Animal Flower Cave, Saint Lucy Parish
Categories: Caves, Nature & Parks
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. Add Animal Flower Cave to your Saint Lucy Parish travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Saint Lucy Parish itinerary planner.
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We spent some time trying to locate this cave as the signposting was not too good but we eventually got there and it was quite a revelation. You need good footwear as there are steep steps into a slip... read more »
You have to visit all four major coastal types on Barbados -- north, south, east and west. Each has a different character. I had visited this northern location before, but never went down to the cave.... read more »
We drove to the animal flower cave, easy to find signposted. Steep steps in and slippery so wear good shoes. You are given a guide who tells you what year it was discovered and that Billie Ocean filme... read more »
I stopped here as part of a personalized tour. I explored everywhere they allowed me to. The views are absolutely breathtaking. Ask for English, he's a great tour guide. We even went down below and explored the cave. The animal flower is amazing. Take a swim in the pool within the cave. Be sure to visit the stalls. There is amazing handmade jewelry available. The restaurant has a great view and serves delicious food and drinks. This place is a little deceiving in its name, but still a neat place to go see. The cave is awesome and to think of how long it took to create it. You can swim in the cave as you look out over the ocean. It is interesting to learn about all the shark fishing that happens right there in the cave area. When you go back up top you can see some pictures of them and buy some local jewelry. Although there is some nice scenery, the cave is just a small cave that leads out to open sea. There is a small pool so you can have a little swim. But the flower from the name are just a couple of tube worms and the animal is some rock formation that looks like a hand and one that looks like a turtle (if you look hard) Spectacular location. Wonderful experience. Restaurant and bar create a fabulous ambience. Owner is charming and very charismatic. He made us all feel very welcome and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit.
Anthony Martins Rock
Beautiful, natural and breathtaking area with friendly staff. Be very careful as a strong wind with you at the cliffs edge could give you a bit of a scare. Hold on to your hat and sturdy/grippy shoes are in order. Take lots of photos. Stunning views all around and cute goats.
The view is amazing. You can spend hours just relaxing by the cliff side talking or reading a book. There's a restaurant there that I am yet to try. But overall. Great experience.
A good place to get out of the heat and enjoy the stunning views in a cool cave. It's a bit awkward to walk down so may not be suitable for many with physical disabilities. You can get a nice beer from the cafe and sit out on one of the covered benches and soak in the stunning views. Watch out though, it can get very busy up there!
This is a place which I was a little bit in doubt if I enter or not because the entrance was not so attractative and I didn't know what there was inside. I decided to enter and what I saw was indescribable. Words and photos cannot define it.
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