Found on the extreme north point of Barbados, the Animal Flower Cave is a famous fixture of the island’s attractions. Still, that’s no reason for the intrepid experiential traveler to pass it up.
Just look at this photo! Descending along coral steps carved directly into the rock nearly 100 years ago, walking along the 500,000-year-old cool water-smoothed floor of these ancient natural halls, and looking out onto the raging waters as waves crash coming off the Atlantic Ocean is pure magic.
Barbados’ lone accessible sea cave gets its name from the small sea anemones called animal flowers that live in its dark pools of salt water. Exposed and feeding, they look a little like flowers… Until you touch one and it instantly retreats into its body like a startled animal.
The cave opens at 9 am, which is when I highly recommend you visit—before any buses loaded with tourists invade both the caves and the stunning views above ground. The guided tour (which is mandatory for entrance as far as I know) is just $10. The Animal Flower Cave is located in the parish of St. Lucy about 50-minutes drive from Bridgetown.