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Top Caribbean Sailing Routes (Part 3)

St Lucia

Little St Lucia is located at the heart of the Eastern Caribbean chain overseeing beautiful palm-fringed beaches, untouched rainforests as well as the iconic Piton mountains. St Lucia is famous for is golden sunsets and clear blue skies, making it the ideal destination for a romantic couples holiday. On a trip along its coast, visitors will find waterfalls and luxury marinas, mineral baths and seaside art coffee shops. Something new and unexpected situated around every corner. Visitors are sure also to discover that the locals are incredibly hospitality and that they will be well taken care of wherever on the island you choose to stay.

At the north side of St Lucia, visitors will find Pigeon Island featuring two beautiful beaches and old military ruins. The most wonderful views is all the way up to the old naval fort. 

The best sailing route is Rodney Bay where the nightlife is vibrant, lively and the food is extremely fresh. And while being there, visitors must make a visit to the golden sands of Reduit Beach.

Walk by the spectacular vista of Choc Bay and have a swim in the still waters. If keep walking south from here, visitors will get to shore and a must visit place is the nearby town of Castries.

The hurricane hole of Marigot Bay is not only a venue of natural marvel but also the filming place of the original Dr Doolittle film! This is an excellent overnight destination and the nearby Marina Village is excellent for shopping and restaurants.

Visit and have a bite at Bennie’s Restaurant where the boat will be taken care of as you discover the surrounding area and marine park.

Anse Cochon is one of the best beaches to be included in your itinerary, with amazing snorkelling and breathtaking surroundings for a picnic.

It is booming with culture and makes a great place for inland explorations. From here visitors can hike the majestic Pitons and visit volcano at Sulphur Springs.

What are the most beautiful islands of the Caribbean to explore? (Part 1)

Whether it’s Jamaica, Grand Cayman or Martinique, the Caribbean island has captivated visitors from all over the world.

Jamaica

Jamaica is located in the center of the famous Caribbean from the first movie about Dr. 007 No (1962). Ian Fleming, the author of a series of novels about a talented spy, must not be mistaken when choosing Jamaica as the place to write stories about 007. Because he can freely let his imagination soar between the sky, the beach sand and vast ocean.

You can start your first journey in a beautiful country by choosing Ocho Rios, the resort located on the north shore of the island to stay.

Ocho Rios is a concentration area of ​​many resorts on the northern shore of the island.

Despite being a small island, Jamaica also has rivers suitable for rafting like the White River. The journey will take you through the wild spaces of the jungle and through the foot of a bridge built by the Spanish in the 17th century.

The most beautiful of the Ocho Rios is the Coyaba garden, where you can admire the Mahoe waterfall, which flows non-stop.

From the center of Ocho Rios, it is only a few kilometers to Rio Nuevo Bay, where Sugarpot Ruins Beach Bar is located, an ideal lunch spot with impeccable fish. Not far away is Miss T’s Kitchen, where you can find most extremely traditional Jamaican dishes.

The restaurant’s signature dish is cooked cow’s tail. In addition to shrimp sauce, coconut water fish curry also always tops the list of favorites. If you have the opportunity, you should try Jamaican’s native dish of ackee fruit cooked with salted fish served with rice and salad.

In the afternoon, after swimming and snorkeling, visitors are advised to dine at Christopher restaurant on the premises of Hermosa Cove Villa hotel with an international menu. The restaurant is named after the great explorer Christopher Columbus, who commented on Jamaica “the most beautiful country people have ever seen.”

Grand Cayman

Grand Cayman is one of the three Cayman islands of the United Kingdom, located just below Cuba in the Caribbean.

On the west coast of the island, the beach stretching over 11 km is always lively and attracts visitors to spend the day playing. Start the morning at the Caribbean-style Ciboco cafe, where the famous corn-fried egg and minced beef is meant to fuel the next dive.

Top Caribbean Sailing Routes (part 2)

Barbados

The gorgeous island of Barbados covers over 160 square kilometres where it is located far out to sea, about 100 miles east of the West Indies. Alongside there are endless white sand beaches, Barbados’ epic shoreline features secret caves and underground rivers and lakes. Above ground (but still underwater) you’ll find some unparalleled snorkelling locations with friendly sea turtles. Besides, there are beautiful tidal pools, and incredible surf spots with these gorgeous natural phenomena. In addition to that, Barbados has a very rich culture, custom and history. While you’re stayed at the charming seaside towns, it’s definitely worth visiting some of the old charming plantations.

