Sharing my ABCs: Aruba, Bonaire & Curacao Travel Guide

Bon Bini!!

This means Welcome in Papiamentu (see below for more on this).

The ABC islands are three of the most Western Islands in the Caribbean, part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Rich in Colonial history, including slave trade, these islands offer cultural diversity.

Even though they are grouped together as the ABC islands, they are not indicative of their geographical location. From West to East lies Aruba, Curacao and then Bonaire. This was the order in which we visited these vastly different islands.

Dutch is the official language of these islands, with Papiamentu being one of the unique creole languages that developed (a mix of Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, French, English, and some Arawak and African influences). English and Spanish are also spoken in these islands. While there, I experienced a mix of all the above tongues making it a linguist’s delight.

While the Dutch culture overlaps between these three islands, the landscape, flora and fauna are different. Curacao and Bonaire are surrounded by reefs while Aruba is relatively flat. The first two are rich in flamingo swamps and patches of cactus.

I was fortunate to spend a few days in each of the islands so I will share with you some of my highlights and recommendations.



My interest in Aruba was predominantly for one reason- the flamingo beach. While I admit that this may be a cheesy item to have on a bucket list, it was on mine. I am aware the flamingos are not indigenous to Aruba, but the idea of them flocking around the beach had a certain appeal.

I admit I was hesitant about this as I was concerned about the implications to the flamingos. As I have become more conscious of animal cruelty and captivity over the years, I try to avoid aquariums, zoos and any other ‘tourist’ attraction that involves caged animals. But from the research I did, and the observations I made, it seems like these 6 pink flocks have the freedom to roam around the beach and well taken care of.




This flamingo beach is not accessible to the public. It is on a private island owned by Renaissance Aruba. Guest passes are available for approx. $100USD to those not staying at the Renaissance but they are not guaranteed, especially during high season. As we were travelling during high season, the hotel could not guarantee non guests access. Passes in advance were not available at the time we went so we either had the choice of trying at 7am to get passes for the first boat over to the island (10 minute boat ride) or stay as a guest of Renaissance. We opted for the latter for one night.




The Renaissance Private Island offers 2 beaches, along with a variety of cabanas and water sports. And of course they are home to the 6 flamingos. We chose to get the first boat out at 7am right after checking in at 6am, which was perfect for having uninterrupted access to our pink friends.  We were able to peacefully feed the flamingoes and let them come to us to take crowd-free photos. After witnessing tons of tourists chasing them later, we were happy with our decision to venture out early. We spent the day on the island enjoying the sun (and rain), having lunch on the beach and frolicking in the crystal clear waters. And for your convenience, there are plugs and wifi available on the beach!




While larger franchise hotels are not my typical choice, I enjoyed our one night, 2 full day stay at the Renaissance.  It did feel very American with a Starbucks on site but I totally admit to enjoying a daily tea from there. Additionally we lounged by the pool (unexpectedly as our flight to Curacao was cancelled) and I had a couple workouts in the massive hotel gym (massive win in my books).



Renaissance Pool and view of the ocean


For more information on Renaissance Aruba, please check out:


For the initial part of our trip, we stayed at an Airbnb. Truthfully I wasn’t expecting much but it ended up being a great experience. The photos online do not do the place justice- it is actually much cuter in person. The host picked us up from the airport which was nearby.  The accommodations was located in a residential area, but there was a grocery store within walking distance. As the property was equipped with a private kitchen and pool, we were able to spend time there relaxing (and acclimatizing to 30C weather) .



Poolside of the Airbnb


The link for the airbnb is:


As I mentioned earlier, the main reason for going to Aruba was to visit the Flamingo beach. As such we didn’t explore Aruba. We ate in the surrounding area of the Renaissance Marketplace, which is in the district of Oranjestad.



Curacao is an island that unexpectedly wowed me. There are very few places in the world I want to re-visit (in large part because I would like to travel to 100 countries in my lifetime) but Curacao is a place I would like to return to.

The experiences, the people, the culture, the landscape all can contribute to making or breaking a trip. For me, a large part of my love for Curacao stems from my experience at BijBlauw Boutique Hotel.




