“This is dangerous water for swimmer or mariner and best viewed from shore.”
River Bay, Barbados
A small brackish river flows very slowly a few hundred yards inland. Shaded benches under casuarina pine trees – an ideal spot for a picnic. But the sea in Barbados is never far away.
Soft pine needles underfoot…
Ford the river and walk up the gentle slope, soft underfoot with pine needles, towards the increasing roar of the sea.
Suddenly the horizon turns deep blue and the Atlantic in all its furious frenzy hoves into sight. Continue along the cliff top and marvel at the huge breakers as they smash against the cliffs, throwing tall spires of white spume high into the air.
Behind you, palm trees circle the small, sleepy settlement of River Bay where residents surely either acclimatise to the constant sound of waves… or go mad.
Marvel at the beauty and power
As elsewhere in the harsh east coast, tiny orange butterflies and grasshoppers flitter around the sharp, inhospitable coral rock despite the wind which threatens to knock the sturdiest human off their feet.
Getting to River Bay, Barbados: regular bus from Bridgetown for the intrepid and the bay is easy to find by car with a combination of map and irregular sign posts.