It’s been awhile since I’ve specifically posted about accommodations. Mainly because I’ve been staying with family in the states and I’m sure the last thing they want is their house exposed online. “…but Erika, I haven’t even vacuumed yet!”
With that said, let’s talk hotels. My first time coming to Barbados was back in the 2011 when I surprised my mom for her 50th birthday. You can see more about that story in More than just a dolphin tour.
We didn’t know anyone on the island yet, so I had to use the good ol’ internet to search out the best option.
With multiple pools, a swim-up bar, nice rooms, restaurants and nightly entertainment Accra Beach Hotel had everything we needed to feel like we were on vacation.
After venturing back to the island every year since then, I’ve met several friends who have welcomed me into their homes. Thank you Ryan!
This round, considering I had two buddies join me, we stayed in a hotel that offered apartment styled rooms. Coconut Court is known as the most “green” on the island in regards to recycling, room care and sanitary issues. It’s nicely located in Hastings which is on the south coast, walking distance from a variety of restaurants, shops and popular beaches.
Here’s a few views from the main building.
Our apartment didn’t have the same views, but it was well worth the abundance of space in trade.
I feel like spending too much time inside any building on this island is some sort of unspoken broken law. Getting out of the room, we found ourselves wandering around the Coconut Court to see what they offered. Here are a few pics from the area surrounding our place.
Keep walking through the hotels property and you’ll end at the beach with lounge chairs, picnic tables and a tiny bar. Definitely different than my usual hostel grounds of bean bags, broken barbecues and outdoor toilets.
After Hayden left the trio, Bree and I made our final move up the west coast to the more northern parish of St.Peter. Here, we occupied a friends guest studio house. Thank you Barbara!
It was quaint and comfortable with welcoming greens all around that could have fed me for weeks! Spinach, herbs, mango, bananas and papaya… Yes please!
This mango tree made for not only an excellent breakfast option, but a fun handstand shot (or two).
The final photo is our sweet little porch that was the perfect setting for coffee in the morning, a game of cards in the afternoon and several dinner conversations that eventually got drowned out by the tune of the whistling frogs.
No joke, these little (and I mean tiny) frogs will over power the sound of any evening small talk. So much, that leaving the island requires a transition to learn to sleep with silence again. Here, I found this sample of their acoustics for you.
If you ever get as far south as St. Lawrence Gap/Dover, stop by the Bliss Cafe for coffee and snacks. Say ‘hi’ to the stunning Bajan woman (Mom–don’t know her name) who runs the place with the help of her kids and, occasionally, her husband. We ate there three times in March, before and after our Windstar cruise, for breakfast/lunch.
Also, South Coast Daiquiri and Grill, near the local market, an upstairs place that opens ‘whenever’ in the late afternoon. (Got that from chatting with the locals who hang out in the Gap). I had the grilled fish and the rest of our crowd (horrors!) had burgers. All good!