Gardens & Parks - Barclays Park

east coastOn the rugged East Coast lies one of the most popular picnic spots in Barbados. This 50-acre park climbs the hillside, overlooking the Cattlewash area. It was opened in 1966 by HM Queen Elizabeth II. It was a gift to the Government of Barbados from Barclays Bank International Limited to commemorate the island's Independence.

The park covers both sides of the ermie bourne highway, more familiarly known as East Coast Road. Even though the sea is unsafe for swimming, there is no wondering why this is such a popular location. There is unlimited shade from the countless trees, picnic benches, bathroom facilities and a fresh seabreeze. In years gone by, this lovely oasis was awoken with droves of people and the sounds of the annual Party Monarch competition as a part of the Crop Over festival but in an attempt not to wake the sleeping giant (a nearby rock formation), this location was abandoned.

Nearby you can find the Morgan Lewis Windmill, the only intact sugar mill in Barbados and one of two operational windmills in the world.

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