We arrived in Barbados without any issues. Niko was a champ once again, as if he was born to travel. We decided to use this trip to show our parents what our days will look like when travelling around the world. It was important for us to show them our new lifestyle and how well prepared we are.
Once we landed, it became very apparent that Barbados is one of the most efficiently run Caribbean nations. If you notice the speed at which the customs officers processed new arrivals, then you can agree with the Wikipedia’s statement that “Barbados is the third most developed nation in the Americas!”.
The air filled with natural scents of the exotic plant life, made us forget that just 5 hours prior we were freezing our behinds off in Toronto. Niko jumped up in joy as he stepped off the aircraft in 30 degree Celsius weather.
At the airport we took a 1970 van taxi to take us to our new home for the next 10 days. The house manager was there to meet us with a big smile. The townhouse was beautiful and much bigger than expected and we were very happy with our choice. We unpacked, and ran to the beach (located a 10 min. hike away) just to be greeted by darkness and an overpriced Italian restaurant. We didn’t care, as that night we celebrated our first night together!
We spent the next few days looking for the ‘perfect beach’ and there are plenty in Barbados. We decided to use the local bus to make our first discoveries. The atmosphere in every bus was very friendly with reggae tunes and a nice breeze provided by the open windows.
Here are the best five beaches of Barbados we have been able to conquer:
Paynes Bay Beach
is a touristy yet beautiful beach that neighbours the Sandy Lane Beach but is less exclusive. This is the place to visit if you wish to swim with the sea turtles. Rather than take expensive catamaran tours, we recommend you just swim out a hundred yards from shore when the catamarans arrive and swim up to the area. You will save yourself at least fifty dollars.
Folkestone Marine Park
features an artificial reef, purposefully formed by the sinking of the ship Stavronikita which had been destroyed by fire in 1976. We just went snorkelling and saw no ship, just plenty of fish and the reef:) It is well worth a visit.
is home to one of the most luxurious hotels that also bares the name Sandy Lane. At times, the hotel is home to the A-listers including Tiger Woods, Jennifer Aniston, Rihanna and Jay Z. It’s located just a few miles south of Holetown home to calm, turquoise waters of the West Coast.
is located on the south coast near the fishing village of Oistins where you can grab very tasty fried flying fish. This is a beautiful beach away from the many hotels and resorts of the South coast. The beach has finer sand than its West Coast cousins as the waters are much more wavy here. We especially liked a small lagoon off the centre of the beach that offered calmer and shallower waters, perfect for Niko.
On the rustic East Coast, this is a very picturesque fishing village popular with surfers. It’s known for its strong waves craved by surfers. It is home to several surfer’s contests every year. Swimming, especially with young children is not advised. We came for the beautiful views only.
Here are our general observations and tips about Barbados:
Best Places for Kids
Cost and Shopping
General and interesting
If you have other tips or observations please leave a comment below. Thanks