The main activities people think of when visiting the Caribbeans include swimming, tanning, eating delicious food and enjoying a refreshing drink on the beach. So what about doing all of the above but on a boat sailing on the turquoise waters? You are in? Great, keep reading!
We had done a sunset cruise before in Santorini and it was so magical that we promised ourselves to do it again next time we were visiting a paradisal island. Which happened to be Barbados, an island that was everything we expected it to be and more! The sunsets on the West Coast are so glorious that we had to book a cruise, which we did with Cool Runnings that came highly recommended by some of our friends.
On an afternoon, our driver came to pick us up at our hotel around 2:30pm – next stop Bridgetown! All the staff at Cool Runnings is lovely and has an excellent sense of humour so our drive to the harbour was actually a great taste of what was to come and was everything but boring! We exchange some jokes, sang Happy Birthday to another passenger and shared the best addresses for a rum punch in the area.
Once in the centre of Bridgetown, we were directed to the harbour where our catamaran was waiting. The boats are really big and we travelled with about 20 other passengers.
We started sailing, the music started playing, the drinks started being served – we were in Carribean heaven. The views were so beautiful even the menacing clouds couldn’t spoil the evening for us. Mind you, the multiple rum punches probably helped with that too!
Our first snorkelling stop was in Carlisle Bay to see some sea turtles. I didn’t snorkel as I am not very confident at it and the clouds were really looming over. Andrew was braver than me and went. Unfortunately that day there was only one turtle around being looked at by about 20 humans. Imagine what she was thinking!
We had another snorkelling stop further down Carlisle Bay to visit the shipwrecks. Andrew again went and he can report that the water temperature was very pleasant and the shipwrecks really nice to check out.
In the meantime, I was enjoying the views while sipping on a drink and chatting with visitors from all around the world. It is good to note that there is an open bar onboard and everyone is rather ‘joyful’ by the end of the night (wink).
We then started our journey to our dinner spot, sailing along the West Coast, enjoying the views of the land.
And of the sea.
The sky was also slowly getting ready for the big show.
We stopped for dinner at Sandy Lane. A beach famous for being the home of a very famous Bajan singer (second wink). And when looking at the place you can understand why – it is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island!
The food on board was great and there were options for any type of diet.
After a filling meal, Andrew went for one last swing while I was, again, ordering another drink (we are all friends here, no one is judging!).
The music got louder, the sky set itself on fire and the boat turned into a floating dance floor. I don’t think there are many better things in life than dancing at sunset and under the stars on a boat sailing along a Carribean island.
We laughed, danced and sang together before heading back to Bridgetown, our heads spinning because of euphoria and well… rum.
So make sure to book your sunset cruise with Cool Runnings if you are ever visiting Barbados. You will meet people from all around the world, dance, eat, drink and see one of the most memorable sunsets.