Needless to say, it was a beautiful place to get away especially after a rather stressful couple of months where all we seemed to be doing was packing and unpacking boxes.
As we’d booked our direct flight from Manchester quite a while ago (long before we’d even considered moving to Berlin) we ended up having to fly to Manchester to catch our quick and easy direct flight to Barbados. Not exactly ideal but we got to spend a weekend seeing friends in Manchester and got to visit the theatre (we watched A Streetcar Named Desire at the Royal exchange theatre) before heading off on holiday.
All we really wanted to do was relax but as it was our first trip to the Caribbean we, of course, had to do some exploring, too!
Jan went diving for a few days (which I’m told was spectacular) while I basically just relaxed in my hammock on the beach drinking delicious Rum Punch.
One of the highlights of the holiday was a catamaran tour along the coast of the island. We purposely opted for a trip on one of the smaller boats which meant that it was a really relaxed and intimate atmosphere (especially compared to the bigger boats with dozens of tourists crammed onto them).
The group of people who were with us on the cruise were all fabulous and so much fun which definitely made the trip particularly special.
During the tour, we were able to do a bit of snorkelling which was amazing. There were thousands of colourful fish, shipwrecks and even huge turtles! One of them took a shine to Jan and for a few minutes, it looked like they were practising a synchronised diving routine going up and down in the water.
On the way back to the harbour it got a bit bumpy and we all sat at the front of the catamaran watching the waves while being thrown up and down in the air. There was so much laughter and oohs and ahhs that I’m sure the whole of Bridgetown heard us returning while we were still miles away.
We took part in an almost obligatory rum tour at Mount Gay and got to try (a bit too much) rum and competed in a cocktail mixing event.
We also hired a car for a day to explore the island. Driving wasn’t a problem (even if it was a bit wild at times). We travelled all the way up to the north point and then back down zigzagging between the centre and east coast of the island.
Another great way of getting around the island are the reggay taxis (I’m sure they were only called that by the tourists) which we loved. They were the easiest and cheapest (other than walking of course) way to get around and would take you all across the island and just let you know when you’d arrived at your stop. It really couldn’t have been easier. Just watch out a bit though – I’d say they have about 12 seats in all but we almost got squashed into one that already had about 30 people in it! Random strangers sitting on each others lap. (We skipped it and waited for the next one in case you’re wondering)
As you can probably tell we had a fab time and already can’t wait to visit some more Caribbean islands!
Have you ever been to the Caribbean? Do you have a favourite Caribbean island or holiday destination in general? Any tips for where we should travel to next?