Back and feeling the Caribbean withdrawl already :
Thought I’d jot down a few words for those who might be considering travelling to the West Coast of Barbados. This was my 6th trip to Barbados thus far (with many more to come), but my first time residing on the West Coast while there. Each time I’ve visited I’ve stayed on the South Coast in Christ Church, which is where the hardcore tourism and partying is at. This trip down was different than all those that preceded it. Talk about rest and relaxation! I did not stay at a resort, but a private residence that belongs to my family so I have no resort reviews…just thoughts on this side of the island.
Mullins Bay is a beautiful beach for anyone who wants to know. Heywoods Beach is also quite beautiful although the shorelines have much more shells/pebbles then other beaches I have been to. It is quite a long beach so it’s perfect for long walks, and completely safe to walk at night. I wouldn’t recommend doing it alone, with a friend/significant other, or whoever you might be travelling with. The sunsets on this side of the island are just glorious. Speightstown is a fun, historical little town with an incredible amount of character and warmth. Holetown is another quaint town where there are more bars and tourists (if that’s what you’re looking for).
This side of the island tends to accommodate families and couples, so if you’re looking for an area that is conducive to meeting people for rendezvous, I wouldn’t recommend this side of the island for you. This side is completely R & R at it’s best! Luckily for me, I have friends on the island who have vehicles, and so travelling to the south coast to party wasn’t a problem, but if you’re planning on staying on the West and commuting to the South for partytime you’re looking at about $50USD for a one way trip to the other coast. Should cost you the same for a taxi from the airport to the West Coast, unless you have shuttle service provided by your hotel.
This time around my friend took my brother and I to a club called Club Extreme for an 8th Year Anniversary Bash for the radio station he works for. What a party! I was a little disappointed that we were heading to an indoor club, since it is just fabulous to party under the stars at places like the Reggae Lounge, Harbour Lights, and the Boat Yard. Baku (on the West coast) used to rockin’ as well, although it is now closed due to financial and other problems that the owner was allegedly having. Regardless, the night @ Club Extreme was awesome!! It was more of a local night, and being of the “white” persuasion, we were given some cut-eye and had some people try to intimidate us, which didn’t work because we’ve travelled to the islands so much and eventually people saw that we were just there to have a good time.
sigh I could go on forever really…loved it, loved it, loved it. So my main point of this review really…if you’re looking to party and meet other tourists, you should definitely head to the South coast. If you’re looking for R & R, the West is best. Other then that…if you have the $ and the time, I would highly highly recommend doing all kinds of tours and seeing the entire island because it truly is a slice of paradise. Harrison’s Cave, Bathsheba, etc. are all places visitors NEED to see.
If you have any specific questions about Barbados, please don’t hesistate to reply to this post, or send me a private message.
Happy Travelling in 2006!