Across the Caribbean, every island has something special to offer visitors. There is certainly plenty to do beyond relaxing at the beach! We’ve lined up 10 of our favorite unique experiences for you to enjoy during your Caribbean getaways.
See flamingos and salt pans, Bonaire
One of only four places in the world where flamingos breed, Bonaire provides a colorful spectacle of Caribbean flamingos at the salt pans south of Kralendijk. The Pekelmeer Flamingo Sanctuary is known for its pink, white and turquoise colors as the salt flats change when newly flooded, filled with brine shrimp or dried and reflecting the sun.
Climb Dunn’s River Falls, Jamaica
Near Ocho Rios have fun climbing the picturesque waterfall that cascades down a series of terraces set in lush greenery. It’s one of the most beautiful spots on the island as well as a cooling thing to do on a hot day. There are stairs around the falls if the climb is too challenging.
Visit an undersea observatory, St. Thomas
At Coral World Ocean Park discover the amazing underwater world at the unique observatory. It gets particularly busy around the observatory at feeding time! There’s an Ocean Conservancy coral nursery, a helmet dive, fish feedings and exhibits to take in. You never know what might swim by at this spectacular spot.
Wander the oldest city in the Americas, Dominican Republic
The capital city of Santa Domingo is the oldest city in the Americas, founded in 1498. The Zona Colonial presents a wealth of Spanish Colonial architecture, the first cathedral in the New World, plazas, monuments and restaurants. It’s a delight to wander the cobblestone streets of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Dive and snorkel one of the world’s top reefs, Cozumel
Part of the second largest barrier reef system in the world, the reefs of Cozumel provide an incredible display of colorful sea life. At least 230 fish species reside around these reefs. Snorkeling is also great around this island of natural underwater beauty thanks to very clear waters.
Hike/walk a tropical rainforest, Dominica
The pristine tropical rainforests of Dominica are very special with their hidden waterfalls and lakes. A haven for hikers and nature lovers you’ll also find gorges, valleys, streams, rivers, natural springs and bubbling mud baths on this beautiful island: Amazing and inspiring sights for both the casual walker and serious hiker.
Discover Cuban music, Havana
The infectious rhythms of Cuban music make it popular with locals and visitors alike. Whether you frequent the plazas of Habana Vieja (Old Havana) where music can be heard most of the day, or plan to visit one of the many bars and clubs where live music is played, you are in for a treat when visiting the intriguing Cuban capital.
Taste liqueurs, Curacao
The island of Curacao in the southern Caribbean is not only a desert island with remarkable caves, diving centers and authentic Dutch architecture, it is also home to Curacao liqueur. This colorful, sweet beverage is flavored by the local laraha fruit, developed from Valencia oranges. Take a distillery tour and tasting at the beautiful Landhuis Chobolobo.
Select fragrant spices, Grenada
The “island of spice” is famous for its nutmeg and mace, which it exports, as well as saffron, cinnamon, allspice, bay leaf and ginger. It’s a great place to buy spices at the craft and spice market, grocery stores and Spiceland Mall in the St. George’s district of Grand Anse – also home to one of the best beaches in the Caribbean.
Encounter Green Sea Turtles, Grand Cayman
Get up close to the endangered Green Sea Turtle at the Cayman Turtle Centre, a conservation and research facility as well as a tourist attraction. Swim with turtles, tour the facilities, enjoy the waterslide and see a variety of other marine species and birds. A turtle release takes place every November with over 31,000 yearlings released so far.