5 Caribbean Islands in 3 Weeks – BARBADOS

I have always wondered how kitesurfing in Barbados is and what the island has to offer. It was my wish to spend my birthday on an other Caribbean Island. Of course I also wanted to celebrate a bit so we decided that we would finish up our Island hopping with Barbados as the island has both – kitesurfing and nightlife.

We arrived in Barbados in the morning. We didn’t want to stay at the Silver Point Hotel which is located right at the kite spot because it’s far from everything. But when Paul reserved the Turtle Beach Resort he wasn’t aware of the fact that is an all-inclusive resort. We are not really big fans of mass tourism and all-inclusive accommodations. My birthday was coming up and Paul booked us an oceanfront suite which was really sweet of him.

 

Of course a suite in an all-inclusive resort is a complete different thing than a suite in a Hyatt or Westin hotel. It’s more like a standard room with seating area.

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But I appreciated a lot that he did that for me and the view was stunning.

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Our room wasn’t ready so we had breakfast first. Birds were all over, drinking out of the milk can and picking on food. I guess that’s how you get a bird flu 😛 . We went back up to the reception to check on the room and the manager told us it’ll be another 20min. Just before arriving in Barbados I checked the hotel reviews and somebody said that his room was really loud due to the construction of the Sandals Hotel next door. We asked the manager on which side our room is. It would have been right next to the construction. Fortunately he could change it to the other end. As soon as we were in the room, I felt extremely tired and we decided to take a nap. After waking up we took a long walk to the famous bar area The Gap and along the beach taking photos.

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Afterwards we headed for dinner at Naru‘s taking the collective taxi which was only 4$. It was raining heavily and we arrived at the restaurant a bit wet. When I made the reservation online it was preset to the occasion “Anniversary” and I couldn’t change it for “None”. They had a nice table for us with love themed glitter decoration.

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They gave us towels to dry off. Food was excellent and the staff was super friendly and attentive. Even the owner came over and asked us how everything was. We had a really nice evening. But we were too tired to go to the Oistins fish market – A must-do in Barbados. Friday night is the night to go. Every local told us that. We missed it which is really kind of a bummer. But it’s always good to have something to do on your list when you come back 😉

On the next day we slept in. We missed breakfast but we weren’t sad about it at all. Of course I needed a good coffee so we asked the staff at the hotel where I could get a really good Caffe Latte. I found my coffee fix at the Ocean15. Surprisingly good coffee even though it doesn’t look like it from the outside. I was happy and ready to go kiting at Barbados’ main kitesurfing beach – Silver Rock Beach. Just to see the deAction beach shop run by windsurf legend Brian “deAction Man” Talma it’s worth going there. And sure enough, deAction Man himself was there. I always get so excited when I get to meet watersport legends. Paul knew Brian so we had a nice little chat. And then “Action” 😉 The kite spot is perfect for waves. I have only kited a few times on a surfboard and all we brought was our twin tips but it really made me want to get more into wave kiting. For sure in the future. I still want to do some more Freestyle before I dedicate myself totally to other disciplines. The wind was not the best for my Cabrinha Siren 10m and I then changed for Paul’s Cabrinha Velocity kite till the wind picked up and we both could go kiting at the same time.

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After our kiting session we went on a private island tour. We saw the very impressive Harrison’s Cave

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took a walk at the famous surfing spot Soup Bowl at Bathsheba

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and checked out Bridgetown.

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At the end of the day we went to the Animal Flower Cave at the most northerly point of Barbados. From their recently opened Bar/Restaurant you have an amazing view to the cliffs.

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We asked our driver where we should have dinner and he recommended the Tapas place which was an excellent choice.

When we woke up the next day the wind was blowing. We decided to go kiting right in front of the hotel at Turtle Beach. I bet there are not so many people who have kited there. It was suuuuuper gusty but we had lots of fun.

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During the day we did some more sightseeing and then prepared for the evening. The plan was to celebrate into my birthday. So we reserved at the fancy Japanese restaurant Zen at The Crane.

