Barbados Beach Picnic: Eat Like a King on a Pauper’s Budget

Barbados Beach Picnic: Eat Like a King on a Pauper’s Budget

Live like a king: dine on the beach in Barbados (here, Dover Beach)

Live like a king: dine on the beach in Barbados (here, Dover Beach)

Our picnic at Dover Beach

A five-star setting for our simple, delish meal on Dover Beach last week

One of the very best places to eat in Barbados is on the beach.  Too expensive, you say?  Mmm, not necessarily.

A couple of ways to enjoy low-cost fine seaside dining, day or night:

At night:

Buy from the good folks who cook outside along the Gap at night.  It’s fantastic food – chicken, burgers, macaroni pie, plantains, and more – at good prices.  It’s cooked while you wait and so, so good.  Then go buy a couple of beers at the little grocery along the Gap (called Convenience Gap) and you’re all set for your feast.  Go find a perch on the beach, dig your toes into the sand as you settle in. Then enjoy the evening breeze and chow down.  By law, all beaches in Barbados are public, so nowhere is off-limits.

During the day:

My friend Sue asked me to lunch the other day.  Sure, said I!  We met at Southern Palms, the big pink hotel down the Gap from where I live at St Lawrence Beach Condominiums.  I thought we’d be eating at the little outdoor cafe at the hotel – I like it there.

But what Sue had in mind was better: a picnic! She packed hummus, brie, pita, and veggie sticks – and for dessert, pawpaw (aka papaya) from her garden.  We found shade along Dover Beach and ate and talked and laughed and caught up on each other’s news.  We had a great time.  In a million-dollar setting that exists precious few places on this good earth.

Why does a beach setting, warm breeze, and good company enhance a meal so?  I’m not sure.  Maybe because this is living the best of the best in life.

2 Responses to “Barbados Beach Picnic: Eat Like a King on a Pauper’s Budget”

  1. cecilie says:

    re; the above suggestion to eat on the beach.
    After 5 p.m. the sandflies are vicious!
    A strong suggestion to stay off the beach after 5.
    Seen enough tourists with really bad bites on their legs that can leave bad scars ( it also advertises what they have been up to after dark)

  2. Haha, so true, Cecile! I laughed when I read your comment because some of us are magnets for those pesky, invisible ankle-biting sand flies while most lifelong Bajans are not bothered by them in the slightest. I carry a can of Off! in our car as well as individual packets of insect repellent in my purse. I had the same problem when I was recently in the Florida Keys, except people there call them no-see-ums.

    By the way, for general safety, it’s important to stay in LIT, peopled areas of our beaches – and any beaches anywhere in the world.

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