13 Caribbean Islands With Gorgeous Mountains

Aerial from Aruba island in the Caribbean Sea at sunset
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Written by Patrick MacFarland

Updated: November 3, 2023

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How does that Beach Boys song go again? Something about Aruba, right? It means a few Caribbean islands. And when you think of the Caribbean, you think of paradise, the beach, and stunning views! It will make you want to stay in the Caribbean forever and quit that 9-5 job. How about if we dived into several Caribbean islands with gorgeous mountains? If you turn around, there’s a whole island to explore and some hills and mountains worth looking at. 

The Caribbean is made up of more than 700 islands, reefs, and cays.

We’ll take a look at 13 Caribbean islands with gorgeous mountains and a few facts about them. And afterward, you can hike, take a leisurely walk, enjoy bird watching, or whatever tickles your fancy when you visit.

St. Lucia

Most Beautiful Islands in the World - Saint Lucia

St. Lucia is the first island named after a woman, Helen of Troy.

You know you have arrived in St. Lucia when you see two mountain peaks. They are called the Pitons and they are volcanic mountains located on the southwest coast of St. Lucia. The twin peaks have become popular with hikers, so they can explore the natural habitats of animals while hiking up the mountain. When you reach the top (after four hours!), you will have a stunning view of the sea and the island of Martinique.

Hispaniola

Bayahibe beach, Dominican Republic

It was Christopher Columbus who named the island “Española,” or Hispaniola, which means “little Spain.”

Pico Duarte is the highest peak on the island of Hispaniola, which consists of two countries — the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Located toward the middle of the island in the Dominican Republic, Pico Duarte is accessible through several trails leading up the mountain. It is one of the busiest mountains for hikers in the Caribbean, with more than 1,000 hikers a year. 

St. Kitts

Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis town skyline at the port.

St. Kitts is known as “The Mother Colony of the West Indies” because it was the first Caribbean island that became a British colony.

The island of St. Kitts has much to offer, from sandy beaches to jungle walks and hiking trails. Volcano hikes are people’s favorites when they go to St. Kitts and it won’t disappoint. Mount Liamuiga is located in the northwestern part of the island. Take pictures during the two-hour hike because you’ll likely pass through beautiful scenery, including mango orchards. The top of the mountain, known as the Devil’s Tooth, offers incredible views of the island.

Nevis

The Nevis Volcano

Nevis is named after “Nuestra Señora de Nieves,” which means Our Lady of Snows in Spanish. This was because Nevis Peak had white clouds around it that looked like snow.

Nevis is the other island that makes up the country of St. Kitts and Nevis. You know you’ve arrived in Nevis when you see a cloudy ring surrounding the top of Nevis Peak. The volcano is green and lush and you can go trekking up that mountain through various trails. The views at the top are worthwhile, as you can see stunning views of the island and the Caribbean Sea.

Jamaica

Blue Mountain Coffee Farm

Reggae was invented in Jamaica.

Jamaica is one of the most famous countries in the world. It’s the birthplace of Bob Marley, reggae music, and the famous Blue Mountain coffee. The coffee beans come from the eponymous mountain in Jamaica. When you finish the trek up the mountain, you will be rewarded with some coffee. There are other hiking trails you can explore in Jamaica that can be as impressive.

Cuba

El Morro Spanish fortress with lighthouse, cannons and Cuban flag in th foreground, with sea in the background, Havana, Cuba

Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean, but the 17th largest island in the world.

When you think of Cuba, you don’t think about its gorgeous mountains. But Cuba has amazing mountains and two worth your time to explore — Pico Turquino and Pico San Juan. You will trek through forests, rivers, and lots of biodiversity before you reach the summit of Pico San Juan, but the views of the sea and surrounding lush, green areas will be worth your while. Treat yourself to a Cuba Libre that evening!

Dominica

Scotts Head, Dominica

Dominica has the first hiking trail ever created in the Caribbean, which is 115 miles long.

