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Trip Report Barbados Trip Report 11/2007 - Part One

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Barbados Trip Report - November 2007

We went to Barbados earlier this month on a somewhat last minute vacation. We usually travel in the fall, but due to our schedules this year; we waited longer than usual to book the vacation. This year my aunt and her husband also came along on vacation with us. They are fun and we enjoy some of the same things.

After a long saga of trying to find a good hotel, we ended up staying at the Tamarind Cove Hotel. It is a small intimate property with about 100 rooms, three pools and a nice stretch of beach. The rooms were decorated in a Caribbean style and were clean and well maintained. We stayed in an ocean view room, # 317. We had a nice view of trees, a rooftop and the ocean. My aunt stayed in room 123 which was on the first floor and had a convenient location to the towel hut and was close to the smaller enclosed pool. The staff at the hotel was friendly, but the service on the beach wasn't as consistent as in St Martin. The hotel has an all inclusive option, but our travel agent arranged for us to only have breakfast included. We enjoyed their breakfast buffet, especially the eggs with their hot sauce on it. I kept waiting for plantains on the buffet, but they didn't have any while we were there. They had some entertainment in the evenings but it usually ended by 10:30 PM. We especially enjoyed the steel drum player, Andre Ford that they had at the bar area. He played a variety of music from popular tunes to Caribbean salsa type music. One day when we had a large lunch, they had the manager's cocktail party which included appetizers. He started playing during the cocktail party and we just stayed the whole time to listen to him.

The highlight of the trip for me was sailing on a private catamaran for the four of us. We rented a catamaran with Captain Ron called Wasn't Me. We had such a great time on the boat. They played Caribbean music and had lunch and beverages for us. We bought a CD of the Islands Merrymen with songs like Age is Just a Number and Island Living that he played on the boat. It's a fun momento to listen to in the car at home and remember the vacation.

We also had a chance to go snorkeling from the boat. Let me preface this by saying that I love the water, but I never learned how to swim. My husband has always wanted to go snorkeling, but I've always been afraid to go since I can't swim, so we never went together. This was a great opportunity for him because he was able to go snorkeling with the first mate, Calli and my with aunt's husband. My husband said they went snorkeling off an artificial reef and saw lots of different fish and an eel. While they were off snorkeling, I was swimming next to the boat with my lifejacket on. Maybe next time I might try to go snorkeling too.

I had been to Barbados about 20 years ago with this same aunt and with her brother who at the time did some work on the island. It was a short vacation and we stayed at a villa that wasn't on the beach. The biggest thing that I remember from that vacation was the beautiful colors in the Caribbean Sea. It was definitely different than anything I had seen at home. We saw those same beautiful stripes of color in the sea this time, but I think the water in Turks and Caicos was even better. I was told that they are both coral islands which is why they have similar water colors.

We had heard another hotel guest talking about a fun piano bar called Lexy's which was in Holetown. One night the four of us went to there after dinner. The piano player had such a lively routine. We talked to him a little in between sets and learned that he had played at another piano bar we went to on another Caribbean trip! I highly recommend going to his show. As I said before the entertainment in the hotel ended at around 10:30 PM, so if you still want to have fun see his show and yell, Cocktail! You'll know what I mean if you've been there.

Look for part 2 of the trip report soon.

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