Barbados Road Trip: Things to Do in the Parish of St Lucy
by Karen Rollins Nov 14, 2022
Barbados’ northern-most parish of St Lucy sits right at the top of the island.
It is known for its scenic beauty which includes several hidden coves dotted along the rocky coastline. It is also the only parish on the island named after a female patron saint.
There’s lots to explore in St Lucy. We’ve picked out five main attractions.
The Animal Flower Cave is the island’s lone accessible sea cave and offers spectacular views of the coast above ground, and an eye level perspective of the Atlantic Ocean’s crashing surf when you venture down the steps, into the cave itself.
The cave was first discovered from the sea in 1750 by Reverend Griffith Hughes, a Welsh naturalist explorer and author, and is often described by visitors as “a natural world wonder”.
Harrison Point Lighthouse
Built in 1925, Harrison Point Lighthouse stands at 85 feet tall, and is the youngest of Barbados’ four lighthouses. When it was operational its beacon gave out two white beam flashes at 15 second intervals to warn ships about the rocks below.
The lighthouse is managed by the Barbados Port Inc. but is not open to the public. However, visitors can still look around the outside and take pictures of the lighthouse and the panoramic views.
St Lucy Parish Church
St Lucy Parish Church is one of the original six parish churches built on the island under British governor Sir William Tufton.
The first church was built of wood in 1627. It was destroyed by a hurricane and rebuilt in 1741 using sawn stone. The church was again destroyed by hurricanes in 1780 and 1831.
The current structure was completed in 1837. It is a classic Georgian building with an impressive bell tower.
A coral peak which stands at an elevation of just over 300 feet, Pico Teneriffe, and the nearby Cove Bay is a popular spot for hikers and picnickers.
The imposing landmark allegedly got its name from being the first point of land directly northeast of the Spanish island of Tenerife. It is not easily accessible so is best viewed from a distance.
Situated on a cliff, Moontown is a small fishing village where you can find an authentic taste of Barbados. The area has chattel houses and just three small businesses, including a fish market and an open-air restaurant, as well as a friendly and relaxed vibe.
Walk down the cliff via some steps and you’ll find a beautiful beach surrounded by fruit trees and tropical plants. Out at sea you might also spot fishermen hauling in their catches which you can enjoy at the weekend fish fry.
Moontown is a throwback to old time Barbados.
Look out for the rest of this series as we explore every parish in Barbados!