About a month ago, my husband and I took a trip to his birthplace. The visit was not for the purpose of a vacation, despite the incredible beauty and charm of this magical place. This is the second time in a row that we traveled to Barbados for something other than pleasure. Each time, I felt that we were the only ones on the plane who were flying there for neither vacation nor a return home. Last year’s visit, for my mother-in-law’s funeral, was marked by only sadness. This one had a sense of the bittersweet. Words cannot describe the emotions that flooded through me when we visited the historic cemetery.
However, even though I knew from the day we booked our flight that this was not going to be a vacation (although we were happy for a respite from the coldest and snowiest winter in recent memory), Barbados’ loveliness cannot be ignored. So, in the midst of doing what we came to do, my husband and I made the trek to one part of the island I had not yet seen: the wild and wonderful North Point.
Driving up the west coast, we had a close-up view of the gentle waves of the Caribbean. After a while, the most direct route to our destination took us away from the shoreline. When we reached the North Point, a very different sight greeted us. For at both the northern and southern tips of the island, the calm Caribbean meets the thunderous Atlantic. Parts of the eastern shore are a surfer’s delight, but not so the North Point. Waves pouring over the rocky formations and into caves that dot the cliff are a wonder to behold from a safe distance.For hardier types, there is a chance to get up close and personal. The Animal Flower Cave, home to sea anemones, is an incredible spot. Even though we had considered descending into the Cave, one look at the steep steps made us content to walk along the path and take in the magnificence of the ocean–and stop for a memorable picnic lunch.
When we finally left this magnificent place, both of us knew we had experienced something that is the stuff of beautiful memories. I’m not sure how many visitors make their way to the North Point, but it should be a part of every itinerary. I know that it’s going to be on mine on a future trip to this small island of tremendous wonders.