Discover Barbados – The Crane https://www.thecrane.com At the intersection of heaven & earth. Fri, 16 Feb 2018 20:21:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.11 Things to Do in Barbados https://www.thecrane.com/blog/2017/08/31/things-to-do-in-barbados/ https://www.thecrane.com/blog/2017/08/31/things-to-do-in-barbados/#respond Thu, 31 Aug 2017 18:41:18 +0000 https://www.thecrane.com/?p=7020 Have you ever wondered about the travel trends by visitors to Barbados? Maybe it can help you plan your getaway. The Crane has put together a list of travel trends for you. Eat & Drink! Barbados is popularly known for its people and beaches. In addition to this, Barbados is also widely known as “The […]

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Have you ever wondered about the travel trends by visitors to Barbados? Maybe it can help you plan your getaway. The Crane has put together a list of travel trends for you.

Eat & Drink!

Barbados is popularly known for its people and beaches. In addition to this, Barbados is also widely known as “The Culinary Capital of the Caribbean”. There are many choices from Zagat rated restaurants to street food – all made with Bajan love. Many people visit the island for the Food & Rum Festival which is a foodie’s paradise. During this festival, there are several beverage and culinary events at various locations around the island. This year’s festival runs from 16 November to 19 November, 2017 and includes some of the world’s and island’s best chefs and mixologists.

Bike Riding

More people are becoming more conscious of preserving the environment and opt to ride bikes during their vacations. Bike rental is growing in popularity as it gives persons a sense of freedom and allows them to have certain experiences that you would not enjoy when traveling by car. Bike tours can be organized by Trailseekers Barbados.

Health & Wellness

Barbados offers incredible health and wellness experiences. Barbados is a tranquil island and this makes it the ideal location for a wellness experience. Traditional medical procedures are available but there are also many alternative treatments at spas including Serenity Spa at The Crane Resort and so on. This is complimented by the many fitness centres across the island.

There are also many private specialized medical institutions around the island, which provide excellent service and results. One popular example is the Barbados Fertility Centre which is the only accredited Joint Commission International clinic in the Caribbean.  

This year, the Barbados Beach and Wellness Festival will be perfect for those who wish to travel for this purpose.

Fun for the Entire Family

Family group travel is growing in Barbados, where all generations take a vacation and come to the island. There are several hotels around the island such as The Crane Resort which cater to families. Barbados is a perfect destination as families can enjoy fun and safe attractions such as Harrison’s Cave, The Wildlife Reserve, catamaran cruises and so much more! This is truly an experience that everyone will always remember.

Ready to start planning your Barbados trip? Book your stay at The Crane Resort. To begin planning your activities, e-mail concierge@thecrane.com.

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Popular Honeymoon Activities in Barbados https://www.thecrane.com/blog/2017/03/22/popular-honeymoon-activities-barbados/ https://www.thecrane.com/blog/2017/03/22/popular-honeymoon-activities-barbados/#respond Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:18:01 +0000 http://thecrane.com/?p=5617 Making honeymoon plans are extremely exciting. Traveling as newlyweds for your honeymoon is particularly special and should be a perfect mix of fun and romance. For your convenience, The Crane has put together a list of popular honeymoon activities in Barbados for your honeymoon getaway. Submarine Tour Tour the underwater of Barbados with Atlantis Submarines.  […]

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Making honeymoon plans are extremely exciting. Traveling as newlyweds for your honeymoon is particularly special and should be a perfect mix of fun and romance. For your convenience, The Crane has put together a list of popular honeymoon activities in Barbados for your honeymoon getaway.

Submarine Tour

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Tour the underwater of Barbados with Atlantis Submarines.  Choose between the day tour or the more romantic evening or night tours for a special underwater adventure with your new spouse. Prepare to be amazed by the shipwrecks and reefs and the variety of marine life on the West Coast of the island. This is your opportunity to view some of the things you have heard about in Barbados, but have never seen.

