An October 2002 trip
to Barbados by James Vaughn
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.
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 understanding person. Don’t get me wrong, though. This wasn’t exactly a huge sacrifice on her part either. She was able to spend a lot of time engaging in one of her favorite activities: Reading in a hammock under a palm tree.
Public transportation is cheap, but can be very crowded during rush hour, and taxis can be rather expensive.
One interesting mode of transportation we enjoyed was a ride on an ambulance. We were looking for a bus stop, and asked a passing ambulance driver where the nearest stop was located. He very generously offered us a ride into town, which is truly a testament to the kindness of the Bajan people. The only thing that would have made it even more interesting would have been an ambulance call during our ride.
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, where we sat around a large table with the other guests, were especially enjoyable.
Another nice touch is the hammocks scattered throughout the property. At night I enjoyed swinging in the breeze while watching the countless stars and swaying palm trees. It truly is paradise, one I could return to often.
If you would like more information, go to www.seaubarbados.com
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 30, 2002
Sea-U Guest House
Bathsheba, St. Joseph, Barbados, W.I.
Attraction | "Surfing at Soup Bowl, High Rock, & Parlors"
We were there the first week in October, and the swell ranged from 3' on the smallest day to 8' on the biggest day. From what I hear, the conditions in the summer months are small and glassy, while November through February can see 15' to 20' surf.
The main hazard to look out for while surfing these breaks is sea urchins. The reefs are covered with them, and can especially be a problem at low tide. Your best bet is to ask a local where it is safe to enter and exit the water to minimize your chances of stepping on one. You will also want to kick out of the wave before getting too far inside, since the last thing you want to do is wipe out and get washed onto the reef.
One of the most memorable moments from my trip occured at Parlors one evening. I was the only one out, the sun was setting, the water was perfectly clear and warm, and a sea turtle rose right beside me as I was waiting in between sets. I couldn't think of any place I would rather have been at that moment.