Visiting the Island of Barbados
I recently traveled to the beautiful island of Barbados, better known as the island that produced Rihanna and where top celebrities and other famous faces are known to frequent.
The island of Barbados is located in the eastern part of the Caribbean and is an independent British Commonwealth nation. The primary language is English and its local currency is the Bajan dollar (BBD), but most major currencies are accepted as well including US dollars, Euros, British Pounds etc. It should be noted the exchange rate is fixed at about 2 Bajan dollars to the US dollar, and in most shops and restaurants you get back BBD change regardless of the currency used.
I stayed at the beautiful Spring Court Apartments located at Rockley New Road, managed by the awesome Ms. Dawn and her beautiful daughter. I got a studio apartment at US55.00 per night and let me tell you it was a steal of a deal! it was big enough for two persons and equipped with everything you could want for your vacation including a large living area and a fully fitted European kitchen complete with fridge/freezer, stove, dishwasher, washer and dryer and bathroom. Studios are fully air-conditioned and provided with ceiling fans.
Click on the slideshow for pictures of Springcourt Apartments.
After a huge breakfast (well i did say HUGE :), it was time to hit the beaches and we tried to visit as many as we could during the day.
So after a lazy breakfast we decided to do some beach hopping at some nearby beaches.
First up was the very popular Rockley Beach also known as Accra Beach, located in the South Coast of Barbados, this beach is just miles of beautiful white sandy beach, and of course there is a bar close 🙂
Then we were off to Drill Hall Beach. Surrounded by wide shaded areas, complete with picnic benches to sit back and relax, this beach had calm waters and natural ocean pools which was so lovely and the water was warm as well. This was actually my favorite beach.
We then stopped by Dover Beach, which is a lovely stretch of white sand and blue waters. And while this beach offers a variety of water-sports you can still find a quiet spot to relax and take in the gorgeous view.
And be sure to try the local burgers and beers from nearby vendors.
And lastly we ended at Miami Beach (AKA Enterprise Beach) which is a popular beach amongst the locals. And although this is a lovely beach with lots of facilities including beach chair rental, large umbrellas and boogie boards, personally wasn’t the nicest out of all the beaches we visited but it was quiet and the waters here are not as calm as the other beaches.
After all that driving it was time to find some food and Barbados is known for its excellent cuisine, so while our choices were numerous, we decided to stop at Chefette which is an upscale local fast food joint selling everything from fries, to ribs to roti!
Most locals will tell you one of the yummiest macaroni pies comes from Barbados, so I decided to have that with some Ribs and Fries (I think mozzarella sticks were in there too) 🙂 I pigged out! and of course it was so much food!
So after chowing down a ridiculous amount of food (and copious amounts of alcohol) we decided to do a drive by and take in one of Barbados famous monuments The Barbados Garrison.
“The Barbados Garrison, largest in the British Colonies during the 18th and 19th centuries, is of great historic interest and offers many features, other than military, for those so inclined. It was established in 1780 as the military headquarters for the Imperial Forces stationed here until 1905/6. However, it began with St. Ann’s Fort, on its present site, in 1705.
Today it is the home of the Barbados Defence Force including the Barbados Coast Guard Force. Headquarters of the Barbados Cadet Corps is at Cherry Tree Cottage on Garrison Road, overlooking the Savannah.”
After we visited the Garrison it was time to head back and rest up before dinner, for our first day I think we saw, ate and drove around a lot, so although we wanted to head out to dinner, nobody had the energy! we visited the nearby supermarket, grabbed a few ready to eat meals and hit the sack :), so check back for Day 2 as we continue with visiting Gorgeous Barbados.
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