The comments tell me Barbados is a nice place and not sketchy. We thought about Tortola but someone I talked to whose brother used to have a house there said the place had changed since the cruise ships arrived and that the locals ( this based on multiple visits ) are the most unfriendly they've ever seen. They aren't mean and won't hurt you but they barely tolerate you and it's unpleasant. Plus, it sounds like you have a good chance of going there and getting skunked wave wise.
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Thread: planning a trip to Barbados ...
Sep 23, 2011, 01:23 PM
Thanks for the responses about Barbados..
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Barbados is awesome, I have been there many times and was married there back in 2004. I have driven almost ever inch of the island (1800km one one 3 week trip), surfed every named wave according to MSW and several that locals took me too not named of course. December may be too early in the season for pristine snorkeling. You may get lucky but having been there at least 3 times during that time frame, you are more likely to see waves than great snorkeling.
\nThere is plenty to do to keep you busy if you are not surfing or snorkeling. The west coast can start to fire early winter but usually just after the turn of the new year when storms roll off the US. Make sure you are honest with yourself on a skill level, as Erock stated the reefs do not forgive and they are alive.
\nStouts car rental is who we have used for all our trips, good people.
\nEnjoy and if you need any more details looks like a few of us have some.
\nThis was November 2004, the day I was married.
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Sep 23, 2011, 01:55 PM
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I second Barbados. Unfortunately I didn't get to surf there as we were only there for a couple of days with no car and there were no waves where we were staying (Oistin Bay - July 2004), but it is a beautiful country with amazing people. If anyone in your party wants to scuba dive instead of snorkel, contact Andrew at EcoDive Barbados. The scuba there is among the best I've seen and Andrew is a great guide.
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Sep 23, 2011, 12:42 AM #1
planning a trip to Barbados ...
Just before Christmas. Thinking about Barbados because wife and daughter want to snorkle while we want to surf. Most places w/ waves are too stirred up ( like Costa Rica ) for good snorkeling. Seems like Barbados has both. If anybody has any intel on the place I would like to hear it. The island is only like 12 miles long so if we rent a viila and a car we should be able to go anywhere (?). Is it nice? Super crowded? Anybody have a better option? S Pacific is too far for 1 week.