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Christ Church, Barbados
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By Bobbi P. Markowitz, Founder and Publisher

Known as the "Little England" of the Caribbean, Barbados is an island with plenty of amenities watersports and nightlife. It's a great destination if your looking to relax in a comfortable setting with an exotic ambiance.

Where to stay // Casuarina Beach Club, nestled in St. Lawrence Gap, Barbados is an idyllic resort in a lush and private setting. The 160 room luxury apartment hotel is situated on a 900 foot long strip of white coral sand beach on the south coast of Barbados. The complex is set amidst eight acres of tropical palms, flowering trees, shrubs and large grassy areas. Upon entering the resort, the visitor is immediately captivated by a casual and colorful decor. Casuarina Beach club is home to a fine collection of local art and sculpture and weekly art tours are organized for guests who are interested. The reception area includes a piano lounge with bar and tea service, duty free and souvenir shops, reading room and small meeting space. Besides English, some staff members are also fluent in French and German.

Accommodations // Studio apartments, one and two bedroom apartments as well as three bedroom villas. All apartments are furnished in cheery island decor with interconnecting doors- ideal for families. All apartments are fully air-conditioned. Each has a large ceiling fan and all are equipped with kitchenettes, cable television. The facilities also include a mini market.

Activities // For the activity minded, Casuarina offers daily organized sports, picnics, nature walks, golf, shuffleboard, deep sea fishing and water sports including water aerobics. Tennis buffs can enjoy instruction daily from the staff tennis pro and a small fitness room is also on the premises. More extensive fitness clubs are a short drive away.

Where to eat // The hotel offers great dining experiences in the evenings that encompass several meal plans. The restaurant and bar romantically overlook the beach and are swept by gentle and prevailing sea breezes. Also within walking distance, there is a good choice of ethnic dining experiences including Chinese and Italian.

Transportation Tips // Casuarina Beach Club is centrally located just fifteen minutes from Barbados Grantley Adams International Airport and 20 minutes from the capital of Bridgetown. Busses: The most economical and best way of getting around Barbados is by bus. Three kinds of busses include: government operated public busses with extensive routes; privately operated minibus systems and route taxis.

Car Rentals // None of the island's main car rental agencies is affiliated with a major international rental chain so just call to book a car either from the airport phones or the hotels and someone will swing by and pick you up. Temporary driving permits are required and may be obtained through your rental agency for a small fee. In Barbados, driving is on the left.

Taxis // Taxis are available and fares are fixed by the government however vehicles are unmetered so establish a fare in advance especially if you're hiring a taxi for a sightseeing tour. Bicycles can be rented in Hastings and Maxwell.

Shopping // Bridgetown is well known for its duty free shopping.

Weather // The temperature rarely drops below 21 degrees centigrade (70 degrees Fahrenheit) or rises above 30 degrees centigrade (86 degrees Fahrenheit) year round. Humidity is lowest from February to May. Rain is fairly common in April. Best time to go is during the cooler drier months of late winter and early spring. (February to May)

By Bobbi P. Markowitz, Founder and Publisher

During a cruise stop in Barbados, our purser suggested an afternoon of leisure at Casuarina. We taxied over from the harbor - fifteen minutes to this oasis of tranquillity where warm hospitality amidst a splendidly lush setting convinced our group that we had indeed arrived in paradise. As we settled down on a powder-like sandy beach, our senses were heightened by colors only nature could provide; the aquamarine sea, spectacular oleander and vibrant hibiscus, all indigenous to the region. We look forward to returning to this delightful resort for some R & R someday soon.


LOCATION: Christ Church, Barbados
ROOMS: 280
CLOSEST MAJOR AIRPORT: Grantley Adams International Airport
ACTIVITIES: sailing, kayaking, tennis, 3 swimming pools, fitness centre, snorkeling, windsurfing, spa