The COVID-19 pandemic has us all staying put, but that doesn’t mean we can’t “get away”. For those of us who are lucky enough to live in Barbados, which was ranked number 6, in Travel + Leisure magazine’s list of The Top 50 Places to Travel in 2020, this is the perfect opportunity to #vacationwherewelive.
While your passport might be collecting dust, you don’t have to. You can still pack your suitcase, but instead of flying away, just fill up the tank and drive off to any one of the hotels, villas or rental properties that are offering staycation packages for locals. If you live on the west coast why not explore the east? Naniki, in St. Joseph and the Crane in St. Philip are just two of the properties on the eastern and southeastern side of the island that are offering great deals for a “holistay.” From coast to coast there are accommodations to suit every price point.
So, you’ve checked in to your great “get away” spot, now what? Well you could just sit around enjoying your new digs, but why not get out and explore this beautiful island that people spend thousands of dollars to come to and experience? Where to start? Well there is no doubt that we have some of the most beautiful beaches anywhere in the world, and while we all have our favorites there are certainly enough that you could discover a new one! Or how about flying above the water on a jet blade? If that is too much for your nervous system, then a snorkel with the turtles is always an option. And if diving into the deep blue Caribbean Sea isn’t your bag, there are lots of other things you can do. Visit Walkers Reserve in the Scotland District and plant a tree. Go for a horseback ride in St. John at the vibesy Ocean Echo Stables or take a hike through the trees at Coco Hill Forrest. Whether you want some adventure, a day of pampering or just an easy breezy laidback day, the options are many.
As a local you know we have some great places to eat, a Bajan staycation is the perfect time to explore the Bajan culinary landscape and go somewhere you’ve never been before. You can find a belly full of tastiness to suit your pocket. Velmas’s Place in Braggs Hill St. Joseph and Bay Tavern in Martin’s Bay St. John dishes out authentic Bajan cuisine that will have you thinking of your granny’s Sunday food! In the mood for fine dining? Head off to the Cliff in St. James or Naru in Christ Church. There are lots of choices for your taste buds so do some research and get your eat on.
We live in one of the best places on earth so get out there, look at it through new eyes as a Bajan tourist and discover or rediscover all the things that make Barbados a true gem of the Caribbean. Oh and of course don’t forget to wear your mask and social distance! You can have fun but make sure you and your loved ones stay safe.