I really try my best to plan my trips in advance, but plans change every once in a while. I cancelled my Vegas, then Miami, then Chicago, then Vegas, then Chicago again 30th birthday trip and jumped on a flight deal to go to Barbados for the an extended weekend. In addition to the pre-birthday festivities, my cousin and I were in desperate need of a break from work. While it was a short trip, we still had a great time. Here’s how I spent 3 days and 3 nights in Barbados.
Saturday – Travel, Check-in, Beach and Family Time
The last flight from our airport left at 9PM so we left right after work, arriving in Barbados a little after 1:30 AM. Our hotel was only 20 minutes from the airport and we probably would’ve taken the ZR Van instead of a taxi, but it was too late (If you’ve ever taken a Maxi Taxi in Trinidad or the Dollar van in Brooklyn, it’s pretty much the same thing). After checking in we fell asleep, but woke up just in time for the water amenities to start. We took advantage of a 30 minute hobie cat sail across the water getting breathtaking views and insider tips on where to go and what to do in the area for the remainder of our trip.
Coincidentally, my cousins from Trinidad were in Barbados for a gymnastics competition. Their hotel was 15 minutes driving distance, so we took our first ride in the ZR Van to meet them for lunch at Just Grillin’ right across from the Accra Beach hotel. Most of the night was catching up, relaxing by the pool and planning a possible cousins trip. We wanted to hit up the St. Lawrence Gap that night, but sleep definitely took over.
Sunday – Harrison’s Cave and St. Lawrence Gap
Sunday afternoon, we met up with my cousins again for a day trip to Harrison’s Cave which is an active stream cave system that is 2.3 kilometres long and Barbados’ #1 local and tourist attraction. Through the tram tour, we were able to see stalactites and stalagmites and learn that they are actively growing by less than the thickness of a piece of paper each year.
After a eating lunch at Swagg, we said our goodbyes and finally made it over to the St. Lawrence Gap for drinks, souvenir purchases, people watching and dancing to soca tunes in a nearby club. The DJ liked us so much, I was getting happy birthday shoutouts the whole night.
Monday – Trip to Bridgetown, Beach Bummin’ and Manager’s Cocktail Hour
On our last day, we took the ZR Van to the capital Bridgetown. It was much like any city during the day: taxis, street vendors and a mix of tourists and locals seeing sights and moving at a fast pace. After many recommendations, we went to the food court at Cave Shepherd for fresh Cou Cou (Barbados’ national dish).
After walking around the city, we lounged ourselves at our hotel’s pool and beach area. Every Monday, they host a cocktail hour, so we chatted with the staff about our past and future travels, my blog and how much we enjoyed our stay. We were even able to get some food from the BBQ area thanks to one of the workers.
Although our trip was short, we came back home very tanned and very well rested. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever been so relaxed while away. As mentioned, we’re already planning to visit again with more people for a longer stay. I’m hoping it will be just as nice.
Have you been to Barbados?