How I Spent 3 Days in Barbados

How I Spent 3 Days in Barbados

I really try my best to plan my trips in advance, but plans change every once in a while. I canceled my Vegas, then Miami, then Chicago, then Vegas, then Chicago again 30th birthday trip and jumped on a flight deal to go to Barbados for an extended weekend. In addition to the pre-birthday festivities, my cousin and I were in desperate need of a break from work. While it was a short trip, we still had a great time. If you’re looking for a sample itinerary, here’s how my cousins and I spent 3 Days in Barbados.

Barbados Itinerary Day 1 – Travel, Check-in, Beach and Family Time

The last flight from our airport left at 9 PM so we left right after work, arriving in Barbados a little after 1:30 AM. Our hotel, the Bougainvillea Beach Resort was only 20 minutes from the airport. If it weren’t so late, we probably would’ve taken the ZR Van instead of a taxi (If you’ve ever taken a Maxi Taxi in Trinidad or the Dollar van in Brooklyn, it’s pretty much the same thing). After checking in we went to bed and woke up just in time for the water activities to start. We took advantage of a 30-minute Hobie cat sail across the water getting breathtaking views and insider tips on how to make the most of spending three days in Barbados.

 

Coincidentally, my cousins from Trinidad were in Barbados for a gymnastics competition. Their hotel was 15 minutes driving distance, so we took our first ride in the ZR Van to meet them for lunch at Just Grillin’ right across from the Accra Beach hotel. Most of the night was catching up, relaxing by the pool and planning a possible cousins trip in the future. We wanted to hit up the nightlife at the St. Lawrence Gap that night, but sleep definitely took over.

Barbados Itinerary Day 2 – Harrison’s Cave and St. Lawrence Gap

Sunday afternoon, we met up with my cousins again for a day trip to Harrison’s Cave which is an active stream cave system that is 2.3 kilometers long and Barbados’ #1 local and tourist attraction. Through the tram tour, we were able to see stalactites and stalagmites and learn that they are actively growing by less than the thickness of a piece of paper each year.

After eating lunch at Swagg, we said our goodbyes and finally made it over to the St. Lawrence Gap for drinks, souvenir purchases, people watching and dancing to soca tunes in a nearby club. DJ liked us so much, I was getting happy birthday shoutouts the whole night. If you’re looking for great nightlife in Barbados, the St. Lawrence Gap is one of the best spots to be.

Barbados Itinerary Day 3 – Bridgetown, Beach Bummin’ and Manager’s Cocktail Hour

On our last day, we took the ZR Van to the capital Bridgetown. It was much like any city during the day: taxis, street vendors and a mix of tourists and locals seeing sights and moving at a fast pace. After many recommendations, we went to the food court at Cave Shepherd for fresh Cou Cou (Barbados’ national dish).

After exploring Bridgetown, we headed back to our hotel to relax by the pool and beach areas. Every Monday, they host a cocktail hour, so we chatted with the staff about our past and future travels, my blog and how much we enjoyed our stay. We were even able to get some food from the BBQ thanks to one of the workers.

We came back home very tanned and very well rested. Three days in Barbados for relaxing was just enough, but I’m hoping to do more activities on our next trip.

How I Spent 3 Days in Barbados

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16 thoughts on “How I Spent 3 Days in Barbados

  1. Allison Jones

    Barbados is DEFINITELY on my travel bucket list! I’m dying to go and it sounds like you had an amazing trip. Thanks for joining the Thursday Three Link-Up! I hope to see your posts again in the future.

    LiveLifeWell,
    Allison

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  2. Kay

    I may have to make my way over to Barbados! I always see deals for them but I try to keep under a certain budget but you def make me wanna go ahead and get on it. There is nothing I love more than a good tropical destination with good food and great company.

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    1. Joanna E

      It’s VERY affordable if you go off season.

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  3. Aubrey

    This just gave me so much motivation to save my coins so I can go this year!!! I definitely want to check out Harrison’s Cave

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  4. Leslie

    Looks like you had a blast! Love it!

    ciao,
    Leslie / @hautemommie / http://www.thehautemommie.com

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  5. BreShay (Queen)

    Love Travel, Post you make me want to go!!

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  6. Georgie

    Cute pics. It’s great that you got to see some sights. I’m hoping to earn a company sponsored trip to the Bahamas in a few months…my 1st time to the islands. But I’m so vacation lazy I can see myself just laying on the beach or by the pool all day. LOL

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    1. Joanna E

      Sometimes a relaxing vacation is needed. Good luck on your sponsorship.

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  7. Erica

    Looks like load of fun and those Caves are a must see.

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    1. Joanna E

      Yes, it’s their #1 attraction.

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  8. D'Shaunte

    Great write up, I have not been to Barbados but it is on my list. Good to learn about what taxis and buses to take.

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    1. Joanna E

      Thanks! We had an awesome time and can’t wait to visit again.

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  9. Nelly

    Scribbled on my travel list somewhere
    Am officially inspired

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  11. Joana

    Hey Joanna,
    I was there at the beginning of April last year and took the same pic as you did on the beach. Its so similar I thought some1 used my pic lol.
    I absolutely fell in love with Bim. Beautiful beaches, beautiful island and the locals were so wonderful.
    Can’t wait to go back. ❤️🇧🇧

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    1. Joanna E

      Same here! I realized I know a few people down there too so I’ll try to link them next time around

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