Most vacationers in the Caribbean are more interested in sunbathing and daiquiris than in long trail days and buggy campgrounds. But that just leaves more space on Dominica’s 115-mile Waitukubuli Trail for us.
The rugged trail connects the southern and northern tips of the island nation in 14 segments, each of which can be hiked on its own. Along the way, hikers will pass not just white sand beaches but waterfalls, hot springs, jungle-covered volcanoes, and a 60-meter long boiling lake heated by underground magma.
If you go: Though some sections of the Waitukubuli are beginner friendly, a thru-hike of the trail is a serious endeavor that involves considerable climbing and some hand-over-hand scrambling. Most hikers travel from south to north, and take about two weeks to complete the trek.
The trail can be hiked all year (this is the Caribbean, after all), but the weather is driest from December through March. There is no comprehensive guidebook to the trail, but a seriously cheesy video shows a 3D map.
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