Harrison’s Cave is a major tourist attraction in Barbados.
After IÂ paid for my ticket, IÂ could haveÂ walked down to the visitor’s centre, but instead I tookÂ one of the three elevators that have been strategically placedÂ soÂ they aren’tÂ an eyesore. Outside the centre some hiddenÂ tape recorders play the sounds of birds and insects to give the experience a more natural feel.
The story of how the cave system was created geologically is very interesting indeed as Barbados is made of coral limestone that has been lifted out of the sea by tectonic plate activity. Most other Caribbean islands are the result of volcanic activity.
Visitors are taken through the cave system on a land train and it’s probably better to sit on the left hand side as peopleÂ are taken through the caverns, pools, and small streams that are found here.
Although the stalagmites and stalactites are impressive I believe that the cave was overpriced for what I saw.
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