Travel Nut here…
Barbados is BEAUTIFUL … My favourite Caribbean Island hands down, Mr TTR were just there again on our recent Honeymoon.
It is a safe well organized island, and fairly easy to get around. Altho renting a car is expensive. The bus system however is good.
Crane Beach is GORGEOUS… but it is a bit far off the beaten path… I know they have some packages that you can take thru the Hotel to go Island Exploring for a day… might be worth looking into (either as a group in a van, or with a car & driver)
The island itself is only about 34 Kms Long (21 Miles) x 23 Kms Wide (14 Miles) so not very big at all. You can certainly see a good lot of it in one day.
Bathsheba in my opinion is a MUST SEE. This is the easternly most part of the Island… and where you’ll truly see the power of the Atlantic as she comes tearing ashore.
I have also been to Welchman’s Hall Gully (albeit many years ago) very interesting. You will learn a lot about spices etc. (and maybe see one of the islands many wild monkeys)
This past trip we visited Farley Hall Mansion (ruins) which is on the tip of the Barbados Wildlife Reserve and the hillside park there offers up spectacular views. It is also where the Movie “Island In the Sun” was filmed that starred Harry Belafonte.
We wanted to get to both nearby St Nicholas Abbey an old sugar plantation, as well as the Mount Gay Rum Factory… but we ran out of time.
Other sights of interest away from the interior include:
Animal Flower Cave which is at the most northerly point on the Island… (water was too rough to explore the day we were there) but all was not lost as you can clearly see from this spot where the Atlantic & Caribbean meet… the former being navy and the latter Turquoise.
Barbados West Coast is where the money is… it used to be called the “Gold Coast” of the Caribbean but in recent years has been upgraded to being nicknamed “the Platinum Coast” and for good reason… this is where the Stars hang out… Speightstown, Holetown, and on south into Bridgetown. FANTASTIC BEACHES and Mega Hotels & Condos… and shopping galour (altho if you don’t bring your Platinum Credit Card, then maybe all you can do is browse)
In the southwest corner lies Bridgetown the capital… lots to see and do here.
And from Bridgetown to Crane Beach along the southern coast it is almost non-stop hotels, condos and restaurants.
I see your WBee Profile says Ontario… so you’ll want to be sure and check out Bert’s Bar in Rockley… Bert’s is owned by Ottawa Senators Team Owner Eugene Melnyk… and is THE SPOT for catching hockey when in Barbados.
Hope this helps,
PS… Here are some great links to get you started on finding out more about Barbados:
Barbados Tourism = http://www.visitbarbados.org
Tripadvisor – Barbados = http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Tourism-g147262-Barbados-Vacations.html
TA is my GO TO when I am planning a trip… you’ll find for every possible Destination a lot of great resources including… Travel Guides – Reviews (Accommodations – Restaurants – Attractions) and they have Travel Forums where you can post Questions and get one-on-one help from the TA Destination Experts & Locals…
I just don’t travel any more without checking in on Tripadvisor first