Just soaking up some rays on our last day in Barbados and thought I’d write a wee trip report…
We have spent the last two weeks staying at Mahogany Bay on the west coast, right next door to the Paynes Bay Fish Market. We have a beautiful three storey house right on the beach. There was a thread on here that had us a bit worried prior to leaving suggesting that the beach was really eroded here but it’s perfect! There is a reef right is front of us (my 12yr old daughter has snorkelled every day) and there an ideal swimming location 100yards to our left. The beach is practically deserted and just beautiful….I would thoroughly recommend this location to anyone.
The beach does stop at Treasure Beach, stopping you getting the main Paynes Bay beach but to be honest this did not bother us. There may be some nice places to stay on Paynes Bay but it’s not for us, walking the beach is an assault course of people trying to selling you something, it’s incessant….
We ate out quite a bit and tended to stay in for lunch & go out for dinner, or vice versa. We visited some top restaurants and some not so good….
The Cliff - birthday treat and stunning as usual but £350 for meal for two is pushing it a bit.
The Lone Star - star of the show, not quite the ambiance of The Cliff but the food was much better and it was $100 dollars cheaper and all five of us went.
The Cliff Beach Club - Sunday lunch with live music, this was great and a lot more reasonably priced that the main restaurant but I would book as it is mobbed.
Sandy Lane - afternoon tea, my wife and mother in law went to this and thought it was fantastic and surprisingly good value. It was £100 for the two of them with a cocktail before their tea included in that.
The cafe at The Animal Flower Cave at North Point - see above, location and food hard to beat
Zaccio’s in Holetown - Good food and good value (happy hour 6 to 7)
Surfside in Holetown - I know people on here like it but it was the worst meal of our stay. Don’t know if it was due to us going on a Sunday night when it was busy but the service was not good (waited over an hour for our food) and the food was not great when it eventually arrived. Steel band was good though!
Cafe Carizma in Holetown - lovely and popular place for lunch
Take aways from De Clay Oven, Jin’s Chinese & Roti Den - great pizza from De Clay Oven, enormous portions of Chinese and my daughter loved hand cut fries from Roti Den…would recommend them all.
When we ate in we used the next door fish market a lot - just ask what they’ve got and they will fillet & prepare whatever you decide. This was the best value of the entire holiday. you could get enough Mahi Mahi for five prepared for $35. Think tourists are a bit nervous about using the market but the ladies who work there are lovely and will look after you well.
Think that’s it for eating and drinking, hoping Scarlet is open tonight for our last meal but its been shut most of the time we’ve been here.
Finally a few other brief observations:
We are now in double figures for Barbados visits and the prices seem to have dramatically increased from our last visit in 2015. We ate from both ends of the expense scale (Roti Den to The Cliff) but there’s no denying it, Barbados is a VERY expensive place to holiday, for people from Britain anyway.
The weather - not sure about climate change but this was the driest two weeks we have ever had on the island, we always come July/August and this time we have had only an occasional shower with none of the usual downpours we were used to. It should be make a stickie at the top of this forum ‘please do not worry about the weather’
Calabaza catamaran cruises - there is a reason this is the number one Barbados attraction on TA, it is amazing and head and shoulders above any other boat we have been on and going back to 1994 we’ve been on a few.
Lastly…. the people of Barbados are fantastic and made us feel welcome as ever, they also seem genuinely excited and upbeat about their new government. I really do hope it all works out for them.
Until the next time…..