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Sharon P wrote a review Sep 2017
Springvale, Maine117 contributions39 helpful votes
Stephen offered the opportunity for a hike customized to our ability level, on trails and paths that tourists could not find on their own. He was flexible as to day, pickup time, and length of hike (he even offered to modify ours to a longer trek once he got a feel for our level of fitness, which we did). He was responsive in his communication and on time for our early morning pickup at our resort. We chose a 6-mile hike, which included jungle, a shore path, some village streets, open fields, and about 800' of total elevation. We packed plenty of water (which was absolutely necessary) and snacks. As a Barbados native, Stephen knows the island inside and out, is well-educated, and knows many of the locals along his routes. One piece of feedback would be that I wished he would have refrained from constant political commentary, which became a bit draining as the day drew on.
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Date of experience: September 2017
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TTownMike wrote a review Feb 2017
Vancouver, Canada136 contributions31 helpful votes
We really enjoyed our 4 hour hike with Stephen today. He know the area well and shared lots of history with us. The hike was his 6 mike version (10k) starting at bath bay and hiking into the jungle up the hills. If you enjoy hiking, I definitely recommend Hike Barbados. It was not a difficult hike but certainly you should be in good walking shape. Some of the trails can be slippery from the wet clay.
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Date of experience: February 2017
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Michael S wrote a review Dec 2016
Miami, Florida61 contributions38 helpful votes
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We googled hiking in Barbados as our hotel had none to recommend. We found Steve's company, read the reviews on TripAdvisor and decided to book a 4 mile hike. He picks you up for a slight charge and charges 200 usd for the trip(with options for 4,6 and 8 miles). First thing you notice is Steve is a gringo but home born Barbadian. Which he explained his interesting upbringing and careers on the 30 minute drive to the hike on the east side . We park at a public beach and walk up...at around the 2 mile mark feeling confident I increased the miles to 6. We were educated on history of the island, went to a historic church and graveyard, explained the strange plants and trees(with arrowheads, spikes and upside down wonders), hybrid sheep/goat and termite nests. Weaving up hills, inside neighborhoods, over pastures, down hill into a rain forest like area, down to a beach(beer break for me), around cliffs another two miles and back to car. All in all fun and great guide which we recommend( want to get him going ask if Barbados had a good fire department). He also had harder hikes that were not in the running for me. He was kind enough to tell my wife she owed me for enduring a 4 hour six mile hike!!! Thanks Steve.
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Date of experience: December 2016
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travelfan24 wrote a review Nov 2016
Michigan43 contributions52 helpful votes
In January 2016, I began researching what to do on the beautiful island of Barbados. We are avid hikers so when I came across this private hiking experience, I reached out to Stephen Mendes via email and confirmed reservations. I received confirmation emails regarding where to meet him with explicit instructions and pictures. On the day of our agreed meeting, we were 20 minutes early and waited 45 minutes past the agreed time. There were several other tour companies in and around the same area. We knew we were in the right location because of the video and pictures. In addition, other tour operators knew who he was, what he looked like and that this was his normal pick up location. We did not pay ahead of time as he did not request this. So I was not out anything other than something to do that I had researched. We spent the day on the boat instead which was not ideal. This is not the type of business man I would recommend as he made a commitment and did not deliver, nor communicate that we was unable.
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Date of experience: November 2016
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Response from Stephen_Mendes, Owner at Hike Barbados
Responded Nov 27, 2016
I have never missed a hike before for any reason whatsoever.... so here are the details: 1. The hike was booked in January of 2016 for November 2. when hikes are firmly booked I enter them in my phone calendar 3. In addition to this, I usually check each month the email inbox on my computer just to be sure I have not forgotten any that came in and somehow did not make it to the phone. 4. I have had medical problems and could not function, therefore did not perform all the "checking" that I normally do. 5. I have offered the customer a free hike should they ever return to Barbados... what more could I do ? However, from now on I am going to advise anyone making a booking more than 2 months in advance to re-confirm it shortly before their departure.... this normally happens anyway, but best to put it in writing as a lot of stuff can happen in 10 months !
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Dan C wrote a review Apr 2016
West Haven, Connecticut65 contributions11 helpful votes
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Stephen took me and my family on a 6 mile hike through the Christ Church area of Barbados. We walked through some local villages, some forest, and some beach. Bring plenty of water for everyone to drink! Scenery was excellent, we learned some interesting things from Stephen on this hike. Would definitely do again. The 6 mile hike was relatively easy for the youngest members of our group, and moderate to hard for the older members of our group. Ages ranged from 15 - 57. Everyone felt great afterward! Would definitely go again!
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Date of experience: April 2016
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