To me, Barbados is like a love note. It starts out sweet, gets really passionate in the middle and ends on a high. When you think of a place with great local food, bars, amazing music vibes and probably the most friendliest people in the world- you have to think of Barbados. It’s a place for couples to honeymoon, single friends to explore everything the island has to offer and of course- is the island of Rihanna. You can’t go wrong here.
One of the reasons I loved being on the island was it’s so family orientated, with the beaches right next to anywhere you go, there’s so much to see and do.
Oistin’s at Bay Garden is a fishing town on the south coast with local live food stalls lining up the streets and street-dancing is a norm. Here you’ll find that the food is the main draw – fresh fish, (tuna, swordfish, marlin, mahi-mahi, flying fish), lobster, chicken served in an extremely informal setting. You can get your fish grilled or fried depending on which vendor you choose from. It’s all cooked on the spot in front of you so get instagram ready. Don’t forget to visit “Hot Legendary Fishcakes” for literally- LEGENDARY FISHCAKES.
A plate of fish (and there’s plenty fish on it) and a beer will cost you about Bds$30 – $35 (US$ 15 – 17.50). Ask for a side of Macaroni Pie, you won’t regret it.
When I was a child, I recall my mom taking me through these caves and I remembering thinking it was the most wondrous place I ever visited. I went back 15 years later, and I am still sticking to my opinion! At the heart of Barbados, the magnificent Harrison’s Cave is located in the central uplands of the island. The crystallised limestone cave has a variety of waterfalls, deep pools of pure mineral water and towering columns of limestone crystals.
The tour guide takes you by a tram through the caves, and shows you the natural light of the cave before it was discovered which is PITCH BLACK. I couldn’t even see my hand right in front of my face.
3. Animal Flower Cave
The ANIMAL FLOWER CAVE in Barbados is located under the cliffs at the Northern tip of the island. These dramatic, adjoining caverns open on the Atlantic in the rugged sea cliffs off the north point where the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Seas meet. A stairway through a blow-hole in the bedrock provides safe access to them. The cave’s ‘natural swimming pool’ it is in a chamber all by itself. The totally transparent and absolutely still water does not reveal its depth but looks deceptively shallow. Make sure to wear shoes with a strong grip, my hubby was slipping everywhere and holding onto me for dear life! Luckily- I had good grip;)
4. St. Nicholas Abbey Rum Distillery
I think I overdosed on Rum by the time I got back to Hong Kong. ‘Rum and Ginger ‘as one of my friends got me addicted, I was officially on a sugar high post-holiday for at least a month. Rum is the island’s drink- can’t go anywhere without a Banks Beer or Rum. The old sugar plantation turned into a rum distillery while being handed down through generations. You can have a tour of the Jacobean Mansion, visit where the rum is being made, check out some talking parrots and taste fantastic rum!
Definitely try the Spicy Rum or (pepe rum).. it’s an experience!
5. Places to Stay
If you are coming as a couple, I highly recommend The Crane. It’s the oldest resort set on a beautiful beach extending for miles. The resort is shaped to cater to those who enjoy fine dining, luxury suites and stunning views. I also highlight recommend dining at Zen.
For families, I recommend staying at Yellow Bird Hotel. Yellow Bird Hotel is set at St. Lawrence Gap which is full of food & beverage venues to check out during the day. It’s a quaint family-run hotel with cozy rooms, a pool and faces the beach!
For everyone, Accra Beach Hotel is one of the places to stay at! The Accra Beach has various water sports- just don’t forget to haggle. Tucked away amongst lush gardens, this 3.5 acre beachfront property offers breathtaking views of the island, pool or ocean, providing ultimate relaxation to ensure you have a once in a lifetime experience.
Stay tuned for the next blog on where to eat in Barbados & my photo diary of London!