Top Ten Caribbean Classic Adventures

St John: Go Eco-Tenting
By Paris Permenter & John Bigley

It sounds too good to be true: the strict protections and wild scenery you'd expect from a U.S. national park—on a gorgeous Caribbean island. Nope, you're not dreaming. The 11,560-acre Virgin Islands National Park encompasses the bulk of the island of St. John; within its confines are miles of tropical growth, postcard-perfect beaches, and marine life as colorful as gumdrops. If your idea of a Caribbean paradise is a palm-shaded tent site overlooking the surf, St. John should be your choice in the Caribbean. It can get crowded, so opt for off-season months (summer and fall). Options range from bare sites to eco-friendly shelters. When camp's made, you can hop in a Jeep and hike one of the many marked trails (keep an eye out for the free-roaming wild burros); other pastimes include snorkeling the guided underwater trail at Trunk Bay and strolling along the self-guided Cinnamon Bay Nature Trail.


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