Excuse the huge lack of posts recently – as always the christmas period was super busy and I found myself taking more photos than I could ever post. However, this is most definitely the least festive post I could have put up!
In late October one of my nearest and dearest friends called me and asked me to join her in Barbados for a week in November. I wasn’t working that week so I hastily booked a flight and never looked back. Who am I to say no to topping off an epic year with a week in paradise?
Our first morning kicked off with some turtle watching from the balcony.
Followed by some beach time at Miami Beach.
We were rained off briefly, and hid under a tree with our beverages.
Following our unexpected shower, we headed over to Crane beach to watch the sunset.
And I made a little friend along the way.
I never could resist a coconut!
We finished our first day with sundowners at the local surfers bar.
Day 2 of course kicked off with more turtle watching. I’ll let you know now…. we did this every morning.
We then spent the day on the West coast on Mullins Beach. If you learn one thing about Barbados from this post, it is that I cannot understand why the west coast is so insanely popular in comparison to the rest of the island – it is a millpond and turns you into a sweaty mess! (We stayed on the South coast where the breeze cools you down all day long.)
Can’t complain about the sunsets though.
This is what happens when Fran decides to take a hand held timelapse video and we realise we are going to be eaten alive by mossies…
Fran, still going 20 minutes later.
The next day called for TURTLES! We did our research and found the most environmentally friendly trip on the island – with Barbados Blue at the Hilton. A marine biologist comes out on the trips to check on the aquatic life whilst we do our turtle watching thang. They also organise regular underwater and beach cleanups – a big plus in my book.
Chomp chomp chomp.
We also visited a couple of shipwrecks which were teeming with fish, and revealed a beautiful rainbow of colours.
Our afternoon was spent on a nearby beach, drinking lethal mango daiquiris.
Just before the sun set we headed to Bottom Bay, renowned for its untouched beauty.
A little bit too much sun that day me thinks!
It is said that this is where the pirates used to deliberately shipwreck ships and loot them for their treasure.
On Fridays nights in Barbados, everyone heads to the fish fry in Oistins. For around £10 you get a huge tray of your choice of fish, and piles of sides – macaroni pie, coleslaw, baked potato, okra and so forth! It’s a party atmosphere and everyone gathers in the square afterwards for drinks and music.
The next morning, with slightly sore heads, we headed to Miami Beach for lunch at Mr delicious, which is a lovely old school bus turned into a mini cafe on the beach.
I went for the fish cutter – strips of white fish, battered and fried and served up in a white bun with pickles and hot sauce. Deeelicious.
Unfortunately a few hours later we were rained off again.
At the weekend there was a surf competition down at Bathsheba on the East coast, one of the main surfing beaches. We took our teeny tiny car and roadtripped it down.
All the girls competing were mega surf babes and we kidded ourselves that one day, we could be that cool. Other than y’know… they are 10 years younger than us and we can’t surf very well!
Monday was all about the rum tour! We headed up through Bridgetown, the main city.
Mount Gay is a world famous rum that has been crafted in Barbados since 1703.
Feeling a bit jolly from all the rum, we headed back to Mullins beach bar for some food! (Don’t worry, Fran was our designated driver, forgoing the tour as she’s been before)
Bajan fish cakes.
Crab and shrimp spaghetti.
Shrimp mango salad.
Our final day was spent back on Miami beach, drinking coconut punch and claiming we would never leave.
And just like that, a whirlwind week was over.
Fran’s parents very kindly lent us their apartment, which they also rent out – I would highly recommend it. It sleeps 8, has a HUUUGE balcony (did i mention you can turtle watch from there?) and insanely spacious living area and kitchen. There’s also a waterside swimming pool which is shared with a few other apartments. Miami beach is a 5 minute drive and Oistins fish fry and fish market are another minute or so further down the road. You can find details of the apartment by clicking here.