So last time, I told you all about our hotel, the lovely Sea Breeze Beach Hotel in Oistins, and recommended a few fun things to see and do while you’re there.
Another thing we really wanted to do while in Barbados was explore the rest of the island away from Christchurch, where we were based. Barbados covers about 166 square miles and one of the best (and most fun) ways to do see it is to jump on a jeep and experience an island safari. Here’s how we got on!
From Christchurch, we headed to St George, the wettest parish. It’s full of fields of sugar cane and cotton and – true to form – it rained.
Next we headed into St Joseph’s and stopped at Project Paradise in Parris Hill. The project features the most beautifully painted murals, and we were treated to a rap performance by local artists, as well as being able to buy locally produced yummy cakes and biscuits. After this, we headed down into St John, stopping to wave to Rihanna’s auntie who happened to be standing on her porch, before a proper stop at beautiful Dina’s bar in Bathsheba:
After a refreshing rum punch, it was back into the jeep and off for a very bumpy trail through Joe’s River, peeking at the sun through the lush, green canopy, and catching glimpses of shy green monkeys, before emerging into the sunshine again.
Next, we headed to the old sugar mill (a recreation of the original) with a view east right to Land’s End (no, not THAT one):
Through Boscobelle, we drove through St Lucy and right to the top of the island to Little Bay, an incredibly rugged cliff top with a stomach-churning ledge and a view to the frothing, crashing surf below. It’s the most northerly point on the island and there’s much evidence of Barbados’ origin – not a volcanic island, but a coral shelf lifted out of the sea. Coral fingers crunched under foot as we wobbled as near to the cliff edge as we dared!
Off then for a delicious lunch at the Sugar Cane Club (which looks fabulous), before we were back in the jeeps again and heading off down south, through Speightstown, Mullins and back into St James, past exclusive Sandy Lane (Rihanna has a condo at One Sandy Lane) then up into St Michael, before returning to our hotel.
All the way, we got smiles and waves, people calling out to us, asking if we were having fun and what we thought of Barbados, wishing us a wonderful stay. The people of Barbados really value their tourist industry and it shows through their gorgeous smiles. What a heavenly place.
The Island Safari www.islandsafari.bb costs $92.50 US (£59) including lunch and drinks.
Visiting Barbados (www.visitbarbados.org):
Virgin Atlantic flies once a day to Barbados from London Gatwick, and once a week from Manchester. Economy fares start from £457 including tax. For more information call 0844 2092770 or visit www.virgin-atlantic.com.
We stayed at the Sea Breeze Beach Hotel on an all-inclusive basis (www.sea-breeze.com). Rooms cost from $326 US (£208) per night based on two sharing a standard room.