Hiking Tips for the Caribbean

Hiking Tips ·
  • Plan your hike with a map.
  • When walking on the road please walk facing traffic when possible.
  • Notify friends where you are going and when you will return.
  • Many trails have limited (or no) cell phone access!
  • Plan for ample time to allow for uphill terrain, exploring, swimming and enjoying the scenic rests. ·
  • Please, stay on the trails; do not trespass on private property. ·
  • Many trailheads have limited parking so plan on carpooling or taking a taxi. ·
  • Wear cool, loose clothing and comfortable sturdy walking or hiking shoes. ·
  • Bring plenty of water and snacks, ½ gal of water for each four hours of hiking is minimum recommendation.
  • Insect repellent is recommended especially during rainy seasons. ·
  • Sunscreen is always recommended in the tropics.
  • If you are going to swim please use Reef Safe sunscreens to protect our corals.

Trail Safety ·
  • Avoid hiking or swimming alone. ·
  • Pace yourself to prevent fatigue and watch your footing on wet rocks. ·
  • DO NOT eat unknown fruits, nuts or berries. Some are poisonous. ·
  • Avoid handling or picking vegetation. Some cause severe rashes or may have stinging insects, ·
  • Do not climb on the fragile, historic structures, and leave all artifacts in place. ·
  • Use extreme caution when walking on our narrow roads. ·
  • Do not leave valuables unattended at any time.

Last updated: April 7, 2018

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