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.


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.


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.


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


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


Oistins Fish Fry – Barbados

On Friday evenings, there is only one place to be when you are in Barbados – Oistins!

Just south of Bridgetown, Oistins is a fishing village which turns into the most lively spot on the island at the weekend. Food, music, dancing, head to Oistins Fish Fry and you are in for a great night!

Oistins Fish Fry Barbados

Getting there is an adventure too! Head to the closest bus stop to your hotel and wait for one of the small vans to stop. You read that right, you won’t actually take the official public transport, nope! You will board the first private van honking at you with the driver yelling ‘Oistins????’. I know it seems weird but just embrace it. A lot of locals provide public transport with their own vans. It is how most of the Bajans travel between towns and it is very cheap!

Once in Oistins, just follow the people and the music and you will find your way to the big food market.

Oistins Fish Fry BarbadosOistins Fish Fry Barbados

There, get lost in the alleyways to find your preferred dinner option. Most food stalls offer very similar menus made of various fish, plantains (my favourite!), rice and beans. It is simple and delicious!

Oistins Fish Fry BarbadosOistins Fish Fry Barbados

Grab a sit, order food and a fresh beer and enjoy people watching while eating flavoursome Bajan food.

Oistins Fish Fry barbecue BarbadosOistins Fish Fry food Barbados

When done with your dinner, go explore the market beer in hand. In Oistins, you will find many places to buy souvenirs.

Oistins shops BarbadosOistins Fish Fry Barbados

Also, make sure to swing by the domino and card players. In a corner of the market, you will find many locals playing games. The atmosphere is very lively as some players can get a little too competitive, but everyone is in good spirit.

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End your evening by the stage where you will see some of the best local dancers. They all had impressive moves so Andrew and I got a little too intimidated to join and sat at a table close by with a rum punch.

Oistins dancers BarbadosOistins Fish Fry Barbados

The blissful and joyful Barbados life at its best!

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Sunset cruise in Barbados

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.

Barbados Sunset Cruise with Cool Runnings

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.

Barbados Sunset Cruise with Cool Runnings

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!

Barbados Sunset Cruise with Cool Runnings

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!

Barbados Sunset Cruise with Cool RunningsBarbados Sunset Cruise with Cool Runnings

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.

Barbados Sunset Cruise with Cool RunningsBarbados Sunset Cruise with Cool Runnings

And of the sea.

Barbados Sunset Cruise with Cool RunningsBarbados Sunset Cruise with Cool Runnings

The sky was also slowly getting ready for the big show.

Barbados Sunset Cruise with Cool RunningsBarbados Sunset Cruise with Cool Runnings

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!

Barbados Sunset Cruise with Cool Runnings

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!).

Barbados Sunset Cruise with Cool Runnings

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.

Barbados Sunset Cruise with Cool RunningsBarbados Sunset Cruise with Cool Runnings

We laughed, danced and sang together before heading back to Bridgetown, our heads spinning because of euphoria and well… rum.

Barbados Sunset Cruise with Cool RunningsBarbados Sunset Cruise with Cool Runnings

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.

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In Bridgetown

I love the colours and liveliness of Barbados!

Barbados – 2018

House in Bridgetown Barbados

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Breakfast view in Bathsheba

Missing our breakfast view at the Round House in Barbados on this rainy London day…

Barbados – 2018

Breakfast view at the Round House in Bathsheba

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Back from Barbados!

I am sorry I wasn’t very active on the blog this week, but for good reasons! I have just escaped the worst winter week of the year in London and headed for the first time ever to the Caribbean.

We settled on Barbados when realising that our Mexican dream of Tulum would be too expensive.

And trust me, for a plan B, we couldn’t have been happier with our choice! It was fantastic! Barbados is breathtakingly beautiful and the island’s beaches are some of the most amazing I have ever been to.

I am so excited to share all the details of the trip with you! But in the meantime, here is a little teaser of what is to come when I will have time to go through the three SD cards. Also, I shared loads of pictures and stories on Instagram if you want to see more!

Will I go back to Barbados? Absobloodylutely! Should you go to Barbados? Yes, book that flight!

As you can imagine I couldn’t be more pleased to be back in grey and cold London…

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