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These Peaks In The Caribbean Are Ideal For Outdoorsy Types
Most go to the Caribbean for sea, sand, and cocktails. Adventure seekers tend to crave something spicier, like swimming with sharks or mountain climbing.
If the latter sounds like your idea of fun, check out these peaks in Jamaica, St. Lucia, Haiti, Dominica, and Barbados.
Blue Mountain – Jamaica
It’s best to start your excursion up the Blue Mountain in the morning. Some people start hiking very early, so they can catch the sunrise at the summit. It’s an arduous, seven-mile climb to the top of the 7,402-foot peak.
According to Tropical Trips Jamaica, “Notable scenery in the mountain ranges include natural springs and waterfalls with excellent swimming spots.”
The Pitons – St. Lucia
If you ask a St. Lucian if they’ve climbed the Pitons, they’ll probably tell you no. It’s very much a tourist activity.
Gros Piton is 2,619 feet above sea level. Bringing a hiking pole along is a good idea to take some of the pressure off your knees. Sip a Piton beer at the midway point, and you can either go back where you came from or continue to the top.
Petit Piton is about 2,461 feet, but it’s much more technical and steep. You’ll need a guide for this one, too.
Pic La Selle – Haiti
This is the tallest mountain in Haiti. It’s part of the Chaîne de la Selle range and is the third-tallest peak in the Caribbean.
According to Like A Local, “Access the mountain through Furcy, where the cool air and pine forests are a welcome break from the heat of the city.”
There’s also a waterfall and several lookout points where you can catch your breath.
Morne Diablotins – Dominica
This mountain is the highest in Dominica. You’ll be reminded once again why it’s called Nature Island, and you’ll want to make sure you dress accordingly. Expect exposed roots, muddy trails, and lots of lush vegetation.
Meet your guide in Roseau, who will drive you to the trail. Be mindful when climbing down so that you don’t fall. Plan to rest when you get back to your hotel—you’ll need it.
Mount Hillaby – Barbados
Compared to the others, Mount Hillaby is short—not even 2,000 feet. However, it’s a fantastic lookout spot, so be sure you have your camera.
If you go early in the morning, the views are obscured by mist. Once it clears, the coastline and other natural features of Barbados are yours to behold. Private hiking tours are also available.