ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Barbados - Walk On The Wild Side

Updated on February 5, 2013
Monument for Cuban DC8 Aircraft near Prospect
Monument for Cuban DC8 Aircraft near Prospect
Chattel House East Coast
Chattel House East Coast

A Trip up the West Coast to The Animal Flower Caves

Barbados is famous for its pristine coral sand beaches. People love its clear, turquoise blue water. The people are inevitably friendly, the food is wonderful and the sun shines down and warms up the spirits of frost bitten visitors. Even the vegetation is lush and plentiful. Truly, Barbados is an Island Paradise.

Yet, there is life beyond the island’s south and west coasts. Far beyond the beaches of the warm Caribbean waters; far beyond the bustle of Bridgetown and Speightstown is a whole different world. This is where the fuzzy edges and the soft life disappear. Here are jagged coastline and the roar of unforgiving waters. This is the North and East coast of Barbados.

Getting There

Buses and the infamous ZRs (I call them Zoom-Zooms) are the mainstay of public transportation on the Island. Riding on a bus is one way of getting to know the real Barbados. Taking a ZR is an experience all on its own. The music wails as these vans pick you up, and drop you off. Sometimes, they are packed, allowing you to really get to know the personal space limitations of your fellow riders.

If this does not suit you, consider either renting a vehicle or hiring a cab. The former is easy enough to do if you have an international license. Just remember, that Barbados roads are under European/British road rules. You drive on the left-side of the road not the right.

If you decide to hire a cab, shop around. Many cabs come together near Rockley Beach. You can ask individual drivers the price for a 4-hour tour of the island. You can also phone for a cab. Steve and his daughter Kelly provide excellent tours. This allows you to dictate where you want to go. Put some trust in the guide as well. He or she can often show you places where the usual adventure tours do not go.

If you want, you can opt for another choice. There are plenty of tour guide services on the island. They promise you both traditional and so-called adventure tours. Some operate in conjunction with their best customers – tour ships. They offer you comfortable rides in air-conditioned buses to specific popular sites around the island. One group ferries its clients in open jeeps. They dash relentlessly from place-to-place. Personal preference and time allowances will dictate what works best for you.


Although where you are staying will dictate your starting point, make sure you head up the West Coast beyond Bridgetown. Make your way along the Spring Garden Highway through little Prospect once the place everyone wanted to live, Lower Prospect, Sandy Lane and Holetown. Wander past St. James Parish Church and Mullins Beach into Speightstown.

From here, head north and make your way through the more rural areas. Drive past chattel houses and old slave huts. Look for cotton growing in the fields and root crops as well as the plentiful sugar cane. Here you will see Egrets (locally known as Cowbirds) flocking in the fields. There are also chicken farms as well as the occasional goat or cow.

Drive until you finally embrace where North Coast touches the Atlantic Ocean on the East. This is the true starting point of your East Coast walk on the wild side.


A trip to Barbados should go beyond the sun, sea sand experience of any tourist. Explore the Island. Begin your fact-finding and fun adventure by driving up the East Coast. Leave Rockley,Worthing or any other Beach behind. Explore beyond the towns of Bridgetown, Holetown and Speightstown. Make for the Parish of St. Lucy. Go North, but do not stop at the Animal Flower Caves. See what the East Coast has to offer. We can being with River Bay.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)