Ask me where I would want to go on my next vacation and I would tell you the Caribbean – hands down…every day of the week and twice on Sunday. I may be biased as I have worked in the travel and tourism industry for 20+ years – primarily focusing on Caribbean destinations and resorts – but I have been many other places around the world and the islands of the Caribbean (though I have not visited them all…yet!) are more my style. Sun, sand and lazy days? Um, yes, please.
Over the years, I have participated in my fair share of Caribbean adventures. Many of these were before the age of digital cameras and cell phones so I don’t have – or at least can’t locate – photos of me hiking through the rainforest in Nevis, horseback riding along the beach in Puerto Rico, or holding on for dear life (I am such a wimp!) during the island jeep tour in the Dominican Republic. And due to my wonky MS legs I don’t foresee future trips to the region including many of the adventures I wish I took advantage of when I was younger, but I do have a few photos from some of from my Caribbean travels.
Perhaps you are planning a Caribbean trip and want to experience a little more than relaxing on the beach with a tropical drink in-hand talking about your evening’s dinner and entertainment options. Awesome – more power to you.
The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has declared 2017 the Year of Adventure (#CaribbeanAdventure) in the Caribbean. While adventure comes in different degrees for travelers, the Caribbean offers active pursuits for the bravest daredevils to leisurely travelers simply looking to experience new cultures. Doubling as the number one sun, sand and surf destination as well as the ultimate vacation playground, the Caribbean offers opportunities to check off everything on those bucket lists from adrenaline-pumping once-in-a-lifetime activities to sampling unique culinary delicacies.
For starters, following are some “A-Z” suggestions of destinations to visit and adventures to experience:
Awaken your love of sea creatures by swimming with dolphins in Anguilla
Buckle up for go-kart racing in Barbados
Climb Dunn’s River Falls in Jamaica
Dive among the famous shipwrecks in Grenada
Explore the historical forts of Curaçao
Fall in love with nature discovering rare birds in St. Vincent & the Grenadines
Gaze at the beauty of Angel Falls in the Venezuelan rainforest
Hike the Waitikubuli Trail in Dominica
Immerse yourself in the local French culture of St. Martin
Jump Up at Carnival in Trinidad & Tobago
Kayak with eco-tours in the Turks and Caicos Islands
Learn to “cook like a local” in Haiti
Mountain bike around Martinique
Nourish your senses with the sights and sounds of nightlife in Sint Maarten
Open your mind to new experiences in Cuba
Parasail by day; party by night in the British Virgin Islands
Quench your thirst for discovery with cave tubing in Belize
Reach new heights while sky diving in St. Kitts & Nevis
Surf’s up! “Hang 10” along Rincón Beach on the northwest coast of Puerto Rico
Take to the skies with an aerial tour of Guyana
Unleash the explorer in you with a visit to a drive-in volcano in Saint Lucia
Visit Stingray City in the Cayman Islands
Water sports, water sports, water sports throughout the Islands of The Bahamas
X marks the spot! Learn stories of hidden pirate treasures in Antigua & Barbuda
YOLO! Climb The Quill in St. Eustatius or visit the Montserrat Observatory to erupt your fascination with volcanoes
Zipline through tropical rainforests in the U.S. Virgin Islands
Any of these peaking your interest? These are just a few of the countless adventure options that await you on your next Caribbean journey. But just in case you opt to simply sit back and relax, I’ll save you a lounge chair