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Active Travels: Monkeys, Caves and Barbados

Barbados monkey

By Steve Jermanok

The allure of Barbados has always been the stretch of soft white sand on the west coast that serves as a welcome mat for the warm aquamarine waters of the Caribbean Sea. Yet, it’s the ecological wonders in the northern and eastern section of the island that make Barbados an intriguing island destination. At Harrison’s Cave, you hop on a tram that slowly ambles into the dark corridor of limestone coral. The 100-foot high Great Hall is teeming with stalagmites and stalactites, the color of a creamsicle. Even more impressive is the crystal-like formations found in the Rotunda above pools of rushing water. Next stop is the Barbados Wildlife Reserve, home to green monkeys that were first brought to the island as pets of slave traders in the mid-17th century. The monkeys tend to be shy, so you have to be still. There are also flamingos and pelicans drinking from the shallow ponds, toucans that blurt “hello” from inside an aviary, and peacocks who squawk at the slow moving red-footed tortoise. You finish with a swim on one of those blissful beaches.

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10 Comments

  1. Gayle Libby
    June 24, 2011 at 2:46 am — Reply

    Looks like a fun trip!

  2. james young, II
    July 11, 2011 at 12:10 pm — Reply

    great trip

  3. james young, II
    July 13, 2011 at 12:03 pm — Reply

    love outdoors

  4. james young, II
    July 15, 2011 at 6:25 am — Reply

    lets go

  5. james young, II
    July 19, 2011 at 12:10 pm — Reply

    im ready to go

  6. linda dianne pearson
    May 11, 2012 at 5:48 pm — Reply

    AWESOME

  7. maria haynes
    September 7, 2013 at 11:03 pm — Reply

    Looks awesome.

  8. Joseph Doiron
    May 3, 2014 at 12:04 pm — Reply

    another great adventure

  9. June 6, 2014 at 3:05 pm — Reply

    The way to go is to win!!

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