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1. Posted by Beekewalker (Budding Member 4 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Hi,

I love traveling! It is one of the ways I enjoy my life. I travel to different places which I have never been to. I always search for places which always excites me. So I find this to be a good platform to ask few queries. Many of you might be traveling to different places. Can you suggest me some good places?
One of my friends was suggesting about the Barbados. He told that it is a beautiful place to visit. Has anyone visited Barbados recently? Can I know your experience in that place? He also told me that there are good accommodations in Barbados with good restaurants. Hence, thinking of arranging a trip in the next month. I’m not sure about the costs for the things in that place. Kindly share the details if you are aware of it.

Your replies will be highly appreciated.

Thanks in advance

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

2. Posted by aussirose (Respected Member 259 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Hi and welcome to TP. I'm the same as you. Love experiencing new places. I have never been to Barbados. Sounds like fun :)

The closest hubby and I have been is Belize. We loved stayingvon the Jungle complete with howler monkeys and visiting the Mayan ruins. Then Caye Caulker island was amazing. Such a relaxed life. The motto there is no shoes, no shirts, no problem :) And rum cocktails are the order of the day.

So much fun.

Let me know when you have some blogs done.

We loved Canada.... especially Jasper :)

Cheers
Ann

3. Posted by lilliputian (Budding Member 17 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Hi there, I haven't been to Barbados but in terms of suggestions I highly recommend visiting Victoria Falls. It's one of the 7 wonders of the world for good reason! You can access some of it from the Zambian side of the border, but I'd recommend the Zimbabwean side instead because there are plenty of vantage points. Honestly, it's absolutely breathtaking. Just watch out for the baboons, they're quite mischievous! ;)

4. Posted by king_golo (Respected Member 129 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Good places?!? The whole world is full of good places! How shall we give any recommendations without knowing anything about you?

Here are 10 special places that I loved:

1. the German island of Rügen
2. Etosha NP in Namibia
3. the Judaean desert in Israel
4. New York City
5. the Isle of Skye in Scotland
6. the Estonian capital Tallinn
7. the Vietnamese capital Hanoi
8. Angkor
9. Crete
10. Provence

5. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1923 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

i have been to Barbados 5 times, and I agree with your friend. I have the costs from the first time we went, but costs change over time.
11- 26
We exchanged $216.00 US for Barbados dollars in the airport - we got B$400.00 The rate was fixed at B$1.98 to $1.00 US, so it is almost B$2 to $1 US . The charge at the airport for changing the money was about $15.00US . The taxi from the airport to the hotel on the east coast was B$60 including the tip.We were supposed to have dinner on arrival included, and they had left sandwiches. We tipped the waiter Our room was B$133.88. A continental breakfast each morning was free. The car rental people came to the hotel to do the paperwork, and it cost us B$460 to rent a small hard top (not a minimoke) for a week. Licenses were an additional B$10 each.
11-27-96
First we went to the Barbados museum and got a Heritage Passport which was B$36.00 each. We also bought a better Barbados map for B$20.00 Gas- we paid B$29.00 for 19 litres of fuel We went to the Brown Sugar (Bajan buffet) for lunch -B$63.00 plus B$5.00 tip. Dinner at Kingsley Club B$120.00
Shopping at Cave Shepard - Barbados map B$19.95

11-28-96
Drove up the east coast - Morgan Mill donation B$1.40
Snacks B$3.60
St. Nicholas Abbey - on Heritage pass
Farley Hill two admissions and book B$5.00
Barbados Wildlife and Grenade Hill B$ 40.00
Two Tonic waters B$6.00
Admission Folkestone (snorkeling) and tip B$3.00
Lunch and snack Groceries B$ 35.00
Sunglasses to replace ones Bob forgot B$11.00
1627 Dinner and show for two B$180.00

11-29-96
Andromeda Gardens - for 2 B$20.00
Lunch in park
Gas - 9.7 liters B$15.00
Dinner at Hotel B$50.00@
11-30-96
Animal Flower Cave entrance B$5.00@
Drinks for lunch B$5.00@
Gas 6.5 liters B$10.00
Dinner at the Round House for two B$112.70
12-01-96
Nature Walk (included)
Bajan buffet brunch at Edgewater for two B$86.40
Gas for the car B$5.00
12-02-96
Parking at Grantley Airport B$0.75
Departure tax for two B$50.00

The second visit was two days in 2006 by cruise ship- there was a whole steel drum band at the pier and we also had to wend our way through the pier shops and out to the gate. We were meeting an internet friend who rented a car for us. I wanted to take some photos of places that I had missed before, chattel houses etc, and also some photos of the four lighthouses. So we drove out the west coast with me snapping photos from the car. We drove over towards the east coast, and St. Nicholas Abbey, which Leif said he had not visited before. But it was closed on Sunday. We saw a spider monkey cross the road and I tried to get a picture of him sitting on the ground under the trees, but he was pretty well camouflaged and We came across to Cherry Tree Hill, and Leif bought us a coconut - the vendors said that coconut water was good for your health. We also ate the jelly that was inside the coconut. We drove along the rest of the east coast, past Bathsheba where they were surfing. He stopped at a little house to get himself something to drink (people sell stuff our of their homes). We also stopped for a little bit at old St. John's church and then passed Codrington the first seminary in the western hemisphere. Now we could see Ragged Point lighthouse in the distance. The Barbados Museum was also closed so we couldn't do that so we continued on down the coast, but it was now getting towards lunchtime. We told Leif that we'd treat him to lunch, so he stopped at the Barbecue Barn. You order your meal and they cook it and you pick it up.

