by Ryan Trinidad
Today we took our first excursion around the island. We planned on visiting St. James Parish Church, Animal Flower Cave, Harrisonʼs Cave and St. Nicholas Abbey Plantation. Unfortunately we weren’t able to visit St. James Parish Church because there was a funeral being held. So we went on to Harrison’s Cave located in the center of the island.
Harrison’s Cave is known to be Barbados’ biggest tourist attraction, and just being there you could tell that it was. It was well kept, and we took our tour via car ride. The cave was amazing and was a memorable visit.
St. Nicholas Abbey Plantation was next. We went on a tour throughout the old complex, which was preserved well. There were many interesting artifacts throughout the plantation, but one thing stuck out to me. At the end of the tour there was an area where you could have a casual rum tasting, which was adjacent to the gift shop. I thought it was interesting that a plantation would have a gift shop inside of it. That just goes to show you that tourism is in fact Barbados’ driving economic source.
Lastly, we visited Animal Flower Cave. We didn’t actually tour the cave, but we did get to experience one of the best views that Barbados can offer. As seen in the group photo, behind us can be seen where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean Sea.