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6 exciting sports activities in Northern Michigan of the Caribbean islands (Part 2)

Rowing in Alpena, Michigan

Stand up paddle boarding, also known as SUP, is a sport that can be done anywhere in the world. When you catch it and find your balance on the board, it’s a great workout and a great way to explore the coast.

In Alpena, we met our guide for a shipwreck paddle from the Water Park. Many shipwrecks are located just off the coast from Alpena, and paddles can range from just half a mile to full day trips longer than 5 miles.

Petoskey

If you want to visit something unique, Petoskey has an underwater temple in Little Traverse Bay. The temple was built to commemorate the lost divers and every winter there is an event where people can look across the ice to see the 11-foot monument.

If getting into the water is not your cup of tea, you can take the glass-bottomed boat tour they offer in the Caribbean. Alpena Shipwreck Tours offers tours from May to October and visits some of the 116 shipwrecks in the area. The waters off Alpena are one of the most dangerous places on the Great Lakes, and they sink many ships.

Alpena is declared a National Marine Reserve and has attracted divers from around the world including the son of Jacques Cousteau Jean-Michel Cousteau as well as the discoverer of Titanic Robert Ballard.

Snorkeling

Shipwrecks in Michigan can also be discovered by snorkeling. If you like swimming, wear a mask and fins and take a dip in the water to soak. Many ships are within 10-20 feet of water, so you can dive and get a close look at a bygone era. It is best to hire a guide to know the country and where the shipwreck occurred. Scuba diving is a lot of fun, but swimming abroad can be tiring, so be careful.

We mixed our snorkel trip with the paddle board and had a place to relax after rowing off the wreck. You can rent swimwear, paddle boards and diving gear from local dive shops and hire a guide. In Alpena, we went with the Performance Locker located in Michele e-ke-Wis Park.

Which water sports to enjoy in a Caribbean vacation? (Part 2)

Once you emerge inside the cave, you will be able to admire the breathtaking view of the light through the gaps above. The cave is beautiful but the underwater world is outstanding. Lighted up by the rays of the sun, colorful fish swim around the reef and you feel like you’re in a giant bowl of fish.

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 love 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 full of 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 of 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.

Underwater horseman – Dominican Republic

It’s interesting to mention our list of Caribbean water sports to try. While on our journey, one of our stops was La Romana Dominican and it was here that we signed up for the trip like the greatest adventure on the island, The Adventure Riders Adventure. Having the opportunity to drive your own zodiac on the breaking waves is a thrilling experience and it lives up to the hype.

Which water sports to enjoy in a Caribbean vacation? (Part 1)

A Caribbean vacation is not a vacation until we get wet in the Caribbean Sea. The sapphire blue waters of the islands are so beautiful and fascinating, it would be a pity to miss a toe in the salty sea.

Although we enjoy luxury escapades, we also want to make sure we have great adventures. To help you get the most out of the water, we’ve put together our top 8 Caribbean water sports, which will make a great addition to your winter vacation.

While flying over the West Indies and the South Caribbean, we marvel at the ever-changing, beautiful blue water. From above, you can watch the colors change from light and dark as the depth of the ocean changes before us.

It took us two days to sail to the far southern islands and as soon as we arrived at the port, we began a roaring underwater adventure with The Sailors Riders at La Romana Dominican. It’s just one of the best Caribbean water sports we’ve tried, check out the rest below!

Swim with whale sharks – Mexico

Nothing is more magical than plunging into the deep blue waters off the coast of Cancun and facing the largest fish in the sea. They may be large but whale sharks are gentle giants that eat plankton. Their mouth is very large, but they cannot swallow you if they try.

Whale sharks seem to be moving at a slow pace, but keeping up with them is another story. Whale sharks really swim very fast so be prepared to swim so hard to keep up the pace. Check out our swimming experience with whale sharks in Mexico.

Snorkelling Thunderball Grotto – Bahamas

That’s where the Thunderball of the James Bond series was filmed. Into the Blue was also filmed here! It is not uncommon for Hollywood to flock to Exuma Cays to film blockbusters at Thunderball Grotto.

It is not just heaven, it is adventure! We’ve done a lot of scuba diving around the world, but our favorite scuba diving experience is definitely diving through the flooded holes of this hollow island.

Top reasons to choose Caribbean for your next vacation (Part 2)

Great places for diving

The first thing you must definitely do when traveling here is scuba diving, activity will help you have memorable memories when swimming with dolphins and turtles. The sea with crystal clear waters will help you admire the unique coral reefs and corpses of the sunken ships.

