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Central America Caribbean » Barbados » Holetown January 11th 2016

For two consecutive summers, our family of 5 has travelled to Barbados for our summer fortnight. A one our flight from our hometown to London Gatwick, then an 8+ hour flight to Grantley Adams Airport on the beautiful island of Barbados. Barbados lies at the bottom of the Caribbean islands, out on a limb to the east sharing it's coasts with both the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. It is a tiny, diverse, limestone island surrounded by coral reefs. Barbados has one of the Caribbean's most prosperous economies - tourism, sugar cane and rum production being their main and most crucial revenue. We travel as a family of five and stayed both times on the beautiful West Coast of the island, or 'Platinum Coast' on a long stretch of beach at the Fairmont Royal Pavillion ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Barbados » Bridgetown December 5th 2015

The last time Roisin and I were in Barbados, Harrison's cave was closed for refurbishment although I still haven't figured out what is there to refurbish in a natural formation such as a cave?! The Year was 2006 and everywhere on the island was caught up in Cricket World Cup fever. The Kensington Oval, their premier cricket venue was nearing completion, the Garfield Sobers highway was being extended and Harrison's cave was closed for refurbishment. We had hired a car during our ten day vacation. Harrison's cave was not the easiest attraction to find. After a few hours of frustration we headed back to Almond Cottage in the Christchurch Parish only to be told by the proprietor of Harrison's cave's temporary closure. The cave is situated (somewhere) in the middle of the island between 30-40 minute's ... read more
Welcome to Babados
The Britannia and the Star Clipper in Bridgetown
The tram - our transport around the cave!

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Geo: 13.1922, -59.6365Took the bus to Holetown to eat and shop... read more

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Central America Caribbean » Barbados » Bridgetown October 30th 2015

Geo: 13.11, -59.61Our third Caribbean port was Bridgetown, Barbados. We docked there about 7am but it was after 8 when we were given the all clear to leave the ship. We had had breakfast so about 8-20am we disembarked without the crush of the last two ports. At the Terminal it was far more organised with a taxi dispatcher taking charge. A Best of Barbados tour was advertised at $US25 each but when we asked we were told that you needed a group of about 14 for that price. When we said we just wanted to go by ourselves we were told $US 80 in total for two and a half hours. That sounded good to us as the onboard tours were at least that per head.Our taxi driver was Anne. She wanted to know what ... read more
The Pipe organ in the church
The Church Bell
St  Nicholas Abbey

Central America Caribbean » Barbados » Holetown February 14th 2015

Saturday February 14th, 2015. Bridgetown, Barbados. Bridgetown is the capital and largest city in the nation of Barbados. Formerl the town of St Michael, the Greater Bridgetown area is located within the parish of St Michael. Bridgetown is sometimes locally referred to as "The City" but the most common reference is simply "Town". The port, which is located along the Carlisle Bay is on the south western coast of the island. This is quite a walk away from the centre of town. We met Roy and Pati and John and Mary at 9.00 am in the reception area of the ship. We had arranged this last night as John had indicated that he would like to swim in the Caribbean sea at least once on this trip. As a result the 4 of us had said ... read more
1. Holetown Beach
2. The Beach at Holetown
3. Our Group on Holetown Beach

Central America Caribbean » Barbados January 23rd 2015

Friday 26th December, 2014. Barbados, West Indies Barbados is the most easterly island in the West Indies out of the chain of Leeward and Windward Islands. It stands in splendid isolation with the powerful Atlantic Ocean on its east coast and the clear, calm waters of the Caribbean Sea on the south and west coasts. Measuring 21 miles long and 14 miles wide at its widest point (and with an overall area of only 166 square miles), the island is only just larger than the Isle of Wight. From its founding in 1627 to its independence in 1966, the island was a British colony, and unlike the rest of its Caribbean neighbours, was never taken by force. It has and endearing blend of British and West Indian cultures, which allied to the Bajan's reputation as the ... read more
12. Bathsheba Beach
15. Bathsheba Beach
40. The Blue Lamp

Central America Caribbean » Barbados December 22nd 2014

Our final port of call and as there seemed to be quite a lot on the island we decided to rent a car for the day and share with another couple, Matt and Sheila from the ship. It cost US$ 125 including the petrol, insurance and licence so was a relatively cheap way of seeing the island. Eventually managed to find our way out of Bridgetown (Matt turned out to be an excellent map reader!!) and headed past St Ann’s Fort to Oistins, where we had a stop and a wander around the fish market watching the ladies prepare the flying fish for Friday nights fry up! Our next stop was Crane Beach for a photo stop of the two coves and cliffs. On to East Point Lighthouse that turned out to be a rusty old ... read more
Crane Beach
Blow Holes at Little Bay
Beach at Speightstown (also known as Little Bristol  due to the slave connection)

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