When the weather starts to get colder at home, you probably start to imagine all the warmer places you could be. You might even decide it’s time for you to visit all those tropical islands you’ve started dreaming of. Spending days relaxing in the sand or swimming against the ocean waves sounds amazing, but what if you want to get more from your trip? There are so many different things to do when you visit the Caribbeans. The hardest part will be deciding which ones to do first.
- Spend an Afternoon Snorkeling
The Caribbean Islands are home to some of the most unique snorkeling experiences in the world. The clear blue waters and white sands make it easy to see gorgeous reefs, colorful fish, and some of the most beautiful underwater foliage there is. Every island you stop at on your Caribbean cruise vacation will offer snorkeling excursions, but one of the most popular ones is part of the Scotts Head Marine Reserve. Located on the island of Dominica, the reserve is formed in an ancient volcano that is now dormant and submerged in the sea. Hundreds of species call the reef home. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the reef is a can’t-miss excursion on your vacation.
- Hike Through a National Park
The Caribbean Islands are home to many gorgeous trails and national parks. You’re likely to find something you love on every island, but one you simply can’t miss is Nelson’s Dockyard National Park. Situated about 11 miles southeast of St. John’s on Antigua, it is one of the world’s most protected harbors. During the 18th century, the dock was an important spot for pirates and privateers. Today, it is home to a museum and several other historic sites. The park, which spans about 10% of the island’s land area also features gorgeous beaches and a wide range of nature trails. Whether you want a 30-minute walk or a 5-hour hike along the coast, you’re sure to find something that interests you.
- Go Shopping
While it’s true that you can go shopping literally anywhere in the world, there’s something thrilling about shopping while you’re on vacation and coming across things you aren’t likely to find in your hometown. Aruba is an especially popular shopping destination when people visit the Caribbean Islands. The capital city of the island, Oranjestad, is a must-see. The island is part of the Netherlands, which means shoppers can find Dutch chocolate and cheese, Delft porcelain, and a range of other affordable Dutch delicacies. Other items that are popular in the city’s shopping district include diamond jewelry, premium liquor, designer clothing, Cuban cigars, and more.
- Schedule a Personal Day
Vacation is meant to be relaxing, so be sure to schedule some time just for yourself as well. Every island in the Caribbean offers spa treatments, so be sure to sign yourself up for one. For something truly luxurious, book a private cabana right on the beach, where you can relax and listen to the waves lapping at the sand while you get a facial, a massage, and a range of other treatments. If you have kids with you, don’t worry. You can sign your kids up for a fun day at the various kid’s clubs on the islands. You’ll be able to receive your spa treatments while your children do arts and crafts, go on scavenger hunts, or spend time in a well-supervised, kids-only waterpark.
Whether you prefer leisurely activities, want to get up close with nature on the islands, or prefer to take in the dozens of historical sites, there is one thing that is certain: a Caribbean vacation is sure to help you forget the chill in the air back home. From budget cabins for the whole family to luxury options for second honeymoons, there are many options for your next cruise. Find something that works for you and enjoy getting away from it all for a while.