Barbados Journals

The Other Barbados

An October 2002 trip to Barbados by James Vaughn

The Other Barbados Photo, Barbados, Caribbean More Photos
Quote: Most travelers are familiar with the Barbados that can be found on the south and west coast of the island. Here there are large resorts, numerous restaurants, endless shopping, and white sand beaches with calm, turquoise water. I, however, prefer the other Barbados.

The Other Barbados

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Overview

The Other Barbados Photo, Barbados, Caribbean
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The other Barbados can be found on the rugged and scenic Atlantic coast. Here there are small hotels and guest houses, casual restaurants serving local cuisine, and, of course, perfect waves. My wife and I fell in love with this Barbados when we traveled there for the first time last month. The primary reason for our trip was to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. (At least, that’s what I told her.) Actually, there just happened to be world class surfing a few hundred yards from our guest house. The fact that my wife allows me to plan our vacations around my love for surfing and snowboarding helps to explain why our marriage has survived for as long as it has. She is a very understandi...Read More

Sea-U Guest House

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Hotel

Sea-U Guest House Photo, Barbados, Caribbean
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Sea-U was one of the main reasons our trip was so enjoyable. This small, 5-room guest house is located on a scenic bluff overlooking Tent Bay. Bathsheba, a small town on the Atlantic coast, is just down the road. I cannot say enough good things about the Sea-U. The setting is idyllic, the rooms are simple, but very nice and clean, and the host (Uschi) is very helpful. It is also very affordable, since the Uschi attracts her clientele by word-of-mouth and internet advertising only. The guest house tends to draw an international crowd, and during our week-long stay we met other couples from Germany, Spain, Montreal, Trinidad, London, and Italy. The evening meals in the open-air dining area,...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 30, 2002

Sea-U Guest House
Tent Bay
Bathsheba, St. Joseph, Barbados, W.I.

Surfing at Soup Bowl, High Rock, & Parlors

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Attraction | "Surfing at Soup Bowl, High Rock, & Parlors"

Surfing Photo, Barbados, Caribbean
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There are three main surf breaks located near Bathsheba on the east coast, and they are all reef breaks. Soup Bowl is the most famous, and usually the most crowded. (That is, if you consider ten people crowded.) It is a right-hand break that works under just about any conditions. Next to Soup Bowl is High Rock, which breaks both right and left and is nearly as consistent as Soup Bowl. Parlors is the next break to the south, and is my personal favorite. It is normally the least crowded of the three. Parlors breaks both right and left, and is a long paddle out. It breaks in deep water, however, so the reef is not much of a problem. When the conditions are bigger, there is usually a rip to help ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 30, 2002