Every year on the Friday before Memorial Day you’ll find me with passport in hand & bag packed; ready to escape the city for the extended weekend. This year the destination was the beautiful island of Barbados.
With an informative yet anxiety filled cab ride to the hotel; the taxi driver filled me in about the different parishes of the island, historical buildings, various attractions, events, and most importantly the whimsical method of giving way at the roundabouts.
Exploring the Land & Sea
First on my list was paddle boarding at Pebble Beach which sounds silly being from Miami where one can go paddle board anytime; but to try it for the first time paired with the crystal blue water was an amazing experience to look down and see the schools of fish swimming alongside you. (Tip: The beaches on the Caribbean Sea side have calmer water!)
A definite must for any island trip would be taking a Sunset Catamaran cruise. Tiami Catamaran Cruises like most offered roundtrip hotel transfer, light bites, and delicious cocktails (Tip: Get the Rum Punch!) however what truly set them apart from other catamarans I’ve been on in the past was the opportunity to jump off the boat to snorkel & swim with the turtles.
Although I didn’t get to do too much sightseeing on land – as a number of places close for the weekend; I was able to make it over to the lush grounds of Harrison’s Cave for a tour filled with stalactite and stalagmite formations, fresh water pools, and waterfalls.
Cuisine & The Scene
On the search for some authentic Bajan cuisine, Champers Restaurant & Wine Bar located on Skeetes Hill in the south-west coast was definitely my favorite! From the live soundtrack of waves crashing to the flavor packed & locally caught dishes; created the perfect ambience for a romantic dinner or some memorable moments with friends. Dishes to try here include the Flying Fish, Seared Atlantic Salmon, Grilled Yellowfin Tuna, Coconut Pie, and Bajan Ice Cream.
Ready to dance off some calories in a party scene you would only find in a Rihanna video; I made my over way to St. Lawrence Gap which basically felt like the South Beach of Barbados. Most places there open around 7 PM and close around 3/4 A.M. (Tip: The party really starts at midnight!) Disappointed in my findings of top 40s and determined to save the night; a 30 min taxi ride north to 2nd Street, Holetown brought me to the hidden gem of Red Door Lounge . Featuring a selection of craft cocktails, intimate indoor/outdoor seating areas, along with great music, vibes, and beautiful people made this definitely the place to be!
All in all, my time in Barbados even though short & sweet was definitely another one for the books! I’m already looking to plan my next adventure and can’t wait to share where I go next.
Sincerely Shanti xo