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Some of the best relaxation can happen quite simply, by lingering at the cottage, enjoying the spectacular beach, swimming, snorkeling, walking and making fun discoveries close by. The possibilities are endless. You just need to decide how busy you want to be!

Walks Our best days begin with a swim. We will leisurely stroll and, sometimes after breakfast, walk to Mullins Beach. This is a about a 40 minute walk north along the beach. Do pack plenty of sunscreen and a sarong or cover up. You may want to enjoy lunch at the beach bar there, or take in some of the beach activities.

Fish Market & Produce Stand You can purchase fresh fish every day from “Smokey” at the Fish Market just down the beach. Here you will find everything from Tuna, Kingfish, Snapper, and Flying Fish. You will need to wait while he filets the fish for you. Be sure and pick up a jar of his “Spice” which is the traditional seasoning for every Bajan kitchen. I always buy extra flying fish so that we can make “Flying Fish Cutters” for lunch. Next door to the Fish Stand is a little Produce Market which is tiny, but you can buy your fresh fruit, lettuce, tomatoes and vegetables here daily.

Speightstown This is a quaint historical little town north of Tamarind Cottage in St. Peters parish. You can enjoy the museum here, or visit the shops and Gallery of Caribbean Art. Later enjoy a casual lunch at Cassareep, a charming little beach side restaurant. Pick up a nice variety of produce from the street market here. Speightstown was formally settled around 1630 and in the earliest days of Settlement was Barbados’s busiest port. It’s easy to imagine the ships laden with sugar and other commodities that once left Speightstown bound directly for London.

St. Nicholas Abbey A trip to Barbados is not complete without a visit here. Enjoy a magnificent Jacobean plantation with buildings three centuries old. The main house setting tour and gardens are beautiful, and a tour of the boutique rum distillery with a little lunch on the terrace afterwards is an afternoon you will never forget. You will want to take home a special bottle of rum and a selection of their sugar, molasses and chutneys. Driving here is in itself worth the trip through the woodlands of silk, cotton, sandbox and the tallest cabbage palms on the island. The birds are an extra treat.

East Coast Drive a beautiful drive to the more rugged green countryside and out to the east coast’s breathtaking scenery. Be sure and stop for lunch at Bathsheba.

Restaurants When you want to venture out some night, here is a list of our favorites, all within a short taxi ride on the west coast. You can always make arrangements for your taxi to return for you later, or take their card and ask the restaurant to call when you are ready for pick up.

CLIFF St. James

www.thecliffbarbados.com
This is a stunning location, cliff top and ocean front. Wow! Save this one for a very special dinner. Dinner. 246- 432- 1922

DAPHNES Paynes Bay, St. James

www.daphnesbarbados.com

Another beachside restaurant with it’s sister establishment, the famous Daphne’s of London. Menu is based on classic Italian. 246-422-2731

TIDES Holetown, St. James

www.tidesbarbados.com

Beautiful location on the sea. Long a favorite for lunch or dinner. Relaxed atmosphere for cocktails before dinner in the coral stone lounge. Tides Art Gallery is also here.

THE MEWS 2nd Street, Holetown

This is a quaint little restaurant with outdoor courtyard and an enchanting private little balcony which is lovely to sit at. Cozy bar with charming European atmosphere. 246-422-1122