Darren and Carla with the The Barbados Sea Turtle Project help protect the endangered sea turtles.
Next excursion, swimming... never mind dolphins, we got sea turtles!
Barbados is home to many a Hawksbill and Leatherback ready to share the sea!
Although turtles until recently were an endangered species thanks to the great efforts of groups such as The Barbados Sea Turtle Project these wondrous mammals are back on track. Saint Peter's Bay is very proud of their commitment to the turtles and is an important part of the resort. Here at the property the green turtles actually lay their eggs on our beach, a sight to behold, hundreds all at once! How beautiful is nature? Guests are also invited to join a guide and watch the baby turtles as they make their first steps and make their way to the sea. An incredible experience for children and adults alike.
Heading out to sea our captain assures us swimming with the turtles will be a thrill of a lifetime, as the hawksbill turtles are not shy and we will soon be rubbing shoulders with these amazing creatures. The turtle's evolutionary roots trace back more than 100 million years! And not too many species can make that declaration! In a word, the experience was exhilarating!
To the rugged north coast where the Atlantic clashes with the Caribbean...
Discovered in 1754 The Animal Flower Cave is located at the most northerly point of Barbados where the Atlantic and the Caribbean clash! The caves of limestone and coral are intoxicatingly beautiful as is the view available through several openings. Inside you can spot natural formations on the walls including a discernible turtle, and a lizard in green and brown due to the oxidation of the copper and the iron.The name "Animal Flower Cave comes from the sea anemones found in the pools of the cave. We put them to the test with our neon-pink painted nails... will they bite? That is the $64,000 question. YES! I hardly felt a thing!
The Wine Ladies become the Rum Ladies... temporarily!
A historic building, dating back to 1650 St. Nicholas Abbey gives the visitor a great sense of that time with an awesome tour that includes the ground floor of the house, containing many antiques, the rum and sugar museum as well as the gardens and the rum distillery. We particularly enjoy the distillery, as we witness the harvesting and the crushing of the sugar cane, which is done with the use of a restored 19th century steam-mill. We sample the raw sugar cane as it comes in...giving it a chew. Apparently the raw juice contains only about 15% total sugar content with the balance being water chock full of vitamins and minerals Very cool! To the tasting, of Saint Nicholas Abbey rum, still produced in the traditional process that made Barbadian rum famous over 350 years ago, fav is the 15 year old rum with notes of banana and caramel, rich and delish!
Bringing in the sugar cane at St. Nicholas Abbey, Rum Distillery
More to come.... Bajan culinary specialties, breathtaking penthouse exhibits works of world renowned artist Andrew Hewkin, and shopping...diamonds anyone?