Animal Flower Cave Barbados Review

The Animal Flower Cave is located at the northern tip of the island, this natural wonder offers not only a unique geological experience but also an unforgettable view of the ocean and the crashing waves!

About the Animal Flower Cave

Upon arrival, the rugged cliffs and the relentless waves of the North Point greet you. You don’t even need to go in the cave to see the amazing cliffs and wave. If you do want to see the cave access to the cave is facilitated by a set of sturdy steps leading down.

View of the sea From the Animal Flower Cave Cliffs

The cave itself, discovered in 1780, is named after the sea anemones found in its pools, locally referred to as “animal flowers.”

The interior of the cave is impressive, featuring stalactites and stalagmites. The guided tours available are informative, providing insights into the cave.

The cave’s natural openings look out onto the sea, offering views that are especially dramatic on days when the waves crash against the rocks, spraying mist into the air.

After exploring the cave, visitors can enjoy the onsite restaurant which offers local cuisine with a view that competes only with the cave for its sheer awe-inspiring beauty. Dining atop the cliff, overlooking the Atlantic, is the perfect way to cap off the visit.

Tip: The best time to visit is during low tide, as more of the cave and its pools are accessible.

Our Trip to the Animal Flower Cave

We went to take a look in April 2024. The Animal Flower Cave is about a 30-minute drive from Villa Sunnyside. The journey was easy, a straightforward route up the coast and inland.

Upon arrival, we were greeted by a man selling souvenirs from a shack on the driveway, there are more shops inside so you don’t have to buy straight away. Parking was really good, lots of spaces and free, which was a nice surprise as it allowed us to explore the cliffs without any cost.

Entrance to the Animal Flower Cave, wooden gates opening into a pathway

We chose not to venture inside the cave itself on this occasion because the area offered plenty of other attractions that made our visit worthwhile. The cliff pathways provided stunning views of the ocean and if you enjoy watching the huge waves crashing against the cliffs then you should check it out. These pathways do require some caution as they can be a bit precarious in spots.

For those traveling with children, there is a kids’ play area. It’s somewhat limited but sufficient for a little bit of fun and a good way for the little ones to expend some energy.

Teddy and Margo at the Animal Flower Cave play area

The site also features a variety of shops, making it easy to grab a souvenir.

One of the best parts of this destination is that viewing the cliffs and enjoying the surroundings are completely free if you decide not to enter the cave. This made the Animal Flower Cave one of our favorite activities on the island—it’s a budget-friendly option.

Opening Hours at the Animal Flower Cave

When planning your visit to the Animal Flower Cave, it’s helpful to keep in mind the opening hours for both the cave and dining onsite.

Cave Opening Hours
The Animal Flower Cave is open for visits from Tuesday to Sunday, depending on the sea conditions as the waves can sometimes restrict access. The cave welcomes visitors from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM.

Restaurant Opening Hours
The restaurant at the Animal Flower Cave opens from 11:00 AM to 3:30 PM, Tuesday through Sunday. Offering both dine-in and take-away options, the restaurant serves up local cuisine with a view that’s hard to beat.

Lucy, Margo and Guy looking out at the animal flower cave ocean view

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I love to travel with my family. Over the years, we’ve found ourselves coming back to the magic of Sunset Crest. So much so, that we finally decided to take the plunge and buy Villa Sunnyside in 2022!