Eco-Travel in the Caribbean

I assume there is no need to add just what a gorgeous vacation spot the Caribbean islands are. The clean waters, fine beaches and palm woods offer the ideal setting for a romantic escapade or an unforgettable family vacation. But every year the nature of the Caribbean is more and more threatened by the massive development of tourism. Huge cruise ships travel from island to island generating noise and gases, while trees are cut off every day to make room for hotels and villas.
Fortunately, there is a simple solution to all this aggressive tourism: eco-travel in the Caribbean represents the answer to a sustainable way of living for the locals and a responsible way of traveling for tourists. Don’t let yourself mislead into believing that eco-travel is all about living in tents and eating nothing but raw foods: by contrary, it is one of the most authentic and confortable ways of traveling. Here are a few suggestions for those of you willing to give Caribbean nature a chance:

Eco tours and lodges

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There are several agencies that offer adventure and eco-travel tours, as well as a considerable number of eco-lodges owned and operated by locals. The first choice when it comes to responsible traveling in the Caribbean is Dominica, a nation who decided to stay out of the way of big hotel chains and cruise ships and preserve its superb nature. Another small island with wonderful nature is St. Lucia in the Lesser Antilles. As for more popular destinations like Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Bahamas, eco-travel is widely available and quite recommended (especially when considering Dominican Republic, probably the most polluted island in the area).

Protected Areas

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The eco-responsible tourist should know that all across the Caribbean there are natural parks and reserves waiting to be explored for those looking for adventure and willing to trade sunbathing for some short hikes. Common destinations include the Virgin Islands National Park, Levera National Park in Grenada, Christoffel National Park in Curacao or Sage Mountain National Park in Tortola.

Green Activities

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Another useful tip in what concerns eco-travel in the Caribbean is related to the type of activities and entertainment one is ready to try out. Even if you haven’t booked one of the fancy eco-lodges, you can still do your best and try to minimize your carbon footprint. Activities like snorkeling, horse riding, hiking or sailing in wind powered/man powered boats have a small impact on the surrounding nature. You can also take the opportunity to observe the unique animals living in the area: exotic birds and parrots, turtles, dolphins and whales.

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