The caribbean is a real tropical paradise filled with natural wonders. But it’s no wonder that the hiking experience here is truly one of a kind. With each island offering something special, you’re sure to find a certain uniqueness in every location. If you love hiking trails as much as I do, then this should be high on your travel wishlist.
I have been searching for hiking locations throughout the caribbean for a while now. I was happily surprised by the variety of trails and terrains that the caribbean had to offer. While each caribbean island offers you beautiful beaches, tropical plants and animals. All the island trails seemed distinct from the other with stunning views to match. What you’d see on one island, you won’t find on the next.
Volcanoes- active, semi and extinct
La Soufriere is an active volcano on the island of St Vincent and the Grenadines. It is the highest peak and highest point in St Vincent. The history of La Soufriere erupting took place in the years 1718, 1812, 1902, 1971, and 1979. I learnt that the last eruption in April 1979 had no casualties. Today, La Soufriere is a popular location for hiking with beautiful sweeping views. Many volcanoes in the caribbean bears the name La Soufriere, for example Guadeloupe. Guadeloupe offers a series of hiking through the rainforest to the top of La Soufriere volcano in the Parc National.
The pitons on the island of St Lucia is actually a volcanic plug/ neck. It’s an amazing hiking location with hot springs, at least 97 species of plants on Petit Piton and 148 on Gros Piton, which also has 27 species of birds. It’s one of the most popular hiking destinations in the caribbean
While on the island of Martinique, located on the northern end is the semi active Mount Pelee in St Pierre. It’s a volcanic cone with collective layers of volcanic ash and hardened lava. A major eruption occurred on May 8, 1902 on Ascension Day, destroyed the town of Saint Pierre killing 30,000 people. Today, Mount Pelee is currently in quiescent state, meaning it’s not active but has seismic activity.
Rainforest, various species of plants and animals
St John in the U.S Virgin islands is a 90 percent nature preservation. This is great for hikers because great trails are never far away, which is equally great for nature lovers. On the island of Tobago boasts the oldest protected rainforest in the Western Hemisphere. It’s a beautiful, unspoiled location for hiking with some of the rarest species in the region.
Another amazing rainforest hike in El Yunque National Forest located in Puerto Rico. There’s so much to love about this trail filled with beautiful lush greenery, species of plants, birds and waterfalls. It’s truly a place that’s worth the visit.
I couldn’t end this list without mentioning one of the best mountain hikes in the caribbean. The blue mountains, the highest mountain peak on the island of Jamaica. Home to blue mountain coffee and popular hiking trails, this mountain trail is a perfect destination for both hikers and nature lovers.