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I’m regularly asked about the cost of eating out in Barbados. My view is that it is as expensive or as cheap as you’d like. The restaurants always highlighted are the fine dining more costly restaurants, such as The Cliff, more about the wonderful ambience and experience. Yes, dining in such places may well be hundreds of pounds but you can go and savour the experience over a cocktail or two instead.

I am still in the anti-All Inclusive in Barbados brigade, but simply because Barbados does not offer the huge All Inclusives like Mexico, Dominican Republic etc, where you don’t really leave your enormous ‘compound’. Despite this, in Barbados Mango Bay and Crystal Cove are firm favourites and Turtle Beach and Casuarina are all great All Inclusive options if you have kids or want to fix your budget.

But Barbados is about the island. Barbados Travel Deals will advise on cheaper places to eat, the street vendors, the ‘white van’ vendors, the fish fries (Oistins in particular) and the supermarkets offering wonderful cooked local food. Alcohol is cheap if you stick to their (light) Banks beer and Mount Gay or Cockspur rum. You don’t need bottled water as Barbados has one of the cleanest water supplies in the world (filtered naturally through limestone) but don’t take my word on that – I just always drink tap water there. Groceries are costly at the supermarket, but it is an island and so most is imported. Look for local foodstuffs and give it a go.

Come to us at Barbados Travel Deals and we will offer plenty of advice and then once booked, we will send you all the information you may need to suit your needs.

If you want to be close to a local town for dining and nightlife, it’s quite simple in Barbados. If you’re on the west coast, you are generally close to Holetown eg. Mango Bay, Colony Club, Coral Reef Club, The Sandpiper to name but a few within walking distance, or a little further north, the smaller Speightstown, closer to Cobbler’s Cove, Little Good Harbour or Sugar Cane Club. In the South, the closest ‘centre’ would be St Lawrence Gap, two All Inclusive hotels on it’s doorstep are Turtle Beach and Casuarina. Strewn along the way there are lovely oceanfront bars and restaurants and even open air nightclubs playing Calypso, Reggae, Soca (Soul Calypso) and R&B. It’s always great to find a local band playing at Harbour Lights or The Boatyard , both near Bridgetown or at the Reggae Lounge in St Lawrence Gap. To add to the evening entertainment on offer, take a romantic cruise in the moonlight or take in a show extravaganza with dinner or just simply quietly relax just about anywhere. Barbados has it all! And whatever you do, don’t miss the Friday fishfry at Oistins (south of the Gap)!

Talk to us at Barbados Travel Deals if you want to ensure that you choose a well-placed hotel for all your needs.

I am always a tad biased (I try not to be – honest) when people want to book All Inclusive in Barbados and yet those who book Mango Bay, Crystal Cove and Turtle Beach go back and back and back. Sad that Almond Beach Village - the largest – has closed, but Almond Casuarina is another great affordable option. Maybe I’m missing out on not doing All Inclusive in Barbados. For families, I understand totally and even for some couples who simply want to stick to a budget as much as possible, I understand, but for those who want to spend more time getting to know the island, we at Barbados Travel Deals can help out with places to dine without the ‘fine dining’ price that comes with much of the wondeful fine dining in Barbados.

Talk to us at Barbados Travel Deals where we can advise on All Inclusive options and the various other options if – and only if – you’re interested.

Self-catering -v- Bed and Breakfast is for another topic…

The Almond Casuarina became one of the Almond hotel group’s Barbados all inclusive resorts several years ago. The Almond Casuarina resort is hard to beat for rates and location. Situated at the far end of the kilometre long popular St Lawrence Gap (the Gap), the Casuarina is set in 10 acres of wonderful tropical gardens bordering Dover Beach in Barbados. The St Lawrence Gap’s evening life of restaurants and bars and street vendors is a short walk – close enough to enjoy daily and far away enough from the noise at night.

With three outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, a spa and a business centre, and also a reputation for its enthusiastic child-friendliness, the Almond Casuarina hotel has all that a family needs and Barbados Travel Deals can always find a great deal for the Almond Casuarina at any time of the year.  And if you are specifically looking for a Barbados all inclusive hotel, they are few and far between yet the Almond Casuarina certainly won’t disappoint.

Casuarina is now one of the Almond group of hotels / Almond hotels Barbados and as such, offers All-Inclusive. Almond Casuarina It is my favourite of the group and it sits on a small beach on the South Coast in St Lawrence Gap (the quiet end). Other neighbouring Almond hotels of the group are the Almond Beach Village and Almond Beach Club.

The tropical landscaped gardens are stunning at the Almond Casuarina – one of the few places I will actually consider not having to have an Oceanfront room in Barbados.

With three pools and although small, a beautiful strip of beach which offers windsurfing, sailing, kayaking and snorkelling; and a gym and tennis courts. 

Almond Casuarina has three great restaurants and there is a complimentary shuttle which can take you to any of the sister hotels (Almond Beach Village or Almond Beach Club), where you can ‘transfer’ your dining. 

And being in St Lawrence Gap, it’s just a very short walk to a bustling area with more restaurants and live music on tap.

A Very child-friendly hotel, the Almond Casuarina provides the perfect family holiday in Barbados.

Call for an informal chat for more information and advice about the Almond Casuarina with a Barbados specialist on 0845 6434 606 or view more Barbados holidays on our website.

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