Catamaran Cruise Tours

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Spend the day away from your honeymoon resort, swimming with turtles and fish on a Catamaran Cruise on the West Coast of Barbados. Soak up some sun while drinking some rum punch and enjoying the company of your new spouse. Alternatively, you can book a sunset tour which will be very romantic as you cruise and have a front row seat to the picturesque Barbados sunset.

Explore Barbados’ Caves

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Harrison’s Cave is one of Barbados’ most popular attractions. Here you take a tour of the crystallized limestone cave located in the parish of St. Thomas. You will view unique features such as stalactites and stalagmites, pools of crystal clear water and flowing streams.

Another cave is Animal Flower Cave, located in the most northern parish of the island – St. Lucy. This is the only accessible sea cave on the island.  During low tide, you can swim in the natural swimming pool, which opens onto the Atlantic Ocean and offers some stunning views of the northern coastline. During certain times of the year, persons are wowed by the “Animal Flowers” or sea anemones which use their tentacles to paralyze passing fish. Also, at certain times of the year, persons can view migrating whales passing by.  These two caves are great for couples who are nature lovers.

Beach

Crane Beach

Barbados is most popularly known for its beautiful beaches. Popular beaches include Mullins, Accra Beach, Needham’s Point and Crane Beach. Soak in the sun on your lounger in the company of your spouse. Relax and take in the sights and sounds of nature. You can enjoy a coconut, rum punch, your favourite rum mix or a beer. Don’t forget to take a dip in the water and enjoy the waves with your partner. If you are on a West Coast beach, choose a vantage point to take in the sunset in the evening for a romantic end to your beach day.

Romantic Dinner

After a day of fun filled activities, enjoy an intimate dinner with your spouse. Enjoy romantic atmospheres overlooking the beach at The Cliff Restaurant or L’Azure at The Crane. Relax in the ambience, in good company, with great food and wine.

Planning your honeymoon trip to Barbados? Book your stay at The Crane Resort. To begin planning your activities during your honeymoon stay, e-mail concierge@thecrane.com.

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Romantic Things to do in Barbados https://www.thecrane.com/blog/2017/01/25/romantic-things-barbados/ https://www.thecrane.com/blog/2017/01/25/romantic-things-barbados/#respond Wed, 25 Jan 2017 17:10:39 +0000 http://thecrane.com/?p=4557 Making travel plans with your partner is always exciting. While planning your romantic Barbados trip, you should have an idea of what activities would be ideal for you when you arrive. The Crane has put together a list of romantic things you can do as a couple in Barbados. Catamaran Cruise Take in beautiful Barbados […]

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Making travel plans with your partner is always exciting. While planning your romantic Barbados trip, you should have an idea of what activities would be ideal for you when you arrive. The Crane has put together a list of romantic things you can do as a couple in Barbados.

Catamaran Cruise

Barbados Cruise

Take in beautiful Barbados while on an all-inclusive catamaran cruise on the West Coast of the island. Discover the reefs and swim with turtles and fish. Eat Bajan delicacies and drink rum punch or any other beverage you prefer and dance in the sun or against the backdrop of magnificent oranges and purples during sunset with your partner.  This is an incredibly fun bonding experience.

Picnic at Bathsheba Park

Bathsheba Barbados

Bathsheba is located on the rugged East Coast of Barbados. This popular attraction is beautiful and boasts of wide, white sand beaches along its coast. It also has majestic rock formations which add to its beauty and charm. Pack a bag or basket with food, wine and a blanket and enjoy the serenity and beauty of nature with your significant other.

Beaches

Crane Beach

Enjoy your partner’s company at any of Barbados’ beautiful beaches. Sip rum punch in your beach chair under your beach umbrella and relax and unwind. Swim in the sea or take strolls along the sand and enjoy the beauty of the island. Crane Beach is a wonderful beach for couples to enjoy.

