Middle Quarters, along the A2 north from Black River, marks the beginning of Bamboo Avenue -- the most beautiful drive in the West Indies. Lying between Middle Quarters and Lacovia, this 4km (2 1/2-mile) stretch of bamboo trees is a grand scenic treat. Planted in the early 20th century to provide a respite from the hot sun for sugar cane workers, the bamboo trees stretch across the road, linking to form a canopy over the road, which narrows to a kind of tunnel that flutters in the trade winds. It's a dramatic sight, and along the road hawkers of coconuts and peanuts ply their trades. Stop anywhere along the way for a snack and a refreshing drink of coconut water.