It’s a convenient, direct, less than five hour flight from NYC to Bridgetown, the capital city of Barbados. Flying to Barbados amidst work, college and responsibilities meant I would only have one full day to spend. But I found if you take the right tour, you can get the introduction you need to Barbados so you can plan the activities for your next visit.
Glory Tours offers full, half day and private tours. For my introduction to Barbados, I took the Full Day Just BIM tour, which goes for 266 Barbadian dollars- about $133 USD.
We were picked up from our hotel at roughly 9 am and the tour ended at around 4 pm.
Harrison’s Cave Tram Tour
From the hotel, we were driven to Harrison’s Cave. While waiting for the tram to take us into the cave, we browsed through an exhibit with the history and science of the cave. Then sat for a short documentary.
There’s a driver and one guide on the tram who explains what we are seeing during the frequent photo stops. It’s nice to be away from the humidity as the cave is dark and cool. As you sit down for the one mile in 45 minutes ride, you’ll randomly feel drops of water fall from the top of the cave.
The most interesting part to me was the fact that there’s an actual road built inside the cave for the trams to drive on…
When we arrived at the Flower Forest, we were given a brief introduction, handed a map, and were asked for our preferred juice flavor.
The map is fairly simple to follow. You won’t get lost. There’s a path and signs indicated where you are. On the back of the map are pictures of flowers which you can find throughout the Flower Forest.
Take time to find the flowers and enjoy the scenery. It was hot and my mom and I walked a bit fast…
But we had more time to enjoy our free juice at the patio (pineapple for me!)
Next, we were driven to the east coast of Barbados. This is where the Atlantic Ocean is so it’s advisable not to swim just anywhere along the coast, though the waves make for a great place to surf!
We got a glimpse of Bathsheba beach. And it was so windy.
It was about 1:30 pm by the time we drove through Bathsheba and arrived for lunch. We had the option of either chicken or flying fish. Since we were in Barbados, flying fish was my choice.
On the plate includes rice and beans, salad, coleslaw, the fried flying fish and a macaroni and cheese which is baked. Also included was a choice of bottled soft drink or water. (As a side note, I was surprised to find the bottled water sold in Barbados is Zephyrhills which comes from Florida, close to where I used to live!)
St. Nicholas Abbey
This is what I was most looking forward to visiting. And it’s not because of the rum.
St. Nicholas Abbey is an over 300 year old sugar cane plantation which now produces rum and is where one of only three Jacobean style houses in the western hemisphere is located. You can see more pictures of the interior here.
We watched a short black and white documentary about St. Nicholas Abbey, toured the home, were given an opportunity to taste their rum and to walk around to see the plantation.
Additional Things We Got To See While Driving:
Animals: Can you guess what animal this is?
I said goat. Or because the tour guide asked I was going to go with something pretty outrageous. But it’s actually a type of black bellied sheep native to Barbados. Lamb chops, anyone?
These are small, moveable houses because back then, you couldn’t own land.
We had to drive through Bridgetown, the capital city, in order to drop off other tour passengers. That meant we had the opportunity to see the city!
Social Media Aspect:
I love it when companies don’t just post promotional content on social media. Glory Tours is an example of this. They post beautiful photos of Barbados and the places they bring their customers to. Bonus points to Glory Tours 🙂
My mom (left) and I at St. Nicholas Abbey!
This is a very low key, not much walking necessary and scenery type of tour. It’s not exactly my type however, I feel it’s perfect as an introduction to Barbados and a must do for your first visit.
Now that I’ve been on the Just BIM full day tour with Glory Tours Barbados, I’m happy to know Barbados is a Caribbean island that isn’t just about beaches (which isn’t my thing…) Thanks to my further research and information from the tour guide, I know polo lessons, golfing, and having afternoon tea at Sandy Lane Resort are going to be done on my next visit.
Note: I’m not compensated nor receive any discounts for this post. Just a happy traveler sharing my experiences 🙂