The south coast of Barbados has some very fine beaches. Because of this, the area has attracted a significant number of resorts, restaurants, shops and bars. While not as exclusive as the west coast, this is nonetheless an up-market area.
For cruise passengers visiting Barbados for a day, a problem has been how to get to these beaches. You could take a taxi to one of the beaches but that involves knowing which one to go to and, of course, there is the problem of finding a taxi to take you back to the cruise port before your ship sails.
Addressing these issues is a shore excursion called the “Barbados Beach Hop Island Style.” It takes its participants to three of the more popular south coast beaches. Along the way, some places of interest are pointed out. And, there are unlimited drinks included.
The transportation is not a luxury vehicle. It is a former school bus painted in bright Caribbean colors making it reminiscent of the popular Kukoo Kunuko bus in Aruba.
In order to get to the south coast, the bus goes through Bridgetown. Heroes Square, the Parliament buildings, the government headquarters, the Main Garrison, the race track and the George Washington House are all pointed out by the guide talking over the bus' public address system.
Above and below: Exterior and interior views of the bus.
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