The north coast of Barbados takes in the parishes of St. Lucy and St. Peter, both of which have a number of interesting places and tourist attractions to visit while you are staying in Barbados.
St. Lucy is the most northern parish with a rough and rugged cliff down onto the crashing Atlantic Ocean. Views from here are wonderful and it is well worth venturing into this part of the island for a dramatic change of scenery and to visit a couple of the tourist attractions in this parish.
One of the main tourist attractions in the north is the Animal Flower Cave, in St Lucy, which has evolved over the years of the Atlantic Ocean crashing against the cliff, eroding the rock to carve out this beautiful cave, which is home to the unique animal flowers. The animal flowers are actually filter feeding tube worms and well worth going to look at.
Also in the north is the Port St. Charles development, which is a luxury village of villas and town houses with yacht moorings and bar & restaurant facilities with fine dining at La Mer.
For those of you who are interested in surfing then you will find excellent waves at Maycock’s Bay, but be warned the current is strong and should only be tackled by the experienced surfer. As most of St. Lucy is cliff to water this is one of the only beaches in this parish with a decent beach. The others with small areas of beach are Cove Bay, Little Bay and River Bay, however watch out for high tide and do not attempt to swim in these waters.
If you are looking for good beaches in the north, then your best bet is to head onto the west side into the parish of St. Peter, where you will find excellent beaches with calmer waters for swimming at Heywood’s beach and Mullins beach or the beaches outside Almond Beach Village, Sandridge Beach, Cobbler’s Cove, or the Sugar Cane Club resorts.
The main town in the north is Speightstown, which has a number of good places to eat and a busy fish market for buying fresh fish. You will also find a supermarket here and it is a good place to have a wander around. For more information on Speightstown please read the article below.
Fustic House is located in St. Lucy which is an old plantation house that is not open to the public but is available to rent as a private residence. For full details on this property and it’s history please read the article below.
Another interesting property in this area is St. Nicholas Abbey, which is an old plantation house that is open to the public. For the full history of the house please click on the link below.
Finally in the parish of St. Lucy, you will find Mount Gay, the original home to the island’s leading brand of rum and where there is still a factory and plantation.
If you are interested in religious buildings then you have a number of churches in the north, which you can visit and they are St. Lucy’s Parish Church, St. Clements Church, St. Swithin’s Church, St. Peter’s Parish Church, and All Saint’s Church all of which are beautiful old Anglican churches.