The Caribbean is best known for sparkling waters in varying shades of blue and stunning islands speckled with warm, sandy beaches. However, that’s not all it has to offer. Nestled throughout the Caribbean are natural wonders featuring underwater exploration and sights hidden deep within untouched rainforests. We’ve found 5 Caribbean treasures you won’t want to miss on your next tropical getaway.
Located on the south shore of Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands, The Baths are a group of beachside sea pools surrounded by granite boulders. Molten rock formed the pools that now house sea life and unique rock formations perfect for snorkeling and exploring sea life. Nearby, large granite boulders come together to form caves above some of the sea pools. For more snorkeling and opportunities to see a wide variety of sea creatures, take one of the paths that connect The Baths to Devil’s Bay Beach.
St. Lucia is boasts two volcanic plugs connected by the Piton Mitan ridge, known as The Pitons. The smaller peak is known as the Petit Piton, while the larger of the two peaks is known as the Gros Piton. Mountain climbers travel far and wide to hike the Gros Piton, as it is the easier to climb of the two. A two hour hike offers climbers a spectacular view of St. Lucia and the Caribbean Sea surrounding the island. In comparison, the Petit Piton is more difficult to scale, but offers climbers a one-of-a-kind view of Piton Bay and St. Lucia.
Bio Bay is located in Vieques, a small island off the coast of the main island of Puerto Rico. When the sun sets, The Bay boasts an underwater light show caused by dinoflagellates, oceanic plankton, that release a stunning, green and blue illumination when disturbed. Dark nights with little to no moonlight are the best times to experience the beauty of the bay. To choose the best times for exploration, plan your trip to Bio Bay according to the moon calendar.
Located on the eastern side of Puerto Rico, the El Yunque Rainforest is best known for its breathtaking waterfalls and lush, vegetation. The rainforest is best explored on hiking trails that wind through the sub-tropical habitat and feature exceptional views of La Mina River and La Mina Falls. When night falls, the rainforest comes alive with the sound of Puerto Rico’s coqui tree frogs.
Bonaire National Marine Park
Known for its active preservation of reefs and sea life, Bonaire National Marine Park is a dream destination for scuba divers and snorkelers. Bonaire’s fringing coral reefs are alive and teeming with more than 340 different fish species and a multitude of marine life. Just off the shore of the Marine Park lie the sea grasses and untouched mangroves that are home to an array of bird species and queen conch. Captivating photo opportunities of Bonaire’s peaceful preserve await visitors underwater and ashore.
Whichever of these marvelous, natural wonders you choose to explore, you’re sure to leave with a newfound love of the Caribbean’s hidden treasures.