Barbados is a wonderful short trip getaway, especially for a girls trip! The girls and I decided to make this 5 hr trip from NYC for our friends 30th birthday in October, and boy did this small island NOT dissapoint! When we arrived at the airport we were greeted by all the friendly airport staff, we made a pit stop at the duty free for some rum before catching our private transfer to our hotel. Our driver John was very nice and took us on a scenic route along the beach to our hotel. (Travel Tip: most private taxi drivers offer island tours and they are much cheaper than hotel arranged island tours)We stayed at the Accra Beach Resort and Spa in Rockley Beach, at the south west point of the island. When we arrived we were welcomed with rum punches (most popular drink in barbados), which tastes fantastic...but are definitely not for light weights.
Our room had a pool view and had a very nice large balcony. The room was a little small for 4 people, but spacious enough where we werent tripping over eachother, after all, you don't travel to a beautiful island to stay in your hotel room, right? As soon as we got settled in, we headed across the street from the hotel to a strip mall where we found a convenience store, souvenir shops, clothing boutiques and even a nail salon. We had lunch at an outdoor cafe, and had them prepare us local fare. Our plate lunch included grilled flying fish, salad, and rice and peas, not only was it delicious it was only $10 USD and substantial enough to share amongst 2 people. After lunch we headed straight to the pool for round 2 of drinks and some relaxation! The pool and beach areas were clean and the bartenders were super friendly. After our time in the pool we got ready for dinner at a beach front restaurant within walking distance from the hotel (15 min walk along the beach) called Tapas. The food, drinks, service and atmosphere at Tapas was amazing, not to mention the amazing beach front view! We ordered an array of seafood appetizers and pastas and paellas for dinner, food coma followed shortly after.
The next day our driver John met us at our hotel for our pre-arranged island tour. During our tour our first stop was at the harrison caves, at the caves we learned all about the amazing natural stelagmites and stelagtites and how the island of Barbados was formed. The second stop of our island tour was St. Nicholas Abby, it is a fully functioning sugar plantation and rum distillery. While were there, we toured the main house and saw the most beautiful barbadian art and original decor. After touring the home, we went on a tour of the destillery and had a chance to sample the rum and chat with a few beautful parrots along the way. At the end of our tour we stopped by the gift shop where you can have a light lunch, rum punch, and purchase their rum and other products produced at the plantation.
Our third and final stop was at the sea turtle excursion in Bridgetown (west end of the island), before the excursion we had a quick bite to eat and a couple of Banks (Barbadian beer) at a local beach cafe and then boarded a catamaran towards the sea turtle snorkeling and feeding area. This was an Amazing experience, the tour guides were outgoing and kept the rum punch flowing! The water on the west end is very calm and clear which was ideal for interacting with the turtles. We ended our evening gazing at the sunset and listening to local barbadian music. The remainder of our Barbados trip consisted of great local food and beach fun, this is definitely an island you must visit, especially as a fall or winter escape.