Britt and her team created a unique concept in the capital town of Willemstad. In my opinion, the hotel is an Instagrammer’s haven. Bij Blauw  means “by blue” in Dutch, referring to the blues of Caribbean Sea and sky.  The property consists of only a few rooms and suites, a sea side restaurant, and an on site concept store. Each decorated with attention to detail representing island life meets romantic elegance. Personally I could have stayed on the property my entire holiday as I was that in love with it.



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The seas side restaurant of Bij Blauw



The concept store selling the cutest decor and clothing


Unexpectedly, we were given the suite for our 3 night stay. This generous offer shows how much Britt wanted to ensure we had the best experience.



On the balcony of our suite, with oceanfront views





The decor of each suite is minimalist beach style


We ate a lot of our meals at the restaurant. The cuisine was on point, with staff and ambiance to match. What better way to start or finish your day that a meal with great company with ocean views. You don’t have to be a guest of the hotel to dine, so if you are in Curacao, I highly recommend coming here for a meal.



Breakfast with a View



We started each day off right with a breakfast spread



And a sunset dining experience is a must


The ambiance is romantic yet relaxing all times of the day. I couldn’t get enough of the decor. If I ever owned a cafe, it would emulate this style.







For more information on Bij Blauw, please check out:


Curacao is a great country to explore. I recommend renting a car and driving around the island. It is fairly straightforward, but downloading a map of the island onto a smartphone would be fairly useful.

Willemstad is a picturesque city with a town centre and pastel-coloured colonial architecture. Walking around and exploring is a must! Be sure to also experience the array of fused cuisines. For example, we enjoyed dinner at “Ginger”, a Caribbean Asian fusion restaurant within minutes of our hotel.




Curacao is also known for diving and snorkelling. The beaches there are pristine with 50 shades of blue. Some of those include Lagun, Kenepa and Playa Santa Cruz.



Kenepa Beach


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 Lagun Beach



Playa Santa Cruz


There are also many look out points driving along the coast of the island. Santa Martha Bay is one of the nicest ones I’ve seen.




If Curacao wasn’t on your radar before, the hopefully it is now.



Bonaire is an island I didn’t have on my radar, but since I was travelling to the region, figured it was worth checking out. It is definitely under rated and not as popular as it should be.  Like Curacao, it is recommended that one rent a car. What is unique about driving here is there are no traffic lights!!! And for the most part, there is only one main road. Oh and the width of the road is the wide of a small car, if you are lucky. That made for a fun driving experience. You can drive around the entire island in 2-3 hours.


If you are a diver, then Bonaire is your mecca. At any point in the island, one can simply step into the shore and go diving hence known in the Caribbean as the number one shore diving destination.



The waters are so clear yet filled with marine life that even near the shoreline, you can snorkel and dive.


Diving aside, the landscape is unique for the Caribbean. With its drier temperatures, expect to see lots of cactus, lizards crossing the street while driving (there are even signs warning you of them) and pockets of flamingos.



There are pockets of cactus and dry Earth scattered throughout the island



Observing a couple flamingos in the wild


Bonaire used to be a salt producing slave colony. One of the coolest things we saw there were these pink salt flats (it is a private company so be careful not to trespass).



The salt flats making for a pink lake


Our experience in Bonaire was also a special one in large part to Eff and the team over at Sunrentals Bonaire. They made arrangements for a car rental at the airport on arrival, making it convenient for us. Our accommodations included a 2 bedroom apartment equipped with a kitchen and both a pool and ocean view from a large balcony (the sunset views are out of this world). There are a variety of properties to choose from, so you can rest assured that your needs will be met.



  Sunset from our balcony



  We enjoyed lounging by the pool right before we had to catch our return flight home


If you are a diver, then Sunrentals Bonaire has a Dive shop, so you can purchase a dive package along with your accommodations. The team is willing to offer a discount code (“JessyandPippa”) to my followers, pending the season and availability. Be sure to include this when you book. You can email Eff at



 Our 2 bedroom loft at Sunrentals Bonaire


For more information on Sunrentals Bonaire, please check out the link:



Enjoying a quick dip in the ocean at Bellafonte Bonaire


I hope this blog piece has opened your eyes to the beauty of the ABC islands. I will have more photos filtered throughout my Instagram feed showcasing some never before seen photos, so if you have Instagram and aren’t already following, then please check out @scrubs2sweats.

