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The beauty of the Caribbean

By HarryMonday 11th December 2017

The Caribbean beaches are world famous. The white sand leading to the turquoise ocean, the waves lapping gently against the shore. But the richness of the Caribbean’s beauty comes not just from the beaches, but the rainforests, wildlife and bustling towns too.
 

Wildlife of the Caribbean

 
Here you are, lying back on the warm Caribbean sand, cocktail in hand, listening to the calming sounds of the ocean. But, wait, what was that? A little lizard running across the canopy of trees above?
 
 
The Caribbean isn’t just a heavenly home for its human inhabitants, but for a whole host of feathered, scaled and furry creatures too. Did you know that crocodiles are native to the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Cuba and Haiti? Or that Barbados has named its famous golf course ‘The Green Monkey Golf Course’ after its native tree dweller? The Caribbean wildlife is truly incredible.
 
 
In Belize, the waters may look tranquil from the shore, but under the depths, there are sea turtles swimming through the schools of fish. If you dare to brave the waters with these beautiful creatures, you can go snorkelling through the UNESCO World Heritage listed Belize Barrier Reef, and see them up close.
 
 
Out of the water and up in the sky, you can find colourful birds, swooping through the air. Belize’s birds are one of the biggest draws to the island; the blue sky is dotted with the multi-coloured creatures. The iconic scarlet macaw and the psychedelically coloured keel-billed toucan are just two of the birds that you can see.
 
 
Any budding zoologists would do well to take some time venturing into the forests, jungles and waters of the Caribbean to seek out the wildlife there.
 

Stunning sights

 
Even though the islands of the Caribbean are all close to each other, they are actually vastly different, with their own unique fun, vibrant culture. But what makes the perfect backdrop to the culture? The magnificent landscape, of course.
 
 
Just as the culture varies from island to island, so does the landscape. Take St. Lucia for example. This tropical haven’s views could easily be a photoshopped image, it’s so beautiful. Surrounding the beaches are volcanic peaks, looming mountains and lush green forests that are so dense it’s like stepping into a different world.
 
 
Of course, the epic Caribbean landscapes are more than enough a reason to travel around the area. But it’s not just fantastic mountainous landscapes and volcanic peaks. In Grenada, spice plantations make up much of the land. For miles, you can see the richly coloured spices of nutmeg, ginger, clove and black pepper.
 

Aruba’s national park

 
When you think of a national park, it is usually the countryside hills of the UK, or the miles of incredible landscape in the USA. Your first thought may not be a Caribbean island. But in fact, Aruba’s national park, Arikok, is a wonderland of cacti, wildlife, sea views and grassy landscape.
 
 
Arikok National Park takes up 18% of the dreamy island, which goes someway to describing just how magical Aruba is.
 
 
You can go on guided tours of the park, so you can learn more about the remarkable landscape, and how those who work there keep it so perfect.
 
Has this changed your perception of the Caribbean? Surprised at the amount of different landscapes you can see on these paradise-like islands? If you’ve been inspired, check out our sailings to these tropical destinations.

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