Watch the Sunset

Barbados Sunset

Sunsets in Barbados are dramatic and can be very romantic. Some of the best places to take in  this daily spectacle include the Board Walk along the South Coast and The Crane Resort. Watching the sun set over the sea is very idyllic and is a breathtaking experience. Welcoming twilight in the company of your spouse in a tranquil setting  can be very intimate.

Romantic Dinner

Enjoy your partner’s company at a romantic dinner at one of the island’s many restaurants. Enjoy Caribbean and International cuisine at L’Azure Restaurant, Thai and Japanese cuisine at Zen or Italian cuisine at D’Onofrio’s – all located at The Crane Resort. Have an unforgettable night enjoying great food, great drinks and great company in a romantic and intimate setting.

Ready to begin planning your romantic trip at The Crane? Book your stay at The Crane Resort or email reservations@thecrane.com and start packing!

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5 Places in Barbados for Nature Lovers https://www.thecrane.com/blog/2017/01/11/5-places-barbados-nature-lovers/ https://www.thecrane.com/blog/2017/01/11/5-places-barbados-nature-lovers/#respond Wed, 11 Jan 2017 18:34:37 +0000 http://thecrane.com/?p=4347 If you are a nature lover or enjoy spending time outdoors, your Barbados vacation will be an exciting and fun experience since Barbados is home to natural gardens, caves and so much more. Here is a list of five places you must visit while on your trip to Barbados. Harrison’s Cave Harrison’s Cave is one […]

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If you are a nature lover or enjoy spending time outdoors, your Barbados vacation will be an exciting and fun experience since Barbados is home to natural gardens, caves and so much more. Here is a list of five places you must visit while on your trip to Barbados.

Harrison’s Cave

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Harrison’s Cave is one of Barbados’ most popular attractions. Here, you explore the spectacular cave in an electric tram. On this tour of the crystallized limestone cavern, you will be amazed by stalactites and stalagmites, flowing stream, deep pools of crystal clear water and much more. This breathtaking tour will unveil the pure beauty of nature and will leave nature lovers in awe.

Animal Flower Cave

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The Animal Flower Cave is located at the North of the island in the parish of St. Lucy. It is the only sea cave in the island which is accessible. The cave actually opens into the Atlantic Ocean, just a little from the point where the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea meet. The cave is a mix of history, sea views and activity. Depending on the tide, there is a natural swimming pool and blowhole. Further in the cave, persons can also see Sea-anemones of varying colours which the locals refer to as “Animal Flowers”. These seasonal flowers have tentacles which they use to sting and paralyze passing fish. This sea cave is a must see for nature lovers.

Barbados Wildlife Reserve

Wildlife Reserve Barbados

Calling all animal lovers! While Barbados has no zoo, Barbados Wildlife Reserve allows persons to take strolls through the Reserve and have close up looks at animals as they roam freely in their natural habitats. Only a handful of animals can be viewed in cages. Some of  the animals you can look forward to seeing are Barbados Green Monkeys, birds such as parrots, flamingoes and pelicans, snakes (in cages), iguanas, turtles and so many more! Afternoon feeding time for the monkeys are often a spectacle as the monkeys are free and often leave the resort during the day. At feeding time, many different animals often join in with the monkeys for a snack. This is fun for the entire family!

Welchman Hall Gully

Welchman Hall Gully

Welchman Hall Gully is home to a unique combination of animals and plants. See Barbados through the eyes of the island’s first settlers. View monkeys feeding and swinging from tree to tree and interacting with each other. Persons are able to take in a breathtaking view of the island’s east coast and be awed by the flora perfectly hidden within the gully.

Crane Beach

Crane Beach

Crane Beach is noted as “One of the 10 Best Beaches in the World’ by the Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. This is one of the most picturesque beaches on the island. The pink, powder soft sand is complemented by several beautiful hues of blue from the sea and a light tropical breeze. This beach and its surroundings are proof of the mastery of nature.

Ready to plan your trip to Barbados to explore its flora and fauna? Book your stay at The Crane Resort and start packing!

