I am pleased to present a new Solo Travel Destination Post from Nicole, a member of the Solo Travel Society. Nicole is from Canada, and submitted the following report about Barbados. Do you have a solo travel destination that you would like to recommend? Submit your description here, along with a few photos, and share it with fellow travelers!
Solo travel rating: 1 (1 is easiest, 4 is most difficult. Please see chart below)
Languages spoken: English
Reasons to Visit Barbados
Barbados is a small tropical island located in the Caribbean Sea. It is the most eastern island in the chain of islands. While Barbadians speak English as their native tongue, most Barbadians speak a form of dialect that is easily understandable.
Barbados was colonized by the British and you can still see the British influence there in Trafalgar Square, for example, and the statue of Lord Nelson. The island has a large international airport that is accessible by many airlines. American currency is accepted.
The friendly inhabitants take pride in their low crime rate, strong infrastructure and heritage buildings. Visitors to the island can swim with turtles, shop for duty free items, relax on one of the many sandy beaches, surf on the east coast seas, visit the magnificent Harrison’s Cave, or view heavenly flora and fauna in the Andromeda Botanic Gardens. You may even run into Rihanna at Cave Sheperd department store when the singer is back at home!
Several hotels are dotted along the south and west coast that can accomodate budget travellers and those looking for luxury. For the visitor who wants to dine like Simon Cowell does, The Cliff restaurant is an extravagant dining option. A lively Friday night destination is the fishing village of Oistins, where fried fish and music can be enjoyed. Barbados is truly a magical destination that you won’t forget.
Solo Travel Destination Rating System
Safety – 1 (1 very safe, 2 safe in most areas, 3 be cautious at all times.)
Language – 1 (1 English is first language, 2 English speakers easy to find, 3 English speakers rare)
Navigation – 1 (1 easy to navigate by transit or car, 2 poor transit, car necessary, 3 not easy to get around)
Culture – 2 (1 Similar to North America or Western Europe, 2 Different from above but relaxed and easy, 3 Challenging)
Average Rating – 1 (1 is easiest, 4 is most difficult)