Independence Day weekend in Barbados, Barbados!
A three day weekend in Barbados!
Barbados is definitely a vibe... towards the end of 2018, Matt and I booked a last minute trip in November to this eastern Caribbean island and all I can say is...what a time. Neither of us had ever been to Barbados before and the only person we knew of from Barbados is Riri (Rihanna)😂. However, we had seen pictures of this beautiful island before and found a great flight and hotel deal on CheapCaribbean.com. Since 2018 had been a really busy year for us we definitely needed the R&R but what we found was so much more....
Silver Point Hotel
We flew in on a Thursday evening and was very glad that our hotel was only a 20 minute ride from the airport. We stayed at the Silver Point Hotel in Silver Sands, Barbados which was pretty close to shops and nightlife but also far enough away to feel exclusive. At first glance we noticed this was a smaller boutique hotel but was very clean and well kept. Check-in was a breeze. We were given a list of things to do in the area and was also told that the Independence Day parade was that Saturday. We were shocked because we didn't even know this was Independence Day weekend in Barbados but that made for a great addition to the trip. November 30th is the day Barbados gained it's independence from the United Kingdom in 1966. It was very lively the entire time we were there.
One thing I loved most about this hotel was the ocean views from our room and also from the pool area. Since it was Independence Day weekend we could see kite surfers riding the waves all day long. In fact, the Silver Point Hotel is known for attracting kite surfers from all over. It was such a beautiful and relaxing sight. The cabanas by the pool were chic and comfy. It was easy to lay out by the pool all day and catch the sun rays. Right next to the pool area was a restaurant and bar that served great tasting Bajan food. It was so good we kept ordering the same Bajan chicken BLT every day 😋.
One thing we do want to mention about the hotel is that there is wifi in the restaurant and communal areas only. At first we thought this was going to be an issue but we quickly got over our obsessions with needing to be "connected". We were able to make it work. This was a vacation to help us relax so we stayed close to the hotel for the most part of our first day in Barbados. We just let the waves take away all the stress.
The hotel laid right on silver rock beach and was literally built right into a rocky cliff on the beach. After we laid by the pool for a while we decided to climb up the cliff connected to the hotel to get elevated views... it was absolutely breathtaking.
Island Day Tour & Snorkeling
The next day we decided we wanted to venture out and see more of the island. We wound up going on a Turtle Swim and Shipwreck Tour during the day. This had to be the best snorkeling adventure we had ever been on. We got to swim with turtles, tropical fish, and even see several shipwrecks. It was SO cool and definitely the kind of adventure we were looking for. The excursion took us all along the coast so we were able to get a good view of the island. We also got to know some of the locals on the excursion with us as well.
Oistins Friday night Fish Fry
All of the locals we met raved about the "Oistins Friday night Fish Fry" so we just knew we were going to have to check it out. Just think of how much we love to celebrate our Independence Day on the 4th of July with eating, drinking, and fire work displays. Well it was definitely an Independence Day celebration at Oistins Bay Gardens the night we went. Since Oistins is such an active fishing town there was a ton of fresh fish dinners to choose from including mahi mahi, lobster, swordfish, marlin, flying fish etc. The vendors literally cook the food right in front of you. We decided to try the fried flying fish which is one of the national dishes of Barbados and a locals favorite. It was very very delish. The night was filled with music, dancing, performances, and celebrations until early morning. You could feel the cultural pride...
After spending a few days on the beach and exploring the island we headed back home that Sunday evening feeling refreshed and rejuvenated from our time in Barbados. We would highly recommend this beautiful Caribbean island to all travelers as well as the Silver Point Hotel. Also Independence Day weekend was the perfect time to visit since this weekend was such a lively and celebratory experience with the Bajan locals. It's a great time to visit if you're planning a trip.
Travel Tips - Barbados
- Currency: Barbadian Dollar, $1US = $2BD
- Language: English primary language
- Wi-Fi: Limited check with your hotel
- Airport: The Grantley Adams International Airport (main airport)
- Getting around: Taxi. You can also rent a car (drive on left side of road)
- Safety?: We felt very safe, however, it's always recommended to check with your hotel to find the areas to avoid when traveling. The locals in Barbados are very friendly.
Other Excursions and things to do in Barbados.....
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Until next time!
Peace, Love, and Luggage,
Matt & Britt
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