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Visiting Barbados for the fist time

Leominster...
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Visiting Barbados for the fist time

We will be visiting Barbados for the first time in late Feb. of 2008 for 2 weeks and staying at the Divi Southwinds...we have spent the last 11 years going to Aruba..we are a bit nervous about changing islands but we are bored with Aruba and looking for a change. My biggest fear is the weather....We like Aruba because it doesn't rain.

Is the climate the same in Barbados and can anyone tell me a little bit about the DiviSouthwind...we stay at the Divi Phoenix in Aruba and find it to be getting a little worn down. Any info will be greatly appreciated...and we are looking forward to next Feb. :)

Bridgetown, Barbados
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1. Re: Visiting Barbados for the fist time

Well I have been to Aruba and I did like it but I couldn't go there for 11 years of that I;m sure - I was there for 1 week and felt it was enough - don't get me wrong I didn't dislike it but there is no comparison whatsoever to Barbados.

Divi Southwinds has been undergoing a refurb so I'm sure you will be quite happy there. The location is excellent for nightlife if you want iot and the beach is lovely - also you will not be climbing over bodies like Aruba - it's just so much nicer!

Barbados itself is a prettier island - yes it's tropical and it rains somewhere on the island everyday - it's the weather - there are no guarantees - unless of course you know something (or someone) I don't lol.

February is usually a lovely month and I'm sure you will really enjoy Barbados - it has so much to offer!

Don't worry uneccessarily about the weather you will have plenty of sunshine and a great time - no casinos though!

Hope that helps!

Sarah

Leominster...
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2. Re: Visiting Barbados for the fist time

Thanks for the Info Scary ...another question...is there a bus system like the one in Aruba? I am not to thrilled with the idea of driving on the other side of the road....and are there places to eat within walking distances to the Divi Southwind...other than the ones that are at the Divi..:)

Glasgow
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3. Re: Visiting Barbados for the fist time

Reggae buses are brilliant, dead cheap and very regular. I haven't been to Aruba so don't know if they are the same, but reggae buses are white vans with loads of seats crammed in - the driver stops to pickup/putdown and he has a helper whose main job seems to be to squeeze as many bods in as possible!!

The buses run to/from the bus station in Bridgetown.

Bridgetown, Barbados
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4. Re: Visiting Barbados for the fist time

There are 3 different types of buses really - the big blue Transport Board buses, the yellow privately owned Mini buses, and the "Reggae" buses which are commonly called ZR's (because of thier number plates) or Route taxi's - all charge Bds $1.50 (US Cents .75) per trip. There are plenty of buses and always plenty of taxi's around too!

Divi Southwinds is in an excellent location in St. Lawrence Gap - lots of bars and restaurants within walking distance - great beach - Plantation Restaurant for the Roots & Rythms dinner show is just across the road - Graeme Hall Bird Sanctuary is just a short walk - Oistins Fish Fry is just 5 mins drive away - Bridgetown for shopping is about 15-20 mins drive away.....and lots more.

Sarah

Barbados
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5. Re: Visiting Barbados for the fist time

-"and are there places to eat within walking distances to the Divi Southwind...other than the ones that are at the Divi..:)"

As Scary said, you are right in St. lawrence Gap, close to many restaurants. You can see many of them here:

www.thegapbarbados.com

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