Choosing a place to go on a vacation is crucial; there are so many things to do and places to see, doing some research is important before deciding on a place and booking that ticket. Some places grow to become quite popular, be it for their pristine beaches, fun parties, or relaxing atmosphere.
Every now and then, when you hear about someone going on a vacation, it isn’t surprising for someone to say they’ve planned a couple of luxury vacations in the Caribbean. Where is the Caribbean, and why is it so popular among tourists?
A Bit More About the Caribbean
The Caribbean is comprised of a series of islands (700 of them, including the islets, reefs, and other smaller bodies of land) located in between North America and South America, though technically (region-wise) these islands are considered as a North American subregion, in terms of geopolitics. Countries in the Caribbean include the Bahamas, Cuba, Grenada, Aruba, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico, just to name a few.
There has been a rich history of relations between territories in the Caribbean with Europe and the United States. Travelers who have been to that country have come back with high acclaims of the island’s richness and beauty. Presently, those who live in both the United States and countries in South America take to the Caribbean for a vacation because of the islands’ amazing tropical climate, beaches, biodiversity views, culture, and so much more. Ready to go on an adventure for your vacation? Pick an island, and pack your itinerary with fun things to do!
Activities You Can Do in the Caribbean On Your Trip
During any vacation, you can size up your activities to doing three things in terms of activities; educational entertainment, shows, outdoor activities, sightseeing, and eating. Each country in the Caribbean has its own specialties, so it can go either way; you can pick the country you want to go on a vacation in because of the activities it offers, or go for other reasons, and take on the activities as something to enjoy on the side.
Where to Go and What to Do
With the Caribbean being so diverse and rich in its collection of different cultures and histories, this is only a sample of what these islands have to offer.
Costa Rica has a huge arsenal of exciting, adrenaline-pumping activities that’ll surely get you revved up, such as zip lines, rafting, rappelling down cliffs, hiking, kayaking, walking through suspension bridges, riding on ATV’s (or even horses!) – and it doesn’t just end there. They also have gigantic waterslides, as well as cave excursions. There are just so many things to do in Costa Rica, that it really all depends on the person going.
If you want something a little more toned down and romantic, you and your partner can indulge in the warmth of their volcanic hot springs (Arenal Manoa & Hot Springs has great ratings), or splurge in one of the most highly-acclaimed, prestigious hotels in all of Costa Rica; Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve.
The Barbados is a smaller island compared to the other parts of the Caribbean, so it’s full of great beaches. You can go on a cruise that lets you swim and snorkel to see the array of marine life that surrounds Barbados. One of these cruises is the Jolly Roger Lunch Cruise, which costs around $96 per person, and comes with lunch and drinks. If you’re a smaller group and want a private session with just your lot, there are options for that too, though a little more expensive.
On-land, you can take a tour that shows you the beauty that sits in the island; its wildlife, plants, and caves. Top it off with a beach extravaganza dinner show, where you can watch dancers perform, and listen to a live Tuk Band (a music ensemble that originates from Barbados). Because the beach is so accessible, the seafood is always fresh, and is barbecued right on the spot.
Cuba does gorgeous beaches (Varadero Beach tops them all in terms of popularity, next to Playa Paraisno in Cayo Largo), just like its other neighboring islands in the Caribbean. However, it also has a past that has encountered many movements and revolutions. Once being a colony of Spain from 1492 until 1898, Cuba still has preserved much of the architecture, tradition, and beauty left behind by past eras, which you are very welcome to visit.
In Havana, it’s an absolute must to visit the Old Havana, and let a tour guide tell you all about the structure, and what happened inside it. Take a walk in Old Square or Plaza Vieja to transport you to the golden ages of Cuba. If you’re more adventurous, hike Pico Turquino. Then again, there’s the gastronomic delight of relishing in world-famous Cuban cuisine, which has hints of African, Spanish, and Caribbean techniques and ingredients. Have an authentic Cuban sandwich or a classic Arroz con pollo, which is aromatic rice with annatto, spices, and chicken.
Underneath the waters of Grenada lies a beautiful tourist attraction unlike any other; underwater sculptures. Found in Moliniere Bay in St. George’s, there are quite a few of them in different poses. You may hire a boat to take you here so you may snorkel or dive to see these unique art installments yourself. Aside from taking a dip in the scenic Grand Anse beach, you can also check out one of Grenada’s waterfalls, such as Seven Sisters Falls and Annandale Falls. A fan of chocolate? Visit the House of Chocolate at St. George’s for a museum full of the sweet cocoa treat.
Jamaica is home to the beautiful natural attraction that is the Blue Hole in Ocho Rios, a lake where you can swing off ropes, and jump off from different levels of rocks. Then there’s Konoko Falls, a great place to relax around a space packed with gorgeous tropical flora, and a gorgeous view of the city. For those who love Bob Marley, the Bob Marley Museum should be on your to-visit list, as it scores third place in the list of things to do in Kingston.
Now all you have to do is pick the country that’s for you, and enjoy!