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What to Expect During Your Christmas Vacation in Barbados https://www.thecrane.com/blog/2016/12/21/expect-christmas-vacation-barbados/ https://www.thecrane.com/blog/2016/12/21/expect-christmas-vacation-barbados/#respond Wed, 21 Dec 2016 15:03:52 +0000 http://thecrane.com/?p=4055 Christmas in Barbados is a highly anticipated time of year. Locals make their festive preparations and visitors flock to  the island to escape winter. Here’s a list of things to expect on your Christmas vacation in Barbados. Sun! Because of its location, Barbados does not experience the 4 seasons. It is typically the sunny all  […]

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Christmas in Barbados is a highly anticipated time of year. Locals make their festive preparations and visitors flock to  the island to escape winter. Here’s a list of things to expect on your Christmas vacation in Barbados.

Sun!

Because of its location, Barbados does not experience the 4 seasons. It is typically the sunny all  year round! So, for your Christmas trip, be sure to have sun block handy and be ready to get your tan on while sipping your beverage of choice.

Lights

Continuing from the Independence celebrations in November, many businesses and homes are festively decorated for the holidays. Bridgetown, the capital of the island is adorn by beautiful lights, as well as all of the island’s roundabouts. A drive around the island to see the lights is a must.

Christmas Music

Nothing adds to the festive Christmas feeling like Christmas music. The local radio stations will be blazing well known international music such as Mariah Carey, as well as Caribbean Christmas music with infectious rhythms. A sample one of the favourite songs is below:

Activities

On the actual Christmas Day, the tradition is for the locals of Barbados to go  to church for Midnight Mass or Christmas Morning Service. Following the church services, persons head to Queens Park in Bridgetown to meet up with friends and family and spread festive cheer. Persons are usually dressed to impressed and it is always a beautiful spectacle in the Park.

Food & Drinks

There is food in abundance in Barbados during the Christmas season. Local Christmas delicacies such as great cake and jug jug will be found on menus around the island, along with ham and turkey and all the other traditional Christmas delicacies. Also, look out for lots of rum and beers! On Christmas day, restaurants such as L’Azure at The Crane Resort offer sumptuous Christmas menus including Breakfast, Buffet Lunch and Dinner to give you a special taste of Barbados.

Interested in experiencing a Barbados Christmas? Book your stay with The Crane Resort and pack your bags. Don’t forget your sun block!

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Best Boat Trips and Cruises in Barbados https://www.thecrane.com/blog/2016/10/20/best-boat-trips-cruises-barbados/ https://www.thecrane.com/blog/2016/10/20/best-boat-trips-cruises-barbados/#respond Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:57:57 +0000 http://thecrane.com/?p=3428 While planning your activities for your vacations in Barbados, you will find that there is so much to do. While on the island, one activity which you must experience is a boat trip or cruise, to discover the reefs and swim with the turtles and fish. The Crane Concierge has compiled a list of suggested boat […]

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While planning your activities for your vacations in Barbados, you will find that there is so much to do. While on the island, one activity which you must experience is a boat trip or cruise, to discover the reefs and swim with the turtles and fish. The Crane Concierge has compiled a list of suggested boat trips and cruises to assist you in your planning.

Black Pearl Party Cruises aboard the Jolly Roger

Black Pearl Cruises are party cruises intended to be fun filled adventures. They promise memories and friendships to last a lifetime. The scheduled cruises include The Ultimate Snorkel Tour, Jolly Roger Lunch Cruise and Dinner Cruise & Show.

Bolador                                                

Bolador‘s catamaran was designed and built in Barbados and is noted as one of the fastest charter catamarans in Barbados. The offered cruises include a 5 Hour Catamaran Lunch Cruise, 3 Hour Catamaran Cruise, which is a drinks only cruise and Private Charters.

Calabaza

Calabaza is a relaxing, spacious, luxury catamaran which limits its numbers to 12 for the comfort of the passengers. The offered cruises include Lunch Cruises, Sunset Cruises and Private Cruises.

