Mysterious shipwrecks and vibrant reefs
The Caribbean, despite its relaxing lure, has plenty to keep you active too. Aquatic adventures are a big draw for many holidaymakers with boating and sailing, deep-sea fishing, kayaking, surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing on offer.
It is beneath the water that the Caribbean really comes into its own, though. Unsurprising, given the warmth and clarity of the ocean, which ensures idyllic snorkelling conditions. Mingle with the shoals of exotic fish or swim among old wreck sites.
Tropical shopping adventures
What better way to spend the afternoon following a full morning of sun-drenched exertions than a spot of shopping? Jewellery, designer clothing, spirits and watches are part of the Caribbean shopping experience.
During your shopping expedition, keep an eye out for traditional Caribbean rum. It is the spirit of the Caribbean and for many travellers, their trip doesn’t begin until the first rum drink is served. A bottle (or two) is the most common Caribbean souvenir, and because it’s produced locally and in large quantities, you can find bottles in island stores at great prices.
Once you bid orevwa to the sun, it’s time to embrace the night. As darkness falls, music heightens, often transforming bars, beaches and street blocks into pumping parties. Clap, swing and sway along to the infectious beats and rhythms of carnival, calypso, salsa and reggae or just sit back with a refreshing rum punch and watch it all unfold.
Taste the sumptuous flavours of the Caribbean as you feast on rice blended with fruits, seafood and spice. Try pepperpot, Antigua’s national dish of meat and vegetables such as okra, spinach, eggplant, squash and potatoes or the Cayman Islands Tortuga rum cake, a heavy, moist cake available in several delicious flavours.