Things to do in the Caribbean

With sparkling, sapphire-blue seas, white, powder-soft sands, and a pace of life that’s so laid back it’s practically asleep, the Caribbean Islands are one of the ultimate holiday destinations. However, there’s much more to the Caribbean than the chance to soak up some tropical sunshine: there are plenty of Caribbean activities to try, whether you’re travelling with the whole tribe, enjoying a romantic getaway with your better half, or kicking back with a group of mates. From white-knuckle water sports, to natural wonders and an astonishing array of wildlife, you’ll find loads of things to do in the Caribbean, whatever your interests are.

Attractions underground

Not all the best attractions in the islands are above ground, and if you’re looking for family-centric things to do in the Caribbean, you’ll find some fabulous attractions right under your feet! Cuba’s Saturno Cave is just a short walk from Coral Beach and is peppered with spectacular stalactites, stalagmites and a subterranean lake filled with glittering, crystal-clear water. While most visitors come to walk around the cave, those with a nose for adventure can go snorkelling or scuba-diving in the lake and see the views from underwater.
Jamaica’s Green Grotto offers similar Caribbean activities: the Grotto is a twisting labyrinth of underground passages, interrupted with huge chambers and subterranean plants.
Wildlife in the water and in the air

If your idea of Caribbean activities involves finding out about the vibrant wildlife that the islands have to offer, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Whether you’re with the family or your partner, there are more than a few ‘must-sees’ to put on your list. Visiting Jamaica’s Dolphin Cove is one of the most popular things to do in the Caribbean, offering the chance to see these cheeky mammals close up or, if you’re feeling brave, spot sharks and stingrays! If you’re an experienced scuba-diver, the Montego Bay Marine Park is a protected piece of coast where you’ll encounter kaleidoscopic corals, shimmering shoals of fish, and graceful sea-turtles. However, if you prefer your wildlife a little less wet, head to the Negril Hummingbird Sanctuary and interact with a variety of dazzling hummingbirds, in a beautiful, tropical forest.

Immerse yourself in the past

While the Caribbean islands tend to be thought of as a paradise for beach-lovers, it does have a rich and fascinating history. Visit Cancun and you can unleash your inner Indiana Jones and explore the crumbling elegance of the Coba Mayan Ruins, or head to Tulum and immerse yourself in ancient history, at the archaeological sites of Pyramid El Castillo, The Great Palace, Windows and the Temple of the

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2. Isla Mujeres Mexico

Isla Mujeres is a beautiful island close to Cancun and a day-tripper’s paradise for visitors staying at Playa Muyeres on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.
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5. Rick's Cafe In Negril Jamaica

Rick's Café, the oldest public bar and restaurant on the West End Cliffs, is in a remarkable setting just metres above the sea, and has been ranked among the best attractions in the Caribbean.
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7. Chichen Itza In Mexico

The most famous and the most completely restored of all the archaeological sites on the Yucatan Peninsula, Chichen Itza still continues to draw visitors in their thousands.
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8. BPM Festival

Whether you’re a hard-core house-head or just dipping your toe in the waters of techno, The BPM Festival is an absolute must for electronic music lovers.
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11. Cenotes In Mexico

With searing, subtropical temperatures, choosing a beach holiday to Mexico is ideal: you’ve got the sea on your doorstep and when the sun gets a little too much, you can dive into azure waters for a refreshing dip.
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13. Saturno Cave

Immerse yourself in Cuba’s natural beauty with a refreshing dip at Saturno Cave. Known by the locals as ‘La Cueva de Saturno’, it’s just a short journey from Coral Beach and close to Vía Blanca, making it the perfect place to round off a relaxing day in the sunshine.
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15. La Cueva Del Jabali

Dance the night away in one of Cuba’s most unique entertainment venues, La Cueva Del Jabali. Just 15 minutes away from the hotel zone by bus, this is a must-visit place for an evening of lively fun.
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17. Fort Bennett Tobago

Admire the sights of the remains of past and the beauty of the present at the site of Fort Bennett. It is located in Black Rock, overlooking Grafton Beach so you can expect some amazing sea views as well as the site of the historic fort.
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18. Castara Bay Tobago

In the quaint fishing village of Castara is a small beach known as Castara Bay. It is crescent shaped with soft, tan coloured sands, and its shoreline is dotted with fishing boats.
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19. Nylon Pool Tobago

The Nylon Pool is an offshore sandbar with still waters that form a natural swimming pool in the middle of the sea. It is shallow enough that you can stand comfortably with the waters reaching your waist.
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20. Buccoo Reef Tobago

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21. Charlotteville Tobago

Charlotteville is a charming fishing village on the north-eastern tip of Tobago. Fishing is big business in this village as it contributes around 60% to Tobago’s overall fishing catch.
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24. The Bob Marley Jamaica

Learn about some of Jamaica’s most important culture on the Bob Marley Experience, which is a must do activity especially if you are a fan of the legendary musician. The tour starts with an uphill drive through the winding roads of the breathtakingly beautiful Fern Gully forestry,
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25. Blue Hole Jamaica

Take a day trip to Jamaica’s iconic Dunn's River Falls to see the spectacular 600 foot waterfalls. Visitors can climb up the naturally terraced steps by creating a human chain through the middle of the fall.
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26. Montego Bay Marine Park

The best place for snorkelling is at the protected Montego Bay Marine Park. Just over an hour’s drive along the coast is the conservation area that aims to protect the local coral reefs,
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28. Mayfield Falls Jamaica

Experience the spectacular Jamaica’s tropics and take a trip to the Mayfield Falls and Nature Park, only about a 45 minute drive away. The untouched scenery up in the hilly countryside acts as a peaceful break from the bustling coastline.
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29. Rose Hall Great House Jamaica

There are several grand old plantation houses in easy reach of Montego Bay but if you only go to one, make it Rose Hall Great House. It’s said to be haunted by a former resident, a white witch, so night time tours are popular.
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30. Hip Strip Montego Bay Jamaica

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31. Xcaret Eco Theme Park In Mexico

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34. Catamaran Cruise Trip In Cancun Mexico

Enjoy a spectacular day out on the Caribbean Seas and sail on a Cataman cruise to the islands secret gems such as the secluded Isla Mujeres beach or stunning El Farito reef. The reef is considered a natural marine park with a variety of exotic fish.
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35. Delfinario

Swimming with dolphins must be the most frequently appearing desire on people’s buckets lists all over the world. But on your holiday to Varadero, you can make that dream a reality.
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37. Cueva de Saturno

Cueva de Saturno’s direct translation to English is ‘Cave of Saturn’. It’s situated one kilometre south of the Via Blanca and is one of Varadero’s top tourist attractions.
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38. Explore the resort

Guardalavaca is home to a variety of different markets for you to browse and hunt out the best bargain. The most popular is the flea market, which many hotels will run buses to and from so that you can easily check it out for yourself.
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40. Water sports

There is a whole host of water sports on offer to you during your stay in Guardalavaca. And what better environment to try them than in the warm, clear waters of the Caribbean Sea?
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41. Day trip to Morón

Cayo Coco is linked to the main island of Cuba via a 27km stone causeway. When you travel along this causeway from Cayo Coco, the first big city you come to is Morón.
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