CARIBBEAN

Cruises in the Caribbean can stretch from the Florida Keys to the Coasts of Mexico, and the adventures are as numerous as the destinations. Day trips in the Gulf of Mexico allow visitors to explore the Mayan ruins found on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, the giant barrier reef off the coast of Belize, or the rainforests and white water rapids of Costa Rica.

The Caribbean contains its share of attractions in the form of scuba diving trips to reefs rife with ocean creatures, and rich market towns. The Bahamas range over 700 hundred islands and have world-class resorts, golf courses and casinos, one of the largest aquariums in the world, and even pink sand beaches on Harbour Island perfect for relaxing with one of the local concoctions of rum and punch.

Bahamas

Bahamas

The 700 islands of the Bahamas offer everything from mangrove forests, coral reefs, soft sandy beaches and old world architecture. With an interesting past involving privateering and pirates, these islands attract birdwatchers, beach goers and divers, who are drawn to the Great Bahama Bank, an underwater plateau and reef, and to the sunken Bimini Road, rumored to be a lost outpost of Atlantis.

The Bahamas have recently become a modern banker’s oasis, where any whim can be catered to accordingly. Other Bahamian treasures can be found in the Lucayan National Park, which has an extensive and explorable cave system and the beautiful Gold Rock Beach

Belize

Belize

English speaking Belize, located in Central America on the Caribbean Sea, shares the relaxed feel of the neighboring islands and mixes it with the dramatic ruins and Mestizo Indian culture found on the mainland. Known for its eco friendly tourism,

Belize offers handsome colonial architecture, a diving haven just offshore of Placencia, where the second largest barrier reef in the world is located, seaside parks, pristine jungle and busy shopping plazas in Belize City, in addition to its crystal clear Mayan Mountain waterfalls. Belize encourages exploration and has opened many of the restored and unexcavated Mayan ruins to the public.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

 Divided between the Caribbean Sea on the East and the Pacific Ocean on the West, Costa Rica is rife with prime surf & turf and adventure. Climb to the summit of Volcano Arenal, trek through the rainforest preserved in the Reserva Biológica, or take a quicker tour of the forest by zip-line. Costa Rica spreads its mixture of exotic nature and luxury resorts over 35 beaches, 20 natural parks, unique golf courses and relaxing spas. 

Florida Keys

Florida Keys

A home to artists, writers and musicians, the Keys are famous for their inhabitants, including writers Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, and Shel Silverstein. The Conch Republic draws heavily from its pirateering roots and from the artists who have lived and continue to live here. Ernest Hemingway’s former residence has become a museum and sanctuary for his six-toed cats.

The Keys offer everything from the watery wilderness of the Everglades National Park, which extends into Key Largo to Pride Fest, a celebration founded by Key West’s gay population. The Florida Keys promise a colorful vacation, rife with culture, nature, history and a touch of the literary. 

Caribbean Islands

Caribbean Islands

The Caribbean Sea emanates the exotic with its wealth of gorgeous island locations.

In Antigua discover their 365 beaches, one for every day of the year, and excellent diving.
The island of Anguilla, with its laid back style, serves as an excellent place to make use of the Trade Winds for sailing and windsurfing.
Aruba plays host to the Catamaran Regatta in November and attracts yachts year round with their Carnavale Festivities in February and Hi-Winds Pro-Am Windsurfing Competition in June.
Barbados places an emphasis on boat races, dancing, local cuisine and art, particularly during the Oistins Festival, held over Easter weekend. The Barbados Windsurfing World Cup and Caribbean Surfing Championship are both held off the coast here.

Curaçao, part of the Netherland Antilles, embraces its Dutch liaison with brightly colored Dutch style architecture and adds some tropical flavor with its Dolphin Academy and the Curaçao Oceanfront Sea Aquarium.
Known as the “Spice Island,” Grenada welcomes visitors with the heavenly scents of cinnamon and nutmeg. With its first rate resorts, Grenada offers comfort and the ecological interest of green rainforests and clear waterfalls.
Martinique mixes its volcanic landscape and French heritage with locally made rum and zouk music. The mix of European and Caribbean makes for favorable results, particularly for the cuisine.
Bananas remain the big industry on St. Lucia, but tourism still flourishes on this lush green island. St. Lucia can cater to anything from deep sea fishing to colorful nightlife.
 
Warm, mild winters and sultry summers make any time of year a good time to visit the Caribbean and every island retains the festivity of Carnavale year round.