A gorgeous view of Rockley Beach
#ALifeInTheDayInBarbados. In my first chapter, I gave you the lowdown on my travel experience, and first day on the island. Story time continues. So it’s day two and I woke up hungover and a bit ruffled. I get myself together and head down with Lauren and LeAndra to breakfast. I sit at the table slightly mute because I feel horrible. The breakfast options were only of the American sort (eggs, bacon, hash browns), most options a little too greasy for my liking. I decide to have ginger tea and ginger ale as it is a cure-all, and it definitely worked. I stormed out the restaurant to the nearest restroom to throw up. I felt super weak, so I decided to go back to the room, hydrate, nap, and get better.
After a little bit of time, Lauren and LeAndra came back to find me hiding under the covers because I didn’t know how to adjust the AC (I laugh at this now because I realized the remote was right next to me the whole time). They said they wanted to go to the beach, to which I obliged. I felt a little better, and if I know anything about myself, I knew the sun, sand, and sea would make me feel better. I drank more water, changed into a new cheeky bathing suit for maximum tanning exposure, lathered on my sunscreen, and got my things together to head to the beach.
Accra Beach Hotel is situated right on Rockley Beach in the Christ Church district of Barbados, so we literally had to walk a few steps to experience paradise. Let me tell you this, Rockley Beach was one of the most beautiful, clean sand, and clear water beaches I have ever experienced in my life. The beach is on the south coast of the island on the Caribbean Sea, offering calm turquoise waters. I was like a kid in a candy store, letting the sand sink between my toes, rushing in and out of the water. The current did get a bit strong at points, but nothing to worry about. There was hardly any rocks or seaweed, so it was easy to play around in the water barefoot without the worry of stubbing or scratching a toe.
Tying the hair up
Whilst playing around in the water, we saw swimmers of all ages around, and a few folks on boogie boards and surf boards. The waves were a good size for the surfers as not far from Rockley, the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea merge. Because of this, I can say that my bathing suit shifted a bunch of times, but I was in the water, so no flashing!
Lauren joined me, and we made sure to take as many photos as possible. This photo in particular was taken by a kind woman walking by who saw Lauren snapping photos of me. We took a bunch, but this was definitely my favorite. I lost track of how many times we said “this is so beautiful!” and “I never want to go home!” because the sentiment was a constant. At points, it felt like we were little kids again, singing “Mr. Sun” from Barney like we would in Lauren’s pool, and trying our best attempts at floating before getting caught by a wave.
Sunset at Rockley Beach
We spent our entire afternoon on the beach, and as you would imagine, I felt much better after. I have always felt that the sea has many healing properties, and that is why I yearn for it so much. I feel so at home in the water, with the sand below my feet. I made sure to snap this beautiful sunset before going on with the rest of the evening, which consisted of eating a good meal, and bar hopping.
My beach is better. Rockley Beach is better. Stay tuned for day three of #ALifeInTheDayInBarbados!
*All photos by Andrea K. Castillo & Lauren Johnston