see a great sunset. Collect your fish scraps from the vendors in the fish market and feed the turtles.

If you go after 8:00pm, be prepared occasionally for long waits for food. Dress down!

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