That Delightful Ramshackle Quality

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There’s lots to like about the Caribbean. The sun is hot, the native beers are cold, and the people are warm and friendly.

But one of the things I like the most is the ramshackle, what-the-hell approach to life that seems to be found throughout the islands. Consider this colorful derelict boat that looks like it met the same fate as the SS Minnow. It appears to have been at this location forever — and the location is a prime spot of waterfront right next to a hotel.

Well . . . why the hell not? It’s as good a place as any to store a boat that is falling apart. Say, do you know if that beachfront place has Banks on ice?

Bathsheba Beach, Barbados

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We’re on the rugged Atlantic side of Barbados near Bathsheba Beach. It’s not well-suited for the casual swimmer, but it’s a beautiful area with crashing waves that draw surfers like flies. We also like the fact that it is less visited than the western side of the island, which has the traditional Caribbean beaches and calm seas.