One of my favorite things about flying to a hot country is the moment I step off the plane. It’s like walking through a thick fog of glorious heat that instantly warms you to the bone.
It takes a moment to breathe in that thick heat and feel the sun’s rays on your face before you start walking down the wobbly steps of the plane.
Yes, this is what you came for on vacation.
If you come from a warm country, you may not understand this feeling.
After months of hiding in layers and feeling nothing but icy cold on my face, this kind of heat wave is welcomed with open arms. Sure, your arms will be sweaty and your hair will instantly become dry from the humidity, but we don’t care.
After an 8-hour flight from London to Barbados, we arrive around 4pm with plenty of time to get to our hotel, enjoy a glass of Champers, and take a relaxing walk along the beach as the sun sets.
I immediately relax and enjoy what the locals call “island time.” “Island time,” I have to say in my Caribbean accent, laughing a little as if I’m remembering a dirty joke.
After settling into your room at Almond Beach Resort, head out for dinner at Brown Sugar in Bridgetown. First, we’ll have coconut beer shrimp, followed by Barbados’ specialty, flying fish. By the time dessert comes, I fall asleep eating my rum-soaked bread pudding, so I quickly call it a night.
Flying fish – local specialty
The next morning, wake up early and take a catamaran cruise with Jammin Cruises. By 10am, the music was blaring, the rum was flowing, and I had made more friends than I could count (or maybe it was the rum!)
You’ll have three chances to jump (or slide) off the ship and snorkel, or lazily eat noodles while the crew serves us rum punch. We ended up drinking a mix of punch and seawater, but I don’t think anyone cared anymore by midday.
We were lucky enough to see three turtles while snorkeling and even caught a glimpse of a stingray.
At the end of your cruise, visit Harrison Caverns, an amazing network of living caves filled with stalagmites and stalactites. Crystal clear waterfalls cascade down between the rocks, forming perfect pools of sparkling water. Ride the mini-train through the caves and see all the hidden spots.
Dinner tonight at The Tides. He is known as one of the finest restaurants in Barbados and it did not disappoint. I had the best table in the house right on the beach front and could listen to the gentle sound of the waves while sipping wine.
After eating the lobster, I had the most amazing Mars Bar and Oreo Cookie Cheesecake, so it was another end to a perfect day.
Today was our last day in Barbados and we spent the morning exploring the historic garrison district. Visit the old British armory, see the house where George Washington lived, see the tunnels that run beneath the area, and learn more about the island’s history. With a place as beautiful as Barbados, it’s easy to forget its history and what happened to make it the place it is today. This tour was great and the enthusiastic guide made me fall in love with military history. There are so many secrets hidden in these tunnels and underground chambers, many of which have yet to be discovered.
I visited Sunbury Plantation House for lunch and to explore the old building. I immediately felt like I had traveled back in time as the 300-year-old sugar plantation has been meticulously preserved and restored.
For lunch, we had typical Bajan dishes such as chicken thighs, rice and peas, and macaroni pie.
It’s time to say a sad goodbye to Barbados, but we can’t help but be excited because our next destination is St Kitts!
I’ll post my St Kitts travelogue tomorrow.
I would like to say a huge thank you to British Airways, Time Out London and Visit Barbados for making this trip possible.