When thinking of exotic Caribbean destinations, we often think of milky white beaches, colorful cocktails, and endless sunshine. Who wouldn’t want to visit a turquoise tropical oasis? Well, that’s exactly what these three must-visit Caribbean islands—Barbados, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico—bring to the table! If you’re looking for the best ways to experience culture of these three tropical locations, Sundance Vacations knows the best beaches and ways to tour the local scene.
Christ Church, Barbados
As mentioned in its name, Infinity on the Beach overlooks Dover Beach in the St. Lawrence Gap area. Dover Beach is known for its laid-back, low-crowd atmosphere. The lazy waves are perfect for casual swimming. Another beach popular with tourists and locals is Miami Beach. Miami Beach has two distinct areas, a shallow swimming area and a deeper area for more experienced swimmers. Kick back and unwind—you might even come across a fishcake vendor or two! If you’re looking to spend the day at the beach, there’s plenty to choose from!
Barbados Island Tour with Lunch and Wildlife Sanctuary
The Barbados Island Tour will take you around the island to locations with strong historical and cultural importance. Locations include Earth Works Pottery, St. John’s Church, the Flower Forest Garden, Bathsheba, and the Barbados Wildlife Reserve. The best part? The tour is round-trip and picks up guests from most major hotels and villas!
Barbados Catamaran Turtle and Shipwreck Snorkeling Cruise
The popular Barbados Catamaran Turtle and Shipwreck Snorkeling Cruise experience is likely to sell out fast, so if you want to observe the sea-life in Barbados up close, you’ll want to check out this unique snorkeling experience. Set sail on a cruise length of your choosing, either three hours or five hours. Lunch and unlimited drinks are included as part of the journey. Get ready to take a dip with some sea turtles!
Harbour Lights Beach Extravaganza and Dinner Show
If you’re looking for Bajan entertainment to remember, the Harbour Lights Beach Extravaganza and Dinner Show’s cast of fire eaters, limbo masters, and musical artists are sure to win you over. The dinner show is held every Wednesday and Thursday, while signature night club parties are on Friday nights. Tickets can be purchased either online or at the door. Prepare for a delicious Caribbean barbecue and tasty drinks from an open bar!
The Seven Mile Beach, located in Negril, is a famous location because of its association with pirates. Though buccaneers no longer roam the shores, this beach remains popular. Taking a stroll along the long stretch of sand will lead to various restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. While Seven Mile Beach is the most well-known, a favored by visitors is Bloody Bay. Bloody Bay is the ideal spot for divers and those who enjoy clear, calm waters. Eye-catching shells and coral can be seen when sloshing through the water, or when glancing over the side of a canoe!
Rastasafari Experience from Negril
The Rastasafari Experience is a half-day ATV tour that’ll take you through the untouched nature of Negril. As described on Tripadvisor, “The action-packed drive takes you past scenic farms, mountains, rivers, and rainforest, with a stop at a natural pool where you can swim. Includes lunch and tastings of local fruits.” This fast-paced tour is great for those who want to sightsee, but also want to get their blood pumping for the day!
Barney’s Flower & Hummingbird Garden
If you’re looking for a leisure activity that still allows you to observe an abundance of tropical nature, Barney’s Flower & Hummingbird Garden offers just that. Reservations are required for a 60-minute excursion, which includes views of native plants, flowers, birds, and small animals. This is a great activity for the kiddos in the group, too.
Jamaica Bamboo Rafting Experience with Limestone Massage
Leaving from Montego Bay, the Jamaica Bamboo Rafting Experience with Limestone Massage has more to offer than your average river cruise. While traveling down the Great River in a handcrafted bamboo raft, observing the native wildlife of the surrounding tropical rainforest, you’ll receive a relaxing limestone pastes foot massage. Thankfully, the vessel is air-conditioned to provide maximum comfort! Float down the river while learning about the plentiful land.
Carolina, Puerto Rico
Nothing beats a beach day, especially if you’re vacationing in Puerto Rico! One top-rated beach in Carolina is Playa Isla Verde, a crescent shaped coast. It’s located near several shops and entertainment venues, so you’re always steps away from your next possible adventure. Another spectacular option is Carolina Beach. Carolina Beach is the closest beach to ESJ Tower Suites and is a designated Blue Flag beach, which means that the water quality is constantly being monitored. It’s also a little more action-packed than Playa Isla Verde, so if you like the hustle and bustle, this is the beach for you!
Carolina Guided LED Night Kayak Excursion in Condado Lagoon
Under the rays of the sun or the glow of the moon, Puerto Rico is always mesmerizing, but you can only experience the shimmering city lights illuminating up the still sea by taking the 1-hour Guided LED Night Kayak Excursion in Condado Lagoon. Travel in a clear-bottom kayak and experience a Puerto Rican tour unlike any other. Face painting with glow-in-the-dark paint is highly encouraged!
Jet Snorkel—Snorkeling with Turtles
You’ve heard of snorkeling before, but have you ever heard of Jet Snorkeling with Turtles? Jet snorkeling involves motorized gear that pulls and guides you through the water, so you don’t have to waste your energy kicking against currents. This innovative way to explore the depths of Escambron Beach–only a short drive from our property—allows underwater explorers the opportunity to see more marine life!
Hacienda Campo Rico
Hacienda Campo Rico, a former agricultural plantation, is an architectural beauty filled with adventurous activities for both children and adults. When visiting, you can partake in ATV and UTV tours, ziplining, horseback riding, trolley rides, and archery tag! If you’re looking to catch a breath, the mojito bar offers the perfect escape. You can also host private events as this venue such as parties and weddings.
To read more about exotic destinations, check out our other posts, Best Exotic Beach Destinations for 2022 | Sundance Vacations and Extend Your Summer with Sundance Vacations!
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