Bizarre Barbados Facts
By Darshi Chohan
Barbados is a beautiful, independent West Indian Continental island in the Atlantic Ocean. Luxury Barbados holidays are popular amongst tourists, and with a range of luxury Barbados hotels to choose from, you can find excellent accommodation to suit all tastes.
For a quieter holiday, pick out a Barbados boutique hotel, and spend your days on more secluded beaches away from the tourist crowds. Encircled by coral reefs set in crystal clear waters, you can enjoy your island paradise while you lounge on the beach as the golden sand trickles between your toes.
But Barbados is full of bizarre stories that are worth exploring too, with the coffins of Christ Church, the miniature snake in the Eastern region of the island, and a few odd locals beliefs making for interesting stories to research while on a luxury holiday in Barbados.
The Moving Christ Church Coffins
The parish of Christ Church is situated on the southern end of the island. Christ Church contains a major fishing centre, its main town, Oistins. A stay in a Barbados boutique hotel in this little town could give you the opportunity to live the life of a local, as you get to know the fisherman and stroll around the harbour.
The centre of the island's tourism lies around Saint Lawrence Gap, where the selection of luxury hotels in Barbados is plentiful. The area has a buzzing nightlife, with a range of bars and clubs to entertain you. You'll meet both locals and tourists when out at night, giving you a well-rounded experience on a luxury holiday in Barbados.
Christ Church is steeped in mystery, and a chat with the locals will let you in on the secrets of the land. Chase Vault is the keeper of a nearly two-hundred-year-old mystery, and much research has been done into its peculiar history. While nobody has yet confirmed the truth, perhaps you will discover something new whilst exploring on your Barbados luxury holiday.
In the Chase Vault, a number of ancient coffins are kept. These coffins are encased in a vault with a locked door, sealed shut by a giant boulder cemented into the ground. In 1812, the door was sealed with three coffins lying side-by-side, with other coffins placed on top. In 1819 when the vault was re-opened by Lord Combermere, the coffins were scattered about the room, with some upside down and others flung on their sides.
This controversy was well documented, and tied in with similar happenings in Suffolk and in a Lutheran cemetery on the Isle of Oesel in the Baltic Sea. This spurred much debate, and a theory was put forward about Masonic involvement, with claims of Masonic symbolism being present in the mysterious event. Determine the truth for yourself, as you spend an afternoon collecting evidence while on your Barbados luxury holiday.
The Smallest Snake
Another odd fact about Barbados is that it is home to the world's smallest snake. An American evolutionary biologist discovered the snake in a tiny forest on the eastern side of Barbados. The snake is as thin as a spaghetti noodle, and when curled up, can fit into the size of an American quarter coin.
While you may not spot this tiny snake when on a luxury Barbados holiday on the eastern coast, a trip to the area will not be in vain. With a rugged Atlantic coastline waiting to be explored and beautiful beaches to relax on, all you need is to find a luxury Barbados hotel to complete your perfect holiday.
Darshi Chohan is a Caribbean holiday expert for Harlequin Holidays, a specialist operator providing Barbados boutique hotels and luxury accommodation in the Mediterranean and Caribbean. Harlequin Holidays has a dedicated team of experienced travel consultants ready to share their knowledge and help you to plan and book your ideal holiday.
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