Our Norwegian Cruise Line Southern Caribbean Cruise from San Juan was a time to relax and chill out, we had a lot going on and wanted time with our friends Mike and Fran.
As we had been to a number of the islands, we chose to do a beach break and chill in Barbados, and for most of the ports, we would explore the port and chill.
Chuck found Cosol Tours who offered a full day tour that explored the island, the people, and the food. It looked pretty amazing and was reasonably priced.
From the beginning, they communicated well, shared all the details of the day, as well as pricing and meeting time and location. The cost was $75.00 per person, payable in US dollars at the end of the tour.
We met their Cosol Tours team right outside of the customs office, they split us up into small groups paired off with drivers. Somehow we lucked out, and our vehicle was just the four of us and our driver Adrian.
Adrian was pleasant and shared stories of the island, its history, and its people as we made our way across the island.
They offered us local fish cakes, Johnny cakes, coconut cakes, and a variety of local fruits from the Island as well as having plenty of water, soft drinks, local beer, and local spiced rum.
We took a water taxi to Sugar Beach, which is located between the pitons for swimming and snorkeling. The rain on the ride over and part of the time we were on the beach made this the least enjoyable part of the day. In general, the location on the beach was pretty underwhelming.
We continued on to the only drive in volcano in the world and we were able to scrub ourselves in the warm volcanic sulphur baths. Surprisingly the water didn’t smell as strong as we expected. Our guide was great about making sure our things were safe and that we got some photos.
We rinsed off in the warm volcanic waters and made our way over to Toraille Waterfall where we washed off under the cascading water. The crowds were starting to stack up and it felt like we were a little rushed here.
We headed back to the venue where we tried local treats and they had AMAZING warm, fresh loaves of a dense local bread for each of us, they were spit and filled with a sharp cheese. I’m a bread and cheese junky so this made my day!
The tour shared a lot about this beautiful island, we met a lot of wonderful people and experiences a peek at their lives. It was well worth the cost.