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Best Island Hikes

November 15, 2019 0 Comments

Life is a beach in the Caribbean, but there’s so much more to explore. With so many glorious landscapes across the Caribbean islands, we’ve rounded up some of the top hikes you have to check out. It’s an adventure that will allow you to appreciate the island beauty from a different perspective, literally.

St. John, US Virgin Islands

With over two-thirds of this tiny island serving as the Virgin Islands National Park, you won’t run out of picturesque spots to explore. There are over 20 trails to choose from, where you can find everything from jaw-dropping ocean views to impressive historical ruins to exciting wildlife. Wherever you decide to meander, the hike won’t be difficult, and there’s always the option to take a refreshing dip in the ocean mid-hike–sign us up!

Beachfront view of St John.

The beach + hiking = a dream come true. (Photo by: @mcoflyboy79)

Mount Liamuiga, St. Kitts

As the highest peak on the island of St. Kitts, a hike on Mount Liamuiga isn’t for the faint of heart. The trek to the top is mostly vertical and consists of climbing tree branches and over rocks, so we wouldn’t recommend this for someone looking for a casual excursion on their vacay. Although the hike is strenuous, the views from the top are worth it.

Girl with walking stick at top of the mountain.

A walking stick is definitely necessary for this hike! (Photo by: @mikaylawecker)

El Yunque National Park, Puerto Rico

As the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. National Forest System, El Yunque National Park features stunning views and lush terrain you couldn’t find hiking anywhere else in the U.S. or its territories. While some areas are off-limits for restoration, the accessible trails will absolutely take your breath away.

Girl on trail with forest surrounding her.

Green as far as the eye can see. (Photo by: @alex_hovv)

Gros Piton, St. Lucia

We’ve all seen the pictures of Gros Piton towering over the deep blue sea, but many don’t take the time to actually hike St. Lucia’s signature feature. Embarking on the adventure up this peak will give you a whole new appreciation for the landscape of the island. From waterfalls to colorful plants to its sheer natural beauty, the challenging hike will wow you all the way to the top. Although, if you prefer an easier hiking experience, Petit Piton offers the same beautiful views but with less of a trek.

Girls hiking through the rainforest of Gros Piton.

Hiking is always best with a buddy. (Photo by: @palanteyoga)

Nevis Peak, Nevis

As you arrive to Nevis, the most striking part of the island is Nevis Peak. Soaring into the clouds, this beauty is open for hiking, but it’s highly recommended you take a guide. You might break a sweat on the way up, but trekking through cloud forests and looking out over the Caribbean Sea will make you immediately forget the work it took to get there.

View of Nevis Peak from ocean.

Who’s ready to hike into the clouds? (Photo by: @sabinaa06)

Whether you are an experienced hiker or are looking for a casual trail to enjoy, the Caribbean has it all. For the perfect post-hike spots to relax, check out our all-inclusive deals all the way from Puerto Rico to St. Kitts.

Haley Hogan

All I really need in this life is the beach and a little bit of ice cream.

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