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Landing back at a chilly Manchester airport last Tuesday morning was a bit of a shock following a week in the wonderfully warm temperatures of the Caribbean. During the short time I had in Barbados, I managed to cover a lot of ground on this island however, at only 166² miles, it isn’t a problem seeing most of the island highlights during brief visit.

 Typical Barbadian architecture

 A full day island tour was perfect for seeing the major highlights.  First, came a stop at the top of Cherry Tree Hill and a stunning view of the more rugged East coast of Barbados.  We took some time to admire the mahogany trees that were introduced to the island in the 1900s and replaced the cherry trees that once grew in the same spot…

View of Barbados’ east coast from Cherry Tree Hill

Continuing over to the east coast, we had a brief stop at the beach resort of Bathsheba, a paradise for surfers, before heading for St.  John’s Parish Church.  Welcomed with a sample of rum cake, we spent a lovely half hour admiring the workmanship both inside and outside of the building as well as taking some time to take some further photographs of the stunning views of the east side of the island. 

 St John’s Parish Church…worth a visit

From there we were whisked over to Bridgetown, stopping to admire many buildings and historical sites en route.  Following lunch at a beachside restaurant, we had an hour to sit back and relax at Carlisle Bay Beach… an excellent spot for family bathing as well as for snorkelers and divers.

A highlight of my visit to Barbados was a catamaran cruise with Boyceterous, out of Bridgetown.  Our first stop allowed time to swim with turtles and we were so lucky to have a few swim quite close by.  We then dropped anchor a little further around the bay where we snorkelled over a ship wreck and not only that, we were surrounded by a magnificent array of brightly coloured fish who were as curious about us as we were about them.

With my 3 year old on the Boyceterous Catamaran
      On board the Boyceterous Catamaran

 Friday night and it’s time to head back to the South of the island and to the lively Oistin’s Fish Fry.   The aroma of the catch of the day being freshly cooked at every stall in sight is complimented by the vibrant atmosphere of the music being generated from the central arena.  We tried kingfish, swordfish, mahi mahi, marlin, red snapper and tuna.  They were delicious.  I would recommend everybody try Oistin’s Fish Fry during their stay in Barbados.

 

Friday night at Oistin’s is a must for any visitor!

Each night, we were treated to a fabulous sunset after lovely, sunny days.  We sipped our wine and watched various cruise ships sail past en route to their next island stop.

 Enjoy a glass of red wine at sunset.....
Enjoy a glass of red wine at sunset…..
Barbados is a great place for some winter sunshine.  Our flight on Virgin Atlantic took just over eight hours and we arrived just as the sun was about to set, but also just in time for dinner. 

A special permit is required for driving on the island, and this can be purchased from most car rental companies however, it is worth it as driving is on the left although some of the roads are a not always smooth and very narrow in parts…great excitement when you meet a bus coming the other way!!!    The duty free shopping in Bridgetown and sophisticated Holetown is yet another reason to visit this island.

I won’t hesitate to return to the Caribbean again for a spot of winter sun….