Look beyond the palm trees and beaches and you'll find a surprise range of scenic walks and challenging hikes in the Caribbean. Erica Buist goes on the trail of the best.
The islands of the Caribbean are traditionally a place holidaymakers go to lie flat on their backs, sitting up only occasionally for a sip of a cocktail. But there is now growing recognition of the region as a walking destination. See the islands below.
Nevis Peak, St Kitts & Nevis
The stunning 4+* Nisbet Plantation Beach Club is Nevis's only plantation style resort that's set directly on the beach. Nisbet Plantation Beach Club is a true Caribbean gem, combining rare old-world elegance and modern tropical charm.
The Pitons, St Lucia
The Pitons are the most photographed landmark in St Lucia and are predominate all over the St Lucian landscape, being visible from virtually every part of the island and a distinctive landmark for seafarers. The Pitons offer a great hiking challenge which rewards visitors with breathtaking views of the gorgeous island.
El Yunque, Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico's El Yunque rainforest is a sub tropical mountainous forest located in the eastern part of Puerto Rico. The rainforest boasts well maintained hiking trails, waterfalls and pools to swim in, lookout towers and camping. The 5* St Regis Bahia Beach Resort is the most luxurious beach hotel in Puerto Rico and only minutes away from El Yunque National Forest, and set on two miles of golden sand beach and nestled among natural tropical vegetation.