Port St. Charles is house of one of Barbados’ main marinas, which can provide overnight shelter for your boat if you take on long trip. The port has also a very exclusive resort, and Heywoods Beach similar to all other beaches on Barbados is open for the public to enter.

Port Ferdinand is another location where you can dock your boat overnight. If you decide to do so, take a walk along the quay and visit the Fish Pot for an amazing dinner ashore.

Walking south along the coast, you’ll reach Reeds Bay, a quiet and unspoilt beach which is perfect for a swim and a picnic by the beach. 

Docking your boat in Alleynes Bay, pop into the iconic local bars for a cocktail!

If you’re interested in a relaxed afternoon, make your way to the waters off Folkstone Marine Reserve and enjoy snorkeling its brilliant waters among many type of fish, such as sea anemones, sea lilies, corals, sponges and many more.

On the shores of the world famous Sandy Lane Bay, there are many water sports to enjoy by the beach.

As you head to the city of Bridgetown, stop in Carlisle Bay and visit Browne’s Beach where you can relax on the beach with some Rum Punch – and remember to keep an eye out for those turtles!

Barbados Yacht Club & Barbados Cruising Club, the only two Yacht clubs on the island also situated in Bridgetown.

TOP 9 ATTRACTIVE WATER SPORT IN CARIBBEAN ISLAND (PART 4)

Snorkeling – Grand Turk

If you want to add a zip in your snorkeling experience and you’re flying with Carnival, check out the powerful snorkel adventure in Grand Turk. Grand Turk is famous for its incredible diving and snorkelling and that’s because just a few hundred meters from the shore, you will witness a jaw dropping 7000 feet off the continental shelf.

The thruster helps you soar through the clear waters of this underwater wonderland. We are always looking for new underwater adventures and this is one of the top things on our list to try!

Kite surfing – Argentina

Argentina is a very popular destination for beach lovers. Partly because so many beaches are very shallow and great for swimming. The warm, gin-blue water is often found only in the Caribbean and uninterrupted beaches repeatedly.

A popular sport in Aruba is kite surfing. You will find the bay full of kite surfers pulling back and forth along the coast. With flat, warm water, deep waists and year-round commercial winds, Argentina offers the perfect conditions for kite surfing all year round.

Stingray City of the Cayman Islands

Stingray City is a place where tourists can interact with almost tame stingrays. For years, fishermen have lured stingrays here as they clean their fish in the calm waters of a sandy beach just off the Grand Cayman Island.

They are so familiar to people that stingrays will swim straight at you and eat them out of your hands or rest in your arms. Read all about it here at Stingray City and Grand Cayman Luxury Safaris.

So the next time you get to the Caribbean, make sure you pull yourself out of bars and casinos and enjoy the beautiful waters to try one of these Caribbean water sports. Colors, clarity and captivating underwater scenes will surprise you. The Caribbean Sea is definitely a place to hang out in the sun! What is your favorite underwater adventure in the Caribbean or around the world?

Top Caribbean Sailing Routes (Part 1)

A trip to the Caribbean is merely about the adventures of the sea where warm winds, crystal clear waters and midnight waves of the ocean calls to all of us. No matter what type of adventure you like, whether lounge on the sundeck of a yacht or ride a vessel of your own, the Caribbean has its all to make the perfect sailing destination which allow you to sail entirely on your own terms. With different levels of experience on deck, some visitors prefer to have a professional crew to help navigate while others like to handle things on their own. They make things simple by hopping on a charter with a pre-determined itinerary and simply ride along, being in charge of their own craft and create the perfect journey step by step. Just a few hours of sailing is more than enough before coming back for a good night’s sleep in a private beautiful villa on land. Or even better if having the time to spend the night on the boat and take a round-trip the islands for a few days. 

In this posy, you’ll find some of sailing spots and on-shore stops along the coasts of Caribbean islands for a day-trip, or even multi-day adventure.

Before you get on the water…

Be sure to avoid stormy weather and temperamental waters by sailing between January and March when the weather is ideal.

You have three different options for renting a yacht, vessel or sailboat in the Caribbean by booking directly with a charter company or a charter broker who is a travelling agency, helping find the right type of boat for you. If you’ve decided to travel with a professional crew, a broker will help you book a good team. There are numerous great small businesses across the Caribbean islands with fully catered day-cruises and wonderful itineraries. 

Lost in Cuba, a colorful jewel in the Caribbean

Ancient, magnificent, casual but attractive, Cuba is a country of colors with a harmonious combination of natural and artificial beauty, classic and modern.

