Most people think the Caribbean’s wildlife spectaculars are found only beneath the waves but with more than 7,000 islands, islets, cays and reefs stretching for over 2,500 miles there is just as much life on land especially in Cuba and Hispanola. Conditions vary greatly but the region is typified by forests found at different altitude levels, ranging from dry deciduous forest to mountain cloud forest.
You’ll find amazing bird life such as parrots, boobys, pelicans and frigate birds but most people are drawn to the snorkelling and diving in magical places such as the Tobago Cays ( Above with Star Clippers' Royal Clipper offshore.. The coral life here is simply stunning and the chance to swim with turtles and the incredible shoals of fish numbering in their thousands that lazily split in half to allow you through is unforgettable.
Perhaps the ultimate wildlife experience here is interacting with the giant stingrays off Grand Cayman but now many islands including St Lucia offer wildlife hikes deep into the rain forests. Best time to visit, November to April.
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