We went to Barbados in March for a 3 days break while my family in law came to visit us. If you are looking at all the travel tips to get there and what to do for 2 weeks better to check out the lonely planet. Why? Because we went there for 3 days, so I’d rather give you a real feeling on what we did there instead of telling you about everything. Seems fair right?
We arrived early morning at the Grantley Adams International Airport and rented a car at drive-a-matic. We choose to go for a Suzuki Jimny because:
1 – we travel on a budget
2 – you never know what the road could be so better to be on the safe side with an SUV (aka. Tips from an expat in St Lucia !)
3 – Best option for a quality/value
We have then decided to drive the way up from the east side of the Island on the Atlantic Coast. Saying that it was quiet was an understatement. When we rented the car we got a map and decided to check out the different “viewpoint” / “attraction”. We did so and we were alone every time. I believe the Atlantic coast is busier when the Barbadians are on holiday as we could see lots of beach house unoccupied.
It is very easy to get around the Island with only a map – and this is a girl who has zero sense of direction, imagine how easy it is!
On the way up to the north end, we decided to stop at the St. Nicholas Abbey at St. Peter which was recommended by a colleague of my husband. A beautiful stop, the plantation house, and surroundings are beautiful, there you will enjoy rum testing, learn about the plantation history, and do a tour of the rum factory.
We kept on driving north to reach the North Point Gardens of the Island and stopped for lunch at the Restaurant at Animal Flower Cave, a lovely stop with a stunning view of the ocean. You can also go for a swim inside the Animal Flower Cave (I would love to tell you how this is but I am claustrophobic so I don’t really do cave 😊)
After lunch, we continued our road trip down on the west coast this time and we encounter some of most beautiful beaches ever.
We booked our 2 nights stay on Airbnb, and selected this lovely house (about 50€ per night for a 2 bedroom). Our host was lovely, the house is in a local neighborhood in Weston, 5 minutes walking from the beach and has a parking for the car. Perfect. Highly recommended if you are also looking to stay on a budget while having all the basics.
On our second day, we had booked a Catamaran Cruise with Cool Running Barbados – another recommendation that I am more than happy to recommend to you now! This was definitely the highlight of our trip. The crew was simply amazing, the atmosphere on the boat so much fun, the cruise/snorkeling STUNNING and wait until the way back for the final but memorable moment ( I am not going to spoil that you just need to book it and enjoy it !)
The most beautiful beaches are definitely on the Caribbean coast of the Island, and there is so many to choose from!
I hope this post has given you an idea and some recommendation on things to do there.
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