A small stretch of apparently ordinary tarmac between La Vache and Maracas Bay has a unique claim to fame. According to local folklore, this is the “magnetic road”, where vehicles roll up an incline in defiance of gravity – and it’s easily experienced. Stop just before the North Coast Road begins its descent to Maracas Bay. As the cliffs to the right recede, revealing the Northern Range, the road ahead appears to have a definite upward incline. On stopping your vehicle, putting the gears in neutral and releasing the handbrake, you’d assume that the car would obey gravity and roll backwards; in fact you move forward in what feels like the “wrong” direction. Although this marvel is nothing more than an optical illusion, more romantic locals insist that it’s the work of God, obeah, or a bizarre magnetic field.