Havana Old Town

Possessing architectural “pearls” that lasted for 5 centuries, the ancient city of Havana Vieja captivates visitors by the beautiful leading urban buildings in America. Stroll the cobbled streets, admire the colorful, long-lasting baroque-style houses, visitors easily imagine life in Cuba 200 years ago.

Varadero

Varadero, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, is a famous Cuban tourist destination. Here, about 50 large and small hotels with convenient and modern services, spread along the green palm trees.

The clear blue sea and the gentle waves of fine white sand have created a romantic, poetic scene that attracts tourists from all over the world. Coming here, you can also participate in many interesting activities such as diving, sea fishing, golf, skydiving.

Trinidad

Trinidad journey is like a journey back in time. Visitors will think it is like returning to Cuba in the 17th, 18th and 18th centuries The buildings in the town are restored with vibrant colors.

The cobblestone streets in the city center are designed in the prevailing architecture of centuries ago, when Trinidad developed a prosperous trade of sugar and slavery.

Guardalavaca

Surrounded by sparkling beaches, far from the city center than Varadero, Guardalavaca, Holguin province, owns a quiet, quiet space. This destination is a place for tourists to swim, sunbathe and relax, avoid noise and bustle.

For diving enthusiasts, Guardalavaca is also the ideal place to admire the beautiful corals and explore the diverse world of marine life.

Cayo Largo del Sur

Cayo Largo del Sur Island is an attractive destination to find relaxing moments in the sun. It is famous for a chain of luxury hotels and resorts.

Located on the island of Cayo Largo del Sur, Playa Paraiso is one of the beaches to visit in Cuba. The clear blue sea embraces the smooth white sand to create a pristine and seductive beauty.

Zapata Peninsula

A paradise for nature lovers, Zapata Peninsula is located in a remote area, sparsely populated. However, it has diverse landscapes, arguably one of the largest wetlands in the Caribbean.

Zapata Wetlands is a UNESCO biosphere reserve. About 150 different species of birds live here, prominent as water birds, parrots, herons. In addition, crocodiles also reside a lot under the lagoon.

The number one sport of Barbados – Cricket (Part 2)

The Cricket Museum  

Take a walk down memory lane and look at the cricket trophies, wonders and treasures in the Cricket Legends section of Barbados Museum at Herbert House, Fontabelle. This museum named as the first heritage centre dedicated to cricket of Barbados only. Filled with memorable achievements dating back to the early 1900s, the Museum is full of the winning senses of nostalgia for those glory days when the West Indies was the best team of the cricketing world. The Museum offers a wonderful and enriched world for both children and adults. 

As you walk around, you will absorb a feeling of the brilliance of Barbados’ masters and talents of cricket through the ball bowled by Wes Hall in the very first-ever hat-trick by a member of West Indian, a bat autographed by the first West Indies team to compete in England after the Region achieved test status in 1928 and a blazer once worn by the England player, Trevor Bailey, in the West indies tour of season 1953/1954. Whether you are a cricket fan or just fond of Barbadian heritage, you will be amazed by the rich of information superbly displayed in the intimate setting of the Cricket Museum. 

Museum Tours run every 30 minutes on weekdays: 10AM-4PM

The history of the West Indian cricket team started in the 1890s, when the first representative sides were chosen to play visiting English sides. The West Indies was played under the management of the West Indies Cricket Board (“WICB”), and was representative of sport confederation of English-speaking Caribbean countries.

The WICB became member of the Imperial Cricket Council, in 1926, and had their first official international match, which in cricket is known as a Test, in 1928. Although gathered some of great players in their early days, their successes stayed sporadic until the 1960s, by which time the side had altered from a white-dominated to a black-dominated side. By the 1970s, the West Indies had known to be an unofficial world champion, a title they kept throughout the 1980s. During these glory years, the Windies were recorded for their fast bowling attack, and some of the best batsmen in the world.

TOP 9 ATTRACTIVE WATER SPORT IN CARIBBEAN ISLAND (PART 3)

Ray – Belize Alley Shark

If you’ve ever wanted a encounter with sharks and rays, then don’t miss Shark Ray Alley off the coast of Ambergris Cay in Belize. Belize is famous for scuba diving, and going out to the Blue Hole is an unforgettable experience, but swimming with nurse sharks and rays is one of the most uplifting and thrilling experiences we’ve ever had in life.

