Best Loca­tions for “Island Hopping”

We’ve talked about stay­ca­tions and where we locals can go within Bar­ba­dos for that week­end or mini vaca­tion; but what about where you can go out­side of Bar­ba­dos for a quick week­end trip or bank hol­i­day? This arti­cle presents the Top 5 islands to go “island hop­ping”. The best part is, trav­el­ling to these coun­tries is faster than one bypass trip from Oistins to Speightstown!

  • Bar­ba­dos to St. Vin­cent and the Grenadines – Travel time 40 minutes

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St. Vin­cent and the Grenadines is one of the most beau­ti­ful islands in the Caribbean with its hills and moun­tains. How­ever, there is much more to do in St. Vin­cent than mere sight­see­ing. You can enjoy some div­ing and snorkelling in the island known as the Crit­ter Cap­i­tal of the Caribbean with options includ­ing reef div­ing, wall div­ing, drift div­ing, wreck div­ing and cave div­ing. Also you can visit some dive sites on the island such as The Bat Cave and Anchor Reef, the lat­ter of which has been voted as one of the top 100 dive sites in the world. There is the option of hik­ing at the won­der­ful La Soufriere vol­cano and of course expe­ri­ence the forests and water­falls on your way to the top. As men­tioned before, the scenery is amaz­ing, and you can enjoy the expe­ri­ence of explor­ing St. Vincent’s trop­i­cal rain­forests and trop­i­cal gar­dens.

  • Bar­ba­dos to St. Lucia – Travel time 45 minutes

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St. Lucia has plenty of attrac­tions for both locals and tourists. You can stay for a week­end at the Ladera Resort, located on a vol­canic ridge that stands 1000 ft above the sea. There you take in some beau­ti­ful scenery while enjoy­ing the peace and seren­ity of this loca­tion. If soli­tude is what you are look­ing for then this loca­tion is ideal. One can also hike to the top of two enor­mous moun­tains, the Gros Piton (2530ft) and Petit Piton (2438ft.), espe­cially ideal for fit­ness buffs look­ing for a chal­lenge. By the time you reach the top after a few hours, you may even catch a sight of a hump­back whale in the waters below. Also, there is the option of a full-​body mud bath. While this in itself does not sound appeal­ing, the mud is said to con­tain reju­ve­nat­ing prop­er­ties so it is per­fect for those look­ing to relax and maybe revi­tal­ize after a long week.

  • Bar­ba­dos to Grenada – Travel time 55 minutes

Island Hopping-Grenada diving Another ideal loca­tion for island hop­ping, Grenada is per­fect for explor­ing rain­forests. In these rain­forests, you can encounter the national bird, the Grenada dove, armadil­los and other unusual ani­mals, birds, flora and fauna. Grenada also has many active water­falls, some­thing that is quite rare in some parts of the Caribbean. Enjoy a pic­ture day at the Royal Mount Carmel Water­falls which tum­bles from over 70 feet or a lazy day at the Con­cord Falls. Also, be sure to visit the River Sallee Boil­ing Springs which is a col­lec­tion of water­holes each of which has a tem­per­a­ture of 35 degrees.

  • Bar­ba­dos to Trinidad and Tobago – Travel Time 55 minutes

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There is always some­thing to do in Trinidad. The Caroni Swampand Bird Sanc­tu­ary is maybe one of the island’s best known attrac­tion to vis­i­tors. It is ideal for nature lovers, espe­cially those with a keen inter­est in birds. Take a visit to Pitch Lake, the largest of three nat­ural asphalt lakes in the entire world, where its Nat­ural Springs are said to have heal­ing prop­er­ties. For the explorer, there is the option visit the Gas­paa­ree Caves, sim­i­lar to our very own Har­risons Cave but the expe­ri­ence is dif­fer­ent as you can only access it via a boat ride from Chaguara­mas and a short hike. Finally, expe­ri­ence the Tobago coast­line by enjoy­ing a boat trip along the coast. This boat trip allows you to access some of the bays that are usu­ally inac­ces­si­ble by car or only acces­si­ble after a long and tir­ing hike through the rainforest.

  • Bar­ba­dos to Dominica – Travel Time 1 hour

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Our last option for Island Hop­ping is Dominica. From a 6 hour round trip hike and trek to Boil­ing Lake, to the classy expe­ri­ence of art, wine and food at the Tal­ipot Café and Gallery, a week­end island hop to Dominica has some­thing for a vari­ety of tastes. If it’s fun and adven­ture you desire, be sure to con­tact Extreme Dominica, who pro­vide half day adven­tures includ­ing rap­pelling down water­falls and scenic hikes. You can also visit Emer­ald Pool, which sits at the bot­tom of a 4 ft water­fall, ideal for those wish­ing to relax in the peace­ful rainforest-​like set­ting. Of course, no trip to Dominica is com­plete with­out a relax­ing boat trip along Indian River. This is truly a mem­o­rable expe­ri­ence as you can get up close and per­sons with igua­nas hum­ming­birds, egrets and other crea­tures not seen in Bar­ba­dos.

© Photo 1,2,3 &5 taken from Inde​pen​denty​achtchar​ter​.com
© Photo 4 taken from Earth​x​plorer​.com
© Arti­cle of caribbe​an​dreams​magazine​.com

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