Barbados: Seven Wow! Panoramic Views

1. north point stand on the forty-foot cliffs at the northern tip of barbados above the crashing atlantic surf to take in the rugged coastline left and right, complete with a lovely blow-hole as the high tide surges in under the coral overhangs. There are little bays tucked in on both sides, while the animal…

1. north point stand on the forty-foot cliffs at the northern tip of barbados above the crashing atlantic surf to take in the rugged coastline left and right, complete with a lovely blow-hole as the high tide surges in under the coral overhangs. There are little bays tucked in on both sides, while the animal flower (sea anemone) cave sets benefit your feet. Breathe the fresh ocean air and watch the atlantic merge into the caribbean sea.

2. bathsheba any of the higher points along the northern east coast will give you an amazing view but bathsheba is my favorite. Go high enough and you'll see the sweep of coastline as the majestic atlantic ends its 2,000 mile journey from africa, turns and starts back across the expanse. I swear that air on barbados' east coast contains valium; you'll want to find a hammock or deck chair and enjoy an instant siesta! Notice also how the eastern coast is kindly maintained as a more natural, less built-up environment; here, nature rules.

3. ragged point this is the easternmost tip of barbados, where the “waist” of the island protrudes into the ocean. You can actually see the bends in the coastline, rising up to the north. Again, the views are ocean, open and bracing. Why not go to the lighthouse (it still works) and venture a bit further south to see barbados' last remaining satellite, a little rock called culpepper island.

4. mount misery anywhere up along the central spine of the island will give you views of both east and west coasts simultaniously. But mount misery is also a nice view to enjoy; for decades, telecommunications companies have used its height to place the broadcast antennas. But the views are worth it; where else could see you both coasts of any country simply by turning your head?

5. horse hill This is the main highway-hill which leads down to the east coast, and i always let out a relaxed squeal as our car pitches up and over the peak, and the panorama of the east coast and atlantic opens before us. It's a wonderful descent, improved halfway down by the splendid profile of st. Joseph church (dating back to 1641, although this version is from 1839), and sadly now earmarked for demolition after the foundations found much too much. Catch it before it disappoints!

6. cherry tree hill This is guaranteed to take your breath away; it happens every time we take a visitor there. Even the locals stand in awe, shooting photos when they happen on this vista. You'll get a 300-ft high view of the expanse of the east coast from a northern perspective, and marvel at the rugged atlantic coast, the oldest part of the island. Make sure to stop off at nearby st. Nicholas abbey, arguably the oldest house in the western hemisphere (built in 1650).

7. gun hill Rising in the middle of the island, gun hill commands a superb view of the lower half of the entire island, and most of the west coast as well. No wonder it was the linchpin of the british army's communication and command center during the 1800s. It was said that using semaphore (flag signals) only, they could relay a message around the island in five minutes. No wonder barbados remained an undisturbed british colony and was never attacked or invaded!

Of course you will find amazing and memorable views in many other places as well; so feel free to write your own story!