North Point aptly named because it’s the most northern point of the island of Barbados. It contains stunning views of the Atlantic ocean against a rugged coastline. Barbados has an area of 167 square miles which makes North point is easily accessible from anywhere on the island. I went by car, but you can easily catch the bus from Speightstown to the end of Cave Gap and walk the rest of the way to the look out area. The cliffs at North Point are comprised of many blow holes and underground caves, so whilst exploring be mindful of your step.
One of the caves, Animal Flower Cave is actually available for entry. It’s named after Animal flowers (sea anemones ) that were most present when the cave was discovered in the 1700s. At present, the sea anemones are not as plentiful. Inside the caves you’ll also find some coloured rock formations, pools that are deep enough to swim or splash around and exquisite views of the ocean crashing upon the cliffs through the natural rock windows.
My first trip there, my friend and I ended up at a sign pointing to “a nice view” instead of the popular lookout point. The sign didn’t lie, it really was a nice view. We weren’t far off though, the lookout point could be seen in the distance. When we got to the cave, the guide mentioned (as he chuckled) that no one was allowed into the cave without a guide. The legend suggests that this is because a couple once went in and only the guy came back. On a serious note, entry into the cave is dependent on weather and sea conditions. Massive ocean swells sometimes lead to flooded the chambers and rejuvenated the swimming pools. Be sure to take your camera, I think it’s absolutely impossible to take a bad photo here!
When I’m not being a beach bum, North Point is one of my favourite spots in Barbados. Tell me, what’s your favourite?
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