Caribbean Eco and Nature Vacations
Caribbean eco and nature vacations... the title alone stirs up images of lush forests, breathtaking waterfalls, majestic mountains and beautiful fauna.
It's more than just a dream.. it's the reality of our island paradise.
Welcome to the Caribbean!
Dominica is known as the nature island of the Caribbean; St.Lucia is renowned for it's natural features including the famous Pitons mountains; but more on those lovely places in later hubs.
Instead we begin in Barbados, which is a bit of a paradox. As one of the most developed islands in the Caribbean you may not expect to find Caribbean eco and nature vacations here. But Barbados has recognized the importance of balancing development and the environment and this is reflected throughout the island.
Eco and Nature: Above the ground...
Above the ground you'll find eco and nature tours such as island safaris that explore the lush Barbados countryside and even take you into a few gullies along the way! A warning though.. these tours can cover rough terrain so be prepared for an exciting ride.
The Barbados National Trust holds weekly (Sunday) hikes across the island and this is a great way to explore the ecology of Barbados. Check with your Barbados hotel to see if they offer any guided tours or can recommend any.
Welchman Hall Gully is part tropical forest with an array of exotic plants. Take a self-guided stroll in this nature paradise and be amazed at the tranquility and beauty of this place. Huntes Gardens, the Flower Forest and Andromeda Gardens are also well worth a visit on your Caribbean eco vacation in Barbados.
From above ground to underground...
Harrison's Cave is Barbados' most popular attraction. An underground wonder, this cave is filled with breathtaking stalactites and stalagmites with small waterfalls that cascade into emerald pools.
From underground to underwater...
Barbados is one of the few islands in the Caribbean that offers submarine tours. This once in a lifetime experience takes you 150ft under the Caribbean Sea with Atlantis Submarines to explore the reefs (including sponges, reef fish and coral) and marine life such as turtles, eels and even barracuda!
Another great activity on your nature vacation is scuba diving. Local scuba divers have great respect and love for the ocean and its inhabitants and will ensure an eco-friendly dive. Barbados is blessed with warm waters that offer great visibility and are teeming with marine life.
http://www.barbados.org/tours/barbados_sea_tours.htm offers more information on sea and submarine tours with links to Barbados sea activities.
And back above water...
Don't want to go underwater? No problem... a catamaran cruise, many of which include swimming with friendly sea turtles and snorkeling over shallow reefs will be just as enjoyable!
For a quick sea tour along the coast opt for a smaller Hobie Cat ride instead.
I do hope you're enjoyed this brief introduction to the Caribbean eco and nature vacations that you can experience in Barbados.
Be sure to stop by http://www.barbados.org/tours/barbados_eco_tours.htm for more Barbados eco holidays.
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