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Barbados: Honeymoon #2 and a Wedding

A July 2005 trip to Barbados by MJB1103

Andromeda Botanic Gardens Photo, Bathsheba, Barbados More Photos
Quote: Our friends were getting married, so we decided to make the week a vacation and second honeymoon. There is much history to see and two oceans to swim in--how many places can say that?

Barbados: Honeymoon #2 and a Wedding

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Overview

Andromeda Botanic Garden Photo, Barbados, Caribbean
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Barbados, an island only 21 miles long by 14 miles wide, boasts the attitude of "Little Britain". We beg to differ, but we will get into that in another space. The history is rich, with stories of barrens, plantations, slave workers, and sugar cane. There is one of the world's oldest synagogues, and the land has much to offer in terms of wildlife and botanicals. The two oceans, Atlantic and Caribbean, offer swimming on one side and surfing on the other. One was calm and one very rough, or choppy. There are plenty of water sports, and activities are offered, as well as tours to get you out to see the island. I'll show you everything we saw in the other parts of this journal--ready for the ride??Qui...Read More
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I was thrilled to find what was considered to be a higher-end hotel with 3.5 stars in the area we needed to be in for the wedding we were going to attend. We booked our reservation and stated we were on our honeymoon. The pictures on the Internet looked good - they will fool you every time! At check-in, the receptionist was friendly and appeared to be helpful. She stated a tray of food would be sent up to us since we arrived so late and the dinner service had ended. We had to call three times, and it took an hour for our food to arrive. Our room had a running toilet, a broken air-conditioner, and doors to the balcony that allowed for the constant flow of bugs. Nothing, however, compared to t...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on July 17, 2005

Tides Restaurant

Restaurant | "The Tides Restaurant"

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Excellent! Even though we had a limited menu due to a rehearsal dinner, everything was fabulous. We had Caesar salad, crab cakes, grilled vegatables, and shrimp to start. Main courses were kingfish, lamb, pork, and noodles with soya. Every dessert served was to-die-for: apple tarts, chocolate/raspberry souffle with chocolate sauce, and the phyllo-wrapped cheesecake. We all tried each other's dishes to see if one was better than the other, and hands-down, The Tides won. Each dish was different, flavorful, and melted in your mouth. There was not one complaint, nor a hungry belly when we were done. We were a party of 13, and the service was immpeccable. The wine and water flowed constantly. I don't recal...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 17, 2005

Tides Restaurant
Balmore House
St. James, Barbados
(246) 432-8356

Andromeda Botanic Gardens Photo, Bathsheba, Barbados
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This was one of our stops with Boyce tours. The Andromeda Botanic Gardens offers two different tours. "Iris", the shorter one, is about 30-45 minutes, depending on your walking and reading speed, and "John" takes over an hour, from what I understand. We took Iris since we were on a schedule. The gardens are beautiful and packed with many streams, arbors, ponds, rocks formations, and little bench areas for pictures and rest. The flowers and plants are wonderful and plentiful. There are orchids, heliconia, palms, and many tropical and exotic plants. The quick history lesson: Horticulturist Iris Bannochi left this 6 acres of garden to the people of Barbados to be run by the Barbados National Trust in...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 17, 2005

Andromeda Botanic Gardens
St. Joseph
Bathsheba, Barbados
246-433-9384

Bathsheba Beach

Attraction

Bathsheba Beach Photo, Bathsheba, Barbados
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Not much swimming happens here; this is mostly where the surfers are. The waters are rough and choppy. Most people either come for the surfing or to get married. It makes a wonderful backdrop for a wedding by the ocean.
There are no private beaches in Barbados--the government won't allow it. But if you are planning a wedding, a wedding planner can make arrangements for the ceremony and beach site.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 17, 2005

Payne's Bay Beach

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There are no private beaches on Barbados. On the Caribbean side, it is easy to swim due to the calm waters. The hotels all have outside showers to wash off the salt water but ask that only hotel patrons use the beach chairs and towels, Understandably so. As I mentioned in another part of the review, you can hire a boat, jet skis, banana boat, or water skis on this side of the island. The salesmen are plentiful. If you strike a deal with one guy, stick with him. Some other guy will come by and try to take the sale right out from under his nose by claiming to be his "brother" or "cousin". It is confusing and annoying. Be warned and careful. There are actually a number of "beach" areas along this coast a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 17, 2005

