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

1. Crash My Playa

Music festivals might conjure up images of muddy fields, wet weather, and cold tents but the Crash My Playa country concert in Mexico is definitely not a wet weekend in Somerset!
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2. Isla de Mujeres

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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4. Pelican Bar

This remarkable driftwood-stilted bar, just over 1km off the stunning turquoise shores of Parottee Bay, is like something out of a novel or film.
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5. Rick's Cafe

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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6. Bacardi Island

This small private island is also known as Cayo Levantado, and inherited its English name after it was featured in a commercial for the famous producer of spirits.
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7. Chichen Itza

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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9. Underwater Museum

With so much to see and do in Mexico, deciding where to start can be pretty daunting. Should it be something historical? Perhaps something artistic?
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11. Cenotes

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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12. Corona SunSets

Mexico certainly knows how to party! Fiestas, festivals, and fireworks – the locals in Cancun love music, dance, and the chance to have a good time on the beach.
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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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14. Playa Pilar

While in Cuba, make sure you spend a day or two on one of the best beaches on the island, Playa Pilar. To get there, take the bus which runs regularly from Cayo Coco
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15. Museo Maya De Cancun

Wander through the contemporary Museo Maya De Cancun, and be transported back in time as you discover the fascinating rise and fall of the ancient Mayan empire.
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16. 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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18. Eagle Ray Scuba Diving Centre

Experience an incredible underwater world off the shores of Guardalavaca with a guided diving trip from the local beach. Visit some of the most beautiful diving spots in Cuban waters alongside the experienced PADI-qualified instructors
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19. Dolphinaris Cancun

As you dip your toes into the crystal clear waters at Dolphinaris Cancun, it’s time to prepare for the experience of a lifetime. If swimming with dolphins is high up on your bucket list, you’re in the right place.
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20. Fort Bennett

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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21. Castara Bay

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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22. Nylon Pool

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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23. Buccoo Reef

Buccoo Reef is the largest coral reef in Tobago and it is also one of the most visited. After years of damage by tourists and locals, it was designated as a marine park in 1973
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24. Charlotteville

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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26. Runaway Bay Golf Club

Enjoy a leisurely game of golf in the beautiful weather at the Runaway Golf Club. The course was built in the 1960s and still provides excellent services and a welcoming environment to play in.
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27. Dolphin Cove

Travel to Dolphin Cove, which is just a half an hour drive away, for a marine experience of a lifetime. There are lots of activities to get involved with either on dry land or in the water.
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29. The Bob Marley Experience from Ocho Rios

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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30. Blue Hole Ocho Rios

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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33. Booby Cay Island

Take a boat trip from the sandy shores of Negril to the nearby small, secluded Booby Cay Island. The island gets its name from the large amount of booby birds that migrate to breed and lay their eggs in the offshore sanctuary.
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34. Mayfield Falls

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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36. Rose Hall Great House

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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37. Hip Strip Montego Bay

You’ll find some of Jamaica’s liveliest nightlife on Montego Bay’s Gloucester Avenue, also known as Hip Strip. Running for three kilometres, it’s lined with all sorts of restaurants and bars, almost as if it was designed to showcase the very best of Jamaican culture.
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39. Explore the tropical parks near Bavaro

There are lots of fantastic opportunities to see the island’s spectacular, tropical countryside. For an activity away from the beach, explore the thriving flora and spot the exotic wildlife of colourful birds, reptiles and insects.
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40. Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park

The best way to get a real feel for the island is to explore the spectacular sceneries and exotic wildlife. Hike through the green, natural terrain and spot colourful parrots, pink flamingos and scaly reptiles that are hidden
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41. Xcaret Theme Park

Pronounced ‘essh-caret,’ this once sacred Mayan site has been transformed into the gigantic eco-archaeological complex. Half zoo, half theme park it’s perhaps best described as a 300 acre playground.
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42. Coba Mayan Ruins

In Mayan folklore the word Coba means ‘waters stirred by the wind’ which is an appropriate name for a settlement and its position between two large lagoons.
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45. Catamaran cruise

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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46. 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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48. 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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49. 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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51. 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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53. 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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