Animal Flower Cave, Saint Lucy Parish

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Explore the only accesible sea cave on Barbados, Animal Flower Cave, named after the sea anemones that inhabit its pools. Discovered in 1780 by English explorers who were sailing in the area, the cave features a coral floor that's more than 400,000 years old. Descend the coral steps, built in 1912, that lead down through the cave's roof. From there you may admire the cave's rock formations that differ in color due to oxidation. View the vibrant sea anemone, swim in the deep pool in the chamber, or take in ocean views from the mouth of the cave. Put Animal Flower Cave at the forefront of your travel plans using our Saint Lucy Parish trip planner .
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  • We thought it was pricey for the cave "tour", but the views were pretty special. We didn't swim, but laughed with others as they would get washed into the cave with a large wave. We had a rental car t...  more »
  • Wow, what an amazing place. We took the bus from the Gap, which was an experience on it's own. The cave was open, but no swimming because of North tides coming in. (this was early December) Our guide ...  more »
  • Beautiful spot to see. You climb down and walk around with a guide. It can be slippery, but doable. We went swimming which was great. The guide didn’t rush us and let us take our time in the natural p...  more »
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  • The Animal Flower Cave is located at the northern tip of Barbados in the St. Lucy Parish. I have visited the place of interest on several occasions however the rough seas prevented me from gazing at their renown beauty. The rocky coastal cliffs with blowholes and other formations are of interest and definitely worth the visit. There are some supporting buildings with some park benches on the cliff-side and bridges and other structures to make mobility in the area possible for the none rock climber. The Animal Flower Cave has on-land interest as well however those mesmerizing rough waves crashing against the rocky coastline with the sounds made from that event plus the added sound from the blowholes and the water gushing into the air was spectacular. I really enjoyed my visit to The Animal Flower Cave and was enthralled by the whole scenery and the experience was quite worthwhile and fulfilling.
  • We heard from quite a few of the Bajans that this was the "must see" place on the island, and one of the top tourist destinations. While it's fun, keep in mind it's just a cave, so if you come with reasonable expectations you won't be disappointed. You pay a little bit of cash (I think 10 US per person), and get to go down some steps with a guide where you walk/swim around in the pools for 10 to 20 minutes. The caves open out into the ocean, so you get some of the spray when the ocean's a bit rough. The on-site restaurant is really nice and has great lunch options. A fun and relaxing way to spend a morning or afternoon, just don't expect to be blown away!
  • Very cool unique place. Very picturesque. Fun, information tour. Bring a bathing suit so you can swim. Not a lot of animal flowers though.
  • First visited 18 years ago. Paid to go down into the cave. Very nice. Apparently if you're lucky you can see Huge sharks swimming in the waters off the coast. The guide took us to a small puddle which had 4 sea anemones ( animal flower). The guide touched them and they immediately retracted...and then he tells us..that's it for next 20 minutes...apparently that's how long it will take for them to come back out. Revisited this year (2017) and now there are 6 anemones...i kid you not. The story is the same with the chance to see a shark and take a dip in the pool in the cave. The real beauty of this area is actually outside on the cliffs. The scenery is breathtaking. So its not a wasted journey...just don't go expecting to see many 'Animal flowers'. There's a restaurant as well.
  • Been here a few times, and still enjoyed it every single time. You only have to pay if you want to go to the cave itself. The rest is free for exploration. The stronger the wind, the more interesting the waves. Just be careful while you are out there.

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