|At the Barbados Wildlife Reserve in Saint Peter.|
We took a quick weekend getaway to Barbados to escape the cold air in New York City. When Mike and I left at 4:15 am on Friday (thanks so much to Blacklane Limo for a relaxing ride to JFK!), it was 25 degrees in Manhattan. I’m not sure what the RealFeel was, but I assume in the high teens. Burr! When we landed in Barbados, it was 85! Immediately, I knew we’d made the right choice to take a winter vacation. This Barbados getaway was our first during the cold months but won’t be our last.
What a wonderful island! Bajans are incredibly friendly and helpful, and the island is beautiful. We chose to stay on the east side of the country where it’s quieter with less traffic and fewer tourists. Our location was remote, rugged, and untouched. We met a lot of locals and only a couple of visitors and were welcomed by everyone.
|Hanging at the SeaSide Bar with our new friend Valance drinking Banks, the most popular local beer in Barbados.|
Here’s a selection of some of the best moments from the trip.
We stayed at the Santosha –– a self-catering boutique property –– in Saint Andrew. We ordered a grocery package through the hotel so we could have breakfast and snacks as needed. We also rented a car so we could get around the island.
As you can see, the view from our third-floor apartment was spectacular.
The property is pin-drop quiet and has lovely landscaping. I’d say this lush setting is picture-worthy!
There’s so much to do in Barbados! Since we were there for just four nights, we didn’t get to see everything we wanted, but managed to explore several of the parishes including the capital, Bridgetown.
We ate some delicious food on the trip, but our favorite place was the Atlantis. We dined there our first night and loved it so much that we returned our last night. The staff at the Atlantis were fantastic. We made some friends by the time we left! The restaurant is in the hotel, which is located in Bathsheba, a cute part of the island. Bathsheba was only about 10 to 15 minutes from the Santosha, so it was convenient for us too.
The beach at Bathsheba is one of the best in Barbados. The huge boulders are rock formations broken from coral reef. These rocks attract a lot of tourists for photo taking, so we figured, why not?
Surfers from all over the world visit the Soup Bowl at Bathsheba, to surf, of course. After our little photo session and some sun time, we headed to the historic Round House for a late lunch and watched the surfers in the distance. This spot is truly magical!
Another locale with breathtaking views is the Animal Flower Cave. The tour of the cave is short, and if you’ve been inside caves, you might not find it fascinating. Mike and I had never been inside a cave, so we thought it was pretty cool. I do recommend wearing sneakers when walking in the cave. The Bajans wear flip flips without issue, but closed toes might save you a stub or cut.
Our guide Shaine was super nice (like all the Barbadians we met). He is a tour guide but making jewelry is his passion. Mike and I each bought one of Shaine’s necklaces to take home.
The Barbados Wildlife Reserve is a must-see. I found the walk through relaxing and peaceful. We saw dozens of turtles, plus peacocks, parrots, deer, green monkeys, chickens, and more.
One of my favorite areas of Barbados was Speightstown, which is in the northwest section of the island. It has a charming main street lined with restaurants, bars, and shops. There’s also a small beach great to grab a sunbath before or after browsing the town,
JetBlue offers nonstop service from JFK to Barbados. The flight time is about 4 hours and 45 minutes.
Have you been to Barbados? I’d love to hear about your experience!