Located in the heart of Speightstown, just a stone's throw away from the famous Fisherman's pub is Speightstown pier. Currently under construction the pier cannot actually be explored, none the less it really is a beautiful sight to behold. Running far into the ocean you can just imagine all that happen on this pier, from proposals to picnics. We anxiously await its re-opening so both locals and travellers alike can once again experience it.
Yes, we have mentioned the garden of Mr. Hunte previously in our "off the beaten track" feature, however we are here to talk about it a little more. As mentioned before our "Barbados' Best" talks about what WE at Loop Barbados think, based on our wealth of experience in and of Barbados, is the best.
Located on the Southern point of Barbados is the oldest light-house on the island – South Point Light House. It was brought to Barbados in 1852, one year after being shown in London’s Great exhibition. With its red and white bands, this lighthouse can be spotted from many areas on the island and can be reached by following the signs through the residential district of Atlantic shores. While South Point Light House is still open to the public; the tower itself is closed. Nonetheless, South Point Light house has impressed as it was depicted on the reverse of the 5-cent coin since 1973.
Perched at the top of Cherry Tree Hill, an ancient Arawak Indian Passageway, is a 7 bedroom plantation House known as St. Nicholas Abbey. We have mentioned it before, however a couple weeks ago Melanie and myself were actually given the pleasure of receiving a small tour of this exquisitely restored Jacobean styled house built in 1660. As you make your way down the driveway lined with mahogany trees, wild ferns and elephant ears you are blown away by St. Nicholas Abbey's isolated beauty.
Neatly nestled upon a hill overlooking the vast East coast is the stunning church known as St. John's Parish Church. Standing high amongst the old mahogany trees, this structure was built in 1836 and boasts of classical gothic architecture. As you enter the church, you are completely humbled by its sheer grandeur.
One early Saturday morning we made our way through the island's picturesque countryside to Harrison's Cave as we were going to try out their new Eco-Adventure tour. As we entered the recently redeveloped facility, our friendly tour guide greeted us and started to show us "the ropes." He gave us a quick training session on how to navigate through the caves and what movements we would be making in order to get the most out of our tour.
"I think we are lost" is the first thought that comes to mind when heading to Fisherpond Great House through the unpaved and bumpy cart road, but partial images of this magnificent historic entity nestled between its thick vegetation, lure the traveler even further toward this 400 year old stronghold surrounded by acres of unmatched gardens. The present beauty and tranquility of this property acts as an effective cloak concealing its unbelievably, unruly history.
So, an "off the beaten track" feature has not been posted in quite a while now, but we think we have one which will make up for it. Today we are going to introduce you to a cliff known as Hackletons which is just about the best view of the East Coast of Barbados. Not only is it utterly breathtaking but where you stand to embrace it's magnificence lay three burial vaults containing the remains of the Hackleton, Forster, Cox and Culpepper Families which date back to 1685. These families were one of the first set of families to move across the Atlantic and reside on our Island, Barbados.
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