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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 Bahamas.

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