You won’t need to go too far out of your way to find a good view on your Caribbean vacation. Chances are you’ll be surrounded by the island chain’s natural beauty wherever you set foot. But if you want the best view, you might need to do a little bit of roving exploration. After all, the best views are often the ones that surprise us when we stumble into them. And given the enormity of the Caribbean, there’s no shortage of such sights. So, if you’re ready for a world of discovery, strap on your hiking shoes. These are some of the best hikes in the Caribbean for that perfect, private ocean view.
The Pitons, St. Lucia
The Pitons (or peaks, in French) both offer splendid views of the island of St. Lucia. Gros Piton boasts the highest peak of the two and is the easiest to climb. Petit Piton is smaller but steeper, making for a lot of uphill climbing. Both hikes are on the difficult side, but the views ensure that the effort is worthwhile.
Shirley Heights, Antigua
The view of the crystal-blue Caribbean waters from Shirley Heights is simply awe inspiring. The trail departs from Galleon Beach on the English Harbor. This hike will also provide a perfect vantage point to see the island of Montserrat, where a volcano can be observed smoldering in the distance.
Guanapo Gorge, Trinidad
For those looking to cool down on their Caribbean trip, the hike to Guanapo Gorge offers a perfect antidote to the hot island sun. The trip requires you to make your way through a watery channel, so be prepared to get wet. The view you’ll be taking in here isn’t of the coast, but of secluded waterways and smooth, weather-worn rock formations.
Mt. Scenery, Saba
The highest mountain in the Netherlands, Mt. Scenery, can be found on the Dutch island of Saba. True to its name, the view from Mt. Scenery at its peak is something to behold. Start in the village of Windwardside and climb the just-over 1,000-step ascent to the twin lookouts at the mountain’s peak.