There’s nothing like heading to the Caribbean to lie on the beach and let yourself relax. Enjoying tropical cocktails, calm breezes, and soft waves is no doubt one of the best treats of a vacation. However, for a hiking enthusiast, the Caribbean is a beautiful playground. Consider heading to one of these Caribbean hiking destinations and take the tropical trek of a lifetime!
Blue Mountains – Jamaica
Jamaica’s famous Blue Mountains are not only the highest peak in Jamaican, but the highest in all the Caribbean. At 2256 metres above sea level, the mountains make for an incredible hike. Hiking the 14 mile peak trail takes about 7 hours. It’s best to leave in the morning and arrive at the peak point to enjoy a breathtaking Jamaican sunset.
Pitons – St Lucia
The Pitons are two volcanic plugs linked by the Piton Mitan ridge. These commanding mountains are St. Lucia’s most iconic landmark and the second highest local peak (next to Mount Gimie). Hikers have the choice of the larger (Gros Piton) or the smaller (Petit Piton) mountain. The larger option is easier to climb with a less steep incline. Visitors must hike with a guide who will provide a safe, educational climb up this historic mountain. Petit Piton is a bit more difficult to climb, so make sure you’re comfortable with your hiking skills.
La Soufriere – St. Vincent
La Soufriere is one of the most rewarding Caribbean hiking destinations. The hike takes about two hours and is considered a fairly difficult trek. Rabecca is the most popular hiking trail to take, which leads you through banana plantations before reaching the top. Exploring the massive volcanic crater is an amazing experience that won’t be forgotten. After reaching the top hikers have the choice of heading back down the mountain or across the island.
St John – US Virgin Islands
90% of the Virgin Islands Nature Reserve is located on St. John. Whether you take a challenging hike or an easy walk, the entire reserve is an amazing place to explore on foot. There’s a large selection of trails to take, but the Reef Bay Trail is by far the most popular and exciting. The hike begins east of Cruz Bay and takes about two hours to complete. Taking the guided tour is a great option for visitors who aren’t familiar with the area.
As the second largest and most ecologically diverse island in the Caribbean, Dominican Republic is a hiker’s paradise. With three mountain chains and 5 mountain ranges to explore, each hiking option is different than the last. Popular areas to hike include Duarte Peak, El Fronton Beach, and Tetero Valley. Tetero leads you to a gorgeous display of flowing streams and displays the natural beauty flowing through the Dominican Republic.
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