Arrival in Barbados took place just after dawn this morning. Check in at customs at the main port, then around to the anchorage to anchor just off of Bridgetown. With massive liners arriving, one was required to exit ASAP.

But for the need to replace the cutlass bearing this stop over would not have been on our list. As places go, it was most disappointing and not one we would recommend. No effort had been made to welcome the touring cruiser.

The anchorage was full of rolling swells and moorings for use were not readily available. To get to shore, one had to motor the dinghy to the ‘Boatyard’ at Bridgetown. Here one had to pay $20 for the privilege – the money could be redeemed when purchasing a meal or drink, but it didn’t go far.

This was the spot for the large cruise liners: loud, noisy and not attractive.

The region was run down and not at all pleasing to the eye prices were highly inflated. The boating industry was practically non existent and the chandlers difficult to find. With no success, it was on to Martinique.