3 Caribbean Natural Wonders
Everyone knows the Caribbean for its luxurious combination of sun, sand, and sea. This gorgeous collection of islands offers an unforgettably decadent vacation experience, with almost everything you could possibly want from a visit to a paradise island (or several!).
However, the Caribbean is much more than just luxury resorts, turquoise waters, and sugar-soft sandy beaches. It has an incredibly rich culture, too, with each island having its own particular history, traditions, and cuisine. But most of all, the region boasts some of the most stunning and mind-blowing natural wonders in the world.
So before you depart on a cruise from Puerto Rico or jump on that plane to Jamaica, take a look at some of the highlights of the natural world in the Caribbean, and plan to explore beyond the beach on your next vacation.
The Baths, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
If snorkeling is your thing then The Baths off the coast of Virgin Gorda might be your idea of heaven. A fantastically chaotic collection of sunken rocks, caverns, and underwater grottos provide a safe haven for an incredible variety of coral and marine life, making this wonderful natural formation perfect for snorkelers of every level of experience. Explore the caves, then dive into the glittering water off the beach for the ultimate combination of relaxation and adventure.
Bioluminescent Bay, Vieques, Puerto Rico
Bioluminescence is caused by infinitessimal plankton in the water, that glows brightly when gently disturbed. Seeing this natural phenomen in the real world is an indescribable experience, like an Aurora Borealis of the sea, and Vieques in Puerto Rico is one of the best places in the world to experience it. Bahia Fosforescente is a natural formation at the end of a long, thin mangrove river, and the glittering lightshow is particularly impressive on a moonless night. Swim or kayak in the bay for a truly magical, once-in-a-lifetime experience.
The Pitons, St. Lucia
The extraordinary rock formations that make up The Pitons in St Lucia are one of the most awe-inspiring natural sights in the whole Caribbean, and possibly the world! Two volcanic peaks soar majestically above the island, emerging from the water below to stand out as the iconic panorama of the area. The Pitons Management Area has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers the chance to trek through lush tropical jungle, dive beneath crystal-clear waters and explore coral reefs, and bathe in naturally-heated springs. You can even climb Gros Piton, if you are in need of even more adventure!