Additionally if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to add.


Thank you for reading!









Barbados Travel Guide: Where to Stay

Welcome to part 3, the final segment to my Barbados travel guide. The focus on this post will be on where to stay in Barbados.

While I am fortunate to have my own house on the island, I wanted to offer travelers a variety of options who may not have this option. I have strategically chosen some places based on location, price point, and amenities.


  1.            Personal touch – AirBnB


This year I had my first experience using Airbnb in South East Asia. And once I swallowed that Kool-Aid, there was no turning back. In addition to the much cheaper prices and unique accommodations, there is also that added bonus of a personal touch provided by the host.




There are two newly renovated 2-bedroom apartments on the south coast of the island (central to shops, night life, restaurants), minutes from the beach. Less than 1 year old, these modern apartments offer guests comfort with AC, laundry and dryer, wifi, all included in the nightly rate. In addition guests can enjoy a fridge stocked with Bajan snacks and beverages (including daily Turkish coffee), pick up from the airport, and the host will help prebook a variety of tours (Harrison’s cave, catamaran rides, private tour of the island).








The links for both apartments are:



2.                  Island escape  – Santosha Barbados 


Ocean breeze. Serenity. Peace. Tropical. Nature. These are some of the many words that can be used to describe Santosha Barbados. Located on the eastern part of the island, in St Andrew, these self-catering studios offer the perfect escape. Only 40 minutes away from the airport or Bridgetown, one can still access nearby attractions.






The property offers panoramic views of the coast, suites equipped with kitchenettes and balconies, salt water pool, BBQ as well as access to Bathsheba beach. These beaches are not ideal for swimming but are perfect for any surfer. There are bath pools in the ocean, where one can sit and enjoy an ocean soak.








I had the pleasure of spending the night at Santosha. The solitude provided distinct sounds of the waves crashing and smell of salt water air, which provided the perfect recipe for a great night sleep.




And the sunrise over the coast is like no other. I highly recommend staying here, at least for a weekend, to experience a truly relaxing holiday.




For more information on Santosha:



3.                Guest House Rentals – Eden on Sea  & SeaForth Barbados 


If you are looking for more private housing, that is central to dining, shops and of course the beach, there are 2 neighbouring properties near St Lawrence gap.


The first, Eden on Sea, offers the perfect beach front property. It is a 4 story villa, with 3 en-suite bedrooms.






For more information on Eden on Sea:


The second property, SeaForth Barbados, is minutes away from Eden on Sea. This 2200 Sq ft property also offers beach front access. It boasts 4 bedrooms, but is capable of sleeping 6. The outdoor verandah gives a tropical view with swaying palm trees and bright blue ocean.




For more information on SeaForth Barbados:



4.                All Inclusive- Sugar Bay


While I have never stayed here, and can’t make comments regarding the hotel rooms, I can comment on the property. The hotel is a mix of minimalist vibes with tropical beauty.




It is located in the Southern part of the island, near the Garrison Savanah (within 10 minutes of the properties listed in 1 and 3 above) and central to many shops and restaurants.



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A 10 minutes drive to Bridgetown and 20 minutes from the airport makes it an attractive all-inclusive- one of the few on the island.



For more information on Sugar Bay:


If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to add them below. Also be sure to check out part 1 (where to eat) and part 2 (what to do) of my Barbados Travel guide series.







Barbados Travel Guide: What to do

Welcome to part 2 of my 3 part Barbados travel guide series!

This section is dedicated on various activities you can do on the island, ranging from physical activities, places of interest and unique spots to check out.



As fitness is part pf my lifestyle, as it is for many, being active while on vacation is important. Some of my favourite activities include:

1. Crossfit- Limitless Performance

One of my favourite things to do whenever I travel is to check out various crossfit boxes. Limitless Performance is my go to on the island. Founders Levar and Renee Greaves created a box that encourages “breaking out of your limits”.