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Unfortunately my “birthday” dinner was a complete disappointment. Even though we told them that it is a special occasion, we didn’t get a window seat with the view to the beach. It was freaking cold in the restaurant, the service was kind of off and on top of that the manager was having a “party” two tables away from us with a bunch of girls who were talking extremely loud. It was impossible for us not to overhear their conversation and when the one girl said “I’m too rich to beg” the entire restaurant must have heard it. They were so disturbing. I was hoping for a nice romantic birthday dinner. Paul asked to speak to the manager but it didn’t get any better afterwards. They did reduce our bill but that was the least they could do. We were eager to act like a tree and leave and have a drink some place else. So we took a taxi to The Gap. We first had a drink at Cafe Sol which was ok and then headed over to the Karaoke Vodka Bar De Absolut Watering Hole that already caught our attention while walking by during the day.

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They gave me a birthday balloon and we had my birthday beer at midnight.

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We had fun talking to the locals and watching the Karaoke. Night saved 😉

On our last day the most important thing for me was to go kiting on my birthday. So we went to Silver Rocks Beach and had a nice kite session. I saw lots of sea turtles. We then had a Spa Appointment at The Crane. I had a Shellac manicure (Shellac nail polish is hardened by UV light and lasts about 2 weeks) and a normal pedicure. They did an ok job. Paul had a massage.

For dinner we decided to try out the hotel’s A la Carte Restaurant. We brought our own Veuve Clicquot Champagne bottle and had a nice evening.

My review of the Silver Rocks Beach, Barbados:

It’s a unquestionable a great wave spot. You’ll love it if you are on a surfboard. For beginning kiters I wouldn’t recommend the kitespot. Freestyle is possible but it’s not the easiest spot to do your tricks. The hotel Silver Points is located right at the kitespot and is a great option if you are traveling in a bigger group and all you want is kitesurf. Take in mind that there is not much going on around it. It’s not close to restaurants and bars. You will have to take a taxi.

 

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I have always wondered how kitesurfing in Barbados is and what the island has to offer. It was my wish to spend my birthday on an other Caribbean Island. Of course I also wanted to celebrate a bit so we decided that we would finish up our Island hopping with Barbados as the island has both – kitesurfing and nightlife.

We arrived in Barbados in the morning. We didn’t want to stay at the Silver Point Hotel which is located right at the kite spot because it’s far from everything. But when Paul reserved the Turtle Beach Resort he wasn’t aware of the fact that is an all-inclusive resort. We are not really big fans of mass tourism and all-inclusive accommodations. My birthday was coming up and Paul booked us an oceanfront suite which was really sweet of him.

 

Of course a suite in an all-inclusive resort is a complete different thing than a suite in a Hyatt or Westin hotel. It’s more like a standard room with seating area.

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But I appreciated a lot that he did that for me and the view was stunning.

IMG_1441

Our room wasn’t ready so we had breakfast first. Birds were all over, drinking out of the milk can and picking on food. I guess that’s how you get a bird flu 😛 . We went back up to the reception to check on the room and the manager told us it’ll be another 20min. Just before arriving in Barbados I checked the hotel reviews and somebody said that his room was really loud due to the construction of the Sandals Hotel next door. We asked the manager on which side our room is. It would have been right next to the construction. Fortunately he could change it to the other end. As soon as we were in the room, I felt extremely tired and we decided to take a nap. After waking up we took a long walk to the famous bar area The Gap and along the beach taking photos.

DSC_2404

Afterwards we headed for dinner at Naru‘s taking the collective taxi which was only 4$. It was raining heavily and we arrived at the restaurant a bit wet. When I made the reservation online it was preset to the occasion “Anniversary” and I couldn’t change it for “None”. They had a nice table for us with love themed glitter decoration.

