Hi everyone! I’m back on the blog for another one of my favorite type of blogposts, a travel recap! If you are a newer reader to the blog, you may not know that I love to travel. Whenever I visit a new place, I write a travel recap! Over winter break, I visited the beautiful island of Barbados. We traveled with our family friends and rented a beach house on the island to avoid the crowds. It was SO worth it! In today’s post, I will sharing some of the highlights of our vacation and the crazy story behind the house.
We flew into Barbados from Fort Lauderdale airport which we drove to (it was the only direct flight and was less expensive). When we arrived in Barbados, we received a frantic phone call from the other family who had already landed. The house which we rented, was completely empty and dark. We also had received a phone call from the broker that the house was now UNAVAILABLE. The strangest part about it was that there was no one in the house, so it wasn’t being used. This is where things started to become sketchy. Luckily, the owner of the house appeared at the airport as we exited and explained what she knew of the scenario. To summarize things in short, we assume we were being scammed by the broker. The owner of the house was so nice and offered to drive in front of us to the Hilton (which is where we found a room for that night). We then rented a car and drove to the airport. At this point, it was around 8:00 PM and pitch black outside. The following morning, the adults decided to take the risk of potentially paying twice and stay in the house. Thankfully with many phone calls and emails, the problem was solved. Somehow we managed to get our money back and figure everything out. Obviously my version of the story is leaving out many details because to be completely honest, I don’t know enough about the situation. Other than this crazy ordeal, our trip was pretty stress-free (other than our car breaking down lol).
The house we stayed in was absolutely stunning. It was right on the beach and in between two reefs which we snorkeled in almost everyday. The outside deck of the house had a huge arch made up of beautiful flowers. Not going to lie, I slept for about two hours everyday on the lounge chairs outside because it was so comfy!
Throughout the island were so many sea urchins. This one is NOT poisonous so we could pick them up. The black sea urchins are super poisonous, so we had to be on the lookout when we were snorkeling. When I dove down while snorkeling, I came across one of the huge sea urchins. Those ones are insane!
Everywhere we went the water was extremely blue. Along with that, it was super clear everywhere. While we were in Barbados, we went swimming with turtles. Not the kind where the turtles are caged up and you pose for pictures. We hollered at this boat while snorkeled and the guide said he would meet us at the same beach the following day. Sure enough, he was there the next day ready to take us to another part of the ocean. We jumped in the water and he threw in some bait. Not one, not two, but FOUR turtles appeared. I dove with them and swam through the ocean with them. This experience just emphasized the fact that plastic straws need to be eliminated.
Thank you for reading today’s travel recap of Barbados! I highly suggest traveling to the island. Although we had a crazy travel issue, the trip was worth it. Make sure to follow me on Instagram @sunshinestatejulia. We’re so close to 2,000 followers and I would appreciate it if you would help me reach my goal!