The industrial area provides the perfect location, with coaches that add a level of island warmth to their teaching style. One of the coaches, Kim Sealy, is a childhood friend so I am partly biased when I say write that her classes are a must.



In addition to being a crossfit certified coach, Kim is an attorney and was recognized by Reebok Crossfit Games in 2014 and 2015 as the “Fittest Woman in Barbados”. If you are looking for some one-on-one coaching,  Fit Appeal by Kim Sealy can get you sorted.




For more information on Limitless Performance or to contact Kim , check out:


2. Gym- Surfside Wellness Centre 

Surfside is my go to for a conventional gym workout .Their memberships include weekly passes, which are ideal for travellers. Members can have access to a variety of equipment and  group classes, as well as personal training, if desired.




Surfside also has a high performance weight room so for me its the perfect location to practice some olympic lifts and crossfit movements.






They also started a new initiative last week called “hike grill and chill” whereby members and visitors to the island can enjoy a hike of the East coast followed by a gourmet healthy BBQ by Chef Scott Ames. Contact the centre for more details and possible upcoming dates.


For more information on Surfside Wellness Centre:


3. Paddleboarding – Paddle Barbados SUP 


One of my favourite activities is paddle boarding, which I also try to do whenever I travel to a lake or ocean and have access to a board.



Located on my favourite beach on the island (Pebbles), Paddle Barbados offers a variety of paddling including SUP, surfing, yoga on a paddle board AND paddle boarding retreats (how is that for a wellness escape?).



For more information on Paddle Barbados:


4. Workouts on the beach

When you have access to sand and ocean, you take advantage and take your gym outdoors!



If you can get access to weights, take it to the shore and have a workout on the sand. It is a different sensation and offers a challenge (balancing on the sand). Do some sprints, swim a few laps or practice some yoga.






1. Harrison’s Cave

One of Barbados’s greatest wonders lies a limestone cave 15 metres high in its largest cavern. It is an active cave as the stalagmites are still growing (the thickness of a piece of paper each year).



For $30USD, you can experience a 1 hour guided tram tour with local experts. You get to enjoy both the sights and sounds of the streams inside the cave.




For more information on Harrison’s Cave:


2. Animal Flower Cave

Animal flower cave is located under the cliff of North Point, the most Northern part of the island. It is the only sea cave on the island, and one of the cave chambers offers the opportunity to swim.




For $10USD, local guides can take you on a tour of the cave, including swimming. The tours are not set time, so in true island style, come whenever you want! The surrounding property offers some magnificent views of the ocean, so be sure to stop by their restaurant for some Bajan cuisine, and if you are lucky, maybe spot some Humpback whale at the cliff tops.





One of the many Iron Cannons scattered throughout the island from the 17th and 18th century, as Barbados used to be a military base for the British.


For more information on Animal Flower  Cave:


3. St Nicholas Abbey

St Nicholas Abbey is a plantation that is 350 years old! The property is over 400 acres including the main estate, a rum distillery and over 200 acres of sugar cane fields.


It is a great property to explore, so when not closed to the public as a wedding venue, you can check it out (Sundays to Fridays).




For more information on St Nicholas Abbey:




1. Morgan Lewis

Located in St. Andrew (on the way to St Nicholas Abbey and near Bathsheba), Morgan Lewis is the only intact sugar mill on the island. From December to April, you can see grinding of sugar cane into cane juice.





Row of palm trees at the bottom of the hill from Morgan Lewis


2. Speighstown & Holetown 

Speighstown and Hometown are towns on the West coast of the island. They offer an array of colourful houses (chattel houses- see below), architecture dating back to Barbados’s first settlement, beaches, shops, hotels and restaurants.



3. Plantations e.g. Society Plantation

Barbados has a number of plantations dating back to the 17th century. In the 18th century, the island boasted over 600 of them, producing tobacco, sugar and cotton.

