Unexpected Caribbean adventures
Swim through island grottoes in the British Virgin Islands
Dive into the home of hammerhead sharks in Belize
Take a tour in a vintage car in Havana
Havana’s architecture switches from colorful period buildings to dilapidated Brutalist concrete blocks in a heartbeat. And the best way to take it all in? From your seat in a vintage car. There are lots of tour companies that offer guided or self-drive tours, but you can’t beat one of Old Cars Havana’s classic 1950s Buicks or Cadillacs.
Swim with pigs in the Bahamas
Swim the channel in Nevis
Why not introduce a little competition to break-up the holiday beach days, with a cross channel swim in the sunny Caribbean? The Nevis to St Kitts annual race has been going for 17 years and is now one of the most popular open water swimming events in the region. Time your trip to the beautiful islands for early next year, so you can catch all the action of the 2019 race on 31 March.
Visit the Luminous Lagoon in Jamaica
Bamboo raft to Usain Bolt’s birthplace in Jamaica
A local guide will navigate your private bamboo raft down winding rivers of jade green water. You can book a ride with Island Routes Caribbean Adventures who will steer you through the Parish of Trelawny, where world-record sprinter Usain Bolt was born.
Hear classical music on steel drums in Trinidad
Celebrate with sea snails in Turks and Caicos
See a musical garden in Barbados
Spectate at the races of Antigua’s Yacht week
Fly over the ocean in the US Virgin Islands
You may think you’ve tried all the watersport activities which holidays have to offer but flyboarding is the newest ocean-based adventure for thrill-seekers. The hoverboard-like device is attached to a hose which uses water pressure to propel you into the air. Jetpack high and hover over the nautical waters of St Thomas is the US Virgin Islands. You can book a go in advance with the St Thomas Flyboarding company.
Spy Toucans while zip lining in Belize
If you’re a bit sceptical about bird-watching you’ve probably never discovered Belize. Zip lining is popular here, and at many locations throughout the roaring forests inland you can join up to 500 species of the island’s birds at their loftiest heights. Scout the colorful beaks of the toucans and take in the views as you glide above the forest floor. From Puerto Viejo, Terraventuras offers a guided tour which includes a mix of hiking and soaring through the treetops on 1.7 miles of cable. The finale, on the Superman cable, involves an adrenaline pumping 984-foot glide.
Swim for rum cocktails in the British Virgin Islands
Visit the Cuban China Town
While China may not be the first place that springs to mind when you think of Cuba, the Eastern nation shares deep roots with this Caribbean island. The grand gates and architecture of China Town, or “El Barrio Chino” in Havana, serve as a lasting reminder of Chinese migration to the island during the 19th century. Try Cuban-Chinese dishes, catch a Chinese film at the China Town cinema or have a flick through the Diario Popular Chino (Kwon-Wah-Po) Chinese newspaper.
Sit with John Lennon in Cuba
Climb mountains in St Lucia
Visit the world’s best beach, Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos
Go underground at Gasparee Caves in Trinidad
Explore rural Cuba
Find crocodile-filled swamps in Cuba
Spot scarlet parrots at a Costa Rican sanctuary
The Ara Project in Costa Rica cares for and preserves the nation’s two native species of macaw, the largest breed in the parrot family. See the “ara macao” or scarlet macaws, at their west coast breeding and reintroduction center. At their east coast branch you will find the “ara ambiguous” or Great Green Macaws, of which there are only 1,000 left in the wild. Take a guided tour and witness the magnificent birds flying once again in their natural forest home.
Swim with stingrays in the Cayman Islands
Jump 27 waterfalls in the Dominican Republic
Explore Bermuda’s secret underground
Kitesurf in the Dominican Republic
Spot monkeys in Costa Rica
Take the train in St Kitts
Watch horse racing in Barbados
Take a mud bath in St Lucia
Dive a wreck in Bonaire
Make chocolate in Grenada
Grenada’s annual Chocolate Fest (31 May to 7 June 2019) is a must-visit for lovers of the sweet stuff. Visit the island’s cocoa plantations and get to the heart of the action with one of the immersive experiences. You can learn how to harvest cocoa (you’ll crack the pods and collect the beans), make a chocolate bar or ‘dance’ the cocoa, a traditional way of drying the beans by walking on them. For more brilliant ideas about what to do on the Spice Isle, check out our guide to Grenada.
Delve beneath Barbados
Learn to salsa in Cuba
Get your snake hips wriggling with a dance course in Cuba, the birthplace of modern salsa. There are several dance schools in Havana or try Responsible Travel’s two-week Cuba Salsa holiday. You’ll have 30 hours of intensive tuition with a Cuban pro then hit the dance floor in the city’s best music clubs by night.
Visit an underwater museum in Isla Mujeres
Visit the Bacardi distillery in Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico is known as the rum capital of the world, and for good reason. Nearly three quarters of the rum sold in the US is produced on the island. Visit the Bacardi distillery, Casa Bacardi, which is now back in action following Hurricane Maria. Learn how rum is made, take a tasting class or join the mixology tour which involves an all-important lesson in how to make the perfect mojito. You’ll also get the chance to fill your own bottle.
Kayak through the sea glow in Grand Cayman
By night, the sea around Grand Cayman’s Rum Point sometimes glows in the dark. The magical spectacle, known as the northern lights of the Caribbean, is caused by bioluminescence – when billions of microorganisms emit a glowing light. Cayman Kayaks runs guided tours which will take you paddling through the sparkling waters.
See how coffee is made in Jamaica
Trek up a volcano in Martinique
Discover Trinidad’s hummingbirds
See a piece of naval history in Antigua
Spot raccoons in Guadeloupe National Park
Go river tubing in Grenada
See aloe vera being made in Aruba
Do Carnival in Trinidad
Catch fort-top panoramic views of Guadeloupe
Eat street food in Barbados
Explore a crater in St Kitts
Dance to reggae in Jamaica
Steer your own submarine in Curacao
Delve 1,000 feet beneath the surface in your own miniature submarine pod with SubStation Curacao. Seek out the vibrant coral of the ocean depths and explore shipwrecks of voyages gone by.
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