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Barbados’s most famous caves are Harrison’s, this large cavern full of beautiful features is one of the top attractions on the island and well worth a visit. However, a much lesser publicised adventure is the Animal Flower Cave in the parish of St Lucy at North Point.

It is off the beaten track as is most of the north of the island. Tourists tend to stick to the West and South coasts with surfers and visitors to the East Coast. The North however, is often missed and yet has some of the most stunning scenery on the island. Head for the Animal Flower cave and even if you don’t go inside, you’ll be captivated by the spectacular views from the cliff sides, but do go inside for a bigger wow factor as you can swim in the natural pools and see these views through the cave openings. This series of caves at sea level with a 400,000 year old coral floor have been eroded by the sea and are now populated by sea anemones and flower-shaped animals.

Well worth a trip on your Barbados holiday. Ask us at Barbados Travel Deals about more unusual places to visit on your luxury holiday.

Harrison’s Cave (or Harrison Caves) at Welchman Hall in St Thomas, Barbados. I haven’t written about the Harrison Caves before, despite it being high on the list of main Barbados attractions. Main reason is that I usually only write about places i’ve been to and I have driven around the grounds where Harrisons cave is, but never ventured inside these caves in Barbados. A mildish claustrophobia has always stopped me, whilst members of my party have thoroughly enjoyed the spectacle and assured me i’d be fine with the largest cavern at 50 foot high!

Harrison’s cave was rediscovered in 1970 and has been developed by the Barbadian Government as a very unique natural attraction, bringing many visitors year on year. Early in 2010, a major refurbishment introduced a restaurant, souvenir shop, lifts down to the cave entrance, interactive display areas and walking trails along the floor. Following a 10 minute video of the history of the Harrisons caves, you are taken on an electric tram – try and sit at the front – around these amazing coral formations with stalactites and stalagmites, natural springs and underground sparkling waterfalls. There are two stops where you can get off and take a closer look around.

The drive to Harrison Caves is about 20 mins from Holetown or you can easily get a bus via Bridgetown. If driving, you’re heading towards the centre of Barbados to the parish of St Thomas and the community of Allen View. If you get a bit lost – the signposts aren’t great! – just ask anyone close by where Harrisons Caves are.

Harrisons Caves – well worth a visit – I’m repeatedly told!

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