Caribbean Wildlife & Marine Life

From monkeys and manatee… to whistling ducks and pigs that swim – Caribbean wildlife and marine life is amazingly diverse

In the Caribbean wildlife pages you will get an insight into the weird, wonderful and diverse wildlife of the region. So drag yourself away from the beaches, get active and take time out to discover the diverse Caribbean wildlife.

Check out the rainforests, sea, caves, treetops and rivers. You can watch turtles nesting, iguanas basking in the sun, monkeys swinging in the rainforest canopy, and swim with dolphins or snorkel with stingrays.

The Caribbean is an incredible region – not only for its warm sea, sun, sand and rum cocktails – but also because of its diverse Caribbean wildlife. Discover it… and read about wildlife in our Caribbean Books & Book Reviews section.

Country by Country

Caribbean wildlife in Anguilla
ANGUILLA
Caribbean wildlife in Antigua and Barbuda
ANTIGUA & BARBUDA
Caribbean wildlife in Aruba
ARUBA
Caribbean wildlife in the Bahamas
BAHAMAS
Caribbean wildlife in Barbados
BARBADOS
Caribbean wildlife in Belize
BELIZE
Caribbean wildlife in Bonaire
BONAIRE
Caribbean wildlife in the British Virgin Islands
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS (BVI)
Caribbean wildlife in the Cayman Islands
CAYMAN ISLANDS
Caribbean wildlife in Costa Rica
COSTA RICA
Caribbean wildlife in Cuba
CUBA
Caribbean wildlife in Curacao
CURAÇAO
Caribbean wildlife in Dominica
DOMINICA
Caribbean wildlife in the Dominican Republic
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Caribbean wildlife in Grenada
GRENADA
Caribbean wildlife in the Guadeloupe Islands
GUADELOUPE ISLANDS
Caribbean wildlife in Honduras
HONDURAS – ROATAN
Caribbean wildlife in Jamaica
JAMAICA
Caribbean wildlife in Martinique
MARTINIQUE
Caribbean wildlife in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
MEXICO – YUCATAN PENINSULA
Caribbean wildlife in Montserrat
MONTSERRAT
Caribbean wildlife in Nevis
NEVIS
Caribbean wildlife in Panama
PANAMA
Caribbean wildlife in Puerto Rico
PUERTO RICO
Caribbean wildlife in St Barts St Barths Saint Barthelemy
ST BARTHÉLEMY (ST BARTS)
Caribbean wildlife in St Eustatius Statia
ST EUSTATIUS (STATIA)
Caribbean wildlife in St Kitts
ST KITTS
Caribbean wildlife in St Lucia
ST LUCIA
Caribbean wildlife in St Martin Sint Maarten
ST MARTIN – SINT MAARTEN
Caribbean wildlife in St Vincent and the Grenadines
ST VINCENT & THE GRENADINES
Caribbean wildlife in Trinidad and Tobago
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
Caribbean wildlife in Turks and Caicos Islands
TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS
Caribbean wildlife in US Virgin Islands USVI
US VIRGIN ISLANDS (USVI)
Caribbean wildlife covering Caribbean Map area
CARIBBEAN MAP

Caribbean Wildlife & Marine Life

Diverse Caribbean wildlife

Other Caribbean wildlife and marine life found include: turtles (leatherbacks, greens, hawksbills), whales, dolphins, stingrays, Antillean Manatee and Iguana (the endangered black iguana or swamper, and also wild green iguanas).

In addition there are basillisk lizards, common caiman and a variety of frogs – such as tree toads, brilliant red poison-dart frogs, and Jamaican snoring frogs.

Sloths, monkeys and Jaguars

There are three-toed sloths, Marmosets and monkeys (Mona, mantled howler, capuchin,, spider, white-faced capuchins). Also river otters and whistling ducks. In addition, amazingly, there are Jaguars, pumas and rarely seen ocelot.

Additionally there are coatimundi, peccary, tapir, crocodiles, snakes, butterflies, and even wild pigs that swim! You’ll find them splashing around in the waters of the Exumas – the Out Islands of the Bahamas.

Dolphins & whale spotting

For the majority of the year whales and dolphins will be spotted somewhere in the Caribbean. The summer months are best for spotting migrating pilot whales off the Bahamas as well as off the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic and around the Turks & Caicos Islands.

There are also opportunities to get up close and personal with dolphins in sheltered areas, these are very special dolphin encounters for the young – check out Dolphin Encounters in our Caribbean Family Adventures section.

Best of all though is to see dolphins in their natural habitat on a dolphin spotting trip. There are also whale spotting sea boat excursions.

Turtle watching & The Sea Turtle Conservancy

There are many islands where, if you are lucky, Caribbean turtles can be seen nesting on protected beaches where a number of turtle conservation projects are in hand.

The Sea Turtle Conservancy, formerly known as the Caribbean Conservation Corporation, is the world’s oldest sea turtle research and conservation group. Their mission is to ensure the survival of sea turtles within the Caribbean region through research, education, training, advocacy and protection of the natural habitats upon which they depend.

Birdwatching, or birding, in the Caribbean

Birdwatching is a popular Caribbean wildlife activity where birding enthusiasts can discover hundreds of species of birds – the region is a birdwatcher’s Mecca.

From bird colonies in Tobago and Little Cayman to the Asa Wright Nature Centre in Trinidad and the Frigate Bird Sanctuary in Barbuda, ornithologists will find the Caribbean one of the most rewarding regions in which to spend a dedicated birdwatching holiday.

Countries & wildlife books

Check out the individual Caribbean countries featured in this section for more detailed information on the Caribbean wildlife found in and around each country. Also, discover more in the Caribbean wildlife books reviewed by Active Caribbean in the Caribbean Book Reviews section.

Family Caribbean wildlife adventures and experiences

There are stingray “cities” not far off-shore from a number of Caribbean islands where you can snorkel with stingrays.

Images on this Caribbean Wildlife page are copyright of www.linda-jackson.co.uk, various Tourist Authorities and Tour Operators – go to each individual country via the links above in order to check copyright details