Barbadians love to dance. We love music and we love to socialise. And why not? It’s part of our DNA. If you’re thinking about coming to Barbados, there are just a few things you need to know if you want to enjoy the true Bajan experience and party (or liming) like a local. Just know that this particular “lime” is neither green, of the citrus variety nor grows on a tree. This “lime” refers to how we relax, wind down, and generally de-stress. Although a “lime” is permissible during the day and at any time you want to hang out with friends and family, a real high-powered lime usually takes place at night, so here are a few pointers:
Food and fun with friends: Nighttime feasts with friends usually run the gamut from earthy cookouts and street barbeques in fishing villages to fine dining at swanky eateries. There are dozens of restaurants and “watering holes” in every parish, not to mention dreamy nighttime boat cruises where we satisfy our hunger for food, fantasy and romance all at the same time! Be sure to check them out!
Nightlife and music go together: Nightclubs, mainly located on the south coast, provide a blend of music catering to lovers of all genres especially calypso, reggae and pop. Those of you who want the full tropical experience, might enjoy the dinner shows offered by a few hotels and tourists spots like the Plantation Garden Theatre and the Harbour Lights nightclub, where fire eating, limbo stunts and stilt walkers will enthrall and entertain you while you dance under the stars with warm sand beneath your feet. Bajans like all that too, and although most of us are used to the spectacle, we still feel the energy and lose ourselves in the pulsating rhythms characteristic of Caribbean music. Suffice to say that nightlife and music go together!
Wukking up: This is critical to a good lime, so take notes. Bajans, like all Caribbean people, comport ourselves differently on the dance floor. You’ll notice gyrations on the dance floor, ranging from the subtle to the mind-blowing varieties. If you’re up for the challenge, try a few of the moves yourself. The secret is to soften your knees, loosen your hips and move them in a circular rotation. Go slowly at first, and then work your way up to full pace! By the end of the evening, you would have learned the art of Bajan “wuk up 101” and had a good work out at the same time! Good luck!