Car Hire Barbados
is a great way to see this tropical island and vehicles can be collected from Grantley Adams international airport
with ease. A compact car which is automatic and has air conditioning costs from 80 Barbados dollars per day. This gives you the freedom to explore the island at your leisure.
We went to beaches on the south coast of the island to start with and the weather is just spectacular if you can make it out for Christmas to get some winter sun. From December onwards the trade winds begin to blow and they cool the island down with ideal temperatures hovering at around 28 degrees Celsius.
The sea on the south coast around areas such as St Lawrence Gap can be quite choppy but it wonderfully effervescent and invigorating if you don't mind some small waves. For a calmer swim you can venture over to the west coast which is the wealthy side of the island. There are safe waters at Paynes Bay which is now overlooked by a hugely impressive house which has been bought by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich. Although there is plenty to do here with jet skiing on offer as well as the chance to snorkel and see turtles, it can be a bit too overcrowded.
Like most places Barbados is better if you can avoid the tourist traps. For instance on Brighton beach there are always cruise ships full of holiday makers which pull up to give visitors a chance to visit the Malibu rum factory. Barbados has a long tradition of making some of the world’s finest sugar cane rums including Mount Gay and Cockspur. However, Malibu is a cheap impostor and has none of the history and craft associated with making these proper Barbadian rums.
Having a car means that you can drive from one side of the island to the other in no time at all, though traffic is getting increasingly worse. Petrol is cheap in Barbados and driving is on the left hand side which can make things easy or difficult depending on which part of the world you are from. If you get an opportunity visit the incredible east coast of the island which has some stunning beaches and fearsome waves. Crane beach is a delight for visitors though may not be the right place to go if you have small children as the water is pretty rough. Further up the east coast are the dramatic cliffs of Bathsheba where world surf tour events are held attracting famous surfers like Kelly Slater.
The nightlife is also highly recommended. We went to the Bump and Wine bar which has a fantastic location above the Bridgetown Harbour where you look out over the boats as the cool breeze blows. There is an extremely talented indie band playing there at the moment who have just got a record contract. They are called Silo and are hoping to follow in the footsteps of Barbados superstars such as Rhianna.