(Closed) Honeymoon in Barbados help

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Hi date twin! We are honeymooning in Barbados as well! We are staying at an all-inclusive resort in the South. I’ve been told to rent a car for a day and travel the island, swim with the sea turtles, explore caves, and go to Oisten’s Friday night fish fry. Holetown, from what I’ve read, is the trendy area with lots of bars and high end shopping. The Gap (St. Lawrence) is where the big nightlife is located. I am sure you’ll have fun no matter what!

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Been to Barbados…

The cool thing about this Island is it is basically shape like a triangle… with the most touristy stuff happening on the West (Platinum Coast) and South Sides… with the capital Bridgetown kind of in the middle (lower SW corner)

The island is also relatively compact… at aprox 40 Kms (24 Miles) Long and 20 Kms (12 Miles) Wide in the centre (Holetown to Bathsheba)

Both the Westside and the Southside are great Destinations with lots of Hotels, Resorts, Restaurants, Clubs and miles and miles of incredible beach !!

There is a bit of different vibe to each side… the Eastside on the Atlantic is the more “natural” side of the island, and doesn’t have much in the way of touristy accommodations (this is where the fishing villages are… and where the locals go to vacation / summer with their families… enjoying the cooler breezes of the Atlantic).  The area is absolutely stunning tho visually (water here not the best for swimming because of the rough waves, undertow etc).  Bathsheba is one of the places in the Caribbean you never forget once you’ve been awed by her visual charm !!

PHOTOS – Bathsheba, Barbados 2013 (personal collection)

The Platinum Coast has incredible beaches … and TONS of accommodations.  It is indeed where the glitz and glamour on the island likes to hang out (Celebrities LOVE this side of the Island).  Consequently there are many highend things like Sandy Lane Golf Course, Resorts, Spas, Shopping and Boutiques to be found in Speightstown and Holetown… and in between.  Infact the development is such in recent years, that there is no visible gap anymore heading south back to Bridgetown as there once was.  When I think of the Platinum Coast of Barbados I think more of highend beach areas in the USA.

The Southside is a lot more like many Eastcoast US Vacation destinations… more laid back.  And a long string of lowrise & highrise hotels along the shoreline vs sprawling estates / resorts and villas that are found on the westcoast.

I personally love em both (lol, would NEVER turn down a vacation to Barbados… probably my fave island in the Caribbean)… but I have to say I do like the Westside a bit more.

Hope this helps,

PS… Nightlife, here is a useful link for TripAdvisor.

TripAdvisor – Travel Article (Barbados Nightlife) = http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Travel-g147262-s402/Barbados:Caribbean:Nightlife.html

And if anyone is still trying to decide between the two areas… I strongly suggest that you check out the Travel Forums on TripAdvisor (they are like the Boards we have here on WBee) where you can post specific Questions and get Answers from Destination Experts and Locals who know the area best.

PPS… Renting a car in Barbados is a wonderful idea (albeit more expensive than in the USA… a country that pays 3x or more to buy a car here… so naturally it makes sense).  Especially so if one is going to focus on seeing the north, east or interior of the island.  Maybe problematic tho if you plan to use it to get around elsewhere in the more populated areas… as they drive on the left… and like most Caribbean Islands they drive fast and a bit crazy (and in some places the roads have deep ditches along side etc… you don’t want to go off the road on a Caribbean Island or be in a Traffic Accident).  Also, Bridgetown is a small city with a relatively BIG population, so traffic and parking can be HUGE issues.

On a positive note… Barbados has decent public transit… no qualms taking the bus anywhere on this island.  So you can certainly do a lot of exploring far more economically than renting a car if you have a sense of adventure… and time to spare.  OR you can always arrange for a Guided or Organized Tour of the Island… either to a specific location / customized Itinerary… or with a group / company that has tours that run daily.

In my visits to Barbados… I’ve done a bit of everything.  And have been flexible enough to figure out ahead of time what would work for the time we have, and the places we’ve wanted to visit.

 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@This Time Round:  wow what a detailed reply! Can I ask, what would October be like weather wise in Barbados? Have you been during that time? Thanks!

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

TO @wwbga: I haven’t been to Barbados in October myself… much preferring to make my Caribbean travels in the Winter Months (December thru March) when the weather here in Canada can be downright FRIGID (can we say -20 C or -40 C) … when a bit of sunshine & warmth is a welcome escape.

That said, I can tell you that many refer to Barbados fondly as PARADISE (and I’d be in those ranks) as it has the most ideal weather year round rarely moving far off its 80F (27C) average mean temp… with Daytime highs slightly above that, and nightime lows slightly below.  A cooling breeze coming in of the Atlantic most of the year… and not a whole lot of rain.

And as an ADDED BONUS because they are so far South & East, they tend be outside of the path of Hurricanes (a PLUS if you are considering going in October).  Hurricanes “can happen” in this part of the Caribbean, but not often to be considered a major issue… 

September would be month with the highest likelihood.  And occasionally they get some “rain” from a nearby Hurricane… or a lower rated storm (Tropical Depression, Tropical Storm) will happen.  Last TS to hit them was Ernesto on August 3, 2012 (which was a Category 1 and 2 Hurricane by the time it got to Mexico and made landfall on August 8th)

An honest to goodness Hurricane doesn’t happen very often… about once every 20 years.  Their last biggie was in 1995 with Hurricane Marilyn… a Category 1 on September 13th when she hit Barbados (and went on to be a Category 2 and 3 as she brought destruction to other islands in the Caribbean for the next 10 Days).

For weather and other info on beautiful Barbados check out these resources…

Wikipedia – Barbados = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbados

Barbados Tourism = http://www.visitbarbados.org

TripAdvisor – Barbados (Tourism Guide) = http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Tourism-g147262-Barbados-Vacations.html

Hope this helps,

 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@This Time Round:  thanks so much! My worry was hurricanes etc so you have settled my nerves. Thanks for the links, ill def check them out!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I love Barbados! I vacationed there with my family as a child. Definitely go to Oistens and renting a car is a great idea! Explore all you can! Barbados is especially nice because of how far south it is, the water is like a bathtub 🙂

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@jpalm13:  Did you all book yet?

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Hey lady!

We stopped in Barbados on our Southern Caribbean honeymoon cruise and loved it. We were there in October and the weather was absolutely perfect.

The main thing we did (keeping in mind that we were only there for one day) was a catamaran tour that included swimming with the sea turtles. It was amazing… highly recommended.

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

TO @csperry2: Aaah, the Catamaran / Sea Turtle Snorkelling Adventure is what I want to do on my next Celebrity Cruise to Barbados.  Your pictures are STUNNING… can I ask what type of camera you used for these underwater shots ?

 

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