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Family Travel in Barbados

What to see & do with kids in tow!

· Destinations,Barbados

We traveled through Barbados for two weeks in October - with our toddlers and their grandparents!

Interesting Tidbits:

  • Exchange Rate is a set rate 2:1  (BBD$2 to US$1), which makes it easy. US Dollars are accepted everywhere, but you will get your change in BBD
  • It is ILLEGAL to wear any form of camouflage in Barbados
  • Roads are bad. Not the worst. Just really bad. There really aren't great sidewalks either for walking. 
  • Flying Fish is their national specialty - try it, it's delicious!
  • You CAN drink the water there.  (Which to us, is always helpful to know!)

SEE IT...

Check out our Video of Barbados Here.

Top Things to Do with Kids in Barbados:

  • PEG Farm & Nature Reserve - We feel like this is a hidden gem. It's a newer farm on Barbados that focuses on biodynamic farming practices. The owner started the farm after battling health issues and turned this land into an amazing place to walk/hike/learn/breathe/taste/see -- the place has it all.  We did a walking tour that was a couple hours, but they offer many options depending on your needs. Form the hike down the ravine to the views from the top to the animals loving their free range to the super knowledgable & interesting herbalist that let us taste test (a favorite pastime for my kiddos) his herb garden. Oh we just loved it here.  And then to top it off, they offer a snack in their beautiful lanai with gorgeous views and nice breezes. And the fresh mint water to wash it down.  This gem is a must!
  • Calabaza Catamaran Sailing Cruise - We went on the lunch cruise and loved every minute. The food was delicious, the service was spectacular and the cruising on a catamaran was luxurious. Especially because they max out at 12 guests.  They welcomed us onboard with warm banana bread and fresh fruit ..and anything you'd like to drink.  As we cruised the open waters, they served some tapas (the fish cakes were delicious). We then stopped to swim with the sea turtles. To be honest, this stop was a bit crowded with other boats. But it did make us appreciate the small, luxurious feel of Calabaza!  Next, we sailed to a snorkel spot over a shipwreck - which was full of beautiful fish and interesting sea life!  Getting back onboard, we relaxed, looking out as flying fish jumped ahead of us... and dropped anchor at a beautiful spot off the coast, where we enjoyed a delicious spread of lunch before hopping back in the water for a brief swim in clear turquoise sea.  There is nothing quite like sailing on a Catamaran - it's an absolute must in Barbados!
  • Oistens Fish Fry Friday Night - We tried Uncle George's & Pat's. we preferred Uncle George's service and food. Both places had huge portions and prices were the same.  The swordfish and Uncle George's was the best I've ever had. And the Flying Fish is a must try - delicious.  TIP: Get there early, especially with kids. We got there at 6:00pm (it officially starts at 7:00). It was a lot less crowded and you beat all the tour buses. Then you can stroll the craft stalls afterward.  
  • Harrison's Cave -  Take the tram tour.  They show you a little movie presentation and then you get on the tram with a tour guide. It's a really fun way to see the caves with kids + you get off the tram a couple times to walk around. Outside the caves are a couple little shops ... and some wild monkeys! 
  • Driving Tour with Beach Stops -  We rented a car and mapped out a drive from Dover Beach to Bathesheba with some stops to get out along the way.  Our route was along the coast starting at Dover Beach --> Cranes Beach (stop, walked down to the beach on one side and views of cliffs on the other, we dipped our toes in the water, but didn't swim as the currents and waters can be rough) --> Shark's Hole (had a bit of trouble locating the exact spot to enter, but a local helped us out! water was a bit rough while we were there, but it's a beautiful cove, sheltered by some rocks;  we went for a brief swim --> Bathesheba (if you catch the tides right, there are tidal pools there that you can swim in safely with kids; otherwise, the surf and rip tides are too rough;  great place to watch surfers though and the views are incredible!).  From Bathesheba, we cut across the middle of the island to make it back to our condo for a late siesta for the kiddso!

Extra Extra

* Where we Stayed: Sapphire Beach Condos on Dover Beach (condo was beautifully furnishes, gorgeous views, wonderful service from Blue Sky Luxury + 2 pools, beach access, a small gym and you can walk to a lot of shops & restaurants right there in St Lawrence Gap. The beach was calm most days we were there, which made for great snorkeling with the toddlers. The last few days the waves picked up and made for some surf. I'm sure it is just weather dependent. While we were there 3 big sea turtles were hanging out in the waters and we saw them every time we went out snorkeling! It's apparently a big nesting area for turtles too, but we didn't see any.)

* Restaurants: We typically seek out health food & local or farm fresh type of restaurants. We tried the Good Life Cafe and found it to be mediocre (I wanted to love this place so bad). We had Sunday Brunch at Ocean Prime and while the views are gorgeous (right on the beach), the food was just okay. Our favorite was the Raw Juice Bar - the green Popeye Juice was so yummy, I went back again the next day!

* Grocery Stores: We typically shopped at Massey. We tried Fresh Market and didn't find enough to make it worth it (although they had good smoothies and an almond butter press!). Food is expensive in Barbados, relative to US prices (and we typically shop organic at Whole Foods). Expect your grocery bill to be double and you'll probably have a hard time finding exactly what you are use to.

 

* Where to Buy Fresh Fish: We drove up to Six Men's and asked a local to direct us to a chattel house that would sell us fish. (Otherwise, they all appeared closed up.) We ended up with some nice fresh Red Snapper! We also saw that they were selling fresh fish down at St. Lawrence Gap on Tuesday and Friday mornings (though the times & days weren't exactly set in stone). We found if you just ask a local, they'll direct you to the nearest person with a fresh catch!

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