BARBADOS IN A NUTSHELL
Believe me, Barbados was not on my list of travels for 2018. But if you know a little bit about me so far you do know that cheap tickets are the quickest way to my heart. I turned 25 in February and I knew I wanted to spend it somewhere other than Florida. So, being me I started plugging in places on skyscanner.com of places I could fly to in the Caribbean. After plugging in what seemed to be every island in the Caribbean, the last one I gave a shot was Barbados.
$200 roundtrip on JetBlue
That was my price range so I was super excited! No private window browser, no secret code, nada. In the same day, Marie (in the picture above) texted me and said, "I want to travel more so if you're planning anything let me know". I shared the details to her and we booked tickets right away.
Where to stay
By now you already know I’m in LOVEEEEEEEE with Airbnb or so you should. If you aren't familiar with Airbnb its an American company which operates an online marketplace and hospitality service for people to lease or rent short-term lodging including holiday cottages, apartments, homestays, hostel beds etc. To shorten all of that, renting people's homes or private rooms in their homes. If you haven't tried it I would suggest you give it a go by signing up here . You'll get $40 off of your first stay!
In Barbados we stayed in this modern apartment . The space was absolutely beautiful with a fully equipped kitchenette, private room, flat screen smart tv, soooooo much closest space and central to nearly everything. Our host Lorraine and her husband were amazing; from picking us up from the airport to helping us find excursions to do while we were there.
I'm not sure if Uber operates in Barbados but even if it did your best bet is to do as the locals. TAKE THE BUS! No seriously it was the cheapest transportation I have ever seen. $2 Barbadian Dollars = $1 USD. The buses are $2 Barbadian...catch this; TO ANY SPOT ON THE ISLAND (unless you get off of course!)
Also, if you're not into that boujie lifestyle like I'm not I would say walk where you can. We had to walk out to the main roads anyways to catch the bus but even when we did, if we found out the place we were headed wasn't too far we just walked.
My favorite part of every destination..LA COMIDA! THE FOOD!
The easiest thing for me to do to ensure I get the best food options is ask the locals and check reviews! I use Yelp and TripAdvisor everywhere its available, it saves so much time and honestly helps you make up your mind on what to eat.
The very first thing we tried when we arrived was provided by our Airbnb hosts. If you like Roti (that's what we had), Chefette makes delicious ones.
On Pebbles Beach you'll find the famous Cuz Fish Shack . You must stop by for the affordable and so tasty fish sandwiches (fish cutters as the locals call it)
Two words: FISH FRY! You cannot go to Barbados on a weekend and not check out the Oistin's Fish Fry on friday night! It's jam-packed with locals and tourists, get there around 7pm to grab a seat and enjoy entertainment as well as your food.
Being on an island means endless beaches so do make sure you check them out! We went to:
Accra Beach (Christ Church Beach)
Bathsheba Beach (great for surfing NOT safe for swimming) has really cool rock formations all down the shore
What's a getaway without some outdoor activities? Nada! I love nature and every chance I get to take part in its riches, I'm down!
Jet-skiing with PeterPan!- You'll find him on Pebbles Beach and for just $20, two people can ride with him for approximately 30 minutes or less
Tiami Catamaran Cruise- Our Airbnb host arranged for us to be picked up right at our place for this lunch day (island tour) cruise! For $75, it included: the pick up, a light breakfast, an open bar (hellllll to the yeah!), a lunch buffet, and multiple chances to stop and snorkel with turtles!
If you want to check out all the different kinds of excursions in Barbados and see how they're rated by other travelers, click here .
To bring in my quarter of a century mark, Barbados was perfect. It's a beautiful island with plenty to do and very much affordable if you want to live a little and save a lot!
Click here to check out my vlog on this beautiful island.
Have you thought of visiting? Have you been before? If either, leave me a comment below. I would love to hear from you.