The Caribbean is full of natural beauty and vivid colors-this goes for the wildlife too. The sunshine,
warm breeze, thick forests and endless ocean waters make this a wonderful home for exotic wildlife.
If you’re looking to get a glimpse of these curious creatures in their natural habitats, visit these spots
on your next Caribbean vacation.
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, Stann Creek, Belize
This nature reserve located in southern Belize is known for its Mayan preserves and the wildlife that
inhabits it. With over 150 square miles of tropical rain forest, the Cockscomb Basin is the only jaguar
preserve in the world. Here, tourists can visit the different preserves and see the wildlife. However, they
warn that it is highly unlikely to see any jaguar because they are stalking creatures that like to avoid
human contact. With that said, there is still an abundance of wildlife to be seen such as Macaws, Toucans,
and other birds, insects and reptiles.
Bonaire National Marine Park, Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands
This marine park surrounds the entire islands and is open to the public. It is a popular spot to scuba
dive, due to its clear reefs and the awesome ocean life that live within. Visitors pay a small fee to visit
the island, and there are many activities to take part in. If Scuba diving sounds too intense for your
liking, guests can snorkel, windsurf, fish, or simply swim around with the fish.
Virgin Islands National Park, St. John, US Virgin Islands
This state park takes up about 60 percent of the island, in addition to some of the islands surrounding
it. With its gorgeous beaches that surrounds the hills and valleys of the island, it is no wonder why so many
different species of wildlife choose this island as their home. This park is home to over 400 species of
animals and over 700 species of plants. A trip to this park guarantees great sightseeing and some breath-
taking pictures to add to your vacation photo album.
Turtle Beach, Courtland Bay, Tobago
Turtle beach is a popular nesting site for-yep you guessed it- turtles. Not just any kind of turtles,
Tobago is home to the hawksbill turtle and the green turtle. While the hunting of these turtles has landed
each species a spot on the endangered species list, there are is still turtle watching to be done in Tobago.
Turtle watching is a main activity on the island, along with snorkeling in the reefs, but tourists are warned
to keep the safety of the turtles in mind. Keeping the species alive is a priority and tourists are expected
to follow rules to help keep these turtles safe.
Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, East End, Cayman Islands
While this park is home to gardens full of wonderful flowers and plants, it is also home to many unique
animals. The park itself, has a Blue Iguana habitat in which it helps to preserve and breed the species,
while also providing a safe environment for the Iguanas to live. These blue iguanas, also called blue
dragons, have since recovered from a nearly extinction, with the help of this habitat. These little guys can
now be seen freely walking around throughout the grounds of the park.
Lucayan National Park, East Grand Bahama, Grand Bahama Island
This park includes the largest underwater cave system in the world. Swimming is prohibited for visitors,
but there are two caves in which tourists can walk through and view the fine natural structures and the
wildlife within them. Along with the caves, the park also offers nature trails and boardwalks to get an up
close and personal look at the natural beauty of the park and the unique creatures who live there. With the
caves, beaches and hiking trials, Lucayan National Park is ranked as one of the top places to visit in the