Known for its gorgeous beaches and the perfect atmosphere to relax and unwind. The Caribbean islands are on the list for a lot of travellers. If you’re on the adventurous side and are looking to indulge in some medium to difficult hikes while you’re here, you’ve got a lot of options to pick from.
Keep reading to discover the list of the 5 best hikes you can take while you’re here.
Virgin Islands National Park
What does hiking through paradise feel like? Get yourself to Virgin Islands National Park for a hike and you’ll know. With 20 trails to choose from, each of them allowing you to wander through lush green rainforests, hidden cabins, pristine beaches and nature at its best. You’ll be spoilt for choice. The trails are actually short, which make it the perfect choice for those who are looking to start out small and are not looking for something really intense.
Gros Piton is one of the two peaks on the island of St Lucia, and makes for a great choice for a hike if you’re more on the adventurous side. The peak stands 2579 feet tall and if that isn’t intimidating enough for you, here’s something even more to get you excited at the prospect of it- even the most experienced hikers take upto 7 hours of walking and scrambling through rainforests and large rocks to get to the top, but undoubtedly, the view from the top is totally worth it.
The Waitukubuli National Trail
Stretching for around 115 miles, the trail is one of the most popular long distance hiking trails in the Caribbean, extending for the entire length of the island. The trail is divided into 14 segments, so take your pick. Remember that the entire hike can take you upto 2 whole weeks, and that’s if you’re a strong hiker. Along the way, you’ll encounter a variety of different terrains from caves and hot springs to rainforests and waterfalls. A few trails also run through settlements of local communities there, which is great if you’re looking to discover the Caribbean at its best.
The Quill/Boven National Park
If discovering new flora and fauna is your thing, definitely get yourself to the The Quill/Boven National Park! Apart from getting the chance to hike from a choice of 8 different trails. You will also be just a 20 minute walk away from a bird observatory. You can watch the Bridled Quail-dove or spot some of the Red-billed Tropicbirds. If you’re up for a challenge, you can also hike up a challenging 1 hour trail to the top of the island.
Talk about challenging hikes in the Caribbean, and the hike to the Nevis Peak is worth a mention. The hike starts at the sea level, and around three hours into the hike, you’ll sense it getting tougher. You will be scrambling over tree roots and rocks and even ascending using ropes. When you reach the top of the summit. You will be rewarded with a breathtaking view which totally makes up for it!
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