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Free
24/7 daily

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Beaches, Natural Wonders, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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Named for its sea anemones, Animal Flower Cave is the island's only accessible sea cave, located under the North Point cliffs in St. Lucy parish. Although it's not as popular as Harrison's Cave, it's worth making the jaunt from your hotel area to spend at least an hour exploring the caves and enjoying the view. You might have the opportunity to swim in the cave's rock pools (depending on the weather), so you'll want to wear a swimsuit under your clothes and bring a towel.

Previous travelers warned that though this cave is impressive, getting here is a challenge and the area offers little to do besides the cave. Others feel the fee is a little steep for what you see. Another word of caution: Watch your step when heading into the cave, since the stairs are steep and the rocks are slippery.

The Animal Flower Cave is open all day every day, though guided tours are only available from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tour tickets, which include cave access, cost 25 Barbadian dollars (about $12.50) per adult and 10 Barbadian dollars (around $5) per child younger than 12. The best way to reach the cave is by car, but limited bus service to and from Speightstown is also offered. Attraction facilities include restrooms, a gift shop and a restaurant with fabulous views.

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