DSC_2456

 

 

They gave us towels to dry off. Food was excellent and the staff was super friendly and attentive. Even the owner came over and asked us how everything was. We had a really nice evening. But we were too tired to go to the Oistins fish market – A must-do in Barbados. Friday night is the night to go. Every local told us that. We missed it which is really kind of a bummer. But it’s always good to have something to do on your list when you come back 😉

On the next day we slept in. We missed breakfast but we weren’t sad about it at all. Of course I needed a good coffee so we asked the staff at the hotel where I could get a really good Caffe Latte. I found my coffee fix at the Ocean15. Surprisingly good coffee even though it doesn’t look like it from the outside. I was happy and ready to go kiting at Barbados’ main kitesurfing beach – Silver Rock Beach. Just to see the deAction beach shop run by windsurf legend Brian “deAction Man” Talma it’s worth going there. And sure enough, deAction Man himself was there. I always get so excited when I get to meet watersport legends. Paul knew Brian so we had a nice little chat. And then “Action” 😉 The kite spot is perfect for waves. I have only kited a few times on a surfboard and all we brought was our twin tips but it really made me want to get more into wave kiting. For sure in the future. I still want to do some more Freestyle before I dedicate myself totally to other disciplines. The wind was not the best for my Cabrinha Siren 10m and I then changed for Paul’s Cabrinha Velocity kite till the wind picked up and we both could go kiting at the same time.

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After our kiting session we went on a private island tour. We saw the very impressive Harrison’s Cave

IMG_1458 DSC_8889

took a walk at the famous surfing spot Soup Bowl at Bathsheba

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and checked out Bridgetown.

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At the end of the day we went to the Animal Flower Cave at the most northerly point of Barbados. From their recently opened Bar/Restaurant you have an amazing view to the cliffs.

DSC_9014 DSC_9005

We asked our driver where we should have dinner and he recommended the Tapas place which was an excellent choice.

When we woke up the next day the wind was blowing. We decided to go kiting right in front of the hotel at Turtle Beach. I bet there are not so many people who have kited there. It was suuuuuper gusty but we had lots of fun.

2014-08-30 03.00.32 pm

During the day we did some more sightseeing and then prepared for the evening. The plan was to celebrate into my birthday. So we reserved at the fancy Japanese restaurant Zen at The Crane.

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Unfortunately my “birthday” dinner was a complete disappointment. Even though we told them that it is a special occasion, we didn’t get a window seat with the view to the beach. It was freaking cold in the restaurant, the service was kind of off and on top of that the manager was having a “party” two tables away from us with a bunch of girls who were talking extremely loud. It was impossible for us not to overhear their conversation and when the one girl said “I’m too rich to beg” the entire restaurant must have heard it. They were so disturbing. I was hoping for a nice romantic birthday dinner. Paul asked to speak to the manager but it didn’t get any better afterwards. They did reduce our bill but that was the least they could do. We were eager to act like a tree and leave and have a drink some place else. So we took a taxi to The Gap. We first had a drink at Cafe Sol which was ok and then headed over to the Karaoke Vodka Bar De Absolut Watering Hole that already caught our attention while walking by during the day.

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They gave me a birthday balloon and we had my birthday beer at midnight.

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We had fun talking to the locals and watching the Karaoke. Night saved 😉

On our last day the most important thing for me was to go kiting on my birthday. So we went to Silver Rocks Beach and had a nice kite session. I saw lots of sea turtles. We then had a Spa Appointment at The Crane. I had a Shellac manicure (Shellac nail polish is hardened by UV light and lasts about 2 weeks) and a normal pedicure. They did an ok job. Paul had a massage.

For dinner we decided to try out the hotel’s A la Carte Restaurant. We brought our own Veuve Clicquot Champagne bottle and had a nice evening.

My review of the Silver Rocks Beach, Barbados:

It’s a unquestionable a great wave spot. You’ll love it if you are on a surfboard. For beginning kiters I wouldn’t recommend the kitespot. Freestyle is possible but it’s not the easiest spot to do your tricks. The hotel Silver Points is located right at the kitespot and is a great option if you are traveling in a bigger group and all you want is kitesurf. Take in mind that there is not much going on around it. It’s not close to restaurants and bars. You will have to take a taxi.

 

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