Barbados provided the best weather, the most beautiful scenic views, perfect sunsets and pure relaxation. Everything a woman could ever ask for from a vacation. I visited here with a dear friend who just so happens to be a native and proved to be the best tour guide for this Caribbean gem. Before visiting, I did not have many recommendations on places to go or see; I left it all in her hands and she outdid herself for sure.
We visited Oistins on that Friday night and had a blast hearing the live music, enjoying performances from locals and the best of all, having the local favorites, flying fish and the macaroni pie for dinner. Anyone that knows me would know how much I love food and Barbados did not disappoint. Let me not forget to mention the $5 homemade rum punches. Oh what a delight. The spices in it were so dominant yet not overpowering. Rum punch became a must for each day of the trip 🙂
Let’s discuss the food. I had the pleasure of visiting the Crane Resort in St. Philip and a country club, the Apes Hill Club in St. James for brunch. Both places offered the best experience one could ask for while enjoying a meal. At Crane, you could get the best ocean view and almost instantly gain calmness from the sounds of the Atlantic ocean waves; pure serenity. At Apes Hill, you could dine right outside and overlook the island of Barbados. For the Bajan dishes, we visited a number of places including Fisherman’s Pub in Speightstown, Marina Bar & Restaurant in the heart of downtown Bridgetown, The Beach House in Holetown and the infamous Chefette. We had dishes like the beef stew, macaroni pie, jerk chicken wings, chicken roti and fish cakes just to name a few. To say these places were good would be an understatement. Everything was cooked to perfection. I made sure to try as much Bajan cuisine as possible. The only thing I didn’t recall having was a Bajan dessert but I did have the rum raisin ice cream one day which was a nice refreshing treat. Also when I left to head back to the states, I grabbed a rum cake made by Tortuga. Now this by far has to be the best cake I’ve had and they definitely didn’t take it light with the infused rum.
While visiting places foreign to me, I love to see things regarding the culture or history. We visited Cherry Tree Hill, which provides a beautiful snapshot of the entire island of Barbados. I was able to have a fresh coconut with a splash of rum thanks to the locals and even snag handmade jewelry pieces and souvenirs to bring back home with me. The next place we visited was the Animal Flower Cave in Saint Lucy. Unfortunately, the cave was closed due to high tide but to see the landscape of the cave and have lunch by the ocean worked just fine for me. We traveled to Bathsheba in the parish St. Joseph and enjoyed the scenic views here as well. The drive itself to some of these places created wonderful memories for me. The small narrow dirt roads which often had cattle alongside them, or wild monkeys that peeped out here and there or mongoose that scurried across the roads from time to time made the ride an experience as well. Once you get along the coast, I instantly became mesmerized by the crystal blue waters. The joys of being a passenger includes getting tons of pics and asking for frequent stop requests to capture just a piece of the beauty you witnessed in that moment.
The best feature of Barbados to me would have to be the beaches. I was obsessed with the idea of seeing the sunset and my friend decided to make a trip to the beach to go a swim and have rum cocktails afterwards to wait for the sunset. Brilliant plan my friend and what a sight to see. Simply beautiful and breathtaking. We visited Mullins beach but there are so many others and while driving along the roads there are many public access areas designated for their beaches. We often take things for granted but I literally tried to appreciate every detail involved with this vacation. The beauty of this island is indescribable and I would definitely love to visit here again. Until next time Barbados…