Let me introduce myself: I am an ylang ylang tree (pronounced “ee-lang ee-lang”). My botanical name is Cananga odorata, my species is Annonaceae, but let’s not be formal. I was planted in Karen’s garden in April 2017. I arrived in a 6-inch pot, just a small little sapling about 4 inches tall with a few leaves. It is now July 2018 and I have just produced my first flowers!
Let me tell you about our sea turtle holiday experience. Sea turtles were something we had only seen on TV wildlife programmes. However, during one of our holidays, staying on the west coast of Barbados, we were lucky enough to have a truly magnificent and unforgettable experience. Around 7.45 one evening we had just taken our seats on the decking outside one of the beachfront restaurants in Holetown, when we spotted a large dark brown shape, dimly illuminated by the restaurant’s lights, on the shoreline nearby. We thought at first that it might be a large crab or a ray swimming in the shallows. As it came closer, much to our joy and amazement, this soon revealed itself to be a hawksbill sea turtle. Continue Reading
Barbados Holiday Eco tours might not be the first thing you think of when you are coming on holiday. However, I am often asked about things to see and do in Barbados. Of course, there are the wonderful beaches, the fabulous dining and great nightlife. As tempting as those options are, I also think it’s great to tear yourself away from the beach just for a while and get off the beaten track to see the whole of Barbados, in all its glory. You might be surprised just what you find, especially for nature lovers, conservationists, and anyone interested in history and heritage. There’s lots going on. I highly recommend a trip to PEG Farm and Nature Reserve in the parish of St Joseph, on the East of the island – a fabulous bio dynamic farm offering holiday eco-tours for all the family – a really great day out. Continue Reading
Barbados green monkeys can be seen throughout the island. Playful and mischievous, they are fantastic fun to watch. Their expressions and antics are truly captivating. Continue Reading
Why I stay in St. Peter. Continue Reading
Little House Villa – what a truly magical property. Set in the Parish of St. Peter on the exclusive West Coast of Barbados, this 1 bedroom studio sleeps 3, and offers everything you would expect of great self catering accommodation but more, much more! Continue Reading
While enjoying your Barbados villa holiday and exploring the island you can’t fail to notice the arable land. The main crops grown in Barbados are sugarcane, vegetables and cotton. The vegetables commonly grown include sweet potatoes, eddoes and yams. These vegetables are usually sold locally by street vendors and not grown for export. Barbados cotton fields can be seen but are scarce in comparison to sugar and vegetables. You’ll see many sugarcane fields. Over 37% of the land in Barbados is arable land and sugarcane is the main crop. Sugarcane is the second largest industry in Barbados, with millions of dollars worth being exported each year. Continue Reading
Barbados offers a real treasure trove of nature and wildlife, all for you to discover and enjoy whilst staying at one of our family holiday villas in Barbados. Paradise Rentals can arrange island tours and tour guides if you want a local expert to show you around, or you can just head off on your own and explore our island. It’s really very easy to venture out in Barbados and quite safe. Continue Reading