Cool Runnings Catamaran Cruises

Cool Runnings Catamaran Cruises was voted as the 2nd Most Popular Attraction by the Zagat Survey and was deemed the ‘Rolls-Royce of catamaran excursions’. The offered cruises include Day Cruises, Sunset Cruises and Private Cruises.

El Tigre

El Tigre was built specifically for performance, stability and comfort. The catamaran has the capacity to hold 50 persons but the numbers are limited to 36 to ensure the comfort of all passengers. Cruises include 5 Hour Turtle & Shipwreck with Lunch, 3 Hour Turtle and Shipwreck Cruise, 3 Hour Sunset Turtle & Shipwreck Cruise and Private Excursions.

Good Times Catamaran Cruises

Good Times is a luxurious 42 ft catamaran. There are a range of water sport activities on offer. The cruises available are the Adventure Cruise, Lunch Snorkel Cruise, Sunset Champagne Cruise and Private Cruises.

Jammin’ Catamaran Cruises

Jammin’ is one the newest additions to the recreational cruising catamarans in Barbados. On board the 63 ft craft, they boast that they have ‘all the ingredients necessary for a fun day in the sun!’ The offered all inclusive cruises include the Sun Blast Cruise and Twilight Cruise. Private Cruises are also offered.

R & R Luxury Catamaran

R & R Catamaran was built in South Africa. It offers lots of shade in the seating area and space for the persons who love the sun at the front. Four fully air-conditioned double cabins are can also be found on this boat. The offered cruises include the Lunch Cruise, Sunset Cruise, Dinner Cruise and Private Charters.

Silver Moon Catamaran

Silver Moon Catamaran is a luxury catamaran owned by seasoned voyagers of Barbados’ waters. The cruise boasts of being ‘so sublime, it becomes an annual tradition for many who’ve sailed.’ The offered cruises include The Deluxe Cruise with a maximum of 12 guests and The Exclusive Cruise with a maximum of 24 guests.

Tiami Catamaran Cruises

Tiami Catamaran Cruises has a of fleet five catamarans. They boast of having  friendly staff, experienced crew, mouthwatering dishes and fully stocked bars. Offered packages include Tiami Luxury Lunch Cruise, Tiami Turtles at Sunset, Tiami Afternoon Delight and Private Charters.

Need help planning the best cruise for you? E-mail concierge@thecrane.com and let us help you choose and plan!

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Five Things To Do As a Couple In Barbados https://www.thecrane.com/blog/2016/09/21/five-things-couple-barbados/ https://www.thecrane.com/blog/2016/09/21/five-things-couple-barbados/#respond Wed, 21 Sep 2016 15:03:38 +0000 http://thecrane.com/?p=3085 Traveling as a couple can be exciting but before planning your trip, you should plan activities ahead to explore and experience new cultures for a fulfilling time with your partner. The Crane Concierge has put together a list of things you can do as a couple in Barbados. 1. Catamaran Cruise Tour Explore the West […]

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Traveling as a couple can be exciting but before planning your trip, you should plan activities ahead to explore and experience new cultures for a fulfilling time with your partner. The Crane Concierge has put together a list of things you can do as a couple in Barbados.

1. Catamaran Cruise Tour

Explore the West Coast of the island on an all inclusive catamaran cruise. Choose a day time cruise where you can swim with the turtles and dive to view the coral reefs and other marine life; or choose a sunset cruise, to take in the dramatic Caribbean sunset in an romantic atmosphere. Couples can enjoy wine, rum punch or their beverages of choice throughout the tour and even shake a leg to the infectious music which is played. This can be a beautiful bonding experience for couples.

2. Submarine

Atlantis Submarine

Discover the marine life of Barbados by booking a tour on the Atlantis Submarines. Choose between a day dive, evening dive or a more romantic night dive. Discover the typically unseen marine life of the West Coast of the island in an air-conditioned submarine. Be amazed by the beauty of the shipwrecks, reefs and life on the reefs and share this special experience with your partner.

