World — 30 March 2011
JetBlue Airways new summer service flies to Barbabos twice daily

JetBlue Airways new summer service flies to Barbabos twice daily. Photo shows celebrations at the Crop Over Festival.

JetBlue Airways is introducing twice daily non-stop flights to the sun-drenched island of Barbados from July 14 to August 29, 2011. The extra services are just in time for the island’s exciting Summer festivities, including Barbados’ legendary annual Crop Over Festival.

In addition to the regular scheduled daily morning departure out of New York’s JFK Airport, the second daily non-stop flight, JB Flight 857 will depart at 11:00 p.m. and arrive into Grantley Adams International Airport in Bridgetown at 3:52 a.m. starting July 14 through August 28, 2011. Visitors also have the option on the return, with the additional flight, JB 858 departing Grantley Adams for JFK at 5:00 a.m. and arriving in New York at 9:48 a.m. running between July 15 and August 29, 2011.

Summer in Barbados is filled with energy and excitement. Crop Over, spanning from July 1 to August 1, is Barbados’ biggest, and best-loved festival which sees the whole island taken over by the party spirit.

Dating back to the 1780s when the island was one of the largest sugar producers in the world, the end of the sugar cane harvest was always celebrated with a big party, and the tradition continues today with added extravagance and flamboyance.

The festival launches with the ceremonial delivery of the last sugar canes of the harvest, “crop over,” and culminates with the crowning of the carnival king and queen.

Events last five weeks and revelers can expect a heavy mix of live soca and calypso music, dancing, arts and crafts markets, invigorating parties, cultural presentations and more.

The grand finale, and national holiday, known as Kadooment Day, occurs on Monday, August 1st with a colorful and lively parade of costumed revelers, live music and plenty of rum.

With a lively Crop Over Festival schedule and expanded flight options to accommodate the influx of visitors to the island, it has never been a better time to travel to Barbados via JetBlue Airways.

To book your Barbados getaway on JetBlue Airways visit www.jetblue.com. For further information on the 2011 Crop Over Festival, go to www.cropoverbarbados.com or contact the Barbados Tourism Authority at 1(800) 221-9831 or www.visitbarbados.org.

Image by boshamite via Flickr.

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Richard Lee

Richard has been traveling since he took a year off from college, where he was doing a BA in Journalism. He traveled half the world, backpacking with his girlfriend (now his wife). They spent time in South America, Asia, Greece and much of Europe. After writing about his experiences for several airline and travel magazines, he never went back to college.

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