10 August 2015

Island Hop Stop: Barbados


Get yourself stuck into the undiscovered Barbados where the reggae tunes are bleating, the rum is flowing freely and the speckled sunlight dances upon the sandy white shores and crystal skies of dreams. For good old-fashioned charm and total R&R, you've landed on the right side of the world!


Step off the plane and wrap yourself up in a heavy blanket of gloriously tropical heat that'll warm even the steeliest of hearts with its' palm-fringed beaches, golden soft sands tinted with daydreams of pure content.
With an island so beautiful and charmingly laid-back, it's easy to let the striking history behind the soft shush of the waves gently lap away. Soak up the rum but don't forget to soak up the culture alongside it too as this isn't just a fly-and-flop destination but a rum-punch soaked jewel off-the-beaten-track!


Time to dip your toes into the lapping waves of Island time, feel the beat of the heat and let the drum of your heart and the sun rays meet...

Beaches

Crane Beach, St Philips
Regularly voted as one of the top ten beaches in the world, it's hard not to arrive back at your hotel dripping in salty water ecstasy and sandy beads between your toes without gleaming after the thrilling experience of this golden gem. With tumbling blue waves crashing against the wild rock cliffs that tower overhead, crane beach is worth a trip just for the mesmerising and throat-gulping views!


Miami Beach, Oistins, Bridgetown
Located in the south coast of the Island, Miami beach is the go-to haven for perfectly sublime fire sunsets, lazy hazy picnic lunches and soothing calm waves to cool off from the beating sunshine heat. Grab yourself a little slice of real relaxation with this lagoon of cool and be sure to tuck into one of the hailed roti cutters and thirst-quenching rum punch cocktails from Mr. Delicious snack bar...Paradise perfection!


Accra Beach, Christchurch
This timeless south coast beach offers up a splendid mix of both lapping gentle waves for easy floating as well as more breezy tides to get your boogie boards riding the high life. Engross yourself in a book and cocktail under the shade of a sea-grape tree or hop on the chance to be fearless with the numerous water-sports on offer across the milky sands.  


Bottom Bay, St. Philip Parish
Nestled in the south-east coast of Bim town lies Bottom Bay beach; an expanse of rolling waves, smooth sandy shores and high coral cliffs giving way to some of the most stunning panoramic views. A particular prime spot to set up a belly-satisfying picnic, this beautiful beach has a wonderfully peaceful atmosphere and is a well known location for stealing glimpses of exotic turtles and whales.


Heron Bay, St. James Parish
Tucked away on the west coast lies the gentle turquoise shores of Heron Bay otherwise known as the Colony club beach by many locals. The luxurious Heron bay property sits on the far end of this expanse of fine-coral sands, playing host to the likes of Tony Blair and US President Bill Clinton. Bring along a snorkel and roam through the crystal clear waters, exploring the clusters of coral reef and keep your eyes peeled for any hiding turtle nests or young hatchlings bounding down towards the waters edge! Stop by the Colony Club hotel on your ambles home for a tasty tastebud lunch-stop or a tutti-frutti salivating cocktail. Idyllic!



Natural Wonders

Harrison's Cave, St. Thomas Parish
Discover the very heart of Barbados by exploring one of the Island's most famous and popular attractions - Harrison's Cave. A beautiful and breathtaking limestone cavern that boasts trickling deep crystal pools and an unforgettable adventure to mesmerise your senses and unearth the beauty of natures' finest creations.


At just a three-minute walk from the check-in terminal of the Grantley Adam's airport, the hangar housing G-BOAE Concorde is a fantastic experience in its own right. With a fabulously knowledgeable team of tour guides, embrace your inner geek and get the first-hand experience of this wildly majestic piece of aircraft history!


If you're hankering after some rustic and treasured Barbadian trinkets then this beautiful little craft village is the place to find yourself. Offering an extensive range of beautiful local handicrafts such as glass art, pottery, local paintings, batik, basketry, leather goods and many more, Pelican village is a lovely way to whittle away a few hours! Meander through hand-crafted goods, gaze at the exotic, tropical bushy blooms that lace the location and finish off the trip with an icy cold beverage in one of the local cafe-bars!


Mount Gay Rum Experience, Deacons, Bridgetown
Mount Gay Rum has arguably become one of the most distinctive and covetable emblems of Barbados and is a sure fire way to give you one of the most spine-tingling and muscle-relaxing taste of this charming Island. Pop on over to the Mount Gay Rum factory and discover the secret history and mysteries behind one of the World's most amazing rums and steal a few cheeky samples of the liquid molten along the way! Get ready for one strong memory of pure delight!