Plantation houses, or great houses, often took a Georgian or Victorian style architecture. Two that have been restored to their original state and are for public viewing include St Nicholas Abbey and Sudbury Plantation.

But there are many other plantations on the island, which are distinguished by the double rows of palm trees on either side of the road, marking the entrance way to the plantation. Society Plantation, for example, is one visible from the street and offers an opportunity for photography as shown below.




4. Codrington School

While not an official place of interest, Codrington School is an International high school on the island with a gorgeous property. On the weekend it is worth stopping by for a few minutes to take a few photos.




5. Codrington College

Codrington College, not to be confused with Codrington School, is the oldest theological school in the Western Hemisphere.



It was built in the 1700s and was originally part of a sugar cane plantation. While not advertised, the grounds equipped with a pond and beautiful architecture provides the perfect setting for photos.








6. Bathsheba

Bathsheba is located on the East side of the island. As the waters are the Atlantic Ocean (versus the Caribbean Sea on the west/south), it tends to be a bit rougher. Swimming here is not advised. However, the many shallow pools near the shore are perfect for cooling down and hanging with friends.


Soup Bowl at Bathsheba is where many pros go to surf. It’s the perfect spot to watch, especially during competitions.


With the exception of competitions and the island’s Boxing Day Lime (many locals drinking and hanging out aka liming on Boxing Day), this side of the island tends to be fairly quiet. It’s the perfect place to escape and enjoy the sounds of the waves crashing. I stayed at Santosha for a night (more to come in Part 3: where to stay) and feel asleep to the cool breeze and the sounds of nature. Watching the sunrise over Bathsheba was nothing short of breathtaking.



View over Bathsheba from Santosha


7. North Point 

North Point is the most northern part of the island, in St Lucy. It offers a great view of the ocean and the rocky coral of the coast. It is near Animal Flower Cave so may be worth checking them out together.









1. Sunsets on the beach

While on the island, it is recommended that you experience a sunset on the beach. I recommend viewing this at Accra Beach, and taking a walk along the Boardwalk.





Photo taken from the Boardwalk by Accra Beach


2. Tiami Catamaran Cruises

This is my top recommendation for the island. What better way to experience Barbados than a boat ride along the West Coast of the island, listening to soca music, feeling the salt water air against your skin, enjoying some Bajan food, swimming with the turtles and frolicking in the blue waters?







They offer unlimited drinks, buffet style lunch so you can try your hand at some Bajan delights, and snacks throughout the trip.




IMG_2964                       Another opportunity to try flying fish! (see part 1 for food guide)




For more information on Miami Catamaran:


3. Chattel houses

Chattel houses are unique to Barbados, meaning moveable property. Originated from the plantation days, the idea was to be able to move these wooden houses from one property to the next.



They are scattered throughout the island and come in an array of colours. Many locals still occupy them.




4. Rum shops

There are over 12,000 rum shops across the island. You can drive by and see many locals and tourist listening to music and enjoying rum in some of these tiny little bars.

Our island is famous for Mount Gay rum, dating back to 1703, the official rum of Barbados and known worldwide. You can also book yourself a rum tour at Mount Gay or  Malibu.



A  typical rum shop in Holetown


5. Spa- Coral Reef Club

If you are looking for a Spa to relax and have a bit of pampering, the one at Coral Reef Club comes highly recommended. The colonial inspired property is on the West side of the island and offers a tranquil escape. They also offer Wellness retreat packages for foreigners, so be sure to check out their website for more details.

I am personally a huge fan of the hydro pool at the Spa.


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For more information on Coral Reef Club,


While this list is not the most comprehensive, to me it offers a variety of culture, unique experiences and of course some wellness related activities.


Stay tuned for Part 3 of my Barbados travel guide, which will cover where to stay.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to add them below.






Barbados Travel Guide : Where to Eat

Hello and welcome to the first of my three part travel guide  for Barbados!!

This has been one of my most excited and highly anticipated posts to date. As an experienced traveler (52 countries and counting), I tend to seek out off-the-beaten path recommendations wherever I travel to, especially from the locals of the area. On occasion I see travel guides on Barbados, and photos on social media, but they tend to be the same places on repeat. As a native of this paradise, I often get asked for advice on where to stay, what to do, and where to eat so I take great pride in sharing some of my favourite and sometimes not well known spots.