I got a quarter chicken, macaroni and corn chow and juice, and Bob and Leif both got the Gourmet Burger which was half a pound and too much for either of them to eat. The total was 77.50 BD$ We also used the bathrooms which were spotless. We went on past some of the beaches that the Bajan's use (Bajan is short for Barbadian). After that Leif drove us back to the ship through Bridgetown

The second visit in 2006, we took a a tour called "The Best of Barbados", and the first stop was the Orchid Farm. This was very interesting and the guide showed us on a ginger flower how to take the leaves sprouting from the flower and grow a new plant from it. We also saw a lot of orchids of course After that we went to St. John's church - I went in and took photos inside and of some of the graveyard. Although I didn't find the gravestone of the oldest burial which was Ferdinando Paleologus who was a descendent of the brother of the great Emperor Constantine XI, the last of the Byzantine Imperial family. He fled to Barbados after the Battle of Naseby in England. He was a church warden of St. John’s Parish and later died there in the 1670’s.

We finished up in Sunbury Plantation House. Sunbury allowed photographs everywhere which was really nice. There were separate guides for this site. After we toured the main house (upstairs and down) we went into a courtyard where they offered us free punch (with or without rum). There was also a display of antique tools.

When we got back, I went looking for a taxi driver to take us out to the Barbados Museum and wait for us and bring us back. One of them agreed to do that for $20BD. I thought he meant $20 for the whole trip, but he meant $20 each way and for waiting. I remembered the Children's section of the museum which I thought was good. There was also a native art section, an explanation of Chattel Houses, a prison cell, and some sections devoted to contemporary art. The museum is right next to the race track, but they weren't having any races when we were there.

We were in Barbados on a cruise ship again in 2007. Harrison's Cave was still not open, but we could have gone to St. Nicholas Abbey to see what they'd done to it in the intervening 11 years since we were here before. I also had never been to Pelican Village to see the local crafts, and I'd not gotten pictures of the main square area of Bridgetown - the Careenage and what used to be Trafalger Square (now Hero's Square) with Nelson's statue. There was no way to do all of that without taking a taxi, and/or doing a lot of walking. So we got on the shuttle bus which they had to take us in to the portside shops about 10:10. There was supposed to be a shuttle bus from the port to the middle of the city, but we never found it. We walked out along the street to the port, and just short of Pelican Village, we found a taxi driver who said he'd take us into the city for $5.00 US. (US $1 is $1.8 Bajan). He dropped us off about 10:45, and we then walked around the town taking pictures. As we walked farther, we were kind of on the back streets, and I saw a sign advertising chicken necks and backs on a blackboard outside of a shop. After we walked around the Careenage, we walked a little farther along was the Cathedral Church of St. Michaels & All Angels and went inside where it was cool. The plaque on the door said the first building which accommodated 3,000 people was built in was consecrated in 1665, but was destroyed in the hurricane of 1780. The current building was completed in 1789 and was damaged in the hurricane of 1831, but not demolished. Bob had us walking back in the direction of the port along pedestrian streets, which was interesting, but we'd never get a cab there. Eventually we worked out way out to the main drag, and got a cab, which took us back to the cruise ship terminal for $4.00.

Our last visit was from a cruise ship in 2013
The excursion today was Harrison's Cave and the driver/guide was Peter. The bus went very fast so I was glad to take photos out the front. The guide talked very fast too. We went to Harrison's Cave in 1996 when we came to Barbados, but since then when we have been here, the caves have been closed and being renovated. When we got to Harrison's Cave, we had to walk in and wait for our tickets. Then we went down in an outside glass elevator and we saw a movie about Barbados. Then we were loaded into a white electric tram. When we were here in 1996, there were none of the buildings that there are now and no outside elevator. We had blue electric train/trams and we had to wear hard hats. No hard hats this time. My camera lens and my glasses immediately fogged up. I had to keep wiping them off. Also the camera had a hard time focusing as the caves were basically dark. I did get some good photos though. The caves themselves were much as I remembered. I asked the driver if he had been there long and he said since 1995. He remembered the hard hats.

6. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1923 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Harrison's Cave visit photos 2013
orchid world. 2006

1996 photos Film pictures

[ Edit: Edited on 31-May-2017, at 14:08 by greatgrandmaR ]

7. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1588 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

it'll be interesting to see if "Beekewalker" gets back to us on this. His profile photo is actually of Raimundo Burguera who is MD of Elitad in Europe (not American or Canadian at all). I really do not understand why TP members feel the need to steal someone else's identity?!

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9. Posted by Beekewalker (Budding Member 4 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Quoting aussirose

Hi and welcome to TP. I'm the same as you. Love experiencing new places. I have never been to Barbados. Sounds like fun :)

The closest hubby and I have been is Belize. We loved stayingvon the Jungle complete with howler monkeys and visiting the Mayan ruins. Then Caye Caulker island was amazing. Such a relaxed life. The motto there is no shoes, no shirts, no problem :) And rum cocktails are the order of the day.

So much fun.

Let me know when you have some blogs done.

We loved Canada.... especially Jasper :)

Cheers
Ann

Thank you so much for your replies. It will definitely help me a lot.

10. Posted by Beekewalker (Budding Member 4 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Quoting lilliputian

Hi there, I haven't been to Barbados but in terms of suggestions I highly recommend visiting Victoria Falls. It's one of the 7 wonders of the world for good reason! You can access some of it from the Zambian side of the border, but I'd recommend the Zimbabwean side instead because there are plenty of vantage points. Honestly, it's absolutely breathtaking. Just watch out for the baboons, they're quite mischievous! ;)

Thanks a lot for the reply I have checked the details of Victoria Falls. It is awesome! Want to visit the place.