Barbados Journals

Bajan Vacation

A February 2003 trip to Barbados by parramore

Bridgetown Photo, Barbados, Caribbean More Photos
Quote: Surviving a New York winter means finding sunny escapes whenever possible. A trip to the south coast of beautiful Barbados fit the bill.

Bajan Vacation

Best Of IgoUgo

Overview

Bridgetown Photo, Barbados, Caribbean
Quote:
One of the most developed Caribbean islands, Barbados is small geographically, but densely populated. There's a whole lot to do here, so realize ahead of time that you can't do it all. Our trip combined surfing, exploring some of the cultural and historic offerings, and sampling the fantastic local cuisine. Quick Tips: We found that the weather in winter can be more fickle that you'd expect. Most of the days we were here, the sun went in and out throughout the day, punctuated by rainstorms. We were told we got more rain than usual, so perhaps there was an offshore storm affecting the weather. Except for one day, there was enough sunshine to get in most of our outdoor activities, though. Brin...Read More
Quote:
This is a beachfront resort with extensive lush tropical gardens, swimming pool, restaurant, and tennis courts. It's popular with families and has a lot of kid-friendly activities available, including boogie boards you can check out, a childrens' pool, and small playground. The downside is typically cheesy tropical-themed decor, although I've seen a lot worse, and something far harder to understand: namely, the ability for the staff to screw up and their genuine but ultimately frustrated efforts to correct problems. The hotel messed up my reservations, erroneously putting me down as a no-show and giving my room away on a weekend when the hotel was completely full. They ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 17, 2003

Divi Southwinds Beach Resort

Best Of IgoUgo

Hotel | "Divi Southwinds Beach & Racquet Club"

Divi Southwinds Beach Resort Photo, Christ Church, Barbados
Quote:
Best Things Nearby:Lots of restaurants and bars and a nice beach.Best Things About the Resort:- easy access to a wide range of restaurants and bars - lively nightlife - nice strip of beachResort Experience:The Divi Southwinds Beach and Racquet Club has much to recommend it. For those who want easy access to a wide range of restaurants and bars, the location at St. Lawrence Gap offers an abundance of choices. The area is known for its lively nightlife, but doesn't have the seedy vibe that popular strips like this often have. An easy stroll will take you to elegant restaurants, casual dining spots, reggae clubs, and, if you're feeling adventurou...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 27, 2003

Divi Southwinds Beach Resort
St Lawrence Main Road
Christ Church
246-428-7181

Josef's

Restaurant

Quote:
Josef's offers impeccable service, top-notch cuisine, and one of the loveliest settings I experienced on the island. You can dine al fresco and watch the waves roll onto the shore, listening to singing frogs and feeling the warm Caribbean breeze on your skin. Truly magical. My jumbo shrimp with fragrant jasmine rice was delicious, and coupled with a cold pinot grigio made for a memorable dinner. In addition to innovative seafood, selections such as pepper steak and rack of lamb will please hungry carnivores. For fine dining on the south coast, I doubt you could beat it.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 17, 2003

Josef's
St. Lawrence Gap
Christ Church, Barbados
435-8245

Surfing

Attraction

Quote:
We chose Barbados as our Caribbean getaway because my boyfriend Curtis likes to surf. Many folks don't realize it, but (and we have this from a world champion) Barbados has some of the best waves in the world if you get lucky. Experienced surfers will be drawn to the famous "Soup Bowls" at Bathsheba, on the east side of the island. Best to get advice on coral and how to navigate these potentially dangerous waves from someone at the local surf shop. Curtis grew up surfing in South Carolina but decided he didn't have enough time on a long weekend to get properly in shape for these waves, so we opted for the friendlier south coast. At and around Sandy Point on the south coast you'll find d...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 17, 2003

Oistens Fish Fry

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction

Oistens Fish Fry Photo, Barbados, Caribbean
Quote:
Oistens is the fishing capital of Barbados, as evidenced by the incredible number of fishing boats dotting the sea here and the large fish market where you can buy the day's catch and watch the expert vendors filleting flying fish. Friday night the area turns into a party, with vendors selling delicious Bajan dishes at reasonable prices, and a DJ. The music starts out with familiar tunes from the 70s and 80s that everyone can dance to, then progresses into hip-hop, and local Fred Astaires show off their moves. There was even an enclosed room where seniors strutted their stuff to more mellow tunes. My dinner was fantasic, consisting of a heaping plate of grilled mahi-mahi, macaroni pie, and rice with p...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 17, 2003

Oistens Fish Fry

Oistens

Plantation Interior Photo, Barbados, Caribbean
Quote:
If you''re interested in touring a plantation, Sunbury is the best bet, as all of its room are open to public view. Surrounded by cane fields that whisper of horrible exertions by slaves, Sunbury is over 300 years old. The house is furnished with charming antiques, and an exhibit in what was the root celler reveals a wonderful collection of antique carriages. In a book on the island''s history displayed on the first floor, I learned that white indentured servants were a significant part of the early labor force -many of them Scottish and Irish. They were often treated worse than African slaves, for a very grim reason. Because they were promised land at the end of their tenure (seven yea...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 22, 2003

Pelican Craft Center Photo, Bridgetown, Barbados
Quote:
Many of the shops at the Pelican Craft Center sell knick-knacks and tee shirts favored by cruise ship daytrippers, but you will find the occasional exceptions like the Blue Gallerie, which features imaginative items crafted by young local artists. As you wander around, you''ll find that something called a Monkey Pot seems to be for sale nearly everywhere. This is a jar made from porous terra cotta that was used to keep water cool in the days before refrigeration. Some of them are quite beautiful and would make a lovely keepsake. Across from the market is an inviting seaside park, and just down the road is a fish market where you can watch experts filleting flying fish and other local catches. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 22, 2003

Pelican Craft Center
Pelican Point Shopping Ctr
Bridgetown, Barbados
246 427 5350

Bajan Cuisine

Story/Tip

Quote:
The food in Barbados is really exceptional! While you're here, try some fried fish balls with a dash of the local pepper sauce. Also be sure to sample the delicate fried flying fish (the island specialty), which I had in a sandwich with a little tartar sauce and more of the pepper sauce. Popular side dishes include rice and pigeon peas, and yummy, old-fashioned macaroni and cheese pie. You'll find wonderfully fresh fish (mahi mahi, grouper, kingfish, snapper, tuna, and barracuda) prepared in a number of ways - fried, grilled, and blackened. Locally fished spiny lobsters are available at some of the more upscale restaurants, but tend to be pricey. The local brew is Banks beer, which to me tasted ...Read More