If you are thinking about cruising around the amazing islands of the Caribbean there are some natural wonders which will simply take your breath away when you encounter them. The beautiful blue waters of the sea with its islands dotted here and there, is an exquisite setting which has to be seen to be believed.
The Baths – British Virgin Islands
The Baths in the British Virgin Islands is considered to be one of the best places in the Caribbean to enjoy snorkelling. With grottos and caves which stretch along the coast of Virgin Gorda people can wallow in the tranquil sheltered waters as they lap gently on the shores after discovering and exploring the rocky formations found along it. Diving into these clear blue waters and paddling in the hidden pools will make you think you have found Paradise.
Soufriere Hills Volcano – Montserrat
Soufriere Hills Volcano in Montserrat has kept the islanders aware of the power and magnificence of nature for a very long time. Tourists flock to the island to witness this active volcano and see the devastation that it caused to the island in 1995 when it erupted and buried the southern half of Montserrat under tons of its volcanic ash. The Montserrat Volcano Observatory closely watches over the volcano and monitors every tiny seismic movement that occurs. Tourists can visit the observatory and get a birds’ eye view of the beautiful island from on high.
Bioluminescent Bay – Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico is a popular destination and one of the reasons for this is Bioluminescent Bay. This unique bay is rich in bacteria and the shallow waters are the ideal environment for very particular micro organisms which use bio luminosity as a defence weapon against predators. On a moonlit evening as you swim in these calm waters you disturb these minute creatures and they reward you with a light show all around you. You will truly feel like you are swimming among the stars. The best way to reach the bay is to kayak down the river which leads down to the bay.
The Pitons – St. Lucia
After the island of Montserrat and its magnificent volcano there is nothing more splendid in the Caribbean than the twin volcanic peak of the Pitons on St Lucia. These peaks rise dramatically out of the seas and are now a UNESCO World Heritage site. There are active hot springs and tropical forests inland and amazing coral reefs off the shores of this unique island which is why so many visitors take up the challenge and hike to the top of Gros Piton which is 2,619 feet above sea level. The smaller Petit Piton is off limits to climbers, but the view from Gros Piton has to be seen to be believed.
Bonaire National Marine Park – Dutch Antilles
For the true enthusiast of scuba diving the Bonaire National Marine Park is the ideal destination to enjoy some of the best diving in the world. This marine park literally surrounds the entire island and boasts of the one of the best protected reef systems in the Caribbean. For a truly amazing time diving, kayaking, windsurfing or just lazily swimming and snorkelling in the bluest of blue waters you will feel like you have found one of the most peaceful places on earth.
Pitch Lake – Trinidad
Pitch Lake in Trinidad although it could not be considered as one of the most beautiful of places to visit in the Caribbean is without a doubt the most unique. This 100 acre lake of liquid asphalt is the largest in the entire world and is 350 feet deep. The surfaces of some parts of the lake are so hard that you can actually walk across it, if you can stand the bubbling and rather strong smell that hovers in the air around you. It is worth taking a guided tour so you can be shown how the lake moves constantly, swallowing some things up and spitting out others. It is truly an incredible sight as an estimated six million tons of asphalt lies before your eyes.
El Yunque – Puerto Rico
The famous and beautiful rain forest in El Yunque is a designated US National Park with 28,000 acres of natural forest which is home to thousands of native plants and hundreds of wondrous species of animals. Over 600,000 visitors descend on this exquisite area to have an experience of a lifetime. For those who want to really immerse themselves in the experience it is possible to hike, fish and enjoy camping in a truly natural environment.
Dominica’s Boiling Lake
Reachable only after an arduous mountainous hike, Dominca’s Boiling Lake is the world’s second largest body of naturally hot water. The heated water is sourced from thermal springs that result from the on-going volcanic activity in the Morne Trois Pitons National Park. The trail to view the lake is not for the faint-hearted or the unfit. It’s 7 miles of simply stunning scenery that takes you from Laudat village through forests to the lake. The route includes Titou Gorge where brave souls can swim in the plunge pool of the waterfall, Breakfast River, Panorama viewpoint and the Valley of Desolation where you can see steam escaping from the vents that feed the lake. It’s well worth 3 hours of anyone’s time to take the trail to the Boiling Lake – not only one of the Caribbean’s amazing natural feature’s but the world’s.
So now you know, the beauty of the Caribbean isn’t just embodied in sublime palm fringed white sand beaches and crystal blue waters. Mother Nature has painted the Caribbean with her very best brush.