It’s cold outside and boy have we got a deal for you. Nonstop service on American Airlines to the sunny and warm island of Barbados.
Did we say warm, we can use that in the Big D right now, can’t we?
Considering the fact that the island is a popular celebrity hangout then it goes without saying the food, the accommodations, and the attitude must be just right too. For my part, I found Barbados to be one of my favorite Caribbean islands. Clean, friendly and with a lot of heart, the Barbados people are proud of what they’ve got, 166 square miles of not only sandy beaches and lapping waves, but also rugged, jagged limestone cliffs.
It’s hard to even know where to begin your adventure when visiting Barbados. One way to get a good idea of the island is to hop on an Island Safari Tour, it’ll take you just about anywhere you need to go from the highest cliff on the island to the gullies, forest and remote bays. Mode of transpo; 4 X 4 Land Rover, of course.
If you get tired of spending time in the sun there are quite a few lovely great houses to visit with history dating back hundreds of years. Start at St. Nicholas Abbey and do a self-guided tour, or the Lancaster Great House features an art gallery highlighting local and visiting artists.
Still need to unleash some energy, take a surf lesson at Barbados Surf Trips.
Barbados is the first and only Zagat-rated Caribbean island with a number of internationally renowned chefs adding signature spins to local delicacies. For even the most delicate palate, Daphne’s (www.daphnesbarbados.com) whose sister restaurant is in London bills itself as a modern Italian restaurant by the sea. Contemporary and chic, the beachfront setting, crashing waves in the distance and candlelit cubby holes set the mood for a tasteful, albeit expensive evening.
For the epicurean tastebuds of those who want to get to know the local cuisine without the fanfare, enjoy the national dish and island emblem, flying fish. Other local favorites include cou-cou (cornmeal and okra), pepperpot (spicy stew) and jug-jug (Guinea corn and green peas). There are more than plenty of those quaint little local beach front restaurants where you can sling your shoes off, sit back with some rum and eat until you fall asleep gazing at the azure blue water.
Finally, if you are in Barbados on a Friday night then you must attend a fish fry. The Oistins Fish Fry is the one that everyone raves about, but there are others. Locals spend their Friday nights mingling with island visitors as taste buds are delighted with samples of hot, steaming fish cakes, dolphin and tuna. You can party at the fish fry until at least 11:00 p.m.
After your tummy is full from the feast, make your way to one of the local piano bars (ask a local for a recommendation) and then keep singing (we requested Carole King and Billy Joel).
As for the American Airlines connection, its nonstop service from Dallas-Fort Worth to Barbados and it launched in late December on a Boeing 757 aircraft with 22 seats in Business Class and 166 seats in the Coach cabin. Flights depart from Dallas every Monday, Thursday and Saturday with returning flights every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.
“Barbados is a wonderful Caribbean destination and we’re thrilled to have expanded our service to the island from our largest hub and international gateway at DFW,” said Peter J. Dolara, American’s Senior Vice President for Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America. “This new service offers convenient connections and provides passengers with the opportunity to discover a great destination.”
To book your flight go to www.aa.com. To learn more about Barbados check out www.visitbarbados.org.
Suggested Place to Stay:
A primo local on the peninsula of Needham’s Point surrounded by two white sand beaches. It’s five star and just five minutes from Bridgetown or 20 minutes to Grantley Adams International Airport.
More Dining Options:
Located in Payne’s Bay, expect bright red, funky décor coupled with fun cocktails and a Bajan menu.