Well, Barbados is the place to be. You can travel from coast to coast and there will be something touristy to do.
However, there are some don’ts one must pay attention to, and five are listed below:
1. Don’t ignore those blood sucking mosquitos
Those blood suckers will get you if you don’t get them first. Be militant; bring your favorite brand of repellent. Those little biting critters can infect you with dengue fever, chikungunya, and zika disease.
2. Wearing Camouflage outfit is a no, no
That military fatigue is out of bounds for all civilians. It is illegal to deck out in any camouflage outfit on the island. Even an army fatigue bikini could land you in trouble.
3. The Manchineel is the forbidden Fruit on the island — do not touch it!
The manchineel is referred to as the “little apple of death” and is said to be one of the most dangerous trees in the world.
All parts of the tree contain strong toxins, some unidentified. Its milky white sap contains phorbol and other skin irritants, producing strong allergic dermatitis.
Standing beneath the tree during rain will cause blistering of the skin from mere contact with this liquid (even a small drop of rain with the milky substance in it will cause the skin to blister).
The sap has also been known to damage the paint on cars.
Many manchineel trees on Barbados beaches have a warning sign on them or are painted with a red ring, but not all.
4. Leave the swimming on the east coast to the dare-devils
The Eastern Coastline of Barbados is rustic, rugged, raw, exotic, and unspoiled. It’s best to view only from afar regardless of how tempting it is to draw nigh. The strong currents, billowing waves, and unpredictable tides will show no mercy to the uninitiated swimmer or surfer.
5. Keep out of the monkey business
The green monkeys of Barbados may be fun to see, but they are no pets. Watch, yes, but don’t touch, keep your distance as some can be very aggressive if inadvertently provoked.
Nigel Belle, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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