Animal Flower Cave, in Barbados: Natural Rock Pool with a View
Over the years we have endeavoured to explore the island all over. The Animal Flower Cave, nestled at the very northern tip of the island, was something of a unique and memorable experience for us all, and one of the last pieces of our Barbados puzzle.
The final approach to the cave is along some fairly pot-holed roads, but don’t be deterred. On arrival at the top of the cliffs, you will see a small cluster of craft stalls and a small bar. This is where you should buy your tickets.
How much is Animal Flower Cave Barbados?
The tickets for Animal Flower Cave Barbados cave cost BDS$ 40 for adults and BDS$ 20 for children under 12. No bookings are required.
Why is it called Animal Flower Cave?
When first discovered in the 1700s, sea anemones (locally named as animal flowers) filled the cave. In recent years numbers have fallen, but keep a lookout, as spotting these is a bonus.
However, this was not the focus of our visit.
Swimming in the Animal Flower Cave in Barbados
Enjoying a dip in the perfectly still, transparent natural rock pool whilst looking out over the Atlantic was something of a unique experience for us all, so remember to bring your swimwear and towel. Shallow enough to stand in most places, around 8ft deep at the lowest point, it truly was a relaxing, yet fascinating experience as the tour guide talked us through the cave’s history.
Naturally, the caves aren’t for everyone; the 27 coral steps (apparently created in 1912) can be slightly daunting for some.
Restaurant on Animal Flower Cave
If you prefer, feel free to chill out at the restaurant above the caves and admire the clifftop view whilst enjoying their famous rum punch and flying fish cutters.
Check here the menu for the Animal Flower Cave Restaurant in advance.
The restaurant is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 11 am to 3.30 pm.
When to visit?
The Animal Flower Cave is open all year round, from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9.30 am to 4 pm. But it closes when waves are strong.
If you are lucky enough to be travelling to the island between February and April, this experience is a must. Why? Humpback whales visit the warm Caribbean waters for breeding, and the calves can be seen playing in the waters just off the cliffs above the cave.
We have not been lucky enough to see this as yet but it provides another reason to return!
If you are travelling to Barbados, make sure to have a look at our extensive collection of villas on the West Coast of the Island.