Barbados is known for being Rhianna’s hometown and where the A listers go on their holidays from the likes of the Rooney’s, Simon Cowell, Cliff Richard and Tom Jones and you can see why when you are there. Its people are friendly and welcoming, has stunning beaches and the temperature is a sunbed lovers dream with temperatures between 24c -27c with a sea breeze cooling you down. Bridgetown is the capital of Barbados and is known as ‘Little England’ with its neo-Gothic buildings, Georgian houses, Parliament Square along with the market town atmosphere of the local people living their day to day lives. Whether you decide to go to Barbados on a cruise ship or stay just there as a two week holiday you can not go their without a visit to the hidden gem that is the Boatyard.
It is not a yard full of boats as the name suggests. It is a secluded beach located on beautiful white sands overlooking crystal blue seas of Carlisle Bay. Upon entering it from the cruise ship terminal all you will see is colourful fencing and a hut, which is the entrance to the Boatyard. To gain access into the Boatyard it is $25 dollars per person for those who are cruise ship passengers and for that price you get the use of the on-site facilities, one free welcome drink each and transport back to the cruise terminal. For those who are staying in Barbados as a vacation the price of entry is $30 dollars and a $22.45 restaurant and bar credit voucher to spend at Sharkey’s Bar and the South Deck Restaurant. As well as use of all facilities you are given a wristband to wear and must be worn the whole time you spend at the Boatyard as proof of purchase and security reasons. So you can relax on the beach, listen to the reggae music and sip on some rum cocktail knowing you are in safe hands.
On-site Facilities – Wheelchair Accessible
If you have just flown to Barbados to catch your cruise and want to relax taking in that first bit of Barbados sun then the Boatyard is perfect with offering you a sunbed and a shared umbrella but if you are a adrenaline junkie then try you hands at the Free Fall extreme ocean slide, dive platform and rope swinging from Pirate’s Pier. If you want to get up close and personal you can take a free boat ride out to the shipwrecks and see the turtles in the natural habitat all while swimming and snorkelling. Don’t worry about losing touch with your social media followers while you are there,as there is free WIFI too, so you can take that important beach selfie! The toilets and changing area are wheelchair accessible and are wide enough for a manual wheelchair to move around with ease.
The Boatyard really does tick all the boxes for ‘a great place to visit’ with the facilities that are on-site, the beautiful sandy beach, the views of the sea, the food, the drink, the live music and the accessible factor you can see why it is named Caribbean’s number one beach and restaurant. As the sun goes down the party does not stop there as it’s turned into a nightclub. The night to spend at the Boatyard is Tuesdays as they host a drinks free party called ‘Fat Tuesdays’. Fat Tuesdays allow you to buy the cover charge at the door and drink as much rum or any beverage you wish to keep you dancing in the moonlight till 2am. But if you are a ‘Happy Hour’ kind of person head there ‘Sunset Wednesdays’ where the beach parties have happy hour throughout and free admission all night.
Transport and Location
Caribbean’s number one restaurant and bar is located on the beautiful Carlisle Bay and is a five minute drive in a taxi from the cruise terminal and costs five dollars for one way as the Boatyard package includes a return taxi back to the cruise terminal. But if you fancy burning off those calories from the cruise and take in the sights of Carlisle Bay then have a twenty walk.
I highly recommend you visit the hidden gem of Barbados as it is a vibrant and fun place to visit and spend time in while you are in Barbados and you cannot visit Barbados without going here. I love that you can go and don’t have to worry about the access for my wheelchair and just enjoy being there, taking in the views, getting a bit of vitamin sea and sipping on some rum punch listening to the reggae music and as the Boatyard team say:
THE BOATYARD BARBADOS where the people are friendly, the ocean is blue, the sand is white, the sun is hot, the music is enticing and the cocktails are flowing……..did someone say PARADISE?!!
Laura May Adams