Use the Local Bus to Explore the island's Beaches
Can you identify the beaches below? Well, the answers are here along with reasons to visit them and how to get there by local bus.
We all know that Coconut Court is not lacking when it comes to beaches. There’s the one that greets you in the morning, just outside the hotel. As you can see, it's secluded, sheltered from the waves, with free sun loungers. Perfect for watching the sea life in the reef balls inside our lagoon.
But Barbados is blessed with some of the world’s best beaches. So here are some ideas to help you explore them using the local bus, which stops outside the hotel.
Also known as Enterprise Beach, this is a locals’ favourite. There’s plenty of shade from the wispy casuarinas trees, almonds and coconut palms and the sea is usually safe to swim in. If it’s a bit rough, you can swim in the smaller bay to the right, which is protected by a small artificial reef. The shallows here are perfect for young children.
It will be busy on the weekend though, as families set up picnic tables and gather under the shade to socialise and share some food with friends.
For those who prefer not to cater, there’s a very popular food bar. Mr Delicious is a well-established eatery, famous for its fish cakes. Showers and toilets are open all day and you can rent sun loungers too. There’s even free Wi-Fi.
Directions: Take the white minivan numbered 11, (also known as a ZR after the first initials of the number plate). Get off at Oistins, home of the fish market, and walk 50 yards to the police station. Turn right here and cut through the gap.
This beach has little shade, although you can hire an umbrella and sun lounger from vendors.
The sea is rough, great for boogie boarding and body surfing. Take care and keep an eye on small children.
There's not much in the way of food, though Cutters delicatessen is nearby and delivers to the beach. Contact Cutters on +1 246 423 0611.
Directions: Take the Sam Lord’s Castle blue bus and get off by the roundabout just after the entrance to The Crane. Walk down the road towards the beach and use the stepping stones to cross the rocks.
Foul Bay is one of those beautiful, secluded beaches typical of the south east corner of the island, but not much visited by tourists.
The sea can be rough and although it’s possible to swim, care must be taken.
If the waves are large, you might get dumped on the shore! There are no vendors, but plenty of shade.
But it is a perfect place to chill out and admire the rock formations carved by the relentless wave action. Great for a walk and plenty of nooks and crannies to explore at the far end.
Directions: The Sam Lord’s Castle bus stops at the top of an unmade road (watch out for the sign post to Foul Bay), just a short walk to the beach.
Please note: Miami and Crane beaches both have lifeguards during the daytime, but you swim at your own risk. Coconut Court Beach Hotel cannot accept responsibility for accidents. There are no lifeguards at Foul Bay. Please use your common sense and follow local advice.
A Room With a Tune
Whenever it is you choose to visit Barbados, you won’t escape the music. It’s a pulsating thread running through the island’s tapestry. Blasting out of mini vans, bars and cars, you can’t miss it.
In celebration of this part of our culture, each of the hundred-plus rooms at Coconut Court is assigned a song of its own, drawn not just from Barbados, but from across the Caribbean.
Today we’re looking at three Coconut Court room songs written by or featuring Bajans.
Barbados is famous for its calypso – also known today in its most recent form as Soca. While it may not be fair to describe calypso as a call to arms, much of it is definitely a form of social protest.
None was so popular and so vocal as the Mighty Gabby, who is still a force in Barbados today. He’s now a cultural ambassador for the island but his songs have fired more than the occasional warning shot across the bow of the authorities in the past.
Boots – Room 39
With Boots in 1983, Gabby (aka Anthony Carter) questioned whether a small island like Barbados really needed an army when there was so much poverty. It was a dig at the prime minister of the day Tom Adams, and consequently banned for a while from the airwaves.
Can we afford to feed that army?
When so many children go naked and hungry
No, no, no, no
Can we afford to remain passive?
While that army grow so massive
No, no, no, no
Well don’t tell me
Tell Tommy, he put them in St Lucy…
Red Plastic Bag
Red Plastic Bag, also known as Stedson Wiltshire, has won it 10 times and is still performing around the island. His song Ragga Ragga is infectious.
It mocks grandparents who complain about a new, loud and unintelligible music (sound familiar?).
How de hell they sing like dat and don't bite a hole in dey tongue?
Beautiful Barbados - Room 11
And no tale about Bajan music would be complete without The Merrymen, perhaps the most famous of all Barbados calypsonians. They performed at the Superbowl in Miami, at The Whitehouse before a president and for British royalty.
The song Beautiful Barbados is a classic and virtually the island’s second national anthem. So next time you check in, check out the tune in your room.