The Caribbean undoubtedly makes it on several bucket lists due to its exotic nature, scenic islands, and a wide variety of activities to choose from beyond relaxing on the beach. According to research, the Caribbean had about 32 million international tourists in 2019 alone! If you’re planning to travel to the Caribbean any time soon, here are some activities to add to your itinerary for a memorable experience.
Take a walk down memory lane
The Caribbean has a rich culture and will be a treat if you’re a history lover. You can tour the Dominican Republic to visit the oldest university and cathedral in the Americas. The capital city, Santo Domingo, is the oldest settlement in colonial times, serving as an entry for Europeans to settle in the New World. You can also visit Havana, Cuba, with distinct architecture and historical landmarks such as museums, forts, etc.
Try the nightlife
The Caribbean boasts a vibrant nightlife and gives you so much to choose from if you love to party. Some of the exciting islands include Barbados, Aruba, the Bahamas, and Jamaica. There are several bars, dance clubs, etc. With their distinctive reggae music, you’re sure to have a great time. You can also go on a culinary adventure by trying different restaurants. If you’re in the St. Martin area, you can also visit authentic cafes like Robin’s, whose owner started a cafe in the Caribbean and offers a blend of the Caribbean and Canadian food.
Spending time in the Caribbean allows you to enjoy nature and promises unforgettable moments such as the sunset, full moon, etc. You can go night diving in Curaçao and admire the beautiful coral reefs while the sun sets or watch glowing lights created by tiny creatures that light up during the night on the Mosquito Bay in Puerto Rico. You can also visit the dormant volcanoes in Montserrat or go hiking in Aruba, one of the few deserts in the Caribbean. The Aruba National Park offers you guided tours which enable you to see sandy desert hills, cacti, etc., complemented by bright blue Caribbean waters.
Experience a parade or carnival
Joining a parade during your visit to the Caribbean is a great way to experience culture and meet some locals. You can catch a carnival on almost every island. However, some of the most popular ones are in Barbados and Trinidad, which hosted the first contemporary carnival in the Caribbean from as far back as the 18th century. You’re sure to see a colorful display of culture with stylish costumes characterized by bright feathers and sequins, festive music, street food, etc.
Visiting the Caribbean promises to be a memorable time, whether you go on your own or with friends and family. The activities listed above are sure to make your experience an unforgettable one you’ll treasure for a long time. Don’t forget to capture the exciting moments to remind you of the fun times and serve as a keepsake. Remember also to be conscious of your safety at all times.