It is known as “Nature Island” because of its diverse natural habitats. There are nine active volcanoes, more than 300 rivers, lots of waterfalls, the second-largest boiling lake in the world, and varied biodiversity. The highest mountain in Dominica is Mount Diablotins and you go on nature hikes there or many others on the island. So, explore, get stunned by the views, and take in the beautiful nature of Dominica.

Aruba

A view of Oranjestad's waterfront

Because Aruba is part of the Netherlands, Arubans automatically get Dutch citizenship.

One of the islands mentioned in the Beach Boys’ song, “Kokomo,” Aruba is synonymous with beach relaxation and stunning sea views. Hooiberg is a mountain on the island that has attracted hikers from all over. The top of the mountain will offer stunning views of the sea and island.

Saba

Top of Saba

Before the invasion of European conquistadors, Saba island was inhabited by the Ciboney people for thousands of years.

Saba is an island that belongs to the Netherlands, part of the Netherlands Antilles. The island is mostly jungle and rainforests, which is a nature lover’s dream. You can explore inhabited places as if you were an adventurer in Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World. You can hike up Mount Scenery, which oddly enough, happens to be the tallest mountain in the Netherlands.

Puerto Rico

Beautiful Sun Bay beach with small fishing boats and people relaxing located on the tropical Caribbean island of Vieques Puerto Rico

Puerto Ricans are Americans as they are considered a US territory.

The island of Puerto Rico is one of the most famous islands in the Caribbean. Although it’s been hit hard by hurricanes in recent years, Puerto Ricans can be proud to be from a diverse island with lots of biodiversity. The highest peak in Puerto Rico is Cerro de Punta, which is not a volcanic mountain like others in the Caribbean islands. The trails filled with lush greenery lead you to the top where you can see some of the best views of the island territory.

Martinique

Mount Pelée

There are more than 12 types of rum in Martinique, which makes the island the rum capital of the world.

Like all the other islands in the Caribbean, Martinique is filled with lush vegetation, jungles and rainforests, and all the biodiversity you can imagine. You can explore the island with hundreds of trails, known as traces, ensuring you can have the adventure of a lifetime. Mount Pelée is the highest mountain on the island and it’s also an active volcano.

Antigua

Antigua has 365 beaches, so you can enjoy one beach every day of the year.

When you arrive at Antigua, you’ll be blown away by the picturesque views that are reminiscent of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. The green landscapes will offer you great picture memories, too. You can climb up Boggy Peak, which used to be called Mount Obama from 2009-2016. You can also do a coastal trek that can take you to views of the English Harbor and Mermaid Gardens. 

St. Vincent

Sea and palm trees in Saint Vincent

Christopher Columbus landed in 1498 and renamed the island of Youloumainby, to commemorate the spirit of rainbows, to St. Vincent.

Walking on the beaches of St. Vincent are magical moments you will never forget. But you can also hike La Soufrière volcano for something more challenging. Be aware that St. Vincent is a volcano and it recently erupted in 2021. During the trek, be on the lookout for a St. Vincent parrot.

Conclusion

There are many Caribbean islands located in the eponymous sea — more than 700 to be somewhat exact. You can visit each one or focus on a few. But now you have a packed itinerary of what to do in some of these Caribbean islands. Besides relaxing on white, sandy beaches, you can also explore the gorgeous mountains that make these Caribbean islands amazingly beautiful.

Summary of 13 Caribbean Islands With Gorgeous Mountains

NumberCaribbean IslandMountain
1St. Luciathe Pitons
2HispaniolaPico Duarte
3St. KittsMount Liamuiga
4NevisNevis Peak
5JamaicaBlue Mountain
6CubaPico Turquino and Pico San Juan
7DominicaMount Diablotins
8ArubaHooiberg
9SabaMount Scenery
10Puerto RicoCerro de Punta
11MartiniqueMount Pelée
12AntiguaBoggy Peak
13St. VincentSt. Vincent
Summary Table of 13 Caribbean Islands With Gorgeous Mountains


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Patrick Macfarland is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering travel, geography, and history. Patrick has been writing for more than 10 years. In the past, he has been a teacher and a political candidate. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from SDSU and a Master's Degree in European Union Studies from CIFE. From San Diego, California, Patrick loves to travel and try new recipes to cook.

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