It's a treat to meander among fragrant flowering bushes, canna and ginger lilies, puffball trees, and more than 100 other species of tropical flora in a cool, tranquil forest of flowers and other plants. A ½-mi-long (1-km-long) path winds through the 53.6-acre grounds, a former sugar plantation; it takes about 30 to 45 minutes to follow the path, or you can wander freely for as long as you wish. Benches throughout the forest give you a place to pause and reflect. There's
also a snack bar, a gift shop, and a beautiful view of Mt. Hillaby, at 1,100 feet the highest point of land on Barbados.
Oct 24, 2005
This place is definitely out of the way--the previous reviewer said it should have taken about 20 min to get there, but there is no way. It's just too far out in the middle of nowhere with bad roads. yes, we did get lost a couple of times, but people were very helpful. Roads are 90% unmarked. The forest itself is beautiful--mostly trees though. Very quiet. Only one other couple in the whole place when we were there. Good views on the west side.
May 31, 2005
Even our Barbadian-born and -bred taxi drive didn't know where this place was... maybe we should have taken it as a sign. (He literally got lost - what should have been a 20-minute drive took 70 minutes and multiple cell phone calls.) If you're going off-season, forget about seeing "flowers," and if you're going on a weekday off-season, forget about other people, too. But our disappointment about few flowers was a blessing in disguise... so nice
to be secluded for an hour or so. Incredibly quiet, peaceful and tranquil. Wonderful mountain views. And if you get a good driver, he'll take you to see old churches and other sites along the east coast for not much more. If you're staying on the south or west coasts, you may want to try it for a change of pace... but tie in the other attractions too.