Barbados as a family

Published:
January 11, 2022
By:
Lorraine McCowan
Barbados as a family

‘The days are long, but the years are short,
Make the most of this precious time travelling with your family!

HERE ARE A FEW TIPS & IDEAS:-

BOOK YOUR FLIGHT EARLY:-

Most airlines release flights up to 11 months in advance. Flights to Barbados are usually cheaper in low season (May-November).  The temperature is more or less the same all year round in Barbados & thankfully Barbados sits just outside of the Hurricane belt, so even though low season sees more wind & rain, there is definitely less risk of bad weather than the other Caribbean islands.

RENT A CAR:-

Car Hire is around USD$50 p/day - its easier to get around Barbados & there are no sidewalks in some areas - can pick-up and drop-off @ airport.

STAY IN A SELF CATERING VILLA :-

Our two bedroom villas @ West Rock provide ample space & total comfort for families.  Parents can enjoy a relaxing evening together watching the sunset with dinner on the private terrace while the kids enjoy a good nights sleep!
There is a fully equipped kitchen where you can prepare healthy meals for all the family, with a large fridge to stock children’s favourite foods & snacks.  There is a washing machine for those messy days at the beach, children’s tableware & complimentary WiFi.
We can also supply a cot, high chair, baby bath & monitor - just ask at time of booking to ensure availability.
We provide all the creature comforts that matter so much to families - especially ones that Hotels often can’t provide.

DAYS OUT WITH THE KIDS :-

FOLKESTONE MARINE PARK & MUSEUM :-

Located just a 5 minute drive from WEST ROCK VILLAS -  in St. James

Snorkel around a reef just offshore, home to an array of sea life!
The calm water & gentle waves are perfect fo Kayaking & Paddle Boarding.
Paddle over the colourful coral reef & tropical fish in a Glass Bottom Kayak!
For experienced divers there is a purposeful sunken ship!
Be amazed with the many interesting & rare marine species in the Aquarium in the Museum!
Playground for the children!
Tennis & Basketball courts!
Ice cream & snacks available or stroll along the boardwalk by the sea & take a picnic!

ARTSPLASH :-

Located around a 25 minute drive from WEST ROCK VILLAS -  in Hastings

Art school, Play Park, Cafe, Farmers Market & Art Gallery
The creative atmosphere allows children to positively express themselves & to better appreciate, through art & culture, the wider world!
Healthy food, locally sourced!
Farmers Market on Wed/Sat & Sunday

PEG FARM & NATURE SANCTUARY :-

Located around a 30 minute drive from WEST ROCK VILLAS - in St Joseph

People - Environment - Growth
Connect to the spirit of the land & co-create with nature on a biodynamic farm!
Farm Shop, ‘garden to table’ Cafe, Camping & tours!
Situated amongst the most beautiful landscape of Barbados!
Breathtaking views, unique food, children can interact with the Free Range Chickens, Pigs & Cows!

LIMEGROVE CINEMA :-

Located a 5 minute drive from WEST ROCK VILLAS - in Holetown, St. James

A luxurious, boutique & modern cinema!
Snacks & beverages served to your seat!
Screening leading Global Movies & FAMILY FILMS

ST NICHOLAS ABBEY GREAT HOUSE & MUSEUM :-

Located around a 20 minute drive from WEST ROCK VILLAS - in St. Peter

Newest Family Attraction completed late 2018 is the Heritage Railway!
Journey through the plantation grounds around the lake & through mahogany woodlands with a breathtaking view of the rugged East Coast.  A one hour round trip!
Or take a tour of the Great House!
Shop & Cafe

HARRISON’S CAVE :-

Located around a 15 minute drive from WEST ROCK VILLAS - in St. Thomas

One of Barbados’ greatest wonders!
At the heart of Barbados, ‘journey to the centre of the earth’!!

WELCHMAN HALL GULLY :-

Located around a 15 minute drive from WEST ROCK VILLAS - in St. Thomas

A beautiful Eco-system within a collapsed cave, with lush vegetation, resident monkeys & the odd tortoise!
Oh! & the birthplace of the Grapefruit!

FARLEY HILL :-

Located around a 15 minute drive from WEST ROCK VILLAS - in St. Peter

This beautiful national park feels like stumbling across an enchanted forest straight out of a fairytale!
With decades old Mahogany trees, the spectacular ruins of an old Mansion House & a magical view!!
Perfect for a family outing, don’t forget to take a picnic!

BEACHES BEACHES BEACHES :-

Pack a Picnic & beach toys and enjoy a day at the beach!  Try a different beach every day!

Barbados has the most amazing beaches some busy, some quiet.  With the crystal calm azure waters of the Caribbean sea along the West Coast which are ideal for a family to spend the day. Then there are the magnificent beaches of the East Coast with the dramatic waves of the Atlantic Ocean.  Although the beaches on the East Coast are not recommended for swimming, they are perfect for walking along listening to the sounds of crashing waves, watching the serious surfers! &  exploring rock pools!

Barbados beaches are FREE!!  You have access to them all!
Perfect for:-  
Boogie Boarding - Ball games - Splash & Play in the Surf - collecting Sea Shells - Hopscotch in the Sand - Sandcastle Building (be sure to pack little figurines, princesses, dragons etc.)

MAKE MEMORIES & ENJOY SOME FANTASTIC FAMILY BONDING!!!

Come to the Beach
Where the Sea is blue
And little white waves
Come running at You.

A wave comes splashing
Over your toes
Your just stand still
And away it goes.

We’ll build a castle
Down by the Sea
And look for Shells
If you’ll come with me.

Lorraine McCowan
Written by:
Lorraine McCowan
It is our absolute pleasure to introduce ourselves as Paul & Lorraine from the UK, & to welcome you to West Rock Villas. We have been visiting Barbados for many years with our children & now grandchildren. So along with our love for this beautiful island, our travel experience in the aviation industry & property development knowledge, we have created this ‘Special Place to Be’! We wanted to provide something a little different, but with the essence of a traditional Barbadian ‘Chattel’ house & contemporary stylish interiors.