About this listing
Forget the South or West coast! Too crowded, too hot, very noisy, dogs barking all night long, eroding beaches and way too expensive tourist trap.
This spacious and clean house is located on the south east part of the island known for its cooling, Atlantic breeze. It's walking distance to the 7 most beautiful, uncrowded beaches. With its rugged, beautiful scenery the quiet and friendly Belair neighborhood is a welcome change from the hustle and bustle of the south and west coasts.
The apartment is on the ground floor of the brand new house. It has a private entrance from the garden, includes a living room, fully equipped kitchen and full bathroom as well as a luxurious outdoor shower with rain shower head.
LOCATION: The home is located in a quiet residential neighborhood and is a 5 minute walk to the nearest beach. However the best beaches are 15-20 minutes away or 5-10 minutes by car.
- Bottom Bay Beach (our favorite!) - Crane Beach (very popular 5 star hotel, with great views) - Ginger Bay Beach - Sam Lords Castle Beach - Plus a few more secret beaches, which we're happy to share with you!
15 minute drive to the airport 20 minutes to Oistins Fish Market or the night life area: St. Lawrence Gap
ACT LIKE A LOCAL: We have been coming to Barbados to many years now and are familiar with the best beaches and sight seeing. We have a map upon request, which highlights the best places to see. There is a small "Belair Variety Store" that has the basic groceries. Large and very well equipped Emerald City Supermarket is at Six Roads, 10 min away.
ADDITIONAL AMENITIES: Access to a wash machine (on request). 2 boogie boards, 2 sets of snorkeling gear, 2 bikes, 2 yoga matts, beach chair, portable sun tent, safety deposit box, free fast reliable internet, Bose SoundTouch 10 wireless music system (MP3 player), outdoor brick grill, outdoor hot & cold totally private shower. Although A/C is usually not necessary, there is a portable cooler/dehumidifier available for extra charge $20.-/day.
Interaction with Guests
If I am not on the island my house manager is only a phone call away. She will give you the keys and show you the house. She lives in the neighborhood.
The location is unique because it is away from the touristy areas of Barbados. You'll find stunning beaches that have very few visitors but plenty of fresh coconuts to eat and drink. :) No need for AC. With the cooling atlantic breeze you may not even turn the ceiling fan on. This breeze also keeps mosquitos away. There are insect screens in all the windows anyway. If you, however, still need AC, I have one portable unit I can give you for US $20.-/night.
The best way to move around is to rent a car. However, if you do not dare to drive on the left, there is a bus stop only 2 min away. Bikes are good only to reach the nearby beaches.
Other Things to Note
My favorite beaches:
Shark Hole (no sharks there, I promise), Ginger Bay, Bottom Bay and Crane are all in the walking distance, Crane beach is the best for boogie boarding (feel free to use mine)
Miami & Dover Beach are on the south. The calmest sea, suitable for kids & elderly is on Carib (right next to St. Lawrence Gap) and Brownes beach (just before Bridgetown).
West coast beaches are are more narrow (eroding) and also much more touristy.
I highly recommend a day trip to Batsheba, Martin's Bay on the East coast. Animal Flower Cave and Little Bay on the north side of the island. Its absolutely beautiful. The sea is very rough there, but you can still take a swim at the small pools inside the cave and on the little beach protected by the reefs at Little Bay, so wear bathing suit everywhere. Leave early in the morning. It may take more then an hour when you hit the traffic. Bring your camera.
If you like gardens, the Hunte's Garden is an absolute MUST: (website hidden).
Bridgetown is not very nice city, except of the Waterfront cafe, there is really nothing pretty to look at. I would certainly avoid it at night, not safe, watch for your belongings! What I can recommend is a Catamaran cruise and the Mount Gay rum factory.
•Phones & Internet
-House phone in your bedroom is free of charge for all local calls, your number is (phone number hidden)
-WiFi network is “teta”. Password is “teta0159”.
•Garbage & Recycling
-Please dispose of garbage in securely closed plastic bags, in the blue bin on the outside of the fence. Please do so every other day to avoid insect in the (website hidden) fat, coffee grounds and any solid kitchen waste should be disposed of in the garbage not down the sink. This creates serious plumbing problems.
-There is a white plastic bin for all plastic behind the trash bin (NO STYROFOAM).
-There is no insect in Barbados that could kill you, but there is one that can really hurt you if you touch it: centipedes. They will not attack you, they run away, but they can bite. If you see one, kill it, please!
-One of my previous guests have left some sweets on the counter top and since then I am struggling to keep the tiny little sugar ants away. Please, keep all your food in the fridge or in zip-lock bag or airtight containers, shake out the toaster after each use. No crumbs should be left behind. Keep it clean. Keep sugar in the freezer.
-Rinse ALL containers as well ALL bottles (beer, wine) before you trash them. Do not leave any garbage behind and leave the sink empty when you are checking out!
•Safety & Security
-Place all your valuables into the safe deposit box. Instructions on how to re-set the lock is attached to back side of the picture frame that covers the safe.
-For your security and to avoid water damage: windows and doors must be securely closed before leaving the property. Even on clear days, heavy downpours of rain accompanied by gusty winds can occur.
-When you are home, please, open all the windows to cool off the apartment.
-Use caution when using the oven! It’s not automatic! It must be lit manually with a lighter.
-Please note: Jana has no responsibility for persons or belongings.
-In most of the winter months the sea on this side of the island is turbulent and should always be approached with utmost caution. There are no lifeguards.
-Shark Hole is safe and so is the Crane beach, the only beach with a lifeguard. When returning from the beach, please, splash your feet with the hose provided at the ramp leading to your patio. The outdoor shower also provides refreshing rinse to remove sand and salt before entering the apartment.
-Water and electricity are expensive resources on our little island. Please use responsibly and be sure to turn off all lights, fans and faucets when not in use. Lights on patio should be left on if you expect to return home after dark. Note: charges for water and electricity in excess of the charges for normal usage will be the responsibility of the guest.
•Bikes , snorkels, boogie boards & beach ball
are in the storage behind the house (blue/purple marked key), password for the two small locks:
SHOP and HELP (marked red), bigger lock connecting the 2 bikes has a password: TETY,
Lock them together everywhere and splash them with the hose when you get back!
Important phone numbers:
Vicky Howard: (phone number hidden), (email hidden)
Neil Holder: (phone number hidden), (email hidden)
Waithe: (phone number hidden)
Mark Brathwaite: (phone number hidden), (email hidden)
Stoutes: (phone number hidden)
Courtesy: (phone number hidden)
Drive-A-Matic: (phone number hidden)
Jana: in NYC: (phone number hidden)
in Prague: (phone number hidden) (June-July)
in Barbados:(phone number hidden) (March-April)
email: (email hidden)