Stunning Barbados

 

The world is soooo big… When we think we know it all, we quickly realise we know nothing…

When one thinks of the Caribbean Islands, one thinks once one knows one island ones knows them all… Well, one could not be more wrong!

My destination this time was the stunning island of Barbados… I am sitting at the airport lounge with my heart heavy… I could have stayed longer…

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Well, well well… Let me tell you all I learned about this place… Barbados is a West Indies island, ex British colony, named by the Portuguese… Yes, you read it right… The Portuguese stopped here in their way to Brazil back in the 15 hundreds and saw these native fig trees which seem to have beards falling out of it… They looked and called Barbados… The name remained…

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Barbados is developed but not over developed… It keeps its beautiful Caribbean vibe with a happy local population and stunning white sand beaches…

Unemployment is relatively low compared to other Caribbean islands and the main industry is Tourism. Illiteracy is eradicated and all schools are public… The loved number 1 sport is cricket followed by horse racing…

I have been to several other Caribbean islands which I will not name, and although they all have their own charm, some are either too developed or too poor… Barbados is neither..

The only thing I thought which my be a concern is that I found it expensive. Taxis are extremely expensive… Anywhere you want to go in the island does not cost less than 40 US dollars… One way… So if you come to Barbados, either you drive or prepare the pocket…

The restaurants I went were also very expensive… OK, I went to 2 of the 4 best restaurants in the whole island… But still 100 dollars for a one person meal without wine seems expensive…

Maybe that is the Rihanna effect… You know she from Barbados, right?

When I booked my hotel in Barbados I looked for something beach front but with a sense of local… I did not really want to stay in any big resort… My chosen one was the Coral Sands resort at the south part of the Island.

The property was what I expected… Not too big not too small… On the beach… What a beach!!!! White sand… Turquoise water… Turtles in the sea… I opened my balcony door and tried to take the image in… Stunning…

The room was super comfortable, with my own kitchen.. I did not use it.. Large bathroom and 2 queen beds…Fits easily a family…

The hotel has a swimming pool with a bar on it… As I was on my own I had the chance to read a book while I watched the sea…

In terms of restaurants the Island has loads of options for all budgets… As I love eating I wanted to try them all…

First night I went to Tides…

http://www.tidesbarbados.com

WOW!! what a stunning / gorgeous / romantic place! I fell in love immediately with it… I could not stop thinking that I wanted my husband to be there with me… The service was impeccable and the food delicious…. It is pricey but worth it… The hight of the night was the ballet of fish that come swimming just under the tables of the restaurant… Oh! Gorgeous!

For lunch next day I was recommended to eat at Tapas restaurant… Situated in front of the Crystal clear turquoise sea… It is the type of place you could spend a whole day sipping wine and eating tapas… I had a wonderful west indies shrimps curry… Super Yummy…

http://www.tapasbarbados.com

The same day, for dinner I went to Champers… Super recommended by several locals… I decided to give it a try… I don’t regret…

http://m.champersrestaurant.com

Also, the restaurant is stunning, placed on top of the sea…you dine in an open view terrace… Food is delicious and super beautiful… Each plate was worth 1000 pictures… the attraction of the evening was the turtle visit!

I was recommended two other restaurants more on the North of the beach, which I did not have the opportunity to go.

The Fish Pot – http://www.littlegoodharbourbarbados.com

the Cliff – http://www.thecliffbarbados.com

I was told only good things about both… I just could not eat two more meals…

In terms of sightseeing, Barbados is an Island with turquoise see around it, so the beach and boat trips are mandarory… but…

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Barbados has another amazing sightseeing attraction… The Harrison’s cave… A cave as the name says with rooms and rooms of stalagmites and stalactites… incredible and at the same time amazing! I could not stop taking pictures… It is situated in he middle of the Island and it is a must visit place!

Shopping is also an attraction… you can do it in  Bridgetown for souveniers and RUM… the Caribbean rum is known and Bajan one is delicious…

Or alterntively, for luxurious items you have Limegrove shopping center…

I hope you enjoy the pictures and if in Barbados… let me know if you tried these places!

xx Valentina