St. Nicholas Abbey

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St. Nicholas Abbey Photo, Barbados, Caribbean
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St. Nicholas Abbey, which is not really an abbey, nor ever was, is a wonderful historical piece of Barbados. A sugar plantation since 1640, the house itself is said to have been built around 1650. It is one of three genuine Jacobean mansions in the Western Hemisphere. This wonderful tour shows period furniture, architecture, and photos of past owners and workers. You are told stories and tales of the past. Not that it is without drama or tragedy - Colonel Berringer lost a duel to Sir John Yeamans over Berringer's wife of all things. Yeamans and his new wife left Barbados in 1669 and went on to help find a colony that is now South Carolina. A film is played that shows plantation life in the 1930s. It i...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 17, 2005

St. Nicholas Abbey
Cherry Tree Hill
Barbados, Caribbean
246.422.5357

Sunbury Plantation House Photo, Barbados, Caribbean
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An 18th-century plantation house, Sunbury is the only tour that allows you to see every room. Throughout you will find tons of historical pieces, furniture, artifacts, clothing, and everyday items from each family member. It is a wonderful trip back in time to see how people of that era lived and looked. This sugar estate was built around 1660 by one of the first island settlers, Matthew Chapman. On early Barbados maps, you will find it named Chapman's Plantation. It was later changed to Sunbury, after the England town, by John Henry and George Barrow. Like other historical properties, there have been many owners. Sunbury was opened to the public in 1984. Besides the tour offered, Sunbury has a restau...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 17, 2005

Sunbury Plantation House
St. Phillip Parish
St. Philip, Barbados
(246) 423-6270

Stiletto Catamaran Cruises

Attraction | "Stiletto Catamaran Tour"

Stiletto Catamaran Cruises Photo, Christ Church, Barbados
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Stiletto Tours did a great job. We cruised up the coast, stopped to snorkel, swam with the turtles, and made an extra swim/beach stop. They kept giving you beverages of your choice all day and served a wonderful buffet lunch. Music was played, and the attitude was that of fun, enjoyment, and relaxation. Throughout the tour, the captain filled us in on history pertaining to the properties we passed along the coastline, as well as any other factoids or Barbadian trivia. All in all, it was a great way to experience a catamaran, the local sea life, and the Caribbean.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 17, 2005

Stiletto Catamaran Cruises
Aberfoyle, Maxwell Main Road
Christ Church, Barbados
(246) 429-8967

Congregation Shaare Tzedek

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Attraction

Congregation Shaare Tzedek Photo, Christ Church, Barbados
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This synagogue shows the beautiful architecture of its time. Built with an upper balcony (most likely for the women, if they were allowed in), the entrance to it is from the rear of the building. There is a cemetery, actually, several small cemeteries, outside the building. It’s a true site for historians and religious followers alike. History Factoid: There is currently only one synagogue situated in Bridgetown. Built in the 17th century (1654), it was destroyed by a hurricane in 1831, rebuilt, fell into disrepair, and sold in 1929. In 1983, it was bought back by the Jewish community and restored to its present state, with its beautiful Gothic arches, and is ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 18, 2005

Barbados - Our Opinion

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We love to travel and see new places. As much history as Barbados has, it is lacking greatly in the friendliness and customer-service departments. Many of the Barbadians we came in contact with almost seem to repeat the same memorized script. It begins with "Is this your first time here on the island?" As much as the conversation starter would be appreciated, the attitude is dull, non-feeling, and lacking any enthusiasm. They continued to tell us how everyone was so friendly here. We had yet to see more than a handful of genuine happy islanders. On the customer service side, the hotel was awful times ten. Tamarind Cove ran hot and cold all week. I can only believe this is normal practice. Where o...Read More

Bridgetown

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Bridgetown Photo, Barbados, Caribbean
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We got a quick tour of "downtown" Bridgetown. We saw the parliament buildings (there is an east and west), and we saw the bridge, which is one of the most famous landmarks. It is a swinging bridge when fully operating. Currently, there are some repairs taking place. We saw the treasury building, which also serves as their version of the IRS. Monte Gay Rum is in/near Bridgetown and offers tours. We understand it is quite nice, though we did not have the time to go ourselves. Bridgetown is the major port of Barbados. That is where the cruise ships dock. During the summer months, they usually get two or three ships a week, whereas in the winter months, they get two or three ships a day! It can ...Read More