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Trip report 13th to 27th July

Bathgate, United...
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Trip report 13th to 27th July

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 Round House in Bathsheba - we always go for lunch here and the location is just stunning, food was good too.

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…..

14 replies to this topic
Manchester, United...
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1. Re: Trip report 13th to 27th July

Fantastic report, thank you very much.

Really got me giddy for my first visit in January.

West Malling...
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2. Re: Trip report 13th to 27th July

Great report! You took me right back to Paynes Bay area for a minute or two.

I agree about the ladies at the fish market, they are lovely.

Why not try Cin Cin for your last night out? I had a fantastic meal there back in May.

Holetown, Barbados
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3. Re: Trip report 13th to 27th July

I'm so glad you enjoyed your holiday, but I feel I must point out an important thing that has affected all us Brits when visiting Barbados, and which has obviously affected you. The prices may well have increased a little on the Island , but the main reason for the noticeable increases in prices is very simple. Brexit !

Since Brexit, the GB pound had dropped from an average of 3.25 and often a lot higher to £1, to as low as 2.50 ( and less at times ) So please, don't just write off Barbados as expensive, look to home before you judge.

Kent. UK
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4. Re: Trip report 13th to 27th July

Thanks, enjoyed your trip report especially as it is in an area we always used to stay in (the now closed Tropical Escape Hotel with access to the beach via the original Bombas Beach Bar¡

Surprised the beach has not returned by Treasure Beach!

Enjoy your last evening in Barbados!

Burbage, United...
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5. Re: Trip report 13th to 27th July

Hello, I loved reading your report. Some lovely places to try on our next visit in December. It is

expensive, but I feel it’s worrh it. We’ll mix and match where we eat between cheap(er) and expensive places.

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Bathgate, United...
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9. Re: Trip report 13th to 27th July

Guys...I did say it was expensive but specifically from s Brittish prospective so guess that covers brexit....However, Mr Vic's $7 for a Banks, c'mon.....

Please don't make my review negative though...this is our favourite place in the world and we'll be back in a couple of years as usual and will no doubt dip into this forum to get all the latest gossip before we leave....

Thanks for Cin Cin recommend but Scarlet is open, looks stunning and is right across the street...

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10. Re: Trip report 13th to 27th July

Great trip report hope Scarletts was open for your last night. I must agree with you that Barbados is expensive irrespective of Brexit! Even if you were still getting $3 BDS to the pound prices generally (with some exceptions) are expensive compared to the UK and most other holiday destinations. However like you I am willing to pay a bit more to visit my number one holiday destination and can't wait for February and let's hope they've sorted out Brexit by then and we have seen an improvement in the exchange rate!!

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