A March 2004 trip
to Barbados by smilingtraveller
Quote: A 3 day weekend in Barbados had me sitting in pink sands, enjoying Stalagmites in a hidden Cave and shopping in the downtown--plenty of fun!
I ate at Whistling Frog and Restaurant and Bar. They make a really good mac and cheese pie. The local cuisine is Creole, but you can get anything in Barbados. Time Out is located across from Dover Beach, which is a good size beach that has many locals and tourists.The hotel has a pool that is clean and maintained, and it also has a small hot tub. I had a great room overlooking the pool. The decor consists of, like most hotels in the Caribbean, a palm picture or two with bright floral bedspreads. The bed was great and the bathroom was clean. If you don't like what you get, like at any other hotel, you can surely ask for something different. I found the Whistling staff downstairs to be quite nice and the front desk to be quite to the point. The hotel is a basic hotel that isn't going to break your bank account, but it is clean and accessible to other local pubs/restaurants. There is a shuttle that will take you to Bridgetown. The only concern I have is that there wasn't a visible security guard when I returned back to the hotel, so I question how safe it is. I wasn't scared, but reflecting and reading other reviews, I see their point.Overall, if you're looking for a short and pleasant stay in Barbados, this hotel seems to fit the bill.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 17, 2006
Time Out at the Gap
St. Lawrence Gap
Christ Church, Barbados
Attraction | "Shopping District"
The Harrison's Cave is a natural wonder (one of Barbados' seven wonders) that has accumulated bedrock chandeliers hanging from the ceiling and forming pedestals from the ground. Technically they are known as stalactites (ceiling) and stalagmites (ground). These magnificent deposits are accumulated limestone that hardens and forms this huge unique pillars. There is very fresh, clean water cascading over each corner.
When you arrive, you pay around $12 to $17 to enter the park and inside they take you on a tram that descends into the caves. It was a little difficult to hear the tour operator as the speakers were a little fuzzy but you understood the main points. The train descends and stops at points for you to take photos. I strongly recommend having a covered camera case because sometimes there will be huge drops of water falling on you. Not a shower or anything, just droplets and if you're not prepared it could land on your digital screen!
There are spot lights in the cave and at the base you can actually get out and they let you wander around and take pictures. The water is very cold and absolutely clean like tap water. I was so impressed by Nature's ability to create piece of art. It was beautiful.
It took 40 minutes from St. Lawrence heading north to the parish of St. Thomas. We did have to pick up one other passenger.
It is best to hire a taxi to take you there and back. Pack some water, snacks, a hat, and camera. It is a peaceful ride with much that awaits you at Harrison's Cave. I recommend this to anyone who revels in nature's beauty.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 3, 2006
Welchman Hall, Barbados