Fans of this densely rain-forested island (with 365 rivers!) love that it has remained unspoiled and hotel-chain-free.
Budget travel tip For solitude and stellar meals, lodge at one of four Crescent Moon Cabins, where the chef/proprietor grows all his own organic produce ($115; 767-449-3449, crescentmooncabins.com).
Get moving! Trek through Morne Trois Piton National Park to Boiling Lake, a six- to seven-hour journey over challenging, often rainy ridges, past sulfur springs and steaming vents to the geothermally heated roiling lake. The trail is marked, but Ken's Hinterland Adventure Tours will guide you ($50 per person with a minimum of four; 866-880-0508, kenshinterlandtours.com).
Can't miss Take a guided kayak/snorkel trip to Champagne Reef, where volcanic vents under the seafloor issue steady streams of bubbles ($55; 767-449-8181, natureislanddive.com).
Pamper yourself Give your feet a rest by taking the 90-minute Rain Forest Aerial Tram ($55; 305-704-3350, rainforesttram.com). It's better than any spa treatment.
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