I knew that once my website was launched that it would be a matter of time before I shared my local perspective’s travel guide on Barbados, with some emphasis on a holistic and wellness approach. A couple weeks ago I went home to visit my family and thought it would be the ideal opportunity to collect the content I needed to put this piece together.

The first part of this guide is focused on where to eat. While some of these places aren’t necessarily part of my everyday diet, a large part of traveling includes experiencing the cuisine.

Below are some of my favourite restaurants and food spots that I recommend.


  1. Fresh Fruit & Veggie Stands 

Tropical destinations are synonymous with fruits like mangoes, pineapples, bananas, papayas and so forth. Fruit stands are common in Barbados, usually off the side of the road.

I highly recommend supporting local farmers and stopping off to buy some of nature’s skittles. Some of the local fruit include bananas, golden apples, carambola (star fruit or five fingers), mangoes, grapefruit and guava.


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This also includes coconut stands. Every time I arrive on the island, I make a beeline to one of these stands so I can get my dose of fresh coconut water and some coconut jelly.




2. Cheapside Market 

The largest and busiest market from is in Bridgetown on Cheapside Road. This public market, open Thursdays to Saturdays,  is where many farmers and vendors sell their produce and craft. Many locals make it a ritual to shop here on a Saturday morning. If you love visiting local markets, then this place is worth checking out.






3. Just Grillin 

This is my favourite restaurant on the island. There are several locations and many offer casual outdoor seating. As the name suggests, they grill everything- from the ocean catch of the day to chicken, steak, veggies and more.  The prices are reasonable  ($1.50 BDS is approx $1.00 CDN, $0.75 USD) so a steak with a side of veggies and salad is approx $28 CAD. As I don’t eat meat often, and the price is cheaper than Toronto, my go to tends to be the steak with a double side of grilled veggies (corn, squash, carrots).



For more information:


4. Oistin’s Fish Market 

Barbados is known as the “land of the flying fish”.  In fact the fish is one of the national symbols of the island often depicted on the Barbados Passport, coins, structures, and logos including the Barbados Tourism Authority.



Home made flying fish, purchased from Oistins Fish Market 


Thus a visit would not be complete without trying flying fish and many other local fish, especially on a Friday night fish fry. One can enjoy grilled fish with some drinks (approx $ 35 BDS) while listening to some calypso and soca. But be warned, it gets very busy so be sure to head there by 5:45pm.



         Fisherman showing his morning conquest 



         The seating area of Oistins Fish Fry 



             Typical fisherman boat on the island 


5. Tapas 

Tappas is located on the beach boardwalk by Hastings on the South of the island. It is one of my favourite spots especially because it is so close to the beach. You can hear the waves crashing and feel the salt water air as you enjoy a meal.


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You can choose to share a variety of dishes (hence tapas) or go for a larger meal of pasta, fish or meat. The dishes range from $20-$60BDS while the tapas are approx $20. I recommend the cerviche and quinoa salad or the fish cakes.



                   Quinoa and Cerviche Dish 



                    Thai Fish Cakes 


For more information:

6. Cuz’s Fish Stand 

Any local on the island knows about Cuz for their fish cutters (sandwiches). This food truck is stationed outside Pebbles Beach. For $9 BDS you can either get fresh fish alone or with cheese in a salt bread (buns made with yeast and salt typical to Barbados). I am not a huge fan of sandwiches and don’t really eat bread but I love these fish cutters and usually grab a couple after a good paddle boarding/tanning session at Pebbles.




There isn’t any seating but really who wants to sit by the shack when the beach is 20 steps away. Cuz is only opened during the week (weekends off) although there may be some fluctuations depending the time of year.



7. Brown Sugar 

Brown Sugar is known as the home of Bajan cuisine. Located around the corner from Pebbles Beach, by the Garrison, this restaurant is in a former Bajan heritage home. They offer a la carte or buffet style, allowing you the opportunity to try various local and creole dishes. The prices range from $19 to $95, but the biggest bang for you buck is the buffet for $69 BDS.



