Saturday, 23 March 2019

Barbados: my top 5 colourful places to visit on the island

Hey you babes, it's been a while! I returned home from a trip to Barbados earlier this month and was immediately hit with major holiday blues. Throughout most of February and March I took a step back from blogging to focus on other projects and found the longer I stayed away the harder it was to come back. Saying that, when I'm not blogging I do miss it. But without further ado I thought it was high time I shared some Barbados content with you! Last February I took a vacay to the island as well, but this time round my boyfriend and I both agreed we fell even deeper in love with beautiful Barbados. 

Barbados is everything you could possibly dream of; it's colourful, vibrant, fun, tropical, kind-hearted and welcoming. The island is stunning, with lots to see and do. Palm trees frame golden coasts and aqua blue seas. You get frequent rain showers but typically those end within minutes before the sun bursts out again blissfully. Everyone is incredibly friendly and the pace of life ticks along refreshingly slowly. Yep, we loved every minute. Seeing as we're fairly familiar with the island now, I thought I'd talk about my favourite colourful locations we discovered whilst staying there.

Read on for my top 5 colourful places to visit that are a must-see in Barbados! 

Dover Beach 
We stayed at the mega colourful Dover Beach Hotel, which I'd definitely recommend if you want the stunningly divine Dover Beach on your doorstep... literally! The room blocks are painted vibrant, rainbow colours and last year as we were situated in the blue block, I gazed adoringly at the pretty pink hotel building but this year we were granted a pink paradisal room of our own! Cue our pink balcony becoming my very own insta outfit shooting backdrop. Dover Beach and the surrounding sights are full of colour and happiness. The area is a must-see if you're after a luxurious hotel stay and a babelicious beach.

St. Lawrence Gap
Vibrant and funky, St. Lawrence Gap is buzzing with colourful nightlife and dreamy restaurants. We particularly adored Mimosas which overlooked the crashing waves and served the most delicious rose. There are cocktail bars and sunroof cafes, a Chattel village with its own restaurant and many bars that have live music playing during the evenings. Only a five minute stroll from Dover Beach, St. Lawrence Gap provided all the piña coladas and pizza we needed after many a day sight-seeing or beaching it up.

Holetown Chattel Village 
Holetown is easily one of my favourite places to visit in Barbados. This year we decided to take it easy and mainly have beach days instead of venturing out so much, but Holetown was first on our list when it came to exploring. The Chattel Village is one of the main attractions; brightly coloured huts that materialise as shops, cafes and boutiques, and sit prettily amongst balmy palm trees. The nearby beach is a beauty while there's a cute shopping mall a few minutes away and even a pink phone box!

The pink phone box 

A personal favourite of mine, this pink gem of a phone box was found during our trip to Holetown, to see the Chattel village. If I'm being honest, it's a superstar in its own right! Perfect for some fun blog photos, we took our opportunity and click-click flashed away.

One of my favourite colourful hot-spots, it's worth a walk by if you're already hitting up Holetown. Opposite the Chattel Village, it's too cute to miss! Not far from the phone box is Holetown beach, a gorgeous haven of soothing waves and unblemished sand. There's also a shopping village nearby with a cafe serving to-die-for smoothies.

Oistins is one of the most talked about must-see places on the island of Barbados. They host their annual fish fry which is a big thing every Friday and also have music and food stalls. Turtles can be spotted by the nearby shores. The brightly coloured huts drew us in but unfortunately we had a bad experience with a dodgy woman who kept offering us a free tour of the island and wouldn't leave us alone, so we fled the place before too long to escape her clutches. A lot of people seem to have gone to Oistins and loved it, and due to its colourful nature I felt it only right to feature it in this blog post too. Despite that one experience last year at Oistins, we felt really safe on the island and it now feels like an absolute home from home.

Have you ever been to Barbados?