Transfer your imagination and love for the Island's national sport by stealing a visit to Kensington Oval stadium to the west of the Capital city of Bridgetown. Once the grounds of the plantation house, this entertaining fixture is home to many of Bim-towns' historic cricket matches as well as the prime location for many one-day, international test matches and local first divisions. Take a tour and get yourself caught up in the fun of the national sport by being swept up in the passion evident amongst the vibrant greens of these famous grounds in West Indies cricket.



Bajan Eats

The Tides, Holetown
Indulge yourself in one truly fabulous dining experience by the waters edge of the West coast at the Tides restaurant in Holetown. A memorable culinary experience awaits you with an extensive and inventive menu guaranteed to ignite every element of your five senses. Infused with a mesmerising and charming atmosphere, ensure that you treat yourself to something remarkable by experiencing the enchanting nature of The Tides. A seamless infusion of Caribbean cool to really get your relaxation flowing on the ocean front. 


Oistin's Fish Fry, Oistins, Bridgetown
Located in an authentic little fishing town in the south coast of the Island rests an absolute must-see-and-do of your Barbadian experience; Oistin's Fish Fry market. Watch this sleepy market come alive with infectious electricity and charm as an abundance of freshly caught fish is chopped, diced, fried, flipped, dished, dipped and munched in pure passion and delight! Flock to one of the most hailed attractions of Barbados and get your tummies deliciously satisfied, your blood streams pumping with hedonistic rum concoctions and your toes tapping to the dancing beat of the local steel drums.


Bubba's Sports Bar & Restaurant, Worthing, Christchurch
Nestled in the South coast of Barbados lies a treasured gem boasting unbeatable entertainment, atmosphere and delectable cuisine. With an electric ambience dished up, get your sports fix as you munch on some scrumptious nosh as the 10ft wide screens blast out the live action of your favourite sports teams. A well played match you can't afford to miss out on!


With its stunning location and expanse of aqua waters, spend an afternoon lazing seaside under the sun whilst sipping your way through a delicious menu of fruity cocktails and freshly blended quenching smoothies. Word on the street whispers that their mango colada resembles liquid gold in a crystal glass so be sure to get your lips tightly round one of those! While away your afternoon as the sunset bursts fire flies upon the horizon and get your reggae groove going as the DJs come alive with their local live beats.


Carib Beach Bar & Restaurant, Oistins, Bridgetown
A renowned open-air beach bar with a chilled ambiance sits on the golden sands of Sandy Beach; a famous favourite of both locals and returning tourists alike. Find yourself gazing at the swaying branches of tall tumbling palm tress as the waves break against the offshore reef whilst sipping on an icy cold frosty bottle of Carib beer; an iconic full-bodied shandy distinct in flavour, style and a true reflection of the Caribbean lifestyle! Authentically real, deliciously tasty food, thirst-quenching beverages and a true haven to really sink your toes into.



Liming

Harbour Lights, Bay St, Bridgetown
If you're after a total beach extravaganza then be sure to get yourself sippin' on something a little naughty at this coveted open-air nightclub backing directly onto the beachfront of Bridgetown. Barbados comes alive at night so whether you're seeking a wild night of calypso grinding to the hypnotic beats, a fun evening filled with fruity cocktails and limbo grooving or simply a relaxed night of social mingling with the sand between your toes then harbour lights is the ultimate place to be!


Reggae LoungeSt. Lawrence Gap
Nestled amongst the fun of St. Lawrence Gap lies Reggae Lounge, a widely popular and much-loved open-air nightclub that guarantees a night of unforgettable naughtiness as you shake what yo' mama gave you under the gaze of the stars! Mingle and jingle in the tropical outdoors until the early morning sun awakens with a range of beats from calypso, reggae and mellow jazz blues!

Located in the sand-fringed south coast of Barbados, St. Lawrence Gap is arguably a true reflection of the colourful and fun-loving Caribbean lifestyle! With so little bars and clubs dotted throughout this gem of the Island and only a night filled with limited hours, you'll be hard pushed to make your way round all of the must-sees here...bring on round two the proceeding night! With a plethora of tasty restaurants scattered throughout, get your tastebuds on fire and your lips salivating with smells of pure caribbean delight as you wait for the real fun of the night to heat up in reggae style!


The Old Jamm Inn, St. Lawrence Gap
If you're hankering for a night of great music, fantastic people, dirty dancing, delicious drinks and an unforgettable atmosphere then The Old Jamm Inn situated in the centre of the Gap is your sizzling hotspot! With a fabulously diverse mix of music ranging from Dj mix playlists to get the crowd jumping to live music sets, you'll find yourself movin', groovin' and shakin' till the sun comes up and promptly making plans of your return that coming night! 


Pack your suitcase, soar to new heights and indulge yourself in total hedonistic sun, sea & scrumptious G&T!


[Photo Source Inspiration: Pinterest, Barbados.org, reich-petch.com]
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