3. The Boatyard

Boatyard Barbados

When traveling to Barbados, you must go to the beach! The Boatyard has a host of beach activities including an ocean trampoline, iceberg climb, rope swing and more. There are also amenities such as showers, a pool table, darts and wifi. You and your spouse can enjoy tropical cocktails from the bar while you relax in beach chairs under an umbrella or even munch on lunch from the on site restaurant. The relaxing atmosphere encourages couples to unwind and enjoy each other’s company.

4. Tour Mount Gay

Find out some of the secrets behind the world famous Mount Gay Rums. Tour the facilities and embrace the history of the world’s oldest rum. Choose from three tours – The Signature Tour, where you are taught the history and also taste a selection of the rum; The Cocktail Tour, where you will be guided on how to make your own signature cocktails after the initial tour; or The Bajan Buffet Lunch Tour , where you enjoy scrumptious Barbadian foods after the tour and tastings. These tours are informative and fun and allow you to learn more about Barbados’ history and create an exciting experience for couples to enjoy.

5. Romantic Dinner

Enjoy a romantic dinner for two at one of the island’s many restaurants. At The Crane Resort, L’Azure which serves Caribbean and International cuisine and Zen which serves Thai and Japanese cuisine, offer breathtaking views with intimate settings, which are perfect for couples. Also, at The Crane, D’Onofrio’s offers Italian cuisine in a romantic setting. Good company, good food and good service are the best combination for an unforgettable night!

Ready to plan your couple’s trip? Contact concierge@thecrane for more information or assistance with your planning.

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Best Hiking Trails https://www.thecrane.com/blog/2016/08/24/best-hiking-trails/ https://www.thecrane.com/blog/2016/08/24/best-hiking-trails/#respond Wed, 24 Aug 2016 19:24:29 +0000 http://thecrane.com/?p=2676 While on your vacation to Barbados, one of the best ways to explore the history, flora and fauna of the island and to meet the islanders is to go hiking!  Bathsheba Hiking Trail This hike begins at the Hackleton’s Cliff Forest and ends at Bathsheba. From the cliff, hikers follow a trail to Joe’s River […]

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While on your vacation to Barbados, one of the best ways to explore the history, flora and fauna of the island and to meet the islanders is to go hiking!

 Bathsheba Hiking Trail

This hike begins at the Hackleton’s Cliff Forest and ends at Bathsheba. From the cliff, hikers follow a trail to Joe’s River Tenantry Village where authentic Barbadian chattel houses, Barbadian black belly sheep and trees such as breadfruit trees can be seen. After taking in these sights, the hike continues to Joe’s River, which is a path which drains the rain water from the hills. This river is seasonal and is dependent on rainfall. Hikers then proceed to Bathsheba Soup Bowl, which is a surfers paradise. Continuing the trail, the hike ends at the breath taking Bathsheba, where old railways can be seen, along with picturesque views of the coast.

Hikers should prepare to go downhill for this hike and also be prepared for rocky paths, grass and eventually sand on the beach.

Farley Hill National Park to Morgan Lewis

Beginning at Farley Hill National Park, hikers view the Great House ruins in the park and then proceed to hike past The Wild Life Reserve, where there is a possibility to spot the green monkeys, native to Barbados, in their natural habitat. Hikers then make their way to St. Nicholas Abbey, a plantation great house rich in Barbadian history and culture. Upon leaving St. Nicholas Abbey, the hike continues to the picturesque Cherry Tree Hill. Hikers would then descend Cherry Tree Hill  to Morgan Lewis Mill, the last of the windmills left in Barbados. After leaving the windmill, the trail ends at Hoad’s Dairy Farm.

This is a perfect for a family as the trail is mainly flat. Some cart road and foot paths should also be expected.

