Barbados: A Caribbean Island Well Worth the Trip

© Laura La Monaca

I’m always envious of those who are able to publish and post while they travel. It takes me a while to process my experiences, and of course to edit all the images.

When I was in Helsinki last summer, I remember saying “I need an ocean breeze before I face winter.”
A moment later, like in a movie, I got an invitation for the Food and Rum Festival in Barbados and without thinking twice I said “I’m in!”.
In October, I found myself in the Caribbean Island, birthplace of the oldest rum in the world.

The island was wonderful and the people were incredible and so welcoming!

I was there for only 4 days, just enough to get a taste of Barbadian life and plan my next trip.

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A few reasons to go back:

Ocean view aperitivo at Drift Ocean Terrace Lounge.

Lion fish poke at Catch 22, a restaurant and bed and breakfast run by the Olympic swimmer, Terrance Haynes.

Photograph the colourful village of Oistins.

A yoga and surf retreat at Ocean Spray, owned by Bajan filmaker and full-time environmentalist Mahmood ‘Mood’ Patel.
Mood has made it his mission to reintroduce the native plant species to the island one plant at a time. Partnering with Chef Jason Howard, he is using a ‘forest-to-table’ concept focusing on permaculture, organic and vertical farming, to grow as much food as he can without disturbing the forest.

Explore more of Bridgetown. If you are short on time when you visit the capital city of Barbados, I highly recommend booking a tour with Lickrish Food Tours. They select the best local places you can’t find on your own.
You can also reserve a food tour in St Lawrence Gap, the bay known for its restaurants, shopping and nightlife.

Dinner and drinks at Cocktail Kitchen restaurant by award winning chef, Damian Leach.

Waterfront Cafe, a jazz club facing the Constitution River, serving one of the most delicious chicken dumpling soups I’ve ever had!

Ask Chef Rhea Gilkes, Executive Chef at Fusion Rooftop Restaurant to prepare a picnic with roast breadfruit on the beach!

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Special thanks to Elisa Dal Bosco and Visit Barbados, Anita and Debbie. And let’s not forget Troy, our incredible and funny driver. Ask for him!

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