I just wanted to make a quick post about the island of Barbados! We went there for a week this month and I cannot say enough good things about it. As you probably know this post about “enjoying” your wealth.
Barbados is at 13 degrees of latitude so you can count of warm weather all year. In January the normal high temperature is 29 degrees – everyday! From January to Junish is only showers now and then – very little rain. We had a little more rain than expected when we were there but it was only more frequent showers for a couple of days, but overall it was great.
In my opinion the island of Barbados sits in the Atlantic Ocean but it seems that the Bajans say that the island sits directly between the Atlantic and the Caribbean. The east coast of Barbados faces the Atlantic for sure as you can see from the following picture from the photo taken from the Roundhouse restaurant in Bathsheba. This coast is favoured by surfers who cannot resist the consistent waves here.
On the west coast of Barbados the water is much calmer in what the Bajans say is the Caribbean. This coast is sheltered from the steady wind from the Atlantic and is therefore the centre of the upscale hotels on the island. Upscale is an understatement for places like Sandy Lane on the west coast but I have to say it is really beautiful on the beach as can be seen in this photo. This calm beach is never possible on the east coast.
On the south coast of Barbados where the Atlantic and the Caribbean come together the beaches are beautiful but there are some waves and it is a great place to learn to surf (I know from experience). Surfers point, in this photo is such a beautiful place and Zed’s Surfing Adventures right at the point is the perfect place to learn to surf (thanks Jacob). If you want to try surfing, check out Zed’s – you will not be disappointed.
The south coast is also a great place to stay for a week if you like a little more excitement and want to walk to restaurants and bars. The area around St. Laurence Gap on the south coast is great and the hotels are reasonably priced. This is a map of the area to give you an idea of hotels and restaurants there.
Things to do
There are so many things to do in Barbados and I won’t get into all of that, but I wanted to tell you about Oistin’s Fish Fry on Friday nights. We read that this is a “must do” but that is such an understatement. This is an amazing event that is just what Bajans do on Friday night. The atmosphere is alive – the food and drink is amazing and you cannot miss this. It is worth going to Barbados on Friday and leaving on Saturday just to do this.
The Best – the People (Bajans)
We travel often – we go to lots of places and we live in Canada where people are polite and nice – but no place we have ever been compares to Barbados and the Bajans. The people on this island made the trip for us. It is not really something you can explain well without actually experiencing what these folks are like. Everyone is very reserved but so friendly and helpful – you really cannot understand unless you see it. Everyone is like that and according to Jacob Layson at Zed’s surfing adventures the Bajans pride themselves on being that friendly and making everyone’s visit to the island – you have to go just to see these amazing people.
What can I say – rum punch is delicious. Go to Cutter’s Deli in Crane Beach for their Very Special Rum Punch (VSRP) – worth the trip.