If your idea of a relaxing vacation is is one with lots of things to do and try then check out these sunny destinations that made our list for best Caribbean destinations for the active adventurer. Dust off your hiking boots; grab your camera and your sense of adventure, these islands offer exciting and unique activities.
From deep sea fishing to shipwreck diving to scenic and exciting jeep tours, the list of things to do and experience is long and why Nassau makes our list of best destinations for the active traveller. The towers of the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island rise high above Nassau, and no visit is complete without a stop at this fantasy resort and water park. The water park delivers adventure and thrills unlike any other. The Mayan Leap of Faith is not for the faint of heart, but definitely exhilarating. Atlantis offers so many things to see and do – the list is endless.
Travel around Nassau and area on a bike or try a Segway tour, explore the straw market or enjoy a round of golf with ocean views. Get your feet wet and scuba in one of the clearest oceans you will ever see. Explore the islands of the Bahamas on a sailing tour or cruise under the surface of the ocean in your own personal SUB, a futuristic underwater motor-scooter.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
San Juan makes our list of best destinations for adventure because the small island of Puerto Rico offers everything from caving to zip-lining. Puerto Rico has one of the world’s largest underground cave systems, located only two hours from San Juan. Go spelunking and channel your inner Indiana Jones at the Rio Camuy Caves – a must for the true adventurer. You can experience the sights, sounds and smells of a tropical rain forest as you hike the beautiful trails in the El Yunque Tropical Rainforest, about 55 km east of San Juan in the Sierra de Luquillo Mountains.
For a truly surreal experience that you are sure to not forget, the glowing waters of Mosquito Bay on the island of Vieques is an evening tour that is truly magical. Under a dark sky, as boats and paddles disturb the mystical glowing water, it lights up in a beautiful blue/green tinge – absolutely amazing.
You can choose from just about every water sport you can imagine or stay dry and try mountain biking, golfing or shopping and much more on St. Martin. This small island packs a big punch and that’s why it makes our list for best destinations for the active traveller. If shopping is your activity of choice the shopping is great and it’s duty free. You are sure to find that something special and a unique souvenir or two with the options of high-end boutiques and designer stores to local art, crafts and jewelry at Margot Market.
If you’re the outdoorsy type, take a walk on the wild side and explore the hills on a zip line, by horseback or hiking. The crystal waters are perfect for surfing, body-boarding, windsurfing, snorkelling, or try Kite or fly-surfing. All this and more makes St. Martin perfect for an active vacation.
St. Lucia’s beauty is the perfect backdrop for adventure, which is why it makes our list of best destinations for the adventurer. With mountains to climb, forests to explore, banana and coconut groves to visit, and an underwater world to discover, St. Lucia provides active travellers with lots to do.
The Pitons are majestic volcanic plugs that are the landscape icon of this beautiful island. Both of the Pitons can be hiked; the larger one is actually the easier of the two but both will reward with fantastic scenery and spectacular views of St. Lucia. Feeling courageous? Try the moonlight zip line tour. It’s sure to get your adrenaline pumping as you swing and zip your way through the forest canopy, with only a headlamp (and perhaps the moonlight) to light the way.
If you’re looking for something a little less strenuous, try the Rainforest Sky Ride, a stroll through the Diamond Botanical Gardens or a sail along the coastline. There is also a wide range of eco-tours that provide a deeper look into the bio zones of St. Lucia.
What are your waiting for? Get your adventure on.