                Fried and steamed flying fish 



                       Cou- Cou and lentil pea rice 



                            Okra, Squash and Chinese cabbage 


This is my go to restaurant if I want to show others our island’s cuisine or if I want a more formal spot (and by formal I mean not in flip flops and a bikini). Some of my recommendations include pepperpot (it’s an Amerindian dish made of meat and spices), coucou and flying fish (our national dish), coconut beer shrimp, spice fish fillet, bajan rum burger, baked cinnamon plantain and much more.



Amerindian dish of Pepperpot 


For more information:

8. Raw Juice Barbados

Smoothie bowls are becoming more popular in places like Hawaii, Bali, Mexico and even North America. Barbados is no exception. Located inside Quayside Centre Plaza, across the street from the boardwalk and Accra beach, one can grab a smoothie drink or bowl. This is the perfect healthy snack, especially while trying to beat the heat and humidity.



        Berries and peanut butter smoothies 





Picnic of the beach with our smoothie bowls 


Other  Notable Recommendations:

  • Cin Cin


  • Champers


  • The Cliff


  • Tides


  • The Fishpot


Stay tuned for Part 2 of my Barbados travel guide, which will cover what to do.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to add them below.





Terre Bleu Lavender Farm

If you are on Instagram and follow any big travel or lifestyle account, you may have seen an influx lately of lavender field photos. They are currently in bloom in several countries.

Prior to last summer, one of my main bucket list items was to go to Provence in France specifically to check out lavender fields. I wasn’t aware that they existed in Canada ( I have since learned that you can also go to a lavender farm in Prince Edward County and Montreal). By chance one of my friends asked me if I would like to go to a Lululemon sponsored yoga and meditation event on a farm. I of course said yes without knowing much more.




To my great surprise, this event became one of my most memorable experiences for last summer and one I would often share with people. Mind you anything to do with yoga and meditation usually leaves me feeling very zen. Imagine being surrounded by nature, breathing in the smell of lavender and laying on the grass at dusk whilst listening to a calm voice walk you through a guided meditation? Add to that the unique character of a yellow door in the middle of the fields with a message that reads ” Walk through the door, your worries behind you, your joys are ahead”.



I knew without a doubt that I would be returning to Terre Bleu Lavender Farm, located less than 1 hour from downtown Toronto.  It is the kind of place that you can enjoy with  your friends and family with more to do than just meandering the lavender fields. Please refer to the link for the website which will have information of various events. Some of these events include Joie de bleu Lavender Festival, equestrian shows, yoga every weekend and much more.

This past weekend I returned to Terre Bleu with some friends. It took a few attempts as it was their lavender festival so they were at capacity all day Saturday but our trip Sunday did not disappoint. The setting is perfect for photos (especially family portraits or engagement shots). As you can see by the images below, we certainly had our fill of collecting some content for our blogs and social media.

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Photo inspired by Lisa Homsy




Aside from wondering the property and snapping insta worthy photos, enjoying some fresh lavender ice cream is a must! You can also experience a guided tour of the farm including the Terre Bleu apiary (beehives)  or pick your own lavender!



And before you leave the farm, don’t forget to pick up a few treats. I personally am obsessed with lavender earl grey tea and lavender vinaigrette. In fact I have been counting down the months until I could get my hands on some of these. The lavender vinaigrette goes really well with kale, so for all of you who hate the taste of kale, this compliments it nicely in a salad with goat cheese and blueberries.

I have since learned that you can shop online so my remorse over not buying the lavender honey is short lived. You can shop the link below.


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Featured: fresh lavender that I picked ($5 for 20g), lavender vinaigrette and Lavender Earl Grey Tea.

Keep in mind the farm is only open for a few months in the summer (June to August, 11am-4pm) but if you can’t get out there this year, make it an event for the following summer.  Weekdays will be less busy so if you want to enjoy yourselves without the crowds, this would be the more optimal time. If you do get to visit, I hope you enjoy your time there.