During my week in Martinique–from beaches to offshore islands and from parks to peaks–I expected spectacular blooms to overwhelm my senses. After all, this was Madinina or the “flower isle” as the Arawaks first baptized it and as Martinicans still call their home. But it wasn’t until the end of my journey, after frequent gasps at the island’s picturesque scenery–one that inspired famous poets and painters, including Aimé Césaire and Paul Gauguin–that I realized Madinina was also the perfect metaphor.
Known far and wide for its idyllic Caribbean beauty, St. Lucia is a nature lover’s dream escape. With white sand beaches, a balmy Caribbean atmosphere, and two volcanic mountains that rise like green covered cones mark this dreamy landscape. And while these lush tropical volcanic mountains are the postcard signature of St. Lucia, they’re not just there for beauty. The Pitons of St. Lucia make for incredible hiking, and if you’re here and looking for some fun things to do in St. Lucia, I recommend hiking these hills.
Dominica bills itself as the “Nature Lover’s Island,” and it’s easy to see why. This green-filled tropical paradise has some of the most interesting landscape anywhere in the world, Caribbean included. While you’re here, you’ll discover grand mountain views, Caribbean vistas, beautiful waterfalls, and stunning sunsets that will make you gasp, cry out, and snap some Instagram-worthy pics. So if you find yourself longing for some great outdoor activities in Dominica you’ll be pleasantly surprised with all of Dominica’s offering.
Sure you have access to numerous white sand beaches in Curacao, but how many times on your trip to this amazing island will you get to see all that the underwater world has to offer without getting completely wet? Well, precisely once – once if you visit the Seaquarium Beach, that is.
Tucked away in the eastern end of Bermuda lies the small town of St. George’s. A small, charming coastal town with a long history, St. George’s is a perfect stop for those looking to do a little exploring while visiting Bermuda; enticing ruins, lush greenery, and beautiful panoramic vistas like those found at St. George’s Unfinished Church reward you for your curiosity.
Though a trip to Barbados might conjure up images of white sand beaches and drinks with little umbrellas in them, there’s actually a lot to see on this rugged 21 x 14 mile wide island. Predominately flat, what Barbados lacks in peaks and valleys, it more than makes up for in its own distinct and interesting geologic way: Barbados is home to amazing underground cave structures (more than 85 individual caves, as assessed by recent survey). And though visitors might know this small Caribbean island more for its “Platinum Coast” filled with high-end resorts and luxury hotels, there’s quite a lot of outdoor activities on Barbados to entice you outside of “hotel zone” – like maybe going cave exploring?
Out in the beautiful blue Caribbean waters of the British Virgin Island, you’ll find the little slices of heaven that locals call Tortola and Jost van Dyke. Tortola is one of the largest islands in the BVI (it’s the capital of the British Virgin Islands), and often plays host to the travelers who come the Caribbean for some much-needed Rest and Relaxation. And while Tortola has some great things to do, if you’ve come to the Caribbean for seclusion and true tropical Caribbean flavor, you’ve got to try Jost Van Dyke – it’s one of the nicest stops in all of the British Virgin Islands.
Easily accessible from ferry on Tortola’s western end, Jost van Dyke has a population of just 300 permanent residents, and when you arrive, you
While most travelers head straight to Grand Cayman and stay put there, nearby Little Cayman is also worth a trip. Less than an hour away from Grand Cayman by plane and with a population of under 200 people, you’ll be treated to a true untouched island getaway. If you’re looking for cosmopolitan restaurants, posh nightclubs and giant tour buses this isn’t for you; however, if peace and quiet in nature, crystal waters enhanced by bright coral reefs, and sumptuous yet unfussy local cuisine is what you’re after, book your ticket to Little Cayman right now.
Welcome to the beautiful Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao. White sand beaches, beautiful waters, and that distinct blend of Euro-Caribbean heritage that makes it uniquely Curacao – it’s a mesmerizing, lovely experience. There are plenty of things to do here in Curacao that you can stay busy for weeks on end.
Barbados is one of the most frequented Caribbean islands for young people because of the plentiful things to do when the sun’s up. From snorkeling to scuba diving to taking an Atlantis Submarine Tour, you’re sure to have a good time bouncing around on the island of Barbados.