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Guns & Butter: Barbados Travel Guide

TPOL’s Guns & Butter Travel Guide is the best way to see as much as you can in as little time as possible. Here’s how it works: A trip is composed of two factors: Labor And Lazy. The opportunity cost (what is given up) for relaxing and being Lazy is gained by being adventurous in the form of Labor and vice versa. The guide includes inefficient activities i.e., tourist traps that should be avoided and aspirational activities that are worth doing but may be impossible to see given the constraints of time and resources.

Here is the Guns & Butter Travel Guide for the beautiful island of Barbados.

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What I Missed

The damn turtles. Everyone said you have to go swim with the turtles. It was a bank holiday so I did not get a chance to do so.

What to Skip 

Fancy dinners. The local food is great, and if someone is BBQing then I wouldn’t bother with the upscale restaurants. I would also pass on the island beer.

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No beer
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Yes to food

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It’s easy to be lazy in Barbados. Here are three of the laziest activities that you should do.

  1. Radisson Resort: Why leave the Radisson Resort? I arrived at 5AM and could not check in. I slept by the pool until noon. 2017-04-29 05.22.28 2017-04-29 11.08.20 2017-04-29 10.47.39
  2. Beach Clubs: If you’re really ambitious, you could walk a few feet from the Radisson to drink and eat at the Barbados Cruising Club2017-05-01 13.51.02 2017-04-30 12.37.12 2017-05-01 15.15.16
  3. The Ocean: From the Radisson, head towards the clear pool of water. Sit there all day. 2017-04-30 09.34.26 2017-04-29 12.34.362017-04-30 09.36.35


Rihanna’s ‘work work work’ is hard to do in this island paradise. If you are looking to feel somewhat useful, here are some strenuous activities.

  1. Run on the Beach: It’s 2.75 miles if you run from the Radisson to the Hilton, turn around, and then run all the way past the Radisson to the end of the beach, only to return once more. The first day I clocked 8 minute miles. The second day I was a bit slower, no surprise. 2017-04-29 12.36.03 2017-04-29 13.40.21 2017-04-30 09.33.48
  2. Nightlife: Harbour Lights Beach Club and St. Lawrence Gap area were the tourist spots for going out. There are places in the capital Bridgetown, but I did not get that far. Harbour Lights is a  bad version of Senor Frog’s Cancun but it did have delicious burgers. 2017-04-30 22.47.28 2017-04-30 22.48.04 2017-04-30 23.31.05
  3. Rum Tour: The hardest thing I had to do in Barbados was leave the island. The second most difficult task was to wake up at 9AM to go on a rum tour. A dozen shots later, I was hammered which made going to the airport not as bad.

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And there you have it. Everything to do or not do in Barbados.


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