Fun For All In Barbados!
I've just returned from my fifth visit to Barbados and I can honestly say that each time I go I see more beauty and find more fantastic ventures to endeavour than my previous trips! This visit was courtesy of the Barbados Tourism Authority Board trip and upon arrival at Grantley Adams International Airport (on yet another gorgeous June afternoon might I add) I instantly felt myself settle back in to the laid back Caribbean way of life.
Our first evening started the five night visit off with immense WOW factor, entertainment from local dancers and steel bands to male stilt walkers - the island was alive with culture and the Bajans (as those local to the island are known) certainly didn't disappoint!
We were lucky enough to take part in the Bajan Carnival or 'Jump' as the locals call them, and I can certainly recommend this event for all families seeking fun! You can join in with the crowd and design your own festive t-shirts, or take part in a two hour 'dance festival' from one end of St Lawrence Gap to the other. Most of the locals also join in along the way and we even hit the front page of the local newspaper the next morning!
The famously renowned Harbour Lights is the place to go for a party and that's just what we did on the third evening! The entertainment was amazing and animated with fire throwers and limbo dancers and once they had finished everyone kicked off their shoes and danced the night away to a sensational local band 'Masala'; I can only describe this place as a mini beach party and the open air beachfront there is recommended as suitable for all ages.
My fondest memory from this trip was the catamaran cruise - after sailing up the West Coast on a lovely Sunday morning we reached our first port of call, a stunning location where we jumped at the opportunity to swim with the Turtles, certainly not shy, these beautiful marine creatures came so close it was an exhilarating experience and one not to be missed. On to the next location, which was a man-made shipwreck where we jumped off ship and snorkelled with the fish; I have never seen so many colours underwater, it was like a tropical montage! Lastly we anchored just off the shore of one of the most famous hotels in Barbados, 'Sandy Lane' , and swam ashore to take a stroll along the beach before swimming back to the boat and sailing in leisurely fashion back to the Harbour.
Unfortunately the last day came along too fast but you know what they say about saving the best till last - I took park in the Fun-Fari and trekking experience that allows four passengers to travel across the island in a mini-moke. After being given our directions we were on the road, heading from the West Coast along to the South Coast. During this fun filled four hour island adventure we had been given orders to collect a number of items, whilst sometimes cheating to stop and ask the locals if they could help us! My tip to you is to see the East Coast whilst you are there, as this area has some of the most beautiful, unspoilt scenery I've ever seen and is a complete contrast to the West Coast.
On top of all the above, I also had the pleasure of visiting the hotels we feature within our Barbados portfolio - what a fabulous choice of high quality accommodation. This trip was simply amazing and one I'll treasure for many years to come!