In a somewhat atypical trend, I’ve been to a lot of beaches in the past year (after years of going to none!). After enjoying Costa Rica, Barbados, and now Puerto Rico, it’s safe to say I’ve got packing down to a perfect science. With the right tropical vacation packing list, you can take advantage of some fun in the sun, even while squeezing it all
Out of all the Caribbean, Barbados is one of the best for travelers looking for more than the stereotypical surf, sand, and sun. This island offers all of that, of course, but it also a ton of variety to round out a trip to Barbados. No wonder so many people come back time after time!
So what can you look forward to?
- Delicious island cuisine, ranging from inexpensive street food to fine dining
- Local "limes" -- the island slang for a party. You can expect food, music, dancing, and rum punch (with plenty of opportunities to make new friends)
- Phenomenal nature, like the rugged east coast near Bathsheba, sea caves on the north, jungle-like settings and green monkeys in the interior, or Harrison Caves
- A walkable capital in Bridgetown, with shopping, bars, and restaurants
- Snorkeling and diving that's world-class, especially for shipwrecks
- History that touches upon island culture, sugarcane production, British colonization, and even when George Washington lived on the island
- Plenty of sporting events, like cricket at Kensington Oval, horse racing, and polo matches
- Unexpected surprises, like a great Jewish Museum
- Plus the friendliest people you'll ever meet!
As a bonus, Barbados is considered south of the hurricane belt, which means there's the potential for great weather year-round.
I could feel my skin getting red and crispy waiting at the bus stop. My legs were on fire: I knew I’d be cutting it close to catch the hourly bus back to Bridgetown so I sprinted up a long, steep hill to make it in time. Just 100 yards from the top, I watched the bright blue bus whiz by, with no regards to
I was already in Barbados by the time I heard about Tropical Storm Kirk. To be honest, hurricane season in Barbados hadn’t even crossed my mind while I was prepping and packing. Little did I know that I was in for a surprise. It wasn’t that I was naive: Barbados hurricane season just hasn’t been bad historically. Most storms bypass the island, swerving farther north,
Barbados, Barbados, Barbados. I don’t actually know what to say about this port, except that even after visiting this island, I’m not sure what to make of it. Barbados is an island with money – there are some celebrity homes, some ritzy resorts, and in general, a higher standard of life compared to some of the other islands we visited. Because of all this, I