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Playing in Barbados
Playing in Barbados
All beaches on the island are open to the public, and there are more worthy beaches here than we have space to catalog. We’ll start with the calm seas of the western beaches. The closest practical beach to the cruise terminal is Brandon’s Beach, a bit to the north by the Malibu Rum visitor’s center. The beach is within walking distance of the pier, or a cab will do. Weiser’s on the Bay and the Malibu Visitor’s Center and Beach Club add a wide range of comforts, water sport rentals, dining, and plenty of rum-based beverages. A bit beyond Brandon’s Beach are Batt’s Rock and Paradise Beach, which are a good bit quieter. North from there is Paynes Bay Beach, and Sandy Lane Beach, known for its beauty and its proximity to one of the Caribbean’s more exclusive upscale resorts. Heading south from Bridgetown, we reach the southern beaches, which become a bit more turbulent and are famous for windsurfing and snorkeling. The beaches of Needham’s Point (Pebbles, Needham’s Point, and Drill Hall) are just south of Bridgetown and offer a wide variety of recreational opportunities, sightseeing, and comforts.
Needham’s Point was home to the British Navy’s dockyards before they were moved to Antigua in 1816. The Garrison Area is home to a fortress, a huge collection of rare, vintage cannons, “George Washington House,” and historic barracks, offering enough historic interest to sate most appetites. Some of the cannon are one-of-a-kind finds, dating back into the 17th century. Beach resort comforts can be found at the Hilton Hotel on Needham’s Point beach.
Scuba, snorkel, and wind surfing are all popular activities, especially at the beaches on the south side of the island. Surfing and surfing lessons can also be found. Have you ever wanted to tag along with “Crush,” the surfer-dude sea turtle from Finding Nemo? Several shore excursions offer swim-with-the-sea-turtles opportunities, an interesting twist on the more common stingray and dolphin excursions you’ll find on other islands.
Attention, shoppers—Barbados is known for its clothing industry (look for cashmere sweaters), china, crystal, liquor, and local crafts (batiks, mahogany carvings, basketry, and jewelry).
Top Photo Slice: Lifeguard Station in Barbados (℗ 53363) Photo contributed by © Jennifer Marx
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