Barbados is very much a holiday destination and therefore has no shortage of places to eat, from inexpensive at Oistin’s Fish Market to The Cliff reputedly described as one of the top 50 restaurants in the World. Both are awesome experiences.
The main tourist area and nightlife is around St.Lawrence gap and the main road into Bridgetown. Every cuisine is available. For those wishing to travel further a field take a trip up the west coast road to Hole Town for the slightly more up market scene.
In my opinion the best eats are “doubles”, which infact originate in Trinidad and are a type of bread; a mix between naan bread and tortilla, filled with a spicy filling of chana (chickpeas) or chicken. They cost $BBDS2 which is about 70p.
If you are self catering you may be stunned at the cost of some food items. A lot of food is imported to Barbados and hence commands a premium. There are two supermarkets close to St. Lawrence Gap. Just drive north of the Gap and you will see one on your right at the traffic lights. If you turn right at the traffic lights and travel another 200m you will find Big-B super market as well. Also check out the “Doubles” you can buy from the lady on the street near by – they are delicious!
Barbados has a wealth of nightlife available for those wanting to party hard! St. Lawrence Gap is the main location for partying. There are plenty of restaurants and clubs on offer and you can party till dawn. Check out: Reggae Lounge, McBrides, and The Ship all located in the Gap. You can head north to Harbour Lights and Club Xtreme for alternative clubbing within minutes from the Gap. All of these venues are classic tourist traps and pretty cheesy often with bus loads of Brits driven in from resorts out of town, but can all be fun and are worth a visit if dancing till the early hours is your vice.
The local beer is Banks and is pretty cheap and all bars and restaurants have special happy hours with cheap booze. Barbados on the whole feels pretty safe at night, just be sensible, careful and respectful.
For me, personally, the surfing is great. There are surf breaks all over the island, from beginner to expert. A must look is over on the East Coast at Bathsheba, home of the famous “Soup Bowl”. You need to be very confident of your surfing ability here, the waves can get big and heavy, there are very strong rips and the reef is shallow. I got taken out to the break by a local surfer and shown the ropes on a “small day” which was over head high. I did manage to get two waves but I also go pounded within inches of my life, had a huge drag under water and lost all three fins off my board on the reef!
A great place to sit and watch the action over lunch is at the Round House in Bathsheba.
There are plenty of local reputable surfers in Barbados offering surfing tuition and surf safaris and you can pick up promotional leaflets almost anywhere.
One of my favourite places to Surf is Freights which is easily visible from the Atlantic Coast Road, just north of South Point and the light house and south of Enterprise Beach. It’s a long left hander, which is very clean, small and mellow. It’s a popular spot and can get very crowded here with locals, beginners and experts especially when the waves are good.
If surfing is not your thing then there is plenty to do in Barbados, from driving round the coast to hanging out at secluded beaches to a wealth of other sporting activities to take part in or watch from diving to cricket to polo!
In terms of windsurfing and surfing there is a local windsurfing and kite surfing competition held at Silver Rock around February time and in November there is a Surfing Competition held at Bathsheba.
Barbados is also home to many festivals, music, arts and cultural events so there is usually something going on to check out.