Barbados is a popular travel destination, known for its sunny skies, turquoise waters, history, cricket, musicians, festivals and more. The island is sliced into 11 slices called parishes and is an entrepreneurial hub, popular Caribbean wedding destination, and a beautiful place to journey around by foot, boat, or car.
Going on outdoor adventures is a fun thing to do, and as someone who was born here, this opens your eyes to appreciate the natural beauty that still exists all around, regardless of the commercial development taking place.
Travelling on foot, hiking up and down hills in the sun or drizzle, and along leaf-sprinkled trails through a canopy of tropical trees, is an exciting way to experience ‘Bim’ (Barbados.)
The fresh air is…refreshing, and the exercise – rejuvenating.
When I started this blog early in 2013, I had just taken a travel break and was living the countryside for 6 years, on a farm among horses, green monkeys, chickens, butterflies, and dogs.
Green was everywhere, and preparation of daily meals involved a stroll through the garden for veggies, fresh herbs or ground provision. Though the rain fell every day around 5/5:30am, there was a water shortage for a few of those years (apparently it’s much worse now) – that was frustrating at times, even when a couple tanks were installed on the property to make up for the random unannounced water-truck visits. It was still a muscle-building experience and test of gratitude.
In the mornings, it was picking cherries, broadleaf thyme, rosemary, and sweet basil leaves, juicy mangoes, yella meat breadfruit, Jamaican ackee, and bayleaf from the surrounding trees. Oooo weee!
Hikes and fishing adventures – at least 3 times a week. Coming from the sunny somewhat commercial south coast and a busier life tempo filled with studio sessions, the countryside was refreshing, and reminded me that there was – is so much more to discover.
Now, I make sure to appreciate each expression of God’s handiwork seen in creation around Bim, observe the environment, and experience it with fresh eyes and a thankful heart.
From coast to coast
The water travelling along the east and north looks and moves differently from that on the south and west.
East and north – vibrant deep water with strong currents, more open land, vegetation, and villages with colourful bajan-style houses.
South and west – mostly calm, clear seawater with rocky borders in some areas, more restaurants, hotels, shopping malls, and transportation options.
You’ll find a whole lot of small bays all around, which make seawater swimming pools that are enjoyed by everyone, and safe for families with small children.
The rainfall has its own schedule in the country, and it’s often either raining on the west, and sunny on the east or vice versa, though sometimes simultaneously during troughs, tropical depressions, or storms.
Fishing boats decorate the shores of the east, while jet skis are dominant on the west. Fishing is an island-wide activity, but since the water is calmer on side of the island, water sports are mostly active on the smooth side only.
Turtles are pretty much everywhere but found in greater numbers on the south and west. The sea around those two zones is encased by powder-like golden sand, while on the east and north, it’s a balding border of coarse sand, infinite shells, and ice-pick rocks.
Swimming is most on the south and west, while mostly skilled surfers, veteran swimmers and fishermen venture into the wild waters of the east.
As a home-body blogger with a traveller’s heart, I’m compelled to challenge the way I interpret and approach life in Barbados, by finding more everyday things to appreciate and learn about this ‘little island in the sun.’
Thanks for reading, and stay tuned! Where and what was your most recent outdoor adventure? Inspired to share? Feel free.