Tropical Camping and Hiking

Na'Pali Coast Hike by Garden State hikerWith all this cold, icy, and snowy weather, we’ve been dreaming of tropical locales lately. Who hasn’t been? After a few months of nasty weather it’s only natural to dream of greener pastures. Tropical locales have been tickling our fancy lately so we decided to share some information on camping and hiking in different warm areas of the world.

  • Hawaii

Camping on the island chain isn’t always the best idea and lots of travelers and locals advise against it. Many campgrounds have issues with theft and occasionally violence so if you’re thinking about roughing it to save money in Hawaii be sure to do extensive research before making decisions on your trip.

Hiking is one of the most popular activities in Hawaii because of the gorgeous views and unique terrain. Try  in Kailua or Koko Head Crater Trail near Honolulu, both on Oahu, or Kalalau Trail along Kauai’s Napali Coast.

  • Costa Rica

The ultimate camping and adventure spot in Costa Rica is Corcovado National Park. Camping in the reserve is only allowed at ranger stations and reservations are required well in advance for this remote park but it’s well worth it. You’ll encounter wild animals in droves and take in sights that can’t be seen elsewhere in the world. Taking a guide is highly recommended because of the dangers of rain forests and river crossings and getting to the ranger station can be difficult and expensive.

  • Saba

The little 5 square mile island you’ve never heard of, Saba offers some of the best hiking and camping in the pristine waters of the Caribbean. There isn’t camping on the island (yet) because there aren’t any reserves but the Saba Conservation Foundation is working to secure areas for future generations. There are low-cost accommodations on the island for as little at $30/night that include solar powered electricity and cistern water for eco-friendly tourism. The island is crisscrossed with hiking trails and the Marine Park is a fantastic place to scuba dive.

If you decide to take a trip to a tropical area, be sure to stop in and pick up waterproof gear to endure the rainstorms and snake guards or bite kits if you’re venturing into the forest.

 

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