Andrew’s Sugar Factory to Wilson Hill Village

The hike begins at Andrew’s Sugar Factory which was one of the last functional sugar factories in Barbados. The hike moves along cart roads to Redland Farms, which is rich in Barbadian history and then hikers make their way into a gully and then up an incline to Wilson Hill Village via Claybury Village. Wilson Hill is known for its community initiatives and is a good taste of Bajan life.

This trail is mostly flat, although there are some inclines along the way. Hikers should expect cart roads, grass and rocky paths.

Hiking can be a beautiful family bonding experience. It also teaches more about Barbados and its rich culture, in addition to being a great source of exercise! Email us at concierge@thecrane.com to start planning your hike!

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Discover The Popular Coral Reefs and Ship Wrecks of Barbados https://www.thecrane.com/blog/2016/08/17/discover-popular-coral-reefs-ship-wrecks-barbados/ https://www.thecrane.com/blog/2016/08/17/discover-popular-coral-reefs-ship-wrecks-barbados/#respond Wed, 17 Aug 2016 14:40:00 +0000 http://thecrane.com/?p=2682 On your vacations to Barbados, there is so much to see and so much to do, but one thing which you must have on your vacation bucket list is to discover the coral reefs and ship wrecks on the island. It is an experience which will never be forgotten! Reefs Bell Buoy This reef is […]

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On your vacations to Barbados, there is so much to see and so much to do, but one thing which you must have on your vacation bucket list is to discover the coral reefs and ship wrecks on the island. It is an experience which will never be forgotten!

Reefs

Barbados Coral Reef

Bell Buoy

This reef is located near the popular Accra Beach in Barbados, about 20 km’s west of The Crane Resort. It is 30-70 feet deep and as such is great for even beginner divers. The picturesque scenery which includes angel fish, parrot fish, gorgonian sea fans and so many more types of marine life, is exhilarating to explore and is also bliss for photographers.

Silver Bank

This reef is situated near to Brighton Beach. It is 60-80 feet deep and as such is not ideal for beginner divers. There is a wealth of tropical fishes and other marine life here. The combination of the beauty of the coral, sea fans and the fish, makes it a popular dive site among visitors.

Dottins

This particular reef is known as the best site for night diving and is located on the West Coast of Barbados. It is 40 – 100 feet deep and therefore is suitable for beginners and intermediate divers. Different types of fish can be observed on different sides of this reef. On the north, sting rays can be seen, while on the south, divers can see yellow tail snappers and creole wrasse.

Shipwrecks

Shipwrecks Barbados

Carlisle Bay Marine Park

This is the most popular shipwrecks site on the island. It is home to several wrecks and is also one of the sites that is ideal for beginners, as well as more experienced divers. Here you can find wrecks such as:

  • Ce-Trek – an abandoned boat which was sunk in 1986.
  • Berwyn – a tug boat which its crew sunk in 1919.
  • Bajan Queen – formerly known as “Pelican”. This party boat was sunk in 2002, after being donated to the Coastal Zone Management Unit, when it was no longer profitable as a pleasure craft.
  • Eillon – a drug boat which was sunk in 1996, subsequent to being at the Bridgetown Careenage for approximately six years.
  • Cornawallis – a freighter from Canada which was torpedoed and sunk by a German U-Boat in 1942. The relocation of the shipwreck didn’t take place until 2003.
  • Barge – a naval landing barge which in now an attractive home to several species.

On these wrecks, fish such as tropical fish, puffer fish, porcupine fish, eels, sea horses and many other reef fish can be seen.

Friars Crag

This shipwreck is located off of the South Coast of Barbados. This Dutch freighter which sunk in 1984 has breathtaking scenery, as it has marine life in a rainbow of colours. Some species which can be seen are snappers barracudas, angel fish, hawksback turtles, peacock flounders and so many more! This is a diver’s paradise.

The reefs and shipwrecks are exhilarating and can be an event for the family. It is guaranteed to be a memorable experience!

Intrigued? Ready to swim with the fish? E-mail concierge@thecrane.com and let us help you plan your dive!

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