Barbados is located at the edge of the Caribbean Sea, so the surrounding beaches on each coast are very different; for example on the East coast which faces the Atlantic Ocean, you are created by waves that can vary from two (2) to six (6) feet or more which is perfect for surfing. The makeup of the East coast has a slightly rugged terrain which adds to the scenery, the crane beach was actually voted as one of the top 10 most scenic beaches in the world not that long ago. Next, the west coast is greeted by the Caribbean Sea which is very calm and ideal for water sports such as jet ski, diving, snorkeling just to name a few. The south coast where this Atlantic meets the Caribbean Sea is also scenic and ideal for water sports such as kite surfing, windsurfing, jet ski if you like jumping the waves and ideal for amateur surfing who are just learning; finally, if you love the breathtaking view at the north point each year between February and April you are almost sure to see the migrating whales.
Seasons on Barbados
Barbados has two (2) seasons which are the dry season which goes from December until May and the wet season which runs from June until November. Don’t let the term wet season fool you because even though the island gets its share of rain it does not mean it rains daily but just that the chances of rain have increased and it’s the warmest rain you will ever feel as though taking a nice shower. The island has a steady temperature that varies from 25 to 30 degrees Celsius so if you like tanning on the beach this is the place to be.
Getting around on Barbados
The people of Barbados are one of the main attractions which continue to keep tourists returning to the island, anyone who has visited almost certainly makes lots of new friends, and the people of the island love nothing more than to see visitors enjoying and giving high praise for the island. On top of that, it is very safe to travel around on your own, usually by rental car or public transport, the island is quite simple to navigate and even if you somehow manage to get the list you can be assured another driver or person living in the neighborhood will be right over to help you find your way. And there are so many amazing things to discover such as the local cuisine, sightseeing, learning the history of the island and about its local treasures and not forgetting the beautiful beaches where you can either relax in the sun, have fun with the water sports or explore while diving.
Snorkeling at Carlisle Bay
Carlisle Bay is the best place for snorkeling in Barbados, with calm water and a beautiful beach view; you can experience swimming with the turtles, seeing the shipwrecks, and a marine park.
The Carlisle Bay beach is roughly half a mile long so there is plenty of space to chill and relax, there are various bars, restaurants, and businesses that provide food, drinks, beach chairs, and activities; you can also go on your own and there are persons who offer the services of beach chairs and water sports also; if you are keen on seeing the turtles and wrecks you can simply swim off the beach to view them abs have the experience on your own or have one of the boats or jet ski freight you over. Depending on how much of an experience you want whether it be 15 minutes or 2 hours the turtles and shipwrecks are not far from the beach and the bay creates and safe haven rendering the water calm and easy to swim.
The turtles in the area are usually the green turtle and sometimes rarely you’ll have the treat of seeing a hawksbill turtle, they generally just swim around you and there is no need to chase them and they will make their way over for a memorable interaction. These turtles do enjoy treats such as fish so feel free to ask one of the locals to tag along and show you the safe way in which you can take part in this activity.
There are also turtle projects which are aimed at protecting the native turtles, they generally clean the beaches and remove unwanted garbage from the sea and during the days and nights monitor turtle nest so you can also have the treat of watching baby turtles hatch and assuring they are safely released into the ocean.
Overall whether you love turtles or not after this experience you certainly will fall in love with these beautiful creatures.