Cruise 2017 - Barbados
Let me start by saying that Barbados had one of the most beautiful beaches we saw on our 12-day cruise. The water was crystal clear, there were yachts everywhere, and the sand was incredibly soft. I can't say much about the country as a whole, because this was the one port that we decided to literally just go to the beach and relax.
We found a taxi driver almost as soon as we exited the duty-free shopping area at the port. Though we originally wanted to go to a popular beach we had heard about, called The Boatyard, our friendly driver suggested a different destination. He told us The Boatyard is always packed with people and is full of locals trying to sell you stuff on the beach. We knew from our experience in St. Maarten that it can get very annoying very quickly, so we piled into his 17 person (!!!) van and drove off. The beach was really close to the port, so unfortunately, we didn't get to see much of the country itself.
We pulled up to Harbor Lights beach and, though there was technically no cover charge, we chose to pay $20 per person. This got us a beach chair, an umbrella, and (the most exciting part) A TURTLE TOUR. This was super exciting to me, because my family neverrr does those fun "swim with the wildlife" excursions because they're so expensive. I knew right away I was going to have a great day.
After swimming in the crystalline water for a few hours, we piled onto a glass bottom boat piloted by a local man named Neville. He tossed us all snorkeling gear and drove us over to the reef, where we got to swim around while he fed the sea turtles. I literally PET THE TURTLE. It was so cool. We then piled back into the boat for our second stop, which was a shipwreck-turned-reef just a short drive away. According to our guide, it was an old fishing boat owned by a wealthy local. When he bought a new, bigger boat, he was given permission by the local government to purposely sink his boat in order to create a natural habitat for the aquatic wildlife. I have literally never seen so many fish in my life. It was beyond stunning.
While the food at Harbor Lights was quite expensive and quite underwhelming, the rest of the experience was amazing. They had a stage for live bands, the beach was wonderful, and we definitely got some unexpected bang for our buck with the turtle tour! I even found out from some friends back on the ship that the Boatyard was indeed packed and there was hardly any room on the beach! So next time you're in Bridgetown, Barbados, ask your taxi driver to beeline it to Harbor Lights, and say hi to my little buddy Crush for me.