Kissed on the north, east and west by the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, St. Lucy can boast of beautiful sunrises and majestic sunsets. There is no need for air conditioning, as the breeze is crisp and fresh and the constant caress of the wind against your face leaves a subtle, salty taste of the ocean on your lips.
St. Lucy's Top Things To Do
Approximately 40 minutes away from the capital Bridgetown, St. Lucy sits at the north of the island. A rural gem where the pace of life seems a little slower and more relaxed. Farms and cultivated lands, rum shops and churches dominate the landscape. Let's not forget the smiles - that Bajan hospitality you can always depend on. While making your way through the parish the beauty of untouched nature is displayed in its full glory. Rugged cliffs and the jagged shoreline, dotted with white sandy hideaways - something to behold and to experience.
Harrison Point Lighthouse
One of four standing lighthouses on the island, the Harrison Point Lighthouse stands erect at 85ft tall. It is sounded by lush greenery and it’s the perfect vantage point from which to view the Atlantic Ocean. Built in 1925 as a guide to keep the ships away from the treacherous reefs, the lighthouse stands as a reminder of the naval ingenuity once used. One with a keen eye for nature’s beauty can take advantage of the contrast of colour and aged concrete against the backdrop of blue sky and green vegetation.
Animal Flower Cave
Do you like caves that open to the sea? How about rock pools filled with crystal clear water? Dramatic views of the outstretched ocean? Rugged cliffs, and if you are lucky, whales? The Animal Flower Cave offers all of these things as well as a perfectly placed restaurant, serving up delightful dishes. Located on the northernmost tip of Barbados, it is a favourite stop for locals and tourists. Bring along your swimwear to take a chilly dip and be prepared to take lots of photos.
St. Lucy Parish Church
Churches are a major part of the landscape on the island. Although Barbados is home to many religions, Christianity is dominant with Anglicanism being the leading denomination. You will find the main parish church from the Anglican denomination in each parish; St. Lucy is no different.
The current Georgian style structure was built in 1837 and stands today as a demonstration of the perseverance and faith of its parishioners (as the church had to be rebuilt four times throughout history, due to a string of natural disasters.) Since then, only a few minor aesthetic changes have been made to this stunning piece of architecture. It stands guard at the end of the ABC Highway and acts as a central part of the parish's rich religious history.
Moontown is nestled just beyond Six Men's Fishing Village. The most appropriate way to describe it? It is a northern Bajan hideaway. Go prepared to have an authentic rum shop experience. Great food including fresh fish is always on the menu and if you visit on weekends you can sing your favourite song at the popular karaoke session. Whether you go during the week or on the weekend, you will be sure to find delicious food, drinks, excellent company and brilliant ocean views.
Barbados is the home of the world’s oldest rum and home to the oldest commercial rum distillery, Mount Gay Rum. If you follow the signs the journey will take you on winding roads, between towering sugar cane fields and eventually you will come upon the original buildings where, for over 300 years, Mount Gay Rum has been distilled. The visit to Mount Gay will offer hands-on experience and will take you through the history and technique of the distilling process. You will also have the opportunity to taste the rum and what’s more, you can blend your unique rum as a long-lasting memento of your tour and a showpiece to prove that you experienced a part of a 300-year-old tradition.
A traditional map or one of the more modern means of navigation may prove its worth as a suitable companion while in Barbados. But if you are on the hunt for the hidden treasures you may need to do away with your devices and ask for some good ole Bajan directions. Archers Bay is one of those hidden gems that even some locals have trouble finding. A white sandy oasis with dramatic views of rock formations and coral stone effigies stand in remembrance of what was once landmass. When you eventually find the bay, you will take a man-made staircase down to the beach where an amphitheatre-like scenery awaits and the ocean is on the stage.
Another one of St. Lucy's hidden treasures, Little Bay is easier to find but like the other bays, is slightly off the beaten track. Although it is accessible by car, you will have to park and walk to experience the beautiful views of the northeastern coast of Barbados. While there, you will witness a sample of nature's power and awesomeness with blowholes shooting water hundreds of feet into the air. A word of caution, though: except for the natural pool which the reef has provided, these are not waters you should venture into. However, there is a pocket of white sand and coconut trees along the shore providing a perfect place for you to sit and enjoy the untouched beauty.
This northern landmark is an interesting rock formation on the east side of St. Lucy. Its pointed shape reaches for the sky and can be seen from various points on the east coast on a clear day. The white and black coral stone which makes up the formation creates the perfect scene for dramatic photographs and is well suited for those stunning selfies. Although Pico Teneriffe is not easily accessible, the best vantage point is from Cove Bay which is also a sight to behold. In the bay, you may find some of the local fishermen battling to reel in a shark from the cliff's edge.
St. Lucy offers you her awesome beauty, spectacular views and hidden treasures. The north of the island with its many attractions is an experience that should not be missed. Be prepared to experience its rugged beauty.