Top 5 Caribbean Destinations For Eco Vacations

Holiday-makers usually associate Caribbean islands with azure blue sea, fine sand and lush greenery. Other travelers consider the Caribbean region more than a beach opportunity.

By combining the health benefits with the emotional benefits of being close to nature, those people enjoy the adventure of the so called eco vacations, during which they buy locally produced food and invest in the local businesses.

Some of the Caribbean islands are greener than others, yet St. Barth’s, Turks and Caicos, the Cayman Islands, as well as St. John and Anguilla make some of the finest eco vacations in the area.

Dominica is often named as the Nature Island of the Caribbean, Bonaire is known for its marine environment, while Belize and Costa Rica have the top eco-friendly travel locals.

The selected top five Caribbean eco paths have low impact integration with the native environment, reduced energy use or renewable energy, and other activities that support the local ecosystem.
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Turks and Caicos

Almost one third of the Turks and Caicos Islands is preserved, and the island is home to the largest biodiversity wetland reserve in the world.

An eco-holiday here should include a visit to the Pine Cay island which is known for the unspoiled nature and the Grace Bay, which is famous for the lively water sports such as kayaking and snorkeling, as well as diving.

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St. Barths

St. Barths is among the most popular eco-friendly destinations in the Caribbean islands.

The locals are recycling grocery bags and has a system for collecting rain water as there is no fresh water on the island. The food that travelers eat here comes from local produces.

The must-do activities here include visit to the olive shells on the Shell Beach, hiking the path near Colombier Beach and Flamands Beach, and surfing at Anse des Cayes.

Among the other activities are sunbathing and sailing, snorkeling and sailing.

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The Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands are known for the crystal clear waters they have and the excellent opportunities for snorkeling.

Great to visit is the Stingray City, which is positioned 20 min away from the shore and provides the option for swimming with the stingrays.

Travelers also appreciate the Six Senses Eco Tour, which lasts for 6 hours and has been awarded for being the best boat tour for snorkeling, sunbathing on a private beach and stingrays swimming at the Grand Cayman.

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Anguilla

This Caribbean island is not among the top eco-tourism spots in general, however it is home to the CuisinArt Resort and Spa, located on the island, which features a hydroponic farm growing almost all of the herbs and vegetables used in the complex.

The water is recycled for irrigation and the guests are welcomed to harvest the production and even cook their meal using local products, including local catch.

The eco holidays here include visits to the iguana caves close to Katouche Bay, snorkeling in the Shoal Bay East reefs and bird watching on the Dog Island, as well as diving at the eight shipwrecks around Anguilla.

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St. John

Almost 60 % of the St. John Island are preserved for the Virgin Island National Park. Here is situated the Coral Bay being one of the best protected and eco-friendliest harbors in the Caribbean.

The island can be explored on your own or with a local tour guide. It is suitable for hiking on the Catherineberg ruins and kayaking, windsurfing and all other water sports that one can think of.

Further to be visited are the Cinnamon Bay Plantation and the Annaberg Plantation. Fresh local fruits and drinks are available and very tasty at the Dolphin Gourmet Market.

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Other ideas for eco vacations at the Caribbean

St. Martin – visit the Loterie Farm paradise on the French side of Saint Martin.
Tortola – go for a tour on the hills of Johnson’s Ghut.
Jamaica – go zip lining through the rainforest and over the rivers and waterfalls at Big Timba.
Saba Island – hike the Mt. Scenery trail of the dormant volcano.
The coast of Turks and Caicos and the Dominical Republic – go whale watching in March or swim with the whales during their mating season.
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