World-renowned for its beaches, the Caribbean draws travelers from across the globe—but for far more than just the powdery sands and rugged coastlines. In fact, we can think of at least 5 more reasons, which is why we’re outlining why the Caribbean should be at the top of your 2022 to-do list. If you’re looking for a way to add more excitement to your life in 2022, pandemic aside, we say that a trip to the Caribbean might be your best option.
1. The Beaches
The Caribbean is world-renowned for its stunning white-sand beaches. From the powdery sands of Turks and Caicos to the rugged coastline of Jamaica, there’s a beach for everyone. Whether you’re looking to relax or party all night long, the Caribbean has plenty of options for you.
2. Food and Drinks
There’s nothing like a vacation to make you crave great food and drinks, and in the Caribbean, there is no shortage of mouthwatering cuisine waiting for you on every corner, from Jamaican jerk chicken to delicious Haitian patties. Rice lovers can have a great time enjoying rice and beans in Belize alongside potato salad, fried ripe plantains, and stewed chicken. Find the recipe for it here.
3. Water Events
Rafting, boating, fishing, and diving are among the popular water events on the islands. If you’re looking for a more solitary experience in 2022, consider kayaking or canoeing in some of the many bays and inlets around the Caribbean islands.
4. Bicycles and Scooters
If you’ve been craving a little freedom from the confines of the airport or cruise terminal, consider renting bicycles for a tour around town. On some islands like St. Kitts and Nevis, you can rent scooters, mopeds, and ATVs. Uniquely, beachgoers traversing Ambergris Caye offshore Belize make their way around town on golf carts and other off-road vehicles. Of course, bikes and scooters are also a great idea for touring the beaches with your partner on board, like on Belize’s Caye Caulker, so don’t confine yourself to touring towns only.
5. Fishing and Snorkeling Trips
The waters off the coast of Jamaica are some of the most diverse in all the Caribbean, thanks to a rich coral reef system that attracts fish from many surrounding regions. Whether you’re fishing with your family or going on an organized snorkeling trip, there’s no better way to get up close and personal with marine life. In fact, the second-largest barrier reef in the world is found on the coast of one Caribbean country: Belize. The Mesoamerican Reef region lies within the Caribbean Sea and touches the coasts of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras.
6. National Parks
After the above-mentioned activities, you may be exhausted. Trying something different like visiting nearby national parks can go a long way in rebuilding your holiday mood. Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary in Belize, Shete Boka Park in Curacao, Pigeon Island in Saint Lucia, and the Arikok National Parks in Aruba, are some of the main options you can consider here.
During a trip to the Caribbean, the possibilities are endless, from exploring historic towns and villages to swimming with tropical fish. Don’t forget to check all COVID-19 protocols per country and of course, to pack your sunscreen.