The road north of Speightstown is mercifully free of buildings and there is a good sandy beach on Six Men’s Bay.
Go through Littlegood Harbour and notice the boat building on the beach. The jetty you can see is at Harrison Point. You are now entering the unspoilt (apart from Arawak Cement Plant) parish of St Lucy. Almost any of the roads off Highway 1b will take you to the north coast, at first green and lush around Stroud Point but becoming more desolate as you approach North Point. The northwest coast, being slightly sheltered from the Atlantic swells, has many sandy coves (Archers Bay). The cliffs are quiet and easy to walk. You may spot turtles swimming in the sea.
The Animal Flower Cave at North Point is a series of caverns at sea level which have been eroded by the sea. The animals are sea anemones. There are various ‘shapes’ in the rock which are pointed out to you. The main cave can be closed due to dangerous seas, so T4398797 around 0930 to enquire. US$1.50(US$1 if you cannot see full cave). The floor of the cave is very stony and can be slippery.
Following the rocky coast, turn into the semi-abandoned North Point Surf Resort (park outside the wall to avoid being charged for parking, the buildings are half ruined now, and there is an enormous empty swimming pool) where you can walk around the Spout, which has lots of blow holes and a small, rather dangerous beach.
Good walks along the cliffs can be enjoyed, for instance from River Bay to Little Bay along the Antilles Flat, but beware as there is no shade and there are shooting parties during the season. If driving, several back roads go through the attractive communities of Spring Garden and St Clements. At Pie Corner you can rejoin the coast and visit Little Bay. This is particularly impressive during the winter months with the swell breaking over the coral outcrops and lots of blowholes. Note the completely circular hole on the north edge of the Bay. If you climb through this natural archway in the cliff, there is a big, calm pool, just deep enough to swim between the cliffs and a line of rock on which the enormous waves break and send up a wall of spray. Wear shoes to stop your feet getting cut to pieces on the sharp rock.
At Paul’s Point is a popular picnic area. If the ground looks wet park at the millwall by the Cove Stud Farm as it is easy to get bogged down. You will get a good view of Gay’s Cove with its shingle beach (safe to swim in the pools at low tide) and beyond it the 240-ft high Pico Teneriffe, a large rock (almost in the shape of Barbados and named by sailors who thought it looked like the mountain on Teneriffe in the Canaries) on top of a steeply sloping cliff. The white cliffs are oceanic rocks consisting of myriad tiny white shells or microscopic sea creatures. The whole of the coast to Bathsheba is visible and it is easy to see the erosion taking place in Corben’s Bay. Indeed you get an excellent impression of the Scotland District, where the coral limestone has been eroded. The whole of this coast between North and Ragged Points has been zoned, no further development will be allowed along the seafront.
The Mount Gay Rum Distillery is reached off the road between the St Lucy church junction and Alexandra. Tours Mon-Fri at 1100 and 1400. They also have a visitor’s centre in St Michael (see Bridgetown).