BEYOND THE BEACH
There’s nothing wrong with soaking up the sun on a tropical honeymoon. But if you’ve been there, swum that, one of these thrill-seeking options may be just the thing to add a little splash to your trip.
Cascading DOM I N ICA N REPUBLIC
A 2.8-mile hike brings you to the top of the 27 Waterfalls of Damajagua—which is where the adventure really begins. You’ll don a helmet and life jacket, then “cascade” back down to base camp by jumping, swimming, and sliding through canyons of limestone that have been smoothed by nature. Brace yourself: The biggest drop is 25 feet. Book it: Iguana Mama Adventure Tours, from $89 for fivehour tours, iguanamama.com.
The tiny Dutch island is all rocks and boulders etched out of a dormant volcano. For dramatic views of meadows, mountains, and coves below, hike some of the 17 well-marked trails on the nearly 3,000-foot Mount Scenery—the highest point in all of the Netherlands.
Book it: Maps can be purchased at the shop near the entrance; sabatourism.com.
Jungle Biking ST. LUC I A
Eight miles of trails wind through the lush, DayGlo–bright greenery in and around the historic Anse Mamin Plantation. Bikes are available for rent on-site, and after a quick guided orientation lap, you’re free to explore on your own. Don’t miss the roller-coaster-like Tinker’s Trail. Book it: Bike St. Lucia, rentals from $45, bikestlucia.com.
Mountain Biking TOBAGO
You may know this slice of paradise because of its stunning wide beaches, but it’s also home to the oldest protected rainforest in the Western Hemisphere (and a paradise for birdwatchers). See it all while pedaling along trails and paths that sit 1,700 feet above sea level.
Book it: Tobago Mountain Bike Tours, $45 for three-to-four-hour tours, tobagomountainbike.com.
Night Kayaking PUERTO RICO
When it comes to exploring Fajardo’s bioluminescent bay, the darker the sky, the better. You’ll witness a rare underwater light show, courtesy of tiny glow-in-the-dark sea creatures known as dinoflagellates that sparkle when agitated by a paddle—or even your hand.
Book it: Eco Adventures, $48 for a two-hour tour, ecoadventurespr.com.
This coral island sits so far out in the Atlantic that when waves finally reach it, they break in a big way. Up for a challenge? Head to the Soup Bowl swells on the rugged eastern coast. Newbies should stick to the south and learn the ropes from a pro. Book it: Zed’s Surfing Adventures, lessons from $80, zedssurftravel.com.
Whale Watching TURKS AND CAICOS
From mid-January to early April, during their annual mating migration, the humpbacks make the waters surrounding Grand Turk and Salt Cay their home. On a tour, you’ll have the chance to get close to these massive (yet gentle) mammals, which can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Book it: Crystal Seas Adventures, $150 for a four-hour tour, crystalseas adventures.com.
Making a splash in the Dominican Republic
Hitting the waves in Barbados
Exploring the jungles of Saba