Caribbean travel ideas do not always involve beaches or an island, but these are the two things people most often are looking for when they plan a trip here. A Caribbean vacation idea that doesn’t include the sea and sand can be found and will usually be somewhere on the mainland of South or Central America, Mexico, or the United States. For some people just where to go in the Caribbean is a difficult decision solved by hopping onboard a cruise ship that stops at various ports throughout the region, never sleeping on land at all. These cruises often will begin or end at ports like Miami or Houston, sail to a number of Caribbean islands, hug the eastern coast of Central America, and perhaps even transit the Panama Canal and head into the Pacific Ocean.
Caribbean travel ideas that concentrate on mainland areas usually include the beach resorts of the Yucatan Peninsula or one of five different Central American countries. Mexico’s resorts of Cancun and Cozumel both have the added bonus of fabulous and mysterious Mayan ruins, including Chichen Itza and Tulum, as well as the historic city of Merida. In all of the Americas, only Havana Cuba and Mexico City boast more extensive historic city centers than Merida, which is graced with beautiful examples of Spanish colonial architecture and several excellent museums. Other places to go in the Caribbean for more Mayan ruins include Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras. Finally, the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica boasts wonderful national parks and tropical biosphere reserves, including Tortuguero National Park, with beaches that are critical nesting grounds for several species of rare and endangered sea turtles.
But again, virtually every Caribbean vacation idea will focus on one or more of 7,000 plus cays, reefs, and islands that decorate the sea like glittering gemstones. If you’re looking for a cheap island trip, these can be found in numerous places. Traveling during the off season (generally the summer months or rainy months), you can save money on flights and hotels. There are cheap vacation packages available to several islands that can help save money by including a number of features. Cheap Caribbean travel ideas can also focus on all inclusive resorts. Consider the wedding and honeymoon capital of the region, Jamaica with its numerous all inclusive resorts including romantic adult resorts like Sandals and family-friendly resorts like Beaches Bocobel. You will also find these in the Dominican Republic, St Lucia, and the Bahamas.
While Puerto Rico isn’t known for its all inclusive resorts, it is known as a great spot in the Caribbean for cheap vacations. For Americans, even the documents required to get there are cheaper, as a passport isn’t required. This is also true of the US Virgin Islands. Other well-known cheap islands include the scuba diving paradise of Bonaire, which, along with Aruba and Curacao, is one of the Netherlands Antilles. Look also to the little island of Grenada. There are also islands known for their luxurious accommodations, including the movie star-studded island of Anguilla, the Paradise Island portion of Nassau in the Bahamas, and even Jamaica, which boasts a number of five-star properties along with many less expensive ones.
A lot of people focus their Caribbean vacation ideas on the things to do that most interest them. Since lounging on beautiful beaches is generally at the top of the list, most people are looking for the best beaches. Palm Beach in Aruba is one of the top beaches in the world. The western shores of Barbados (called the Gold Coast) boasts about ten of the most beautiful beaches in the region. Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic has both extensive resort properties and lovely beaches, and Grand Anse Beach in Grenada is famous. If you want the best snorkeling and scuba diving, head to the previously mentioned diving paradise of Bonaire; Grand Cayman, which has some of the best diving in the world; Puerto Rico with its numerous coral reefs and sea caves; and Turks and Caicos with several important shipwrecks.