Best-rated National Parks in the Caribbean

It’s not very common to imagine the Caribbean as a hiking destination. Usually people come here on a cruise ship or opt for an all-inclusive resort where they can enjoy the water, sun and good food without extra worries. But this doesn’t mean that an outdoorsy person will find the Caribbean to lack adventure or natural beauties.
Actually, some of the most amazing natural parks and reserves are to be found in the Caribbean. They can encompass various geographic features like volcanoes, rainforest, waterfalls, gorges and coral reefs, but also lots of unique species of animals and plants. There will be definitely something to explore in any of these best-rated national parks in the Caribbean:

Morne Trois Pitons National Park, Dominica

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Dominica’s reputation as an unspoiled tropical paradise makes it the number one destination for hikers and eco-responsible tourists. The Morne Trois Pitons National Park is probably the most visited of Dominica’s parks (yes, there are several parks on this small island!). Thermal features, beautiful waterfalls and luxuriant woods make up a complex, unforgettable hiking experience.

Jaragua National Park, Dominican Republic

Not to be confused with Dominica, the Dominican Republic does have a word to say in terms of natural beauties. Actually, this Spanish speaking Caribbean country can pride on a record number of national parks. Among these, Jaragua Park in the southwestern part of the country comprises of several eco-systems (forest, mangrove, wetlands) and is quite famous for its bird watching opportunities. This is also the place to learn about Taino, the initial inhabitants of the Caribbean islands whose ancient paintings are carefully preserved in the park.

Grand Etang National Park, Grenada

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Grand Etang is the name for Granada’s most favorite park. This is a mountainous park so some easy hiking will be required. The flora is particularly interesting, with numerous species of trees (including the fascinating mountain pam), herbs and tropical flowers. There’s also a volcanic lake, quite rare for this part of the world.

Washington-Slagbaai National Park, Bonaire

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The even smaller island on Bonaire doesn’t lack nature reserves. Washington-Slagbaai National Park is different from all the parks presented so far in the sense that it used to be a plantation just half a century ago. Since then, numerous species of birds have found a refugee here. The park is not very big and offers spectacular views of the coastline, so it makes an ideal day-trip destination.

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