Bathsheba, Barbados, Makes the Sunday New York Times!  Wait, is that a good thing??

Bathsheba, Barbados, Makes the Sunday New York Times! Wait, is that a good thing??

Anywhere you go on an island that’s 14 x 21 miles in size is just a little ways away.  Geographically, anyway.  But Bathsheba, on the east coast of Barbados and just a little ways away from where I live on the south coast, is actually another world.

The first time Greg took me to lunch at Round House on a Sunday afternoon two years ago, I fell in love with Bathsheba.  Since then, lunch is still a tradition but we also crave regular three-day weekends there, too; Bathsheba is our getaway far, far and still only 15 miles away.

Funny …. friends encourage us to stay at the posh Crane resort … it’s lovely but too predictable.  We prefer to be on the “real” east coast of the island where the Atlantic Ocean beckons world-class surfers and waves and wind and time have conspired to sculpt giant mushroom-shaped rocks.

Bathsheba, Barbados

Bathsheba, Barbados

We stay in one of the six rooms at Round House.  Modest but just-right … high enough for a fabulous east coast view from our patio, a comfy bed, and a restaurant downstairs.  We spend our time exploring … then take a nap.  We hike .. then sleep.  Enjoy the warm tide pools .. and, again, conk out.  I shoot lots of photos … tuckered out, we sleep more.  And, of course, we eat … and then shortly fall into a stupor.  So drunk are we on the sea air that we slide into the kind of sleep children know.

The front of Round House in Bathsheba. At Sunday lunch, Aubry sings mellow jazz tunes, perfect accompaniment for the food and the setting.

The front of Round House in Bathsheba. At Sunday lunch, Aubry sings mellow jazz tunes, perfect accompaniment for the food and the setting.

I mention Bathsheba and the east coast of Barbados today because this morning’s New York Times had the temerity to write about this wild, still-undiscovered place that locals want to keep under wraps from developers (but not from visitors – this is one of the warmest, friendliest, most helpful groups of folks I’ve met anywhere).  God forbid the same fate should befall the east coast of Barbados as did the north coast of Hawaii.

Bathsheba, Barbados

Bathsheba, Barbados

While there are 35 great surf spots around the island – something for every level of surfer – Bathsheba’s Soup Bowl is the best-known and most dangerous and therefore the sexiest.  Twenty-footers greeted the New York Times reporter.  Check out this video on the Sea-u Guesthouse site.

This unfortunately named accommodation in Bathsheba caters to surfers, of course, but, like Round House, is an unpretentious, simple, at-one-with-nature-without-really-roughing-it perch while you enjoy its very finest characteristic which is that Bathsheba’s there.

Windy Bathsheba

Windy Bathsheba (interestingly, the east coast of Barbados is quite windy, while the west coast has nary a breeze. And the south coast has a most idyllic gentle breeze …)

One of the old-time holiday homes along the Bathsheba coastline.

One of the old-time holiday homes along the Bathsheba coastline.

People sit in the tide pools as though they're hot tubs.

People sit in the tide pools as though they're hot tubs. I took this photo from Round House restaurant.

Finding treasures on the beach in Bathsheba

My husband Greg and his grandsons Tristan and Ethan examine found treasures on the beach in Bathsheba



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