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A Caribbean waterfall hike can be an unforgettable travel experience for clients. These hikes can also provide the kind of Instagram-worthy moments that many travelers crave.
Here are six waterfalls to add to your Caribbean bucket list.
Concord Falls, GrenadaGrenada is famous for its waterfalls, but at the top of the list of ones to see are the cataracts that comprise Concord Falls. There are three falls in all, with one being easily accessible by car.
The highest waterfalls of the three is named Fontainebleau, which I’ve hiked to on two occasions. It requires a moderate amount of fitness and the ability to handle some muddy patches and steep trails. The 45-minute hike will reward your clients with a cascade hurling 65 feet into a swimmable pool. On most days, a few daring young Grenadians make the dramatic dive into the pool in hopes of receiving tips.
The most famous guide on Grenada is Telfor Bedeau. He has been guiding hikers for decades. The last time I hiked with Bedeau was in 2017, and at that time he was considering retiring from the most strenuous hikes. However, if he’s still in action, I suggest hiring him for clients by contacting Ambassador Tours ([email protected]@gmail.com). If Bedeau has finally hung up his signature Crocs, he will probably have a protege to recommend.
Dunn’s River Falls, JamaicaAnyone who has ever perused a Jamaica travel brochure has probably seen a picture of Dunn’s River Falls. This is an easily accessible tourist attraction, complete with a parking lot and souvenir stands. What it might lack in terms of charm, it more than makes up for in fun.
Dunn’s River Falls cascades an impressive 180 feet. The falls are in Ocho Rios, which makes them an easy-to-reach excursion for your clients vacationing on Jamaica’s north coast.
I visited the waterfall with a small group; we bonded as we linked hands in the company of a guide, who led us up along a stony path as water swirled around us.
Diamond Falls, St. LuciaThere’s a chance that a good portion of your St. Lucia -bound clients are honeymooners. They can boost the romance factor by making an excursion to the island nation’s Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens. The 50-foot waterfall cascades into a pool where swimming is allowed. Changing booths are also available — a rarity at Caribbean waterfalls.
Argyle Waterfall, TobagoTobago’s Argyle Waterfall can be reached via a 15-minute hike along a nature trail. Accompanied by a local guide, hikers are soon faced with a dramatic 175-foot cascade. The hike can be topped off with a swim in a deep pool.
Maracas Waterfall, TrinidadTravelers in Trinidad can make a fun day out of a morning waterfall hike with an afternoon at the island’s most popular beach, Maracas Bay.
Maracas Bay is about a 45-minute hike to Maracas Falls, and, once there, hikers will be treated to an awe-inspiring cascade of water that drops from 300 feet high. There’s a small pool to swim in, as well as sea views.
La Mina Falls, Puerto RicoYour nature-loving clients will enjoy a trip to Puerto Rico’s El Yunque National Forest, located on the island’s north coast and easily accessed from San Juan . Well-paved roads meander through the 28,000-acre park, making it perfect for a self-drive adventure.
Along the way, visitors will come upon one photo-worthy waterfall after another. The truly dedicated can make a 30-minute hike into the rainforest to the 40-foot-high La Mina Falls, where they can then take a sanctioned dip in the accompanying pool.