There’s More to Barbados Than The Beaches

By Abi King | Barbados

Jan 16

Barbados Beaches001

But let’s face it, they’re a great place to start

I’m writing this in a situation so close to a dream come true it’s hard to believe I’m not dreaming. I’m sat at a glass-topped mahogany style desk, lit by a solitary lamp. Behind me – separated only by metres of air – waves tussle and dance and pound and crash and swagger and splash against the sand and coral limestone of the shore.

Beyond the lamp, only starlight pierces the darkness. If my eyes are patient enough, the breathless trace of a curved slice of moon begins to take shape on the canvas of sky.

Those waves belong to the Caribbean Sea – or the Atlantic Ocean depending on who you’re talking to. The dreams belong to me.

I’m here as part of the Barbados Blogathon project – and I’ve seven days to explore the island with The Club from Elite Island Resorts as a base.

Amid the stars, the surf and the sleep deprivation, tentacles of jet lag tangle around my mind. I want to tell you why this is more than just another hotel room and why Barbados is more than just beautiful beaches.

But I’ll have to admit defeat. I’ll have to tell you all about it on another, better rested day.

Until then, let me leave you with the beaches.

They may not be “all there is.” But they’re still something special.

Barbados Beaches Photos

Frothy beach in Barbados

Barbados Beach Photo

Bathsheba Beach

Barbados beach photo Scotland

“Scotland Beach” Barbados

Barbados beach black and white with chair

For some reason, chair skeletons grown on the beaches in Barbados

Little Bay Barbados beach

Little Bay, Barbados


About the Author

Abigail King is a writer and photographer who swapped a career as a doctor for a life on the road. Now published by Lonely Planet, the BBC, CNN, National Geographic Traveler & more, she feels most at home experimenting here: covering unusual journeys, thoughtful travel and luxury on

Erica January 17, 2013


This is the place that started our wanderlust during our honeymoon. I would kill to go back and do it the “right way”.

    Abi King January 19, 2013

    Ooh – I am intrigued to know how you would do it now…

Suzzane from Travel Universally January 17, 2013

That Lonely rock on Bathsheba beach seems much live… it seems like It’s waiting for someone from so long and in dark it would transform into more giant form! I would love to sip My coconut drink by relaxing over there! Thanks Abi for sharing those beaches snaps!

Abi King January 19, 2013

I love the rock formations that teeter on a stalk after their bases have been literally washed away. There are smaller more precarious ones dotted around the northeast coast. Gorgeous.

Anita Mac January 22, 2013

Those beaches are amazing! Had my first introduction to Barbados 2 months ago and fell in love! Did you make it to Oistins? I need to go back and explore more of the island…a week is barely enough of a taste!

    Abi King February 24, 2013

    Yes – and I loved Oistins. Haven’t written about it yet but I certainly will! (Er, and yes – I need to go back!)

Gayla March 19, 2013

Beautiful and dramatic photos, especially of Scotland Beach! I’m very intrigued by this series. I enjoyed the post about Washington and am working my way to finish the stories on Barbados and slavery. It’s a time in history that fascinates me and I appreciate the history and new perspectives. Thank you.

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