The nurse sharks seem to enjoy human interaction and the rays welcome the divers as they swim towards them to touch their incredible wingspan. Attracted for years by fishermen cleaning up their catches, Shark Ray Alley has lots of sharks and rays that are still rushing towards the boats looking for scrap.

Coral reefs are filled with not only sharks and rays, but also colorful fish from Barracuda to clownfish – all in balance and harmony in the sea.

As our guide told us, today, don’t think about fish burgers, instead meet all my friends and shark photos and fish in a new way. When we look at the fish in the sea, we see that they all have a littler personality. They seem playful and full of joy and that’s exactly how we feel.

Scuba diving – Honduras

When we sign up for a master’s degree in diving in Honduras, we simply choose the location because the price is right. Accommodation on Utilla is very cheap and dive shops offer affordable prices. Little is known that it also offers some of the best diving in the world.

We saw everything in the waters of Honduras from sharks to starfish and sea horses to turtles. But it was here that we swam with a group of wild bottlenose dolphins and encountered the first whale sharks. Everything we ever wanted to see in the ocean was witnessed by our own eyes on the islands of Honduras. The sea is warm, clear and full of marine life.

The number one sport of Barbados – Cricket!

With its year-round beautiful climate and abundant tropical vistas, Caribbean is well-known for sports tourism, Barbados is an ideal destination to many sports enthusiasts. Besides, Barbadians are avid sportsmen who adore a wide variety of sports, including horse racing, road tennis, golf, polo, water sports, track and field, and especially cricket.

This love of sport has led to the establishment of plenty of world-class facilities throughout the island, and has attracted many overseas sportsmen from Europe, America and around the world coming to Barbados for international tournaments or to practice to improve their skills with a good match against local teams.

Cricket started its appearance in Barbados in 1892. Ever since, it created a glorious history with many Barbadians have contributed greatly to international and local cricket. The island is filled with many cricket grounds and the most famous one is Kensington Oval which is situated in Bridgetown. 

Cricket in Barbados is a passion with the Bajans eat, drink, sleep and inhale with cricket. And if people don’t play it, they watch it or talk about it with the most enthusiastic insight that would attract even people with no special interest in the game. 

Brought to the islands by British, cricket has quickly become national sport. At any given time of the year, people are likely to find an elite international test match being hosted at Kensington Oval, an exciting local club match or a friendly competition organized on open fields or along the beaches. 

Many Barbadian players have become internationally famous for their talents on the pitch, especially players of the West Indies team. Among the greatest all-rounder, Sir Garfield Sobers dominated the sport during his career as one of only 10 Barbados National Heroes. He even become the first batsman to ever score six sixes in a single which was an accomplishment that only one other batsman has since accomplished. In 1975 Queen Elizabeth II knighted Garfield Sobers for his services to cricket and his great honor to his country.

6 activities to try when traveling to the Caribbean Bahamas (Part 2)

4. Experience sailing, swimming with wild pigs

International tourists describe their sailing trips as amazing. Rent a boat to explore the archipelago for visitors to experience all the undersea activities such as snorkeling, spear fishing, swimming with wild pigs. There are also many tours to take you to the small islands. The price for buying a sailboat tour is “acrid” so be prepared before going. Many companies can offer up to $2,600/day for groups of 6.

The lovely wild pig swimming across the beach is what makes the Bahamas Islands more famous as the pig island.

International visitors all enjoy swimming, carrying and feeding lovely pigs.

5. Visit the islands of private paradise

Try to visit at least one island during your vacation in the Bahamas. In addition to swimming with dolphins, visitors also have the opportunity to admire the ghost flying Dutchman famous in the film Pirates of the Caribbean.

International tourists often choose itineraries such as visiting Castaway Cay where the luxurious Disney cruiser (left) of the Royal warship (right) is featured in the film Pirates of the Carribean.

Another great option is to explore CocoCay Island to experience many water sports like diving, skateboarding, kayaking. Don’t forget to rent a boat/canoe to explore the natural beauty of the island.

6. Visit Queen’s staircase

This staircase is a historical landscape built in the 18th century with many intricate carvings on limestone intricate by slaves of that period. This work has 66 stairs to help shorten the way to many other famous landmarks for visitors.

Standing on the stairs can feel the cool water from the beautiful artificial waterfall here. This historic site is located on Nassau Island in the Bahamas. This is the most populous area and also the place where international tourists visit and explore the most.

On each step there are exquisite carvings. The name of this staircase is set to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the reign of Queen Victoria with the merits of abolishing her slavery.