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Animal Flower Caves

  • Northern Piont Of the Barbados

The Animal Flower Cave is located at the most northerly point of Barbados in the parish of St.Lucy. The name "Animal Flower Cave" comes from the sea anemones found in the pools of the cave. Some of these pools are deep enough for you to swim in. There are also several openings looking out to sea, offering spectacular views! The walls of the Cave are full of interesting formations which have been coloured green and brown by oxidation of copper and iron. Be sure to also stop in at the Pirates Tavern bar and restaurant... reportedly serving the best lemonade in Barbados! The cliffs surrounding the Cave offer spectaular views of the northern coast of Barbados where huge Atlantic waves crash against the cliffs. There are a number of craft stalls where you can view and purchase the works (including jewellery and clothes) of talented Barbados crafts people. The now famous cave has been featured in singer Billy Ocean's music videos and in the soap opera "Bold and Beautiful".

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Barbados Wildlife Animal Reseve

  • Come and feed the wild monkeys

The Barbados Wildlife Reserve is located in a natural mahogany wood across the road from the Farley Hill National Park in the northern parish of St. Peter. Here you have a unique opportunity to stroll freely through the Reserve watching the animals at close range and in their own natural environment. There are few cages and the animals can be observed as they eat, play and interact with the other animals.

What types of animals will you spot here?

• The Barbados Green Monkeys (http://barbados.org/monkeys.htm) are common and are especially popular at the afternoon feeding time. Note that the monkeys are free to leave the reserve and often do so during the day.

• Birds vary from colourful parrots, flamingoes and peacocks to brown pelicans and sparrows. The walk-through aviary is a special treat!

• Reptile lovers will appreciate the collection of snakes (these are in cages!), iguanas, turtles and tortoises.

• Non-native animals include the Brocket Deer, agouti, caiman (looks like an alligator) and armadillo.

This is a great Barbados attraction for the whole family, with children in particular having a wonderful time.
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Farley Hill National Park

  • A great view, where there is always nice cool breezes

Breathtaking scenery, set in the grounds of the once regal Farley Hill house. A mansion in ruins, tucked away in a forest of mahogany trees, high up on a hill overlooking the rugged Atlantic coast, Farley Hill is an idea spot to picnic, escape into nature, hide in the shade of a comforting tree and to simply stare out to sea. It is also a spot favoured by visitors for getting married! Building of Farley Hill house began in 1818, with additional rooms being added over the next 50 years. It eventually grew to be regarded as the most impressive mansion in Barbados. In the mid-nineteenth century the property was owned by Sir Graham Briggs, a wealthy British planter and legislator. Briggs improved not only the house, but also the gardens, importing many new plants and trees into the island. In 1965, the house was used in the film Island in the Sun but was subsequently destroyed by fire. Farley Hill was officially opened as a national park by HM Queen Elizabeth II in 1966, the same year Barbados gained independence. Several times a year Farley Hill is transformed into a stage for musical and theatrical events. The Barbados Jazz Festival, a week long festival featuring the worlds leading jazz musicians, stages a remarkable one day open air concert in the park each January. On this day the magnificent ruins of Farley Hill House become the background for a stage. Picnic baskets are opened under the tall mahoganies and all ages and all nations dance, listen and enjoy superb music in an unforgettable atmosphere of joy, friendship and tranquility.

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Codrington College

Codrington College, sitting high on a hill in St.John overlooking the Atlantic, offers one of the most spectacular views of the East Coast of Barbados. Codrington College, the oldest Anglican theological college in the Western Hemisphere, was built in 1743 after Christopher Codrington had bequeathed the estate and considerable money at his death in 1710. Many West Indian priests have trained at Codrington and the College continues to play an active part in education and theological teachings, working closely with the University of the West Indies. The setting of Codrington College is especially beautiful with a magnificent lily pond and a driveway lined with cabbage palm trees.

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Bathsheba Rock

Bathsheba is the main fishing village in the parish of Saint Joseph with some 5,000 inhabitants on the east coastline of Barbados. The town has a number of quaint churches; Saint Joseph Anglican Church was built on Horse Hill in the town as early as 1640 but was rebuilt in 1839 following a hurricane in 1831. Little Saint Joseph chapel was built nearby in 1837 but was restored and dedicated to Saint Aiden in 1904 following a landslide. Bathsheba Beach used to be the summer resort of the Barbadian upper crust who would take their afternoon drink in the rock pools. Later it became a famous spot of the surfer and hippy jet set. Mick Jagger liked the place because it was so laid back that nobody made a fuss.

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Morgan Lewis Mill

Barbados is an island ripe with history, significantly influenced by the many years during which it was under the colonial rule of the British Government. This was a time when sugar and its ensuing lifestyles were in control. In the parish of St. Andrew, there exists remnants of a bygone era, that being Morgan Lewis Mill. This mill is one of only two sugar mills left standing in the entire Caribbean, with the other one being in Antigua.

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Cotton Tower Signal Station

This Cotton Tower signal station was opened in  1819 and was named after the daughter of Lord Combermere, Caroline Cotton. This particular signal staion is the only one that is three (3) storeys high.

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Miami Beach (also known as Enterprise Beach)

This is a great place to go for a morning swim (sea bath).  Many Bajans go for a daily early morning swim (6 am) at Miami Beach with family and friends. The sun rises are spectacular!

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Hackleton's Cliff

Hackleton's Cliff, in the parish of St.Joseph, rises almost perpendicularly within a few miles of the coastline and reaches a height of one thousand feet above sea-level.

According to legend, the cliff is named after a man who committed suicide by riding his horse off the cliff.

Naturally, this cliff offers one of the best views of Barbados' east coast. Bring along your camera!


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