There is more to the Caribbean than meets the eye. It’s not all sandy beaches and harbors, there are plenty of hidden secrets to be discovered that can make it a trip of a lifetime. Take a trip off the beaten path and check out these great Caribbean secrets.
Dominica’s Boiling Lake
It might not sound inviting, but Dominica’s boiling lake has been a great pace for rugged travelers for many years. This trip isn’t for the faint-hearted, and it will mean taking a six-mile trek through the Valley of Desolation. On your trek, you will cling to narrow ridges and feel as though you are on a real adventure.
Your prize at the end of the trip is the Boiling Lake, which is a 200-foot wide lake that’s hidden behind ribbons of steam. The temperature of the water ranges between 180 and 197 F, so you won’t want to dive in, but it’s an amazing sight to behold.
Havana is the most popular destination in Cuba, and with good reason, but there are other places to enjoy in this diverse country. One of Cuba’s most interesting towns is Baracoa, which is accessible thanks to an incredible feat of engineering.
It was previously only accessible by boat, but in the 1960s, a rollercoaster-style road was built through the mountains opening Baracoa to travelers. The town itself is known for being haunted and offers people a great hike to the top of the flat-top mountain, Ey Yunque, which is known for producing delicious coconuts.
Trinidad and Tobago’s amazing birds
With such a lush and tropical landscape, it’s no wonder some of the most brightly-colored wildlife make their way to the Caribbean. There are estimated to be over 430 different species of bird just in Trinidad and Tobago, making it a birdwatcher’s dream. Non-birdwatchers might consider it as a hobby during their stay because there are so many outposts to be enjoyed in all-inclusive resorts.
James Bond’s hotel – Jamaica
This establishment isn’t officially attached to the spy franchise, but the Goldeneye Resort in Jamaica is one of the most glamorous spots in the Caribbean. This hotel is part of the author of the original stories, Ian Fleming’s, estate.
It is no longer in the hands of the Fleming family and is run by Chris Blackwell, the owner of Island Records. The stars keep on rolling in to this luxurious hotel, and famous faces such as Kate Moss, Scarlett Johansson, and Bono have been known to hang out here.
Find complete peace in the Virgin Islands
If you really want to get away from it all, there aren’t that many places in the world that offer almost complete seclusion from everyone. One place in the Caribbean that could be what you are looking for is Isaac Bay in the US Virgin Islands.
It will take you 20 minutes to hike to this isolated beach, but it will all be worth it once you get there. Hidden on the island is an unspoiled beach, that offers nothing in the form of shade or facilities. If you time it right, you might even spot some hawksbill and green turtles who use it as their place of sanctuary between July and December.
The Caribbean is full of surprises, and we think you won’t have many regrets if you choose this idyllic place for your next vacation. It has a little bit of everything, including luxury, natural wonders, and tropical wildlife.