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.
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