Ultimate travel guide to The Gem of The Caribbean – Barbados

Roughly a month since I left the gentle and serene beaches of The Gem of The Caribbean, I still find myself waking up in the morning desiring I was back. There’s nothing worse than having reality hit you in the face, reminding you that you have responsibilities other than exploring the world *SHOCKER, I know* How dare you, reality!

When deciding where to explore next, I immediately thought, what better place than the island responsible for the oldest existing brand of rum in the entire world?

What better place than one of the islands ranked to have the Worlds Top Beaches?

 Barbados

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♦ Language: The official language is English – a combination of British English + West African

♦ Currency: Barbadian Dollar ($1 USD = $2 BBD)

♦ Weather: Average temperature ranges from 70° – 80°


How to Get Around
Being a small island of only 21 miles long + 14 miles across, Barbados makes it very easy to travel around. The three main sources of transportation on the island are:

All three options are extremely available throughout the duration of your stay! If you decide not to rent a car through websites like Expedia or BookIt prior to your arrival, you have the option of renting a car outside the airport.

Driving Tip: In Barbados, they drive on the left 

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We personally opted out on renting a car, deciding we’d do it like the locals and ride the bus! The standard van/bus fare in Barbados is $2 BBD ($1 USD) COMPLETELY AFFORDABLE; it blew our minds how much money we saved with riding the vans/bus rather than renting a car or using taxi’s. These vans/buses take you all along the coast of the island, specifically throughout the highly populated areas. (They run from 6 am to 12 am, although you start to see less and less of them as it gets closer to 11 pm.)



What to Do

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  • Snorkel with Turtles + Shipwrecks: ($40 USD) The crystal-clear waters of the island make it impossible for snorkelers not to have remarkable memories underwater with extraordinary fish, turtles, and history-filled shipwrecks!
  • Waverunner (Jetskiing): ($60-80 USD for 30 mins) Suitable for just about any age, these thrilling watercraft’s are available for hire at any Bay, Coves, or Beaches on the island.
  • Visit Harrison’s Cave: (Adults $30.30 USD | Children $15.15 USD) Open to the public since 1981, the breathtaking, active cave is one of the island’s most famous attractions! Available for tours from 8:45 am – 3:45 pm for a duration of 1 hour.
  • Visit Mount Gay Distillery: ($15-70 USD) Discover the mysteries and secrets behinds the oldest existing brand of rum in the WORLD! With five tours to choose from:
    ⋅The Signature Rum Tour
    ⋅The Super Premium Rum Tasting Tour
    ⋅The interactive Cocktail Tour
    ⋅The Rum & Food Pairing Tour
    ⋅The Live Station Bajan Buffet Lunch Tour – featuring a Bottomless Rum Punch Station.IMG_0027
  • Celebrate at Oistin’s Fish Fry Fridays: (free admission) looking for an authentic Caribbean experience filled with food, culture, and entertainment? Then join the locals at Oistin’s on Fridays! With a county fair-like environment, these weekly fish fry events are surrounded with local’s enjoying the start of the weekend, with authentic music and freshly made food!
  • Lie on the beaches: With different styles beach at every direction, the island offers just about any type of beach scene you’re in the mood for!
    ⋅South Coast beaches like Carlisle Bay and Sandy Beach are known to have small to medium waves, perfect for body surfing, and wind + kite surfing.
    ⋅East Coast beaches like Cattlewash and Soup Bowl are known to have the strongest, biggest, often time dangerous waves. Famous for surfing areas, the East Coast beaches makes swimming here extremely hazardous.

Drink – Drank – Drunk

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  • Boatyard Beach Clubs: ($25 USD with $20 of it applied to restaurant + bar purchases) Single handedly the best beach bar on the island, the Boatyard beach day passes include access to lounge chairs, cabanas, ocean trampoline, rope swing, iceberg climb, free Wi-Fi, volleyball net, restaurant, bar and souvenir shop!
  • Sharkey’s: Located in St. Lawerence Gap, Sharkey’s is a great place to enjoy select cocktails, cold beers, all while soaking up the sun with a stunning oceanfront setting!
  • The Cove: Well known for their wide range of music and dancing atmosphere, the Cove is a full-fledged nightclub experience!

 


Where to Eat

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  • Lobster Alive: ($$$$) offers upscale dining on the actual sand beaches of Brownes Beach. Whether you decide to enjoy your dining experience in the tables inside the restaurant or in the tables outside on the sand, your experience if filled with unbelievably fresh lobster, live jazz music, and amazing weather. Call before you go—the restaurant is quite small so I‘d recommend a reservation.
  • Buzo Osteria: ($$$)  an up and coming, modern-style restaurant located in front of the Marriot, Buzo offers a selection of Italian dishes, filled with an international flare. One of the best meals we had on the island, left us wanting to come back!
  • Café Sol: ($$) famous for their Tex-Mex style dishes, this restaurant/bar is open from 11:30 am to 2 am. Offering happy hour daily, from 5pm-7pm and 10pm-12pm!

Stay tuned, next week I will be discussing my trip to LA, California, filled with Must-do’s, Restaurant + Bar Recommendations, and much more!

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