Round House, Bathsheba, St. Joseph, Barbados Pocket Guide

East Coast Tour

Powerful crashing waves, historical landmarks, white sandy beaches, world class surfing, magnificent coastal walks, mouth-watering freshly caught fish, turquoise water, true Bajan people, tropical forests, dangerous swimming areas, beachcombing paradise and battered rock formations, cooling breezes, colourful characters... all of this, and so much more, present themselves on an east coast tour of Barbados. How can you resist? Impossible!!!


This side of the island carries a diversity of activities and interests to suit all. The photographer, the architect, the historian, the sightseer, the ecologist and the artist are just a few of the people that Barbados' east coast readily appeals to. Unlike the Bridgetown tour, it is highly recommended you rent a car on this particular tour as the exploration process may not be as straightforward as that of Bridgetown.


While you are at it, you can't help but explore the Scotland District. Located in the parish of St. Andrew, this district has very unique properties. It is based at the top of a sub-marine mountain range which stretches all the way from Trinidad in the south to Puerto Rico further north in the Caribbean chain. Furthermore, it is the single location in the range which is above water. Imagine that!


The parish of St. John is also located on the eastern side of the island and is home to Codrington College. The history of Codrington College is intriguing based on its educational and historical background. The land on which it was built was owned by a prominent white Barbadian, Christopher Codrington III, son of Christopher Codrington II who was at one time Governor General of the Leeward Islands. This expansive property in Barbados is enjoyed by all. It is open to the public for visits and is a favourite stop for picnickers who simply wish to tour the grounds and take pictures, the lawn areas are sometimes used for wedding shots and it is certainly a favourite with the official tour company operators from Barbados.


On the border of St. Joseph and St. John, there is a spot which can definitely be classified as one of the highest points on the island. It is Hackleton's Cliff which has a sharp perpendicular rise, some one thousand (1000) ft above sea level. In terms of background, there is more folklore than fact as it is alleged that the cliff is named after a man who many years ago committed suicide by riding a horse off the said cliff. Hackleton's cliff provides yet another spectacular view of the east coast of Barbados. On a crystal clear day, this view can span from Pico Tenerife in the north of the island to Ragged Point in the south-east.


With such a tour as this, it would only be fitting for us to open you up to the many options of food that abound on this island. Barbados' countryside is littered with rum shops for those who care to become exposed to the concept of the island's gathering ground for playing dominoes or in local parlance 'slam uh dom'. Dominoes is a very popular game that attracts quite a bit of attention as players are not only loud but the very action of slamming dominoes on the sometimes make shift table is one that creates quite a stir. You would be amazed at the level of conversation that goes on at some of these rum shops. Conversations can vary from politics to cricket to gossip. Simply put, just about anything goes in a rum shop.


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