A March 2002 trip
to Barbados by Holiday Jo
Quote: I spent 10 days in Barbados with my partner, and had an absolutely fabulous, if not expensive, time. We managed to see both sides of the island as we stayed twin centre, one week in Crane Beach and the second at St. Lawrence Gap.
The view from Crane Beach Timeshare. As you can imagine, the timeshare is directly on Crane Beach, which is one of the most famous beaches in Barbados and is located on the southeast coast. The beaches were white sand and there was a nice breeze to keep us cool whilst we climbed down the cliffs to the beach.
Barbados Wildlife Reserve. This was an experience not to be missed; just be careful where you walk, as you will find tortoises and other animals in your pathway, and these are huge. I loved the monkey reserve; at certain times during the day, they have a feeding session where all the monkeys come out of the trees and come up to you.
Our drive to Chalky Mount. We got lost several times and were offered directions en route by the locals at a cost. We didn’t accept as we had our guidebook with us and were actually enjoying being lost, as we passed lots of small potteries and stopped a few times to watch the potters at work.
Take plenty of money. We found eating out very expensive, especially in the Crane Beach area and couldn’t seem to find anywhere that just did a snack. We did go to The Cliff for an meal one evening as recommended by a friend and the food was fantastic; unfortunately, so was the bill. What we thought was a free bottle of water ended up costing us £15.
Hire a mini Moke, a small car with no sides and a convertible roof. We loved this car and drove all round the island in it, having to stop en-route a few times to put the hood up as the sun was burning the back of our necks. One warning, though: to watch out for the locals as no doors makes it quite easy for them to stop you and try to show you round the island.
Take a trip to the Rum factory. It’s such good fun and the tour guide is so friendly and informative. You get to try the local rum and see where it is brewed and the history behind it all; you also get the opportunity to buy your souvenirs.
Whilst we were in St. Lawrence Gap, we did not hire our car, as we had done all our sightseeing and the restaurants are all within walking distance.
If you are feeling active and want to see the island, then Crane Beach is a perfect location to do it from because it’s quite central to everything and on reasonably good roads. The airport was only about a 10-minute drive away and we got a taxi to and from the resort -- the price was very reasonable and we even got a bit of local information whilst we drove.Best Things About the Resort:Lying on the beach, visiting the island, or sunbathing by the pool (which had the most amazing location perched on the top of the cliff overlooking Crane Beach).
One of our other favourite experiences at the resort was the gospel choir on Sunday morning at the restaurant. What a pleasure it was to sit and enjoy your breakfast looking out onto the beach whilst listening to local gospel singers.
Resort Experience:Heaven! This is the one word that sums up Crane Beach Residence. Despite the fact that our unit was a hotel unit, we still had plenty of space and our own balcony overlooked the sea. In our apartment, we had a huge wooden three-poster bed and you could look straight out of your bed onto the balcony. In the bathroom, there was a lovely spa bath and you could open the windows and look out there too.
There was nice big reception area and on your way to the restaurant, you walked through a garden area with brightly coloured parrots chirping away. All the surrounding area is lovely and you drive up a long path to get to the resort, but you feel totally safe and nicely secluded.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 3, 2004
One of the most terrifying things for me was the giant tortoises -- they were huge and just wander around the pathways so you have to watch where you walk. They also have a snake and spider sanctuary, and they are so close up they give you a fright, but these at least are behind glass so you don’t need to worry.
As you walk around the park, there are signs dotted around that tell your lots about the animals, their habitats, and what happens to them in Barbados. All of these are fascinating and make the walk round the park even more enjoyable.
This place is definitely worth a trip if you are in Barbados and it’s somewhere I would definitely go again. It’s great for all ages.
Kettering, United Kingdom