If you are in Barbados, you will have the opportunity to explore the image of 200 sunken shipwrecks, around the Carlisle Bay area and the coral reefs that are ideal places for snorkeling. If you do not know how to dive, then just … be assured, because this is a perfect place for you to study this subject because of its warm water all year round and the sea view quite far.

This sea is known for possessing many beautiful islands, most of the islands here have been discovered and discovered by humans. Hints for excursions through famous landmarks including River Falls in Dunn in Jamaica and a trip to St. Lucia’s rainforest.

If you’re in Grenada then swim in the Seven Sister Falls and walk to Honeymoon Falls should be added to your schedule. If you have the opportunity, you can also “visit the ray” to visit more vibrant and historic cities like Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, and the largest city of Puerto Rico, San Juan, to follow pirates’ footsteps.

The vibrant life of the islands at night

Taste cocktails made from rum, fresh lobsters and the lively party atmosphere at night in the tropics, is the way people often apply for their evenings in the Caribbean. You can look forward to alfresco rooftop meals, lively bars with Caribbean reggae and traditional Soca music as well as beach parties.

The Dominican Republic is one of the best places if you intend to join a nightclub or casino, while the Bahamas clubs never really start to burn out. when it’s past midnight. Travel in the Caribbean vibrant year round, even during the rainy season, and you can come here in about a week or two to find your favorite island and come back whenever you can.

Sailing Routes in Jamaica

Jamaica is one of the most beautiful islands you’ll ever come across, based on Caribbean standards. Its tropical landscape featuring rainbow, and exotic wildlife. Everything you imagine about the Caribbean can be found on Jamaica. Stop along the island’s 360 miles of coastline you’ll find all kinds of adventures, from waterfall or rainforest hikes to snorkelling adventures exploring a whole world underneath the turquoise waves. It’s truly a paradise. 

Any good trip to Jamaica starts and finishes in the capital of Kingston where all the urban action occurs. In the east, Port Morant features stunning scenery, free dockage where visitors can explore the area for as long as they’d like.

Heading to the tip of the island, visit Port Antonio and the world-renowned Errol Flynn Marina which is famous for being one of the best sailing spots on Jamaica where enthusiasts from all around the world gather every year.

You’ll find the most authentic Jamaica at Orcabessa, featuring excellent fish sanctuary and turtle-hatching programme.

St Ann’s Bay and Discovery Bay are venues of cruise ships dock, with lots of fun activities.

Treasure Beach is a calm and peaceful place to spend some time relaxing.

Visit the Errol Flynn Marina which is famous being one of the best sailing spots on the island. Situated in Port Antonio, sailors from all around the world gather here.

In Falmouth, you’ll witness some incredible architecture in the Falmouth Historic District.

Montego Bay is where the Montego Bay Yacht Club founded, another must-visit along the coast featuring stunning beaches. 

On the west part of Jamaica, visit the beautiful and protected Negril which is famous as one of the most wonderful coastal areas in the world featuring stunning Seven Mile Beach.

Last but not least, a tour up the Black River is one of the most unique sailing experiences in Jamaica.

Top reasons to choose Caribbean for your next vacation (Part 1)

The Caribbean Sea is considered one of the most attractive tourist seas in the world, which is loved by many tourists, even here it has been ranked as the top of the places that people want to visit most in the holiday.

With just three basic reasons (pristine beaches, sunny climate and vibrant atmosphere, comfortable) has made this place attracts 25 million visitors each year. Besides, there are dozens of other interesting things for you to discover more about this tropical paradise.

Caribbean Sea – where the pristine beaches, sunny climate and vibrant atmosphere, comfortable.

The Caribbean, where warm climates, sunny beaches, and year-round temperatures rarely fall below 21 degrees Celsius, is suitable for relaxing during long holidays. The islands surrounding this place are the best diving conditions in the world and of course the recreational activities as well as the night landscape are hard to match.

What could be more wonderful than relaxing on one of the best beaches in the world and you know there will be many interesting things waiting for you. And here is one of the impressive things that make you want to come to the Caribbean “right away”.

Relaxing on the white sand beaches and swimming in the warm Caribbean waters are daily activities and of course that is the main reason why people visit the islands here. You can freely choose from world-famous beaches such as the Gold Coast in Barbados or seven miles of fine white sand in Negril, Jamaica.

There are thousands of islands in the Caribbean and a visit to the surrounding islands is one of the best ways to feel the beauty of the place. You can also choose idyllic and quite isolated islands like Little Bay Beach in Anguilla, or Anse Chastanet in St Lucia to visit if you do not like the noise.

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 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.