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About Oistins

Oistins, in the southern parish of Christ Church, is a major fishing community in Barbados with a modern fishing market.

Local Fish Vendors

At the Oistins fish market you'll get the freshest fish, caught and brought to the jetty by the fishermen then skillfully skinned, cleaned and portioned by the vendors.

In Oistins, you'll see Barbadian fishing boats and the weaving of fishing nets by local fishermen.

Beach, bay and jetty at Oistins
Beach, bay and jetty at Oistins

Oistins is the site of the annual Fish Festival which honours those who contribute to the local fishing industry. Just around the corner from Oistins is Miami Beach, a great place to take a swim!

Historical Significance

As a coastal town, Oistins played a significant role as a trans-shipment point for sugar and other crops grown at nearby plantations.

In 1652 at The Mermaid Tavern in Oistins, the Charter of Barbados was signed between Oliver Cromwell's representative and the Governor of Barbados who remained loyal to the King. The Charter guaranteed Barbados colonists rights and privileges unheard of in any other colony, including rights to their land and local control of taxation. The agreement followed a months-long stand-off and blockade of the island.

Commemorating the events of 1652
Commemorating the events of 1652, overlooking Oistins Bay

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Oistins Fish Fry

Oistins fish fry

Oistins is also one of the hottest attractions in Barbados!
Each Friday and Saturday night hundreds of locals and visitors flock to Oistins for the Fish-Fry, an opportunity to enjoy the very best local food - fried and grilled fish, fish cakes, sweet potato, macaroni pie, and coleslaw and so much more.

There are numerous vendors to choose from and seating is readily available. The sounds of island music fill the air, making for a memorable evening out in a very casual setting!

The Oistins Fish Fry has now become so popular, it is the second highest-rated attraction in Barbados, after Harrisons Cave.

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