Barbados Journals

Beaches, Bargains, and British!

A January 2000 trip to Barbados by friskycelery

Parliament Bridge Photo, Barbados, Caribbean More Photos
Quote: Barbados is the only island in the Caribbean that has been continually British since its colonization in the early 1600's. It has beautiful beaches, good shopping, and interesting history.

Beaches, Bargains, and British!

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Overview

Parliament Bridge Photo, Barbados, Caribbean
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Barbados is one of my very favorite islands in the Caribbean. It is reasonably clean and safe, and a relative bargain for the North American visitor. Take a trip to Andromeda Gardens, which is now part of the Barbados National Trust. This former private estate is now open to the public, and the gardens are stunning. And all the plants are labelled with their latin name, which is a nice touch. The Bajans have done a great job of preserving their history, and since the island has been settled for almost 400 years, there is a lot of history to browse through. The oldest synagogue in the western hemisphere is in Barbados, and well worth the trip. George Washington is said to have worshippe...Read More

Bert's Bar

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Restaurant

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Bert's Bar is the place to come to when you get a craving for USDA choice beef. Bert's is across the street from Rockley Beach, and is connected to a guest house. The bar itself is rather tame, and boasts cable TV - usually tuned to CNN or sports - and several slot machines. Tables are around the perimeter, and are adjacent to the pool. The steak here is good, and comes to you sizzling on a hot plate, all for about US$12. There are other dishes on the menu, but the steak is what brings me back to Bert's. Shhh! I'll let you in on a little secret: Right as you come up the steps into Bert's ther is a caged window to your right. This is the best place to change money on t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 3, 2002

Rockley Beach

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Attraction

Sunset over Rockley Beach Photo, Barbados, Caribbean
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Rockley Beach, Christchurch, on the southwest end of the island, is a marvelous beach, and a pleasant place to spend a day or two. The beach here is broad white sand, and is very popular with year round residents. There is a breakwater towards one end of the beach, on the other side of which exists schools of bright fish and colonies of interesting coral. You can rent snorkel equipment (and boogie boards and beach chairs) right on the beach. There are a couple of vendors who set up shop underneath the trees adjacent to the beach. Selling bright shirts, jewelry, and Bajan souvenirs, these folks will not follow or harass you. You can dicker with them on price, but remember that this is how...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 20, 2002