Hiking in the Caribbean: In Search of Stunning Views
Your best travel guide to the islands of the Caribbean and more.
Hiking in the Caribbean: In Search of Stunning ViewsPosted on September 26. 2014
It’s safe to say that you are probably already well aware that the Caribbean is a Mecca for beach lovers, bird watchers, and watersports enthusiasts. Did you know that hiking in the Caribbean is also world-renowned as well?
It’s true. Since many of the Caribbean’s islands were formed by volcanoes, these volcanoes have left their hilly mark on the landscape and have made Caribbean hiking an incredibly scenic and rewarding activity to take part in. Here is our list of the best places for hiking in the Caribbean.
Dominica is one of the true hidden gems of the Caribbean, as this lush and wild island is largely untouched. This results in many unbeaten hiking trails and paths which are highlighted by the Waitukubuli National Trail, which stretches over 100 miles from one end of the island to the other. This path will take you through lush landscapes and small villages and then on to Morne Trois Pitons National Park, the unrivaled jewel of Dominica’s beauty. This park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is also home to Boiling Lake Hike, a strenuous walk through otherworldly landscapes.
The Blue Mountains of Jamaica are a misty land home to many hikes and a unique culture of people. The highest peak of the Blue Mountains is over 7,000 feet and is famous for being best ascended during the wee hours of morning. In fact, many hikers set off in the darkness of night so they can reach the peak just in time for a gorgeous sunrise.
Arriving on the Dutch island of Saba is a thrill in itself as it is home to the world’s shortest commercial airport runway. The thrills don’t end there as the island is home to many peaks and trails that are sure to keep you enthralled and your heart racing. Mt. Scenery, the highest of the peaks and probably the best named mountain in the Caribbean, is the highlight of hiking in Saba, and it’s summit offers remarkable views of this volcanic island.
The Virgin Islands
Whether you choose to base yourself on the U.S. Virgin Islands or the British Virgin islands, wonderful Caribbean hiking awaits you. Almost the entire island of St. John is a national park and offers a multitude of hiking opportunities. Next door on Tortola, Sage Mountain is the peak to conquer as it is the highest point anywhere on the islands and is home to enthralling Elephant Ear vines, a beautiful and mysterious native plant. While the peaks on the Virgin Islands may not be the highest or most dramatic in the Caribbean, they are some of the most accessible and are simply perfect for everyone.
St. Kitts and Nevis
These two sister islands both provide quality hiking. The nearly perfectly formed upside-down cone of Nevis Peak is exactly what comes to mind when one thinks of a volcano, and luckily for us it is dormant. Often with a eerie mist hanging around the peak, this hike is a tough but rewarding one. On St. Kitts, you will find Mt Liamuiga, another challenging charmer which offers views of five other Caribbean islands from its summit.
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