A week in Barbados

Andrew and I were craving some winter sun at the beginning of this year. We needed to go away somewhere warm. So we looked at a map of the world and checked where it was ‘bikini’ warm in February/March and under 9 hours flight. The Caribbean became an obvious destination pretty quickly!

Unfortunately, our Plan A which I mentioned in my ‘Where to in 2018?’ post was waaaaayyyyy too expensive for us. We looked at alternatives and Barbados showed up on the various flight and hotel sites as pretty affordable. So we booked flights and accommodation without really knowing what to expect.

Well my friends, if there is one thing I have learned on that trip it is that Plan Bs can sometimes be the best decision you can make!

 

From London, the flight to Barbados is about 8 hours. We landed in the afternoon and headed to our first accommodation of the week, to the East Coast in Bathsheba. We grabbed dinner at a local restaurant and went to bed early to be rested for our first day.

Sunrise in Bathsheba

Day 1 – Bathsheba

We purposely booked two accommodations for our trip, one on the East coast and one on the West one to have an opportunity to see both sides of Barbados. The East coast is very wild, with the Atlantic ocean and the mountains nearby, this part of the island feels remote and authentic away from the cruise boats and the tourist crowds. It is also the perfect spot if you are a surfer!

Sign post in Bathsheba

We stayed in Bathsheba the few nights and we spent our first day exploring the small village and the surrounding beaches.

Bathsheba

After breakfast, we headed to the Soup Bowl, a beach famous for its waves and its floating-like rocks.

Soup Bowl BathshebaSoup Bowl Bathsheba

We spent a bit of time enjoying the views.

Bathsheba beachSoup Bowl Bathsheba

Unfortunately for us, the beach was covered with red algae when we stayed there. We originally had planned to explore more of the East Coast beaches on our first couple of days but the entire area was affected and access to the beaches was impossible. The locals explained to us that it is a recent issue and it forced us to slightly amend our plans once there. Bathsheba is still really worth visiting, so make sure you spare some time to explore the East Coast a bit!

Soup Bowl BathshebaSoup Bowl Bathsheba

After spending a bit of time at the Soup Bowl we grabbed some lunch at Dina’s bar, which is right by the beach. We then spent the remainder of the afternoon reading and relaxing before having dinner at the Round House where we were staying.

Dina's BathshebaBathsheba

Day 2 – Mullins Beach

On our second day, we coordinated a car rental with the hotel as our original plans had been disrupted by tones of seaweed. We decided to head West where we were told there were no algae.

We drove from Bathsheba to Holetown, which took about 35 minutes, stopped at a shop to buy some packed lunches and headed north to Mullins beach.

Mullins beach Barbados

Mullins beach is everything you expect a Carribean beach to look like. Calm turquoise water, white sand, palm trees and a little beach shack selling fresh beers.

Mullins beach Barbados

We spent a blissful afternoon swimming and reading in paradise!

Day 3 – Holetown

You will quickly notice reading this post that going to Barbados involve a lot of beach time. It is a difficult job, but someone has got to do it right?

So on our third day, again we headed West to Holetown. This time we stayed in the city area where the beach was just as fantastic as Mullins’.

Holetown beach

Again most of our time was spent sunbathing, swimming and reading.

Holetown beach

We concluded the day at the beach bar for a refreshing beer. There is something magical about that late afternoon drink in Barbados. Everybody is in a great mood, the sun starts to set and the music playing, locals and tourists hang out together for dinner in the most relaxed atmosphere.

Holetown beach bar

Day 4 – Pebbles Beach

We headed to our second accommodation, the Radisson in Bridgetown, in the morning, which was right on Pebbles Beach, and we spent the rest of the day enjoying the pink sand and the turquoise water.

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We grabbed lunch at Cuz’ Fish Stand. There is only one dish on the menu, cutters which are fish sandwiches. It is good, simple and very cheap so make sure to try it!

Cuz' Fish Stand BarbadosCuz' Fish Stand cutter Barbados

We ended our day with a local rums tasting at the hotel which was really educative and fun (mostly after the third one!).

Pebbles Beach sunset Barbados

Day 5 – Carlisle bay and a sunset cruise

We spent the morning of our fifth day again on Pebbles beach, exploring the stretch of white sand looking for seashells and skipping stones.

Pebbles beachSkipping stones Pebbles beach

After another lunch at Cuz’ Fish Stand, we got ready for the main activity of the day a sunset cruise!

We booked our cruise with Cool Runnings and we couldn’t recommend it enough! A great experience which included snorkelling, dancing, a few rum punches and a tasty dinner. Not to mention the sunset view, obviously.

Sunset Cruise Barbados

Day 6 – Beach time and Oistins Fish Fry

On our second to last day, we decided to have a lazy morning sipping on coffee and on enjoying the views from our balcony. There is nothing more exceptional than seeing some Arabian horses bathing in turquoise water at sunrise if you ask me (check out the video to see it!)!

The afternoon was spent at the beach.

Palm trees on Pebbles Beach

In the evening we headed to THE place to be on a Friday night in Barbados – Oistins Fish Fry!

Oistins Fish Fry

This small fishing town becomes the ultimate Friday night out destination with the liveliest food market you will ever visit! A great place to end a week on a paradisiac island!

Oistins Fish Fry

Day 7 – Bridgetown

The great thing when flying back home to Europe is that you will still have an entire day to explore before boarding in the evening. So to end our trip to Barbados we decided to explore its capital – Bridgetown.

BridgetownBridgetown

The city is very busy and full of energy, a far cry from the tranquillity of the beaches.

Bridgetown

We walked along the shopping streets before heading to the harbour for a spot of lunch.

Bridgetown MarketBridgetown Harbour

We visited the main sights such as the Independence Arch and the Lord Nelson Statue before heading back to our hotel via Brownes beach.

Independence Arch Bridgetown

This was my first time in the Caribbean and I already cannot wait to return!

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A week in Barbados

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36 thoughts on “A week in Barbados

  1. Great Barbados Post! I visited this past mother’s day for an impromptu spring trip. I do have to say the seaweed was still a problem for my fiance and I. We too were banned from swimming.

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  2. Barbados looks amazing and very fun. I haven’t been there before but certainly want to go. Awesome itinerary and breakdown of the days. Great tips on what to do really helpful.

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  3. Ahhhh my dream is to go to Barbados just never picked up the courage to travel all the miles from the other side of the globe. But your pictures and how you described it sold it for me. Thank you for sharing.

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  4. Love it! The photographs and the day wise itinerary makes it so easy & inviting to plan a trip to Barbados. Added on my bucket list and I agree when you say “Plan Bs can sometimes be the best decision you can make!” 🙂

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