Barbados

Barbados is one of the most beautiful countries you’ll find in the West Indies region of the Caribbean. It’s a small island nation, rich in sugar, tropical fruits and seafood, yet poor in many ways. From snorkeling with sea turtles to sound systems blasting out dance hall beats, it’s a place you’ll be glad you visited.

From where you’d rather be – Worthing Beach

You know those ads for Corona where there’s an amazing beach with perfectly bowed palms, white sands and glowing blue waters? Well Worthing Beach isn’t quite like that. It’s actually better. Beach houses are built almost up to the beach and yellowing fiberglass leaking surfboards lean up against garden sheds. A whitewashed beach bar and café, the Crystal Waters Beach...

The United Colors of Bridgetown, Barbados

Barbados’ capital is full of color – colorful personalities, colorful buildings and open markets of fresh, colorful ingredients. Like most of the island, the housing is balanced between older bungalows, classic colonial homes and rustic shacks. Established in 1628, there’s none of the Spanish pirate forts but more than a few symbols of its British past. A...

72 hours in paradise – Barbados style

“In the sun I will come to see Barbados”  sung early eighties Australian band, The Models and thirty years on, it attracts Aussies and other Commonwealth expats like never before. This southern Caribbean paradise of Barbados is part of a chain of islands known in the cricketing world as the West Indies, with Jamaica just to its east. And it’s a...

Mount Gay, Barbados

Mount Gay is one of the premier spiced rums and is made just outside Bridgetown, Barbados. After a very long and hot walk from Bridgetown, purely from our own stubbornness to save money and prove that Google Maps overestimates the time in which to walk its routes, we arrived hot and sweaty, at the Mount Gay Visitor Center in Barbados. Coming up the street we can see...

Harrison’s Cave, Barbados

Harrison’s Cave at Allen View, Barbados offer a welcome change of scene from the ridiculously pristine, unspoiled beaches (OK, who are we even kidding?). The tropical hinterland of Barbados reminds us of where we were brought up in Australia. The temperature sits at a balmy 32C, there are banana palms, sugar cane plantations as far as the eye can see and all sorts of...

St Lawrence Gap, Barbados

No visit to Barbados is complete without a nightcap at one of the many spots on St Lawrence Gap, a long, winding road that connects Worthing and Dover Beach. It is said that The Gap has the best nightlife on the island and on the night we stopped in it certainly didn’t disappoint. St Lawrence Gap is a beach side entertainment precinct about half an hour from...

Oistin’s Fish Fry, Barbados

Barbados’ seafood is world class and there’s no better place to sample it than Oistins Fish Fry. We had heard amazing things about attending a Barbados fish fry. The food, the aromas, the music and the energy. Chatting with ex-pats we met along the way, each raved about how delicious the national dish, the flying fish is and that we couldn’t possibly miss Oistins...

Snorkeling Barbados

Rum, monkeys and beaches aside, the chance to have a close encounter with a turtle, snorkeling in Barbados has to be its biggest draw card. We landlubbers booked a berth aboard the incredibly 80s-monickered Stiletto for a day of snorkeling, cruising and drinking. Little were we to know how it would all turn out. Starting at 9am, an unexpectedly punctual taxi full of...