Sneaking in between Hurricanes Dorian and Jerry 7 days in Barbados was probably not enough time but made the most of it!
St. Lawrence Gap was our first stop from the airport. Got a first taste of the Bajan food which was amazing. The Rum punch was key for the flight recovery and a good way to wait out the rain.
Hastings on the south-west side of the island was home port of the trip, getting around was pretty easy, walked a bunch the first few days to get a general idea of the area looked at some local beaches, restaurants, and sights. Getting the local buses was the way to go with temps in the 90s (Fahrenheit) the humidity being around 80% plus, the local "reggae" buses cost about $1.75 and stop pretty much anywhere you flag them down and ask how far they are traveling, drivers were all very nice and had good info on best routes around the island.
Bridgetown is the capital and heart of Barbados’ history. It was Britain’s most lucrative port for nearly three centuries through sugar cane plantation and slavery, and thus its most prized and protected possession. The city's original streetscape, designed in 1657, has barely changed since then – and that’s what earned Bridgetown an inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2012.
The water looks like its out of a painting, almost anywhere you look on the beach reminds you of travel magazines and postcards, incredibly warm and clear. Decided to get a close up look at the ocean life at couple spots, Pebble beach had a few wrecks, turtles, rays, puffer fish and Dippys, a great spot to rehydrate after a day underwater. Easy to just grab your snorkel gear, walk along the coast and swim out to the spots (its easy just look for the catamarans and the large group of people on a tour) of course you will miss out on the complimentary cocktails that go with the tour but i managed to survive and make it to Dippys after.
Venturing all the way up north to check out the Animal Flower cave located at the most northerly point of Barbados in the parish of St.Lucy. The name "Animal Flower Cave" comes from the sea anemones found in the pools of the cave. Some of these pools are deep enough for you to swim in.There are also several openings looking out to sea, and where the Caribbean ocean meets the Atlantic.
Navigating up was a little bit tricky switching from major town buses and local busses but with a little bit of help managed to make it all the way up north and on the way back stopped off at one of the best local rum shops on the island the John Moore Bar, great locals and amazing rum.
Exploring the North, check, West, got it, south-west and south Oistins fish market which is a can't miss, the mahi mahi is unreal. Time to take a look at the East coast and thanks to hurricane Jerry and tropical storm Karen the Soup Bowl in Bathsheba is rumored to be pumping, Russell and Matthew from Dread or Dead surf shop offer to be the tour guides for a surf check, so glad because the route gets a bit confusing as you get closer to the town and an additional bonus i get to shoot in water AND surf for a bit. Big win!
What was really amazing to me were the different ocean shades and types of waves to be found on the island.
Of course what trip to Barbados would be complete without a tour of the worlds oldest rum, Mount Gay rum distillery with samples even. Barbados's rich soil and flat terrain made it the center of the West Indies sugar boom, simultaneously the largest producer of sugar and rum in the world. Rum production started as early as 1637. The Mount Gay Distillery dates back to 1703 and is today the oldest continuously functioning rum distillery in the world. Now owned by the French spirits company Remy Cointreau, it is also at the center of a rum revival.
Such a great trip and memories can't wait to go back, send me your comments, thoughts and questions on my contact page, thanks for checking out the blog, more pictures are at madbomberphotography on instagram.