[wp_ad_camp_1]Barbados is the eastern-most island in the Caribbean, completely surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. Its golden sand beaches, turquoise waters and friendly Bajan islander population make it a perfect retreat or vacation destination. Here are a few of the top experiences to add to your traveler’s to-do list:
Attend a Yoga Retreat
Start off your trip connecting within and restoring by the sea during an intimate retreat at Bodhayati Barbados Yoga & Island Wellness Retreats. You’ll have opportunities to explore the island, heal and awaken the soul. You’ll enjoy healthy meals, comfortable accommodations near the beach and cultural outings and adventures.
Meditate on a Quiet Beach
Nothing soothes a traveling yogi’s mind and soul like watching waves as they crawl toward the sand. Starting on the Southeast Coast, check out scenic Bottom Bay Beach to take in a stunning view from the cliff before enjoying your moments of quiet contemplation and meditation. There are far fewer tourists and vendors here making for fewer distractions. Cruise north along the coast to join locals on Bath Beach, a secret little stretch of sand where there are minimal tourists and very few vendors or businesses. Even farther north on the East coast is Bathsheba Beach, ideal for its views of dramatic rock formations and seascapes. Bathsheba is also where you’ll find the Soup Bowl, a popular surfing destination for the yogi at one with the waves.
Go with the Flow
The rugged East Coast is ideal for its quiet, scenic beaches, but can also be dangerous for swimming and water sports. On the South coast, you’ll safer waters but windy conditions at Silver Sands Beach, ideal for world class wind and kite surfing. On the West side of the island, the quiet waters of Folkestone Beach are great for swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking and paddle-boarding. Also on the West coast, popular Mullins Beach is the Caribbean picture of beach bars, cocktails and chaise lounges. Get out into the water to jet-ski, snorkel and swim.
Bridgetown is the capital, biggest and only city in Barbados. You’ll find cheap and convenient transportation here as well as plenty of shopping and nightlife. Tour the Mount Gay Rum Distillery or visit Cheapside Market for local flavor and fresh, early morning produce sold cheap by local vendors. Bridgetown is one of the most advanced ports in the Caribbean and a hub for locals from all over the island. In Bridgetown you can stock up on provisions and find a colorful mix of island culture.
Be One with the Tribe
The national dish of Barbados, Cou-Cou and Flying Fish, is a mix of cornmeal with okra accompanied by fried or steamed fish and traditionally served on Fridays. Don’t miss this traditional Friday night celebration in Oistins, a small fishing village famous for its Friday Night Fish Fry when the stalls open up to serve fried fish and play loud music for dancing, creating a festive atmosphere for locals and tourists. Another key spot to experience the local scene and street vendors is Baxter Road in Bridgetown, known for its dining and drink culture. Enjoy casual Bajan cuisine while walking the old streets and taking in the unique character of the city.
Kristin Daemon is a yoga teacher, freelance writer and owner of Seaside Yoga, a new studio in the small town of Seaside, Oregon on the rugged Pacific Northwest coast. You can find and friend her on Facebook or check out and follow her blog, kristindaemon.com.
Images via: @bajanbacflip