Those of you lovely lot who are regular readers will know that I love Barbados, I honestly can’t get enough of the island and relish the opportunity when I can bring it up in conversation…… again! So I wanted to give you a run-down of my top five favourite things to do on the island. (Honestly there a millions more but I’d be here forever detailing each one!!).
No trip to Bim would be complete without a day out on the ocean on a catamaran. My absolute favourite is Jammin, there’s something about the brightly coloured boat that gives me the warm and fuzzies. (Although that could be the rum on board!) The all day trip includes two turtle swimming spots where the fabulous crew will take you out swimming with the island’s native green turtles. On my last trip we didn’t actually see any (I think they were asleep) but, I did see a very cool puffer fish, luckily he chose not to show us his spikes! You also get lunch as part of the trip which is a beautiful buffet including mahi mahi (fish), chicken and the famous macaroni pie. Oh and more rum punch than you can drink!
|Life on the ocean waves with Jammin|
So Jammin is all about sailing on and swimming in the ocean but what about going to the ocean floor? Atlantis Submarine in Barbados was the first passenger submarine to operate in the Caribbean and it is an amazing experience. It’s quite eerie as you head towards the bottom of the ocean but it’s unlike any snorkelling experience (I’ve never dived so I imagine it like that). On the dive we spotted many Dory fish swimming in and out of the natural coral. This should definitely be on any ‘must do’ list.
|Under da sea|
I’ve mentioned rum before but Mount Gay Rum is the oldest in the world and you can visit the distillery not only to see how the famous brand began and how they produce it but also it’s the perfect opportunity for tastings! We did our tour in the morning and tasting rum at 10am does feel a little early so my advice would be to go in the afternoon if drinking before 12 gives you the guilts! The tour is only £10 per person but that includes loads of tasting opportunities and rum punch!
|All dis rum|
Barbados is in the middle of two oceans, the Caribbean and the Atlantic and the East Coast of the island is much more rugged and natural. Bathsheba, half way up the East Coast is one of my favourite places to visit, it’s got such a buzz. You’ll know when you’re there because you’ll see a giant rock in the ocean. There’s a fantastic beach bar which serves up amazing food, I had a huge plate of Mahi Mahi with macaroni pie and coleslaw, all washed down with a local Banks beer.
Finally no trip to Barbados would be complete without hitting the beach! None of the beaches in Barbados are private so you can go to anyone, although you can’t use another hotels sun loungers. All of the beaches are beautifully soft white sand and the perfect place to watch the world go by.
So that’s my top five but there are so many other amazing experiences to be had in Barbados. Have you been? I’d love to hear your recommendations too!