Barbados is the definition of tranquility – completely free from disturbance, with nothing to do but stop, read a book and swim in Caribbean sea. It was the perfect escape from spending the last 6-months in New York City. I missed the sand in my feet and sun kissed feeling on my face.
This one week was total and utter B L I S S.
SAINT LAWRENCE GAP, OISTINS
When choosing accommodation I would stay as close as you can to Saint Lawrence Gap or along the middle eastern side of the island as possible (this is pricey). Saint Lawrence Gap has a whole heap of restaurants and nightlife, it is great for us foodies! The middle eastern side is simply a beautiful location with incredible resorts.
Paddle boarding! You will get the locals trying to sell you a board and haggle a price, or you can go to Dipper’s Beach Bar already set up on the sand there. That way you get wifi and lockers to put your belongings in. For something fun and cheap, you’ll find Cuz’s Fish Shack at Pebbles Beach. Cuz runs the joint so he opens/closes when he pleases, but I guess that’s okay because the food is incredible. All the fish is fresh and he grills it on the spot, with a burger and drink only setting you back $6USD.
R&R Catamaran Cruises
We also did a lunch catamaran cruise with R&R Cruises and it was well worth the $125USD p/p. We were able to swim through the shipwrecks and with turtles, while having a BBQ cooked on board for us.
Stay Clear Of: Harbour Lights Cultural Night. It will set you back $100USD p/p and I found it completely not worth it. The food was good, but the performances weren’t attention grabbing and I found it all very mediocre especially for the high amount you pay.
APSARA SAMUDRA, ST LAWRENCE GAP
What I Recommend: If a local hasn’t told you already, every Friday night in Barbados head down to Oistins Fish Fry for some fresh seafood and good times. If you get there after 6pm be prepared to wait in some long lines, but the cheap good food is worth the wait!
CAFE SOL, ST LAWRENCE GAP
Must duck here for margarita happy hour 5-7pm every afternoon! The food is also delicious so be prepared to wait for a table. A bit on the pricier side for food, but boy is it delicious. Great to relax and have a few drinks after tanning yourself all day.
BLISS CAFE, ST LAWRENCE GAP
It really is made with love, to the point where we ate breakfast here every morning because we couldn’t get enough. One morning we ventured out and the prices were just so much higher for such smaller portions. Bliss Cafe is family run with great vibes. $2.50 fresh daily juices, $8 omelets (with toast) or flatbread paninis – the meals were so big we shared them most mornings! 100% must visit Bliss if wanting a large, fresh breakfast in Barbados.
Travel Tip: Hire a car for the week! – But be prepared to read a map.
BATH BEACH, BATHSHEBA
We decided to drive to the East side of the island to Bathsheba for the day, because we heard the beaches were beautiful over there. Even if you get a GPS with the car, ours had absolutely no wifi signal, so we were left with a map and dodgy road signs! It took a while, but we eventually got there – and it was worth it! Gorgeous beaches and beautiful scenery. We ended up driving pretty much around the whole island that day, until we winded up sun kissed and in need of a drink at Mullins Beach Bar.
MULLINS BEACH BAR, MULLINS
After driving around Barbados all day, we stopped by Mullins Beach Bar. As you can see, it is literally on the beach. Quite expensive for the portions you get, but then again you have to consider the location you’re at! Once you’re finished, go have a dip or play some water sports. There were a lot of locals selling jetskiing or paddle boarding.
In A Nutshell
Barbados is the perfect place for a getaway… or VISA run for us Aussies! Although it’s beautiful, tropical and laid back – it’s still quite expensive if you do anything else but sit on the beach.