Caribbean

Exploring Barbados

The Adventures of Clare latest blog is on my trip to Barbados. Barbados is a Caribbean Island that is 21 miles long and 14 miles wide. This makes the Island really accessible and easy to travel around if you have a car. Public transport is available but some of the most beautiful parts of the Island are secluded and not within access of the Public transport system. Barbados is one of the safest Caribbean islands. It is safe to walk around and travel the island without requiring an organized excursion like it would have to be in many of the other Caribbean Islands.

Here are my favorite parts of Barbados and why, I hope you enjoy 🙂

Bottom Bay, Saint Philip Parish, Barbados

There’s paradise and then there is Bottom Bay… This beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. It is secluded among coral cliffs and gives an amazing panoramic view of the south shore. From the car park, there is a pathway overgrown with beautiful trees. At the entrance an independent merchant will greet you with fresh coconuts for sale which he will fill them with a choice of drink. I purchased one and he filled it up with strawberry lemonade– it was delicious The coconuts were $10 each and are well worth it! It was one of the most relaxing days of the entire trip. I sat on Bottom Bay sipping my strawberry lemonade from the coconut and just took in the breath-taking views of the ocean. It really was amazing! The waves were incredible and although I got thrown around on my boogie board, I really enjoyed every minute. The location itself is very quiet. We only seen at most 10 people come and go. I was so surprised because it was such a beautiful place!

Carlisle Bay

Located in the southwestern coast of Barbados, Carlisle Bay is a stretch of white sand and crystal clear water. There are a few companies along the beach that will take you on day trips snorkeling around shipwrecks, diving, and there are also some water sporting activities. We went with a local guy who approached us on the beach and had his own private little speed boat. We haggled him down and for both of us to go snorkeling around the shipwreck, snorkel with turtles and to go on the flying fish was only $80 US dollars. Check out my video below of us snorkeling with the Turtles. There are umbrellas and sunbeds for rent on the beach for just $10 a day per person but the sand is so perfect, it is nice to lay on your towel also. It is definitely a piece of paradise.

Bathsheba

Bathsheba Beach, sits on Barbados’ east coast and is known for its rock formations. These picturesque views are phenomenal. If you’re a surfer you’ve probably heard of Bathsheba as international surf competitions are held here quite often. It is definitely not a beach to come and sunbathe as it doesn’t have that much around and it is not safe to swim because of the rock formations. It is perfect for a packed lunch picnic and to watch the surfers do their thing. There are restrooms and rum shacks but they don’t have food so be sure to pack something if you want to snack. It is quite off the tourist path so a rental car is recommended.

Barbados Wildlife Reserve

The Barbados Wildlife reserve was a highlight of our trip. It was amazing to see these animals roam around the reserve while we took our time exploring the brick paths. You will get to see families of Monkeys, Tortoises and much more.
Its $30 Barbadian dollars for entry and parking is free.

Adjoining the Barbados Wildlife reserve is the original signal tower on the island which was used to inform the islanders of royal meetings and hurricane warnings. The signal station has a stunning taking view of the East coast of Barbados.

Harrison’s Cave

Harrison’s Cave is one of the natural wonders of Barbados, located in the center of the Island. The interior of this cave is breathtaking! There are many different types of tours to see the cave daily. We did a standard tram tour and it was $60 Barbadian Dollars (around $30 US). The day we did the Harrison’s Cave tour it was a grey day so it was perfect for exploring the cave as we didn’t feel like we were missing out on beach time. So maybe check the weather while you’re planning to be there and plan accordingly.

 

Barbados was AMAZING – If you’re looking for total relaxation and a detox of technology this is your place!

I really hope you guys enjoyed reading this blog post – Happy traveling ✨

Clare x

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