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Crop Over... The Sweetest Summer Festival

2018 marks 14 straight years that Trini Jungle Juice has been covering Crop Over. During this period, we've seen the rise of Foreday Morning, introduction of new mas bands, popularity of breakfast parties and believe or not... more cruises. Remember the days when it was just Booze Cruise? The Crop Over landscape is very much like Trinidad Carnival, where there's an event (or two) happening throughout the main carnival week - breakfast fete, day fete, night fete – all overlapping, where if you chose to attend all, you will be going on zero sleep.


CARNIVAL Barbados Crop Over



Breakfast Party

Mimosa, Scorch JAM, Brek-Fus


Dis Is Rick, Any concert with Machel Montano (which was Rise Soca Kingdom this year).

All Inclusive

Bliss: The Summer Edition

Cooler Party Fyah D Wuk, LUSH, Lifted, CRANK Beach Party, Soca Brainwash BIM
Cruises When it comes to cruises and boat rides, Barbados has no shortage. These are some of the tried and tested cruises: Ruk-A-Tuk Premium Breakfast Cruise, aFLOAT Soca Cruise BIM, Candy Coated Cruise, Roast Cruise, Scorch Cooler Cruise, Booze Cruise, Limerz Cruise and Suits.


In Barbados j'ouvert is called "Foreday Morning". And unlike most carnivals, it takes place two days before the Parade of the Bands on the Crop Over Friday night/Saturday morning. We usually jump with Mix Nutz. For an alternative j'ouvert concept, there's Caesar's Army A.M.Bush. PS, CRANK Beach Party is the ultimate Foreday Morning Jumpstart!

Must Do Event

Bliss: The Summer Edition

Barbados Mas Bands

Aura Experience
Baje International (TJJ recommended)
Blue Box Cart
Erupt the Band
Krave the Band
Power x 4 Next Generation
Xhosa Barbados
Zulu International




Tuesday to Tuesday. Grand Kadooment Day (Parade of the Bands) always takes place on the 1st Monday in August, so plan to arrive a week prior and leave 1-2 days following the parade for the perfect Crop Over.

Parade Day / Last Lap

On the first Monday in August, in Barbados, it's "Kadooment Day", a public holiday.


2 Barbados Dollars = 1 United States Dollar


August is another hot month with average high temperatures reaching 29°Celsius (84°Fahrenheit) and warm low averages of 24°Celsius (75°Fahrenheit).

TJJ Recommended Hotel

Tropical Sunset Beach Apartment Hotel | IG @tropicalsunsetbarbados

Best places to stay

The South Coast has all the lively beaches and party vibe. St. Lawrence Gap is the best area to stay for a vacation filled with partying. Clubs, bars and restaurant are just steps away from your accommodation. Holetown on the West Coast offers tranquil beaches, exclusive shopping and a charming little nightlife. Tropical Sunset Beach Apartment Hotel is an excellent self-catering option in a spectacular beachfront location.

Communication / Mobile Providers

Digicel and FLOW pre-paid sim cards can be purchased in Barbados.


We love Courtesy Rent-A-Car in Barbados. Get 10% OFF by e-mail reservation until October 31st, 2018 using Promo Code "TriniJJ".


Several airlines fly to Bridgetown, Barbados (BGI).



Cost of a 2 Piece Combo

BD$17.80 / US$8.90 for a 2 Piece Snack box. Using our KFC global standard, a 2 Pc. Chicken Combo, which includes individual side & medium drink, cost $5.99 in the US.

Late Night Eats

Before calling it a night, Gap burgers (in St. Lawrence Gap) are my go to. Also, the hot/bull dogs at any of the Esso gas stations are life saving. Have them dress it (add condiments) in reverse.

TJJ Favourite Restaurants

Zaccios – St. James, Holetown
Lemongrass – Limegrove, Holetown


Upscale Dining / $$$
The Cliff – Derricks, St. James
Cin Cin By The Sea – Prospect, St. James
Fusion Rooftop – Limegrove, Holetown

Local Food

Just Grillin – Rockley, Christ Church and Holetown, St. James
Chefette – Island wide fast food chain - burgers, chicken, pizzas. Try the Roti.
Oistins Fish Fry (on Friday night in particular) – Oistins (South Coast)

Local Drinks

Rum (Mount Gay), Beer (Banks) or Coconut Water (road or beach side). If you're a Mauby fan, you're in luck. Bajans love their mauby. Barbados is considered the birthplace of rum, and Mount Gay distillery, founded in 1703, is believed to be the oldest rum found anywhere in the world. Check out Strictly Bajan Rum Shop Tours for a local experience, ham cutters inclusive.

Alcohol purchase

Duty free in available in Barbados airport. The majority of the mas bands are drinks inclusive, and there are plenty of rum shops and road side vendors selling.

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Note: TJJ Recommends Events, Food, Mas Bands and Hotels based on where we have been and the services we have used. For events, we recommend the ones with a vibe of 8 or higher.


Til we meet again BIM!


The Carnival Ref; and the 2018 TJJ Crop Over Team
-- Juicy Juice, Drama Juice and Xavier

Barbados Crop Over 2018

We Love Carnival ... We Know Carnival ... WE ARE CARNIVAL


Disclaimer: Professional and experienced TJJ Fet-a-lot-athon® Party Gurus have rigorously tested these Carnival grounds and are providing said recommendations based on the fundamentals that the audience is a healthy rum drinking islander. If while performing any of these actions you begin to feel any dizziness, fatigue or pain please stop and consult your physician immediately.


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