Sunday 8 December, 2019

Tobago's Main Ridge named Nature Park of the Year

Tobago’s Main Ridge Forest Reserve has been named the Caribbean Nature Park of the Year in the Caribbean Journal’s Green Caribbean Awards 2019.

The inaugural Green Caribbean Awards is a celebration of those making a difference toward creating a greener territory.

The Main Ridge Forest Reserve is one of the island’s attractions that form part of its thriving eco-tourism product. Visitors can enjoy its lush tropical beauty through guided tours, nature walks, bird watching and mountain biking.

It extends about two-thirds of the length of Tobago, from the North East tip of the island, protected specifically for conservation reasons. It is considered the mountainous volcanic spine of Tobago with forested mountains rising to a maximum height of about 580 metres.

Main Ridge is the oldest forest reserve in the western hemisphere and was proclaimed a Forest Reserve by an Act of Parliament in 1776, shortly after the island fell under British rule.

It was also nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in August 2011, and voted the "World's Leading Eco-Tourism destination" by the World Travel Awards in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006.

Below is a full list of the awards given: 

Green Destination of the Year: Bonaire

Green Resort of the Year: Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort, Belize

Green Boutique Hotel of the Year: Lumina Point, The Bahamas

Green All-Inclusive Resort of the Year Galley Bay, Antigua

Green Hotelier of the Year: Eroline Lamontagne, St Lucia

Conservation Program of the Year: Reef Renewal Foundation, Bonaire

Caribbean Nature Park of the Year: The Tobago Main Ridge Forest Reserve

Green Tourism Board of the Year: The BVI

Green Airport of the Year VC Bird International Airport Antigua

Green Rum Company of the Year: Rhum Neisson, Martinique

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