Barbados Journals

Barbados: Living on Island Time

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A September 2008 trip to Barbados by Carmen

Animal Flower Cave Photo, Barbados, Caribbean More Photos
Quote: Everything in Barbados runs on island time. It's relaxed, slow-paced and absolutely beautiful.

Bougainvillea Beach Resort

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Hotel | "Beautiful Bougainvillea "

Bougainvillea Beach Resort Photo, Christ Church, Barbados
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The Bougainvillea Beach Resort sits on the southern coastline of Barbados, featuring its own beach (though there are no private beaches in Barbados) with water that is generally conducive to swimming. During my one-week stay in Barbados, I went on several trips where we had to pick up people from other hotels. I can say without hesitation that the Bougainvillea is one of the best on the southern coast – the only way you’re going to get better is if you pony up the cash and stay in a ritzy resort on the Caribbean side, where the water is as calm as bath water and Tiger Woods dropped $10 million on his wedding.Upon arrival, the staff greeted us in their British/Caribbean accent, ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 1, 2008

Bougainvillea Beach Resort
Maxwell Coast Road
Christ Church, Barbados
(246) 418-0990

Café Sol Mexican Grill

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Restaurant | "Cafe Sol: Margaritas and Salsa. Yum!"

Café Sol Mexican Grill Photo, Christ Church, Barbados
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To be honest, there’s only so much chicken and flying fish a girl can eat before she starts to grow feathers or scales, so when I heard about the one and only Mexican restaurant in St. Lawrence Gap, about a 5-minute cab ride from the Bougainvillea Beach Resort, I thought it would be a fantastic opportunity to get out of the resort and grab a bite of something different. It’s location in St. Lawrence Gap is one of the bonus highlights. The bay there is beautiful, especially at sunset. "The Gap" is also where the majority of the island’s nightlife takes place, though we were there during "off" season, and there wasn’t much "life" to have any nightlife be obvious. Café Sol is a fa...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 1, 2008

Café Sol Mexican Grill
St. Lawrence Gap
Christ Church, Barbados
(246) 435-9531

Bellini's Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Bellini's is Bellisimo!"

Bellini's Restaurant Photo, Christ Church, Barbados
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At the end of a 7-day stay in Barbados, I was really, really tired of traditional Bajan meals. These meals consisted of fish and chicken, and more fish and chicken, so the opportunity to have some Italian food was very attractive to me. Plus, it was the chance to head back into St. Lawrence Gap to see another fabulous sunset. We hopped into a cab and five minutes later we were in front of the restaurant. The hotel had called in advance to make a reservation for us, though why it was needed I’ll never know, because we were the only people who showed up at 6 p.m. for dinner (it filled up later, though.) Our table looked out on the bay, giving us a lovely view of both the sunset and the night...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 1, 2008

Bellini's Restaurant
St Lawrence Gap
Christ Church, Barbados
(246) 420-7587

Bridgetown

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Attraction | "Shop 'Til You Drop in Bridgetown"

Bridgetown Photo, Bridgetown, Barbados
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Our hotel, the Bougainvillea Beach Resort, offered a free, twice-daily shuttle to the capital of Barbados, Bridgetown. The 20-minute ride is air-conditioning-free, and you’re dropped off for four hours to shop and eat to your heart’s content.The biggest draw of Bridgetown is the duty-free shopping. Make sure to keep a lookout, either at your hotel activities desk or in the tourist brochures, for coupons that offer additional discounts. There is a catch, however. You have to fill out all the paperwork and drop it off in the airport before you leave.As far as shopping goes, there are your standard souvenir shops, but there are also department stores, pharmacies, and most importan...Read More

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Bridgetown

Bridgetown
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Plantation Restaurant and Garden Theater

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Attraction | "Roots & Rhythms, Cultural Barbados"

Plantation Restaurant and Garden Theater Photo, Christ Church, Barbados
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The Roots and Rhythms Show, also known as the Plantation Theater, is a dinner-theater-type attraction that is pitched as the alternate to the party-themed Harbor Lights Show. Both offer dancing, fire-eating and stilt walking along with dinner. However, The Roots and Rhythms show touts itself as more of a cultural experience in opposition to the Harbor Lights Show, which claims to be a show and a party. The tickets are pretty expensive, but do include dinner. We paid about $100 per person. As you stand in line, you’re offered rum punch (more on this in a moment) or fruit punch. After you enter, you’re pitched to take the obligatory tourist photo (which will cost you $14 U.S. if you buy it) ...Read More

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Plantation Restaurant and Garden Theater
St. Lawrence Main Road
Dover, Christ Church
(246) 428-5048

80-Mile Island Tour

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Attraction | "Around the Island: 80-Mile Tour"

Animal Flower Cave Photo, Barbados, Caribbean
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We definitely wanted to experience more of Barbados than just the beach in front of our hotel, but we weren’t prepared to tackle the traffic-heavy roads and iffy driving rules. We had a sit-down at the activities desk and we had two options, a 4x4 tour of the island, or the more-tame 80-mile tour. The 4x4 tour went off-road, to places vans and buses could not go. However, it was a bumpy ride, and on the back of an open-air vehicle, which meant no air conditioning. The 80-mile tour was in an air-conditioned van and not-so-rough. (Now, before you go and judge how lazy and spoiled I am, Barbados is very warm, very humid, and the tours were an all-day thing. Plus, I had surgery earlier this ye...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 1, 2008

Cool Runnings Catamaran Cruises

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Attraction | "Cool Runnings Is a Cool Experience"

Cool Runnings Catamaran Cruises  Photo, Bridgetown, Barbados
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The snorkel tour we booked through Cool Runnings was by far my favorite excursion of our Barbados trip. There were about 20-30 people on board the catamaran, which included 5 staff members – and they really made the trip special. The staff was part sailors, part servers, part tour guides, part instructors and part friends. Everyone left there feeling like they were a part of the Cool Runnings family, and I think that was a really special bonus. The tour cost us about $80 U.S. each, and included transportation from our hotel and lunch, along with an open bar (and rum punch. No Barbados excursion is complete without it.) The transport took us to the Cool Runnings offices in Bridgetown, where...Read More

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Cool Runnings Catamaran Cruises
Hincks Street
Bridgetown
(246) 436-0911

Oistens Fish Fry

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Attraction | "Oistens Fish Fry Fun"

Oistens Fish Fry Photo, Barbados, Caribbean
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On any given Friday night, you’ll find Bajans and tourists alike gathered in the small town of Oistens at the traditional fish fry. There was a $10 shuttle to Oistens from the Bougainvillea Beach Resort that we booked to take us there. There are stalls and stalls, one right after the other, offering up all manner of fish and chicken dishes caught fresh and grilled up for your tasting pleasure. Our driver recommended his buddy’s hut, but we had a coupon from our Best of Barbados deal that we had booked, so we had to go on the hunt for the one stall that took our coupon. That stall happened to be called Angel’s, and it’s a good thing we got there early and sought it out first thi...Read More

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Oistens Fish Fry

Oistens