Off the Grid Adventure Destinations in the Caribbean from Off the Grid Adventure Destinations in the Caribbean
Off the Grid Adventure Destinations in the Caribbean
Off the Grid Adventure Destinations in the Caribbean
Until the several devastating hurricanes in September and October that hit various islands in the Caribbean, tourism in the region was thriving. The best way to help it recover is by going there and spending money. The more popular a place is, the more crowded and commercialized it becomes. This is often a deal-breaker for international tourists who want an adventurous and authentic experience. As a result, they flock to an off the beaten path destination, which will inevitably grow in popularity as the word gets out.
St. Kitts and Nevis did not receive major damage during the hurricanes, and all hotels and travel options are operating as normal. Nevis isn’t very well-known but it’s luxurious enough to attract the likes of A-list celebrities such as Britney Spears and Oprah. A true tropical oasis, this Caribbean getaway will leave you feeling more relaxed than ever thanks to its charm and laid-back vibe.
Culebra, Puerto Rico
The island can use some support after the devastating Hurricane Maria. Explore Puerto Rico's best-kept secret, the island of Culebra, a pristine eco-destination. It’s a natural paradise, home to one of the oldest bird sanctuaries in the US and some of the most spectacular beaches in the Caribbean. Snorkel in a secluded cove and swim among turtles, sting rays, coral reefs, and colorful fish in warm turquoise waters.
Arikok National Park, Aruba
Arikok National Park takes up almost 20 percent of the island and includes desert-like terrain in addition to gorgeous coastal views. There are trails and they do four-wheel drive tours. Leave the crowded beaches behind and go on a journey to explore unique geological, cultural and historical sites. Witness the park’s rich wildlife, and explore the caves, sand dunes and limestone cliffs.
The Caribbean island in the Lesser Antilles chain is a special municipality of the Netherlands. Make sure you visit in the winter. And when you, just walk the five-square-mile island; no need for cars. The small rocky island just south of St. Maarten does not get a lot of visitors each year. It offers world-class scuba diving opportunities. The waters are part of the Saba National Marine Park, which means they are protected and untouched.
Tobago Cays Marine Park, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
A peaceful yachting anchorage, a dream for scuba divers, a paradise for beachcombers, and a film location for Pirates of the Caribbean, the Tobago Cays is one of the world’s most awe -inspiring island destinations. The park is home to coral reefs, sea turtle nesting sites and feeding areas, and small systems of mangroves. The marine portion surrounds five uninhabited cays, the populated island of Mayreau, and three islets.
A vacation in Grenada is nothing short of enthralling. Thrill-seekers who want a more challenging adventure will have a blast here. Try the underwater sculpture park, which is the world’s first, and explore the island’s rugged trails. Suitable for all ages, you can take short walks along guided trails or follow untamed pathways created by the island’s early settlers, according to Grenada Tourism Authority. Divers will be in awe of the water – some of the purest in the Caribbean. See colorful coral reefs and spectacular shipwrecks.
Bayahibe, Dominican Republic
People looking for peace and tranquility during their beach vacation come here. Visit soon before the word gets out; Bayahibe is already becoming more popular. Go on a boat tour to nearby locations, scuba dive, soak in breathtaking sights from the beach, and visit the the neighboring areas and cities. Visit Saona Island for a mesmerizing experience and go snorkeling to explore the shallow waters, catching a glimpse of the magnificent flora and fauna.
You shouldn’t try swimming in The Boiling Lake, but the Caribbean island nation offers a lot more adventures. There are several active volcanoes that affect the reef. Underwater geothermal springs vent gasses in the form of thousands of warm bubbles giving snorkelers the feeling of swimming through a giant glass of, literally, Champagne, according to ChampagneReef.com. You can expect to see a myriad of sea life including sponges, lobster, parrot fish and a resident population of Hawksbill turtles. There are also many wellness and yoga resorts you can stay in.
Caye Caulker, Belize
You should visit Caulker if you want to escape the winter without breaking the bank. You can get to meet almost everyone in pretty much no time. People go to either island for snorkeling and diving. If you are looking for a Caribbean island where the atmosphere is laid-back 24/7, crowds are not a problem, and the views are still amazing everywhere, Caye Caulker is a good choice.
Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands
Measuring just four miles by three and with fewer than 300 inhabitants, this is BVI’s smallest island, according to BVI Tourism. The island will captivate you with its rugged scenery and colorful folklore. Hikers will love the old trails that crisscross the island. Make time for the East End’s natural sea-formed Jacuzzi to observe whales and dolphins. Food lovers will, too, have a good time. Local favorites are West Indian rotis, flying fish sandwiches, and grilled fresh fish.
Cuba is becoming a hot spot for adventurers. Cave diving in the country is superb – you can’t dive and explore the depths of a cave that reaches 70-feet deep in many places. Scuba diving and zip lining are popular, too. Explore the Isle of Youth, a marine reserve with caves, drop-offs and wrecks. See what made Ernest Hemingway spend so much time there. The marine life and scenery are incredible.
Andros is the largest island in the Bahamas (100 miles long and 40 miles wide) but it’s one of the least explored, according to My Bahamas Travel. Those who go there do it for the amazing variety and beauty of diving and snorkeling sites. Bonefishing is also popular. Eco-conscious tourists also like Andros with its blue hole exploration, sea kayaking and nature hikes. For an even more secluded stay, look for one of the small lodges on the eastern shore.
This Caribbean island has had its shares of natural disasters, and perhaps that’s why not as many people visit as they should. Haiti remains an adventurous destination, especially if you also love history and culture. Hiking and mountain biking in Haiti is a dream come true. Hurricane Matthew hit the south and south west of Haiti in October, but Jacmel, Port-au-Prince, Cotes des Arcadin and Cap Haitien continue to receive visitors.
The island of Curaçao, near Venezuela, remained open for visitors after the series of hurricanes going through the region. Not far from the capital city, Willemstad, just about 40 miles away, the island transforms into a rugged desert wilderness, covered with cacti, green iguanas, unique orchids and bromeliads. Visiting the Christoffel National Park is a must, but make sure you do it on horseback, by jeep safari, or on one of the eight hiking trails. The most advanced of them will take you to the 1,230-foot-tall summit.
Scrub Island, British Virgin Islands
Relaxation, wellness and watersport activities are endless. Go on a private helicopter tour of the British Virgin Islands’ 60 islands. Spend your evening enjoying dinner surrounded by the cool Caribbean breeze upon the stern private yacht. Most of the island is uninhabited, which means you can explore its beauty undisturbed.