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We are proud to publish Explore Barbados. Explore Barbados is the only full-fledged guidebook to Barbados. It offers hundreds of e-mail addresses and web sites. It contains extensive coverage of flora and fauna, environmental issues, sustainable tourism, and other info. Car rental, bus travel, restaurants, hotels. It's all here!

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Harry S. Pariser graduated from Boston University with a B.S. in...

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Overview

We are proud to publish Explore Barbados. Explore Barbados is the only full-fledged guidebook to Barbados. It offers hundreds of e-mail addresses and web sites. It contains extensive coverage of flora and fauna, environmental issues, sustainable tourism, and other info. Car rental, bus travel, restaurants, hotels. It's all here!

About the Author:
Harry S. Pariser graduated from Boston University with a B.S. in Public Communications. He has traveled extensively throughout the world, and speaks Spanish, Japanese, Indonesian. In 1995 he was awarded The Society of American Travel Writers' Lowell Thomas Award for "Best Guide Book." His other books include Explore Barbados, Jamaica: A Visitors Guide, Explore Belize, Explore the Virgin Islands (formerly Adventure Guide to the Virgin Islands), Explore Puerto Rico (formerly Adventure Guide to the Puerto Rico), and many more travel books. He lives in San Francisco.

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Editorial Reviews

Sheffield Telegraph
Essential homework...relevant facts and figures are there.
Society of American Travel Writers
Excellent explications.... Pariser's voice is confident and his warts-and-all portrait makes Barbados all the more intriguing,
—( Society of American Travel Writers (on granting Best Guidebook—Silver Award))
Travel Books Review
One of the best writers about the Caribbean region provides you with the best guide you will find about this country.
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Now in an updated and expanded third edition, Harry Pariser's Explore Barbados showcases the culinary, cultural, historical, and natural treasures of exotic Barbados for the vacationer and business traveler. This wonderful little compendium offers hundreds of useful, practical, "visitor friendly" tips and charts; pertinent dining information and choices for gourmets, vegetarians, and local cuisine; Cropover and other festivals; as well as suggestions for tours, care rentals, shopping excursions. The compact and straightforward text is enhanced with website and email addresses, charts, and color photography. If you are contemplating a trip to Barbados, begin your preparations with Harry Pariser's Explore Barbados!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781893643512
  • Publisher: Manatee Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2000
  • Edition description: 3RD
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 5.39 (w) x 7.23 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Introduction

"Just 21 mi. long by a "smile" wide, Barbados is an island of dramatic contrasts and offers many picture-postcard terrains. The island's shape has been compared to that of a ham, a leg of mutton, a pear-shaped emerald, or a lopsided pear with the stem end pointing north. It has been nicknamed "Bimshire" or "Little England" because its land, reforested with green and yellow slopes of sugarcane fields, came to resemble the motherland. For such a small island, there's an enormous amount to take in. Its gentle W coast, graced with pink and white beaches, contrasts vividly with the rough and ragged eastern-facing Atlantic coast. Its smorgasboard of beaches is complimented by fantastic panoramas, densely-foliated tropical gullies, and breathtaking stretches of craggy coastline. The island's geological history has transformed it into a living laboratory for studying the workings of the earth, from the nature-rendered ecological effects of erosion in the Scotland District to the manmade transformation of a heavily forested island into a vast plain of sugarcane."

Calypso

Perhaps no music is so difficult to pinpoint, and none is quite so undefinable as calypso. Next to reggae, it is the best known music to come out of the English-speaking Caribbean. Its rhythm is Afro-Spanish: sometimes the Spanish elements dominate, sometimes the African. Call-and-response is employed frequently. It is strikingly African in the nature and function of its lyrics. The tunes don1t vary a whole lot—there are some 50 or so—but the lyrics must be new! And, without exception, they must also pack social bite. Calypso is a political music, like reggae, and one which, more frequently than not, attacks the status quo, lays bare the foibles of corrupt politicians, and exposes empty programs. The songs often function as musical newspapers, providing great insight into society.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2007

    Better than Lonely Planet!

    I do quite a bit of traveling and often buy a Lonely Planet guide as a basic reference. Lately, however, I've become somewhat jaded by its formulaic coverage and superficial approach. I'm also skeptical about how they go about choosing which accomodations and restaurants to include in their books. Pariser's book at first glance looks remarkably like a Lonely Planet guide--the same format and much the same information. However, Pariser puts more of himself into it and the book clearly is a labor of love. Pariser's guide compares to Lonely Planet like a family restaurant to McDonalds.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2006

    Don't Leave Home Without It

    If you are planning to visit the exotic, mysterious land of British-ruled Barbados, you will be met by a blend of English and African cultures, temperatures that can only be experienced near the equator and waters so blue you may wonder if you¿re seeing a mirage. This Explore Barbados guide provides everything you need to know whether you¿re an armchair traveler, a first time visitor or a returning guest. Learn about island history (Columbus didn¿t discover or name this island), people, flora and fauna, politics, climate, lodging, food, music, festivals and sight seeing opportunities you won¿t want to miss. The pages contain a diverse wealth of information that readers will not find in traditional travel guides. For instance, Pariser warns visitors about the poisonous ¿machineel¿ that grows along the beaches, the ¿poison tree¿ and the ¿cow itch vine.¿ Descriptive accounts of animals will make it easy for travelers to recognize Barbados Green Monkeys, Blackbelly Sheep and a variety of tropical birds and reptiles. I visited Barbados in 1998 and I wish I had read this guidebook before I traveled. Review by JoAnna Carey, Author of Rat Race Relaxer: Your Potential & The Maze of Life

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2002

    Great book with really good coverage!

    We used this book (recommended in the October Conde Nast Traveler) on our trip. It took us to places we would not have found otherwise. We really recommend it for those travelers who want to really discover Barbados.

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