Friday, February 25, 2011

Where to Stay in Barbados

There are many different hotels to choose from even on a small island. Every hotel has a specialty. Choose a hotel that fits you and start making the vacation of your dreams.

Sticking with a chain you know isn’t a bad thing. Hilton has a hotel that is right in St. Michael’s parish, so Bridgetown will be close. The Hilton offers many different activity options including a scuba diving program; you do need your certification.

For the personal touch, try this family owned hotel with fantastic Caribbean ambiance. The Coral Reef Club offers services at their tranquil spa that is made for people that just want to relax and be pampered.

Looking for a place to just relax and enjoy the sun, consider the Almond Beach Club and Spa. All you have to do at this luxury resort is lay back and enjoy because all meals and drinks (alcohol too) are included. Most activities are included too, for a full listing, click on the link.

If you would like to swim to the snack bar take a look at the Bougainvillea Beach Resort. But beware you have a minimum stay of seven days here at this more budget friendly hotel.

 Another thing to keep in mind is that many of these hotels offer honeymoon packages filled with activities for couples.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Top Beautiful Beaches in Barbados

Crane Beach

1. Crane Beach is considered one of the top ten beaches in the world. It is located on the South Coast line. Protected by a natural coral reef, provides a perfect location for experienced swimmers, boogie boarders, and surfers. This is the perfect sun bathers beach, and one of the best spots on the island of Barbados to watch daily sunsets!

Sandy Lane Beach

2. Sandy Lane Beach is a famous beach that often has celebrities wandering its length.  It has very calm waters that are great for swimming.

 Mullins Beach

3. Mullins Beach is one of the most popular on Barbados. The beach has a snack bar lawn chairs with umbrellas. You also have the option to jetski further out to sea.

Miami Beach

4. Miami Beach is a peaceful beach that is somewhat remote.The sea in this area is quite flat but occasional swells add a little excitement to the sea-bathing here. (You should avoid bathing near the cliffs, especially at high tide). For your safety there is also a lifeguard on duty.

Freshwater Bay

5. Freshwater Bay The name really says it all - here you will find calm crystal clear waters that are perfect for swimming and snorkeling. The occasional fishing boat and jet ski pass by, with the catamarans heading down the west coast further out to sea.

Accra Beach

6. Accra Beach is a good beach to visit on the South Coast line. Accra Beach is one of the loveliest beaches in Barbados. It is located in Hastings, Christ Church. With so much activity along South-West coast there are many restaurants, hotels, and sports bars. So if you are lover of body surfing, boogie boarding, swimming, people watching, or just relax taking in the sun, then Accra Beach is the place for you.

Batts Rock Beach

7. Batts Rock lies a few minutes drive along the west coast of Barbados from the Capital of Bridgetown. It's a public beach with a picnic area, changing and shower facilities and children's playground. Good for swimming in calm waters and the rocky areas are fine for safe snorkeling. Batts Rock beach joins up with Paradise beach and Fitts Village.

Paradise Beach

8. Paradise beach is quiet and the home of the now closed Cunard Paradise Hotel. Currently the Sandals Resort which was proposed for the site has been delayed. Paradise Beach is generally deserted.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Barbados, Rum-YUM!

More important than where you stay is what you’re going to drink. Rums are a large part of any Caribbean island but especially Barbados. Barbados is home to the oldest brand of rum, Mount Gay. Being the oldest does not necessarily mean that it is the best, you decide. Tell us what your favorite brand of Rum is. A few of them have been outlined below for you.

Mount Gay Rum
Mount Gay’s history is one of passion, courage and unshakable conviction. For over 300 years the brand has been defined by generations of visionaries, whose untiring quest for excellence and innovation explain why Mount Gay is the oldest, as well as (according to the greatest, brand of rum in the world. You can check out the visitors' center  while you are there too.

