The next morning it was up, off to the airport, on the plane (after more flight delays), and off into the wild blue yonder. We stepped off the plane in Barbados and picked up our vehicle from Stoutes Rental Cars. Since rentals were so expensive, a 24 hour rental would work getting us to the hotel, buying groceries, and doing a day around the island.
As we pulled into the hotel, a gorgeous double rainbow appears across the sky. Yes we were in paradise.. We were staying at the Bougainvillea Hotel/Sand Acres Beach Club which was nice. Seems that it was once separate resorts but Bougainvillea bought out the San Acres Beach Club so now it is all one resort.
Our one bedroom unit was the typical Caribbean type room but the air conditioners were set up that if you left your balcony door open - the a/c went off. We had beautiful pools, great beaches, full kitchen, and lovely view. (other than our balcony faced opposite the sunsets.)
From our front door - we could see some awesome sunsets but have to say, after the first couple days, the beaches took a turn. Yes, in the below photos you will see that August is the time of the year that the currents do some changing and seaweed comes on short. (so we were told) In our 9 days in Barbados - this day was the worst. But only about 2 or 3 days had seaweed floating in so wasn't a big deal. And no one let it ruin their beach experience as you can see. lol
Our first night there we decided to go to the famous Ostins (since we hadn't bought groceries). Yes, the town of Ostins, complete with fresh fish market and lots of fresh fish to eat became dinner. We got there and picked Pat's as our place to eat. There are many small hut type outdoor restaurants to eat at but Pats seem to be the most popular so we joined the crowd. And just in time before the huge rainfall hit. Barbados is known for a couple things, flying fish being one. So Debe had the flying fish while Bob had the Blue Marlin. Both meals were great and reasonably priced. They all seem to have the same menu and prices so any place probably was good. We were told that Friday nights at Ostins is very popular so maybe we would check it out again.
After a great night of sleep, we had a day of driving around the island. We have done this a few times before so we kinda knew the island. So off we went to visit some sites again. After passing thru many interesting towns, it was off to Animal Flower Cave on the far northern side of the island. It is a beautiful place with cliffs and water crashing into them. We didn't visit the Cave but it was beautiful to sit and watch the water. (seaweed there also)
From there it was on around the Northeast side of the island and to Cherry Hill Drive. (ok, so it isn't easy to drive the island on this side because the main street and side streets all look the same. Be prepared to get LOST temporarily) Cherry Hill Drive is known for its historical avenue of Mahogany Trees at the top along with an awesome view of the island. We had a lot of rain so you can see the ocean with the muddy water that had washed into it. Still a beautiful view.
Even though we didn't catch any beautiful sunsets at The Crane Resort - this sunset from earlier in the week will work. Yes, palm trees, a little bit of clouds with the sun going down and giving them color - paradise. What an awesome trip this has been. Anyone thinking about going to Barbados, just do it. There is so much to offer in food, beaches, resorts, etc.... and the locals are so nice. It isn't the easiest island to drive around and it has its rough spots across the island but this island is truly a diamond in the rough.
Thanks again for taking this trip with us and hope you can enjoy it someday. But if not, you can always come back and enjoying it again with us.