7 Unique Reasons to Vacation in the Caribbean
February 21, 2019
Millions of tourists visit the Islands of the Caribbean every year to take advantage of the gorgeous beaches, natural wonders, and sunny weather. But you don’t have to be a beach bum to enjoy a trip to the Caribbean. Let’s explore some of the unique reasons tourists are now choosing to visit the Caribbean islands.
1. Growth In Eco-Tourism
One industry that’s really taken off in many Caribbean destinations is eco-tourism. The US Virgin Islands, Dominica, and Trinidad and Tobago are a few standout locations that now offer eco-friendly resorts for guests who want to immerse themselves in the host country’s pristine nature. If you’re eco-conscious, you shouldn’t have difficulty nowadays booking an eco-friendly Caribbean vacation full of hiking, bird-watching, and, of course, zip-lining!
2. Visiting Havana Before It Becomes A Tourist Trap
Since the Obama administration eased tensions between the USA and Cuba, it’s never been a better time to see the historic capital city of Havana. Whether you’re interested in colonial architecture, salsa dancing, retro cars, nightlife, or high-quality rum and cigars, Havana’s you’re place to be. It’s a good idea to visit Havana as soon as possible before hordes of tourists flood the city.
3. Fabulous Foodie Festivals
Are you a serious foodie? Well then, you’re in luck! Many Caribbean islands celebrate their rich (and delicious) culinary heritage every year with annual food and wine festivals. Just a few of the most popular festivals to consider visiting include the Portland Jerk Festival in Jamaica, the San Pedro Lobster Fest in Belize, and the St. Lucia Food and Rum Festival.
4. Chocolate & Coffee
After indulging in all that delicious Caribbean food, it’s time for a little dessert. Thankfully, many Caribbean islands are known internationally for their high-quality chocolate and coffee products. If you’ve got a serious sweet tooth, try your best to visit during the Grenada Chocolate Festival. Other impressive Caribbean attractions for chocoholics include visiting the all-chocolate restaurant Casa Cortes in San Juan, Puerto Rico, or get an organic chocolate massage in St. Lucia. For a great cup of coffee, there’s no better place to go in the Caribbean than Jamaica’s Blue Mountain Coffee factory.
5. Cigars & Rum
Need some treats that are stronger than chocolate and coffee? No worries. The Caribbean has been known for centuries for producing the finest cigars and rum in the world. For those who are in Havana, take a tour of the Havana Rum Museum and the Partagás Cigar Factory to learn more about Cuba’s long history making these two iconic products. Although Cuba often steals the show, other islands like Barbados, Jamaica, St. Lucia, and Puerto Rico have exceptional rum distilleries interested tourists can visit.
6. You Can Visit Hell
While we’re on the subject of sinful treats like cigars and rum, it’s a good time to mention that you can actually visit Hell in the Caribbean. On Grand Cayman, you’ll find a sinister looking rock formation that many locals believe looks like something a poor soul might find in the underworld…so, they decided to name this area “Hell.” Before you leave, be sure to stop by Hell’s only post office and mail a letter to your friends.
7. Touch A Plane At Maho Beach
One of the most unique beaches to visit in the Caribbean is Maho Beach. Located in St. Martin, this beach is unique (and, to be quite honest, a bit dangerous) because it’s located extremely close to an airport. People often sit around here to get the perfect picture of planes coming in literally above their heads. Don’t expect to get a lot of reading done on this noisy beach!
As you could see, the Caribbean has so much more to offer tourists than just wonderful weather and beautiful beaches. Take your time to research the specialties of each island you’re interested in before deciding where to go. Please keep these unique tips in mind when planning your vacation to the Caribbean.