5 Top Natural Wonders of the Caribbean
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5 Top Natural Wonders of the CaribbeanPosted on June 6. 2016
In addition to stunning beaches, mouthwatering food, and a vibrant cultural calendar crammed with festivals, the Caribbean is also full of unique natural wonders that you can’t just see anywhere else. These Caribbean natural wonders help put an exclamation point on all holidays to the region, and the following are our favorites (and if you’re wondering, no, as much as we love them, swim-up bars don’t count).
The Pitons – St. Lucia
Jutting out from the sea in St. Lucia, the gigantic twin mountains called The Pitons are both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an absolute icon of the island. The Pitons are the result of ancient volcanic activity, but continue to define the island today. Hiking the mountains are a popular activity for St. Lucia vacation makers, but just catching a glimpse of them (and taking a selfie or two), is a must-do when in St. Lucia. And if you were ever wondering why the flag of St. Lucia has two large triangles on it, well, it represents the symbol of The Pitons of course.
Great Blue Hole – Belize
The largest sea sinkhole in the world, the legendary Jacques Cousteau made the Great Blue Hole famous in the 1970s, and it has become a place of pilgrimage for divers and nature lovers ever since. Essentially a huge collapsed cave that was filled with warm water from the Caribbean Sea, the Great Blue Hole teems with colorful underwater life, and while it gets darker the further you dive, the shades of blue visible on views from above are absolutely stunning. To do it truly right, take a flight over the Great Blue Hole before or after you dive its depths.
Pitch Lake – Trinidad
While the rest of our Caribbean natural wonders list is filled with the type of sights that you’d want to set as a screensaver, Trinidad’s Pitch Lake is more mysterious than beautiful. The world’s largest natural deposit of asphalt, Pitch Lake swirls with tar and natural gases, offering a fascinating look into the inner workings of the planet. Tourists flock here every year, with a swim in its waters rumored to be invigorating and age-defying due to the high sulphur counts. While the results of a sulphur bath are up for debate, it is undeniable that Pitch Lake is one-of-a-kind.
Bioluminescent Bays – Puerto Rico
An otherworldly example of just how unique the natural world of the Caribbean can be, the bioluminescent bays of Puerto Rico are the result of many special things coming together in one place. Microscopic plankton are the stars of this mesmerizing nighttime show, which is best viewed from a kayak on one of Puerto Rico’s many bioluminescent bays. These plankton emit light for only a millisecond when their environment is altered, and provide a fleeting neon night show like nothing else on earth.
The Baths – British Virgin Islands
At the far tip of the BVI’s Virgin Gorda, you will find The Baths, a collection of monstrous granite boulders that look as though they were placed there by Poseidon himself. Seemingly out of place on the island, The Baths are the result of fascinating geological activity, but most importantly for us, they make for a great day out. The boulders create many natural baths for soaking in and a series of grottoes perfect for hiding out in and getting away from it all.
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