Number of minutes it takes swim suit to dry in Barbados’ hot sun: 4
Number of opportunities to taste rum: 3
Number of stones added due to rum: 7
Eating here can be unnerving. That’s not because of the quality of the food (it’s been amazing), but because you’ll see dolphin on the menu. Early on, a waitress assured us “no, it isn’t Flipper”. I took a breath. It’s actually mahi-mahi, otherwise known as dolphin-fish. Google it right now. It’s like a giant, swimming, silver weather balloon.
King fish, tuna, salmon and barracuda are all on the menu here. The fish is plentiful and fresh and it’s caught in the beautiful waters around Barbados.
Whether you choose a restaurant that demands “long pants and no deck shoes” (ie. you can’t wear your cut-offs and Birkenstocks), or an eaterie that offers fries and ketchup as a side to your burger, is up to you.
The chicken is good, says Paul. For the vegetarians, there’s a speciality macaroni pie (which is macaroni cheese…who knew?) and the rice is good.
But the national dish, says our host Cedric, is flying fish and cornmeal cooked with ocre. It’s “robust to cook” and it’s called Cou Cou (pronounced – coo coo (like a pigeon)).
Win a holiday to the Accra Beach Hotel with Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc and 1Leisure (the ‘breakfast’ bit of the B and B is great too) and you can eat out at night in style. The hotel’s in a thriving area and there are loads of cafes and eateries. I spotted a Subway up the road last night.
Isle of Wight Radio’s on tour so we took an Island Safari 4×4 jeep tour of Barbados. It included some off-roading through sugar plantations and was amazing way to see the scenery. I knew there would be a use for my traditional um…shall we say padding? It was extremely bumpy at times.
I’ll go to the gym when we’re back.
The tour took us to Hackleton’s Cliff, which gave us a panoramic view of one of the most dramatic coastlines I’ve ever seen.
I think the warning sign was aimed at those (me and Paul) choosing to take their rum-o’clock stop here. It doesn’t mix well with a sheer drop.
From there, it was onto the surfers’ paradise of Bathsheba. Think a humid version of Culver, with HUGE rocks and a rum bar (instead of those little loos that the National Trust runs).
We met some amazing people yesterday. Tonisha and Victoria run the Accra Beach Hotel (where you could be staying)…
And hats off to Dwayne, who was the man behind the Island Safari wheel…
Today, we’re learning how to make cocktails and play the steel pans. It’ll give Paul another career to work towards when he’s too old to see the faders.