Tommy Bahama White Sand Rum
Clear rum distilled from fermented molasses. Aged at least two years in used whiskey and bourbon barrels. Designed by Sidney Frank Importing Co, the guys who designed Grey Goose vodka, Tommy Bahama White Sand is a light-bodied rum with a distinctive coconut note in the front of the taste profile.  Aged at least two years in Barbados and then bottled at the Foursquare Distillery, this rum has been years in the making.

Old Brigand/R.L. Seale

The medium-amber rum, colored by 10 years aging in oak, reveals a wonderfully sophisticated bouquet, with sweet-but-earthy aromas of fresh cut cane, buttered sweet potato, dried plum and raisin, clove, cinnamon. Initial Taste is fully complex, though lighter than the aromas would lead you to expect. Olde Brigand is medium-full bodied, with a seriously traditional rum character and pronounced but pleasant alcohol. The finish is long and interesting for its variety: first sweet, then earthy, then ending more dry with a hint of anise.

The white is an aged rum made using a blend of pot and column distilled rums to ensure it is clean and slightly sweet. It is a versatile rum which can be sipped and savored with a mixer or served as a part if a more elaborate cocktail. The taste is light and sweet with hints of banana and exotic fruits with a long finish. Be sure to try to gold and cognac as well!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Flying Fish in Barbados

One of my favorite things about traveling is sampling the local cuisine. 
The local food in Barbados is made with a variety of ingredients, most of which will be familiar to you, but are enhanced with local herbs and spices to create a distinct Bajan flavor.

The local dish which is synonymous with Barbados is flying fish and cou cou, traditionally served on Fridays. The skillfully boned flying fish is rolled and stewed down in gravy made with herbs, tomatoes, garlic, onions and butter. Cou cou is similar to polenta, made with yellow corn meal but cooked with finely chopped okras, water and butter. Cou cou can also be made with breadfruit and green bananas and is served with salt fish or beef stew.

Check out the awesome video below about flying fish!  (it may make you rethink eating them... come on, they can fly!  But they are also tasty!)

Friday, February 4, 2011

Watersports in Barbados

Welcome to paradise, active water sports lovers!

This island has it all: snorkeling, water skiing, wind surfing, fishing, scuba diving, ship wrecks, coral reefs, submarine rides and even some light surfing. Water visibility between 40 to 70 feet for most of the year allows you to see a whole new world below the surface. The West Coast of the island has the calmest waters and is considered the best for swimming and scuba diving. There are other good beachfronts on other parts of the island.

 Scuba Sites
  • Shark Bank a coral reef reaching depths of 135-145ft.
  • Maycocks Bay a unique site with several large coral reefs divided by stretches of white sand! Rays and barracudas frequent these waters.
  • Carlisle Bay is the home to many different ship wrecks and a popular scuba diving destination.
  • Pamir Shipwreck happened in 1957 leaving behind the remains of a ship commissioned in the 1880’s. Today it is one of the best diving sites Barbados has to offer.
  • Stavronikita Shipwreck was a Greek freighter ship that was sunk in 1978 as an artificial reef.

Here are some Companies you can contact to plan your underwater adventures:
Rogers Scuba Shack
Underwater Barbados
Hightide Watersports
Eco Dive Barbados
Atlantis Submarine Tour
High Seas Barbados

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Welcome to Barbados!

Barbados is an island in the Caribbean that was under British rule until 1966 when it gained independence. The island is most known for its beaches and the water activities available.

That’s the official description, here is the fun one.

Barbados is a gorgeous island that offers 60 miles of coastline. More importantly, it is warm RIGHT NOW. What better time to think of a romantic getaway than during the winter months? (Not to mention that Valentine’s Day is coming soon, too!) The best places to stay and relax are all near Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados.

The country is split into different parishes. I recommend starting in St. James, St. Michaels (which includes Bridgetown), or Christ Church. Of course if you find attractions inland that you would like to try, feel free to venture. The island is only 166 sq. miles so many things are within easy driving distance.

I know you are tired of the snow and freezing temps; start thinking of Barbados, where the only ice you see is in your drink!

February is going to be an exciting month as we explore Barbados. Think Tropical!