‘Liming’ is the Barbadian term for relaxing in the company of friends. Here are 8 places to head to for a fast track lesson in the Bajan life skill…
Head here in the late afternoon to watch the kite surfers making Spirograph patterns in the sky. There are beach bars by the side of the sand that serve chilled bottles of Veuve Clicquot in ice buckets. Take one over to your sunlounger and sip your fizz in sight of the sunset.
There’s a house party spirit at the Oistins weekly fish fry. Bottles of Banks beer clink at the counters of makeshift bars, artists haggle over their work at souvenir stands, and huge grills are loaded with the fresh catch of the day. Pile your paper plate until it warps in the middle and find a wooden bench to eat at.
The sunloungers here have adjustable sun awnings attached, so you don’t have to do any heavy lifting when you want a bit of shade. What’s more, the beach is only a few metres wide, so the walk from your sunbed to the surf takes seconds.
It’s always happy hour at St Lawrence Gap, even when there are no drinks offers on. This area is the nightlife capital of the island. Down a few rum punches, dance through the night, then refuel with street food as the sun comes up.
There are often more stars on St James’ beaches than there are on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. Clive Owen, Penelope Cruz, Simon Cowell and Rihanna have all holidayed here. Head to one of the sea-view restaurants, like The Cliff, where fillet steak and scallops are served up on white table cloths by candlelight.
Take a walk by the river in the seaside atmosphere of the Careenage area, have a spree in the jewellery shops of Broad Street, or just find a seat in one of the city centre eateries and tuck in to Bajan mac and cheese or macaroni pie as it is referred to by the locals.
You can lime in a different type of company in Barbados. The island is known as the shipwreck capital of the Caribbean, and tropical fish swarm around these underwater wrecks. Rare seahorses and unusual frog fish can often be spotted around these dive sites.
Relax on some of the best golfing greens in the Caribbean. The courses on this island have been designed by the likes of Tom Fazio, which is why Barbados was chosen to host the World Golf Championships World Cup in 2006.
Thomson Cruises has Barbados holidays all wrapped up. Let Thomson Airways fly you into Bridgetown, then hop on a ship to spend a week sailing around the Caribbean on the Latin Gems, Caribbean Charms, or Tropical Treasures itineraries. When you return to the Bajan capital, make your way to a Thomson hotel for a week of liming in St Lawrence Gap, St James, Dover Beach, Hastings or Maxwell.
Bougainvillea Beach Resort
There’s a matter of footsteps between this hotel and the bright white sands of Maxwell Beach. When you’re not on the beach, you can sip rum punches at the swim-up bar or work your way through the list of 20 special beauty treatments in the spa.
You’ll have direct access to 2 white sandy beaches when you stay at this hotel. But it’s tempting not to step foot on the beach at all. The list of sunbathing spaces here includes the cluster of 3 al fresco whirlpool baths, the suntrap of decking that overlooks the sea, and the terrace that surrounds the swimming pool.
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Published: November 7, 2013
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