A regular stop for Doris Visits, Barbados literally means, the Bearded One, and that name comes from the bearded tree. Jean’s film for Doris Visits film gives you some great tips and a good overview of a beautiful island.
We have spent much time in Barbados with friends, family, swimming with turtles and also as a gateway to many a cruise. Cruise holidays often fly into Barbados, start there and return to it, in the same way as many Caribbean Islands use it as the main port and have a boat or flight connection on to your chosen island. But do try and stay there for a few days if just passing through. Ask if you can extend your stay with a few days before or after you join the ship. Looking in our Booking.com link on the side search the Worthing Court Apartment Hotel which is cost effective, simple and outside a bus stop and near town. Take a look at both our Barbados films, one is East Coast, one is West Coast. Both can be got to in a day by bus.
As the song says, you are going to Barbados, and Bridgetown. The nearest place to the port is Bridgetown, the capital, where there is a lovely beach and also plenty of shops. It is nice to spend a day there, you can swim with the turtles, go snorkelling, or just sit in a beach bar, but there is so much more to see. Ambitiously, we travelled all over the island on public buses even if the ship was only there for the usual short day. There are two main bus stations, one near the cruise terminal on the Northside of town, the second the other side of the River in the middle of town.
Hometown, originally names James Town after King James I was the first settlement in Barbados. It now houses all the super swanky designer brands. Sandy Lane is a little further north, but not so far, so maybe on the way back, is Mullins Bay, and Mullins restaurant. All easy on the bus from the bus station near the cruise terminal. A lovely place to spend time, and just a short two dollar trip. Lunch on the beach at the famous Mullins bar in St Peter is a great idea for a cruise stop. The atmosphere is buzzy and the service is friendly, you can easily spend an afternoon there. Try the banana boat ride from the beach in front of the bar. It is such fun. Or sit and watch your friends fall off. Equally fun!
ROCKLEY BAY and WORTHING BOARDWALK
South of the capital Bridge Town, from the other bus station are a number of well serviced public beaches. There is usually a cruise ship trip or excursion to the beach and it is often one in this area. If you love to walk by the sea there is a really long boardwalk from Rockley in Hastings down to Worthing. Every beach you pass is white sand and clear blue sea. There are cafes and bars galore and on the roadside my favourite, a juice bar called Art Splash that also sells light healthy lunches. It is an Art Centre and Farmers Market. Further along, the Tiki Bar is a great one and if you buy lunch you get a free sun bed. There is also live music there on the weekends. This used to be the bar of Club Rockley which was one of the original Barbados Holiday clubs. The first time we went there the other guests were Darren Gough and his family and Paul Daniels and my tennis partner for the week, Debbie. Barbados is like that, you never know who you will meet.
OUSTINS FISH NIGHT
This is further south on the same bus. Number 9. If the ship stays overnight and it is a Friday, take a trip to one of our favourite places, Oistins, it is further down from Rockley, use the same down south buses. It is in Christchurch, easy on the bus, and a night to remember. There is a fish market and a tourist market with local handicrafts etc. I bought a pair of hand made leather sandals for a song, and they are so comfortable. Music plays from a central stage and there are many small outside restaurants selling delicious fresh caught barbecued fish to be washed down with the local rum punch.
The big summer festival in Barbados is a riot and takes place in July. It is called Crop Over. There are events taking place practically every day. Costume parties, markets, calypso evenings etc. Barbados is a place I will never tire of. Can’t wait till we go back next year. Watch the film. You will want to try it yourself. We have a second film on the west coast which will be published soon but should work on this magic private link for our web site users. Please share our films. We also have a film on the Barbados Rough East coast, the bus there, a bar over looking the dramatic sea and the Botanical Gardens, that film shows you both bus stations in BridgeTown.
Here are some of the organised tours you might be offered.
- A Walk around Bridgetown – 1.5 hours
- The Atlantis Submarine Experience – 2.5 hours
- Bajan Floorshow and Dinner – – 3 hours
- Barbados Beach Break – 3.5 hours (it is normally a beach near the hotel we suggested above).
- Barbados Golf Club – 6 hours (6,900 yard coarse)
- Barbados In Focus Photography Tour – 4-hour tour
- Barbados Mystery Tour – 4-hour tour
- Beach Hop Island Style – 4-hour tour on the yellow school bus with local music.
- Best of Barbados – 4 hours
- Coast to Coast – 3.5 hours
- Cat Caribe and Turtles – 5 hours
- Mount Gay Rum and Blackwood’s Screw Dock – 3 hours
- Concorde Experience and Island – 4.5 hours
- Farewell to Barbados – 3.5 hours (this is normally the pre-fly home tour)
- Sunset and Champagne Cruise – 2.5 hours
The third Solo Cruiser books sees Violet visit Barbados. Read a cruise story as you cruise. American Portrait is written by Sally Katz. Book 1, Her Virgin Voyage takes place on a Canary Islands Cruise, book 2, The Perfect Storm takes place during a Baltic cruise. Violet’s story, concludes in book 3 when it takes you to Barbados where she stays in Sandy Lane for a night waiting to change ships. Very interesting twists in this third book which is about a company director and marketing a cruise line. American Portrait.
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