If you are wondering what region of the world to adventure to next, locations within the Caribbean should be the first on your list. It will be sunny and warm this winter while the United States freezes over, and is a beautiful place to explore by land or sea with a fascinating cultural history that is much older than the United States. The Caribbean region includes a huge number of countries that have varying cultures. Most Caribbean nations are accessible by boat and chartering a yacht is a luxurious way to visit more islands on your vacation. Below are suggestions of amazing landmarks to help you decide which locale to visit first. No matter what country you decide to visit this winter, you can learn about world history, culture and nature while having the most laid back and visually stimulating vacation of your life. Below are some amazing places to use as inspiration.
1. Mayan Ruins in Tulum, Mexico
Less than a two hour drive from Cancun, the Mayan Ruins in Tulum are a magnificent piece of ancient history to behold. You can spend an entire day touring this ancient walled city and seeing how a civilization from 700 years ago immortalized their intelligence and physical strength sitting on the edge of 40 foot cliffs that have turquoise ocean waves crashing into them below. You can learn about ancient Mayan astrology by looking at their stone temple architecture and walk down to the white-sand beach to take in the ruins from below.
2. The Bioluminescent Bay in Puerto Rico
The shorthand term for this magical place is called the Bio-bay. There are very few places on this planet that you can see the miracle of bioluminescence and this is a good place to do it. First you have to take a ferry from Puerto Rico to the small island off of its east coast called Vieques. You can only see the phosphoresence in the Bio-bay at night so hiring a guide service to take you into the secluded dark inlet by kayak is necessary. Once you are in your kayak and start to see the diamond-like sparkles in the water around you will realize you are in one of the most unique places on the planet.
3. Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica
This is a National Park that costs just ten dollars to enter and is easy to visit. It is a simple, flat walk through the jungle that leads you to a gorgeous beach. On the walk you can hire a tour guide to show you their knowledge of animal habitats within the park or it is easy to see creatures yourselves if you have a sharp eye. You can see sloths, deer, blue morpho butterflies and more. Once the jungle path opens up to the beach you can take a swim, just don’t leave your snacks (or even clothing) out on the beach for the monkeys to steal!
4. Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
To balance out all of these naturally-appealing outdoor locations, let’s include one of the most beautiful urban areas in the Caribbean, Old San Juan. This 500 year old neighborhood with its pastel buildings and blue cobblestone streets has something interesting around every corner: outdoor bars, caribbean culture and amazing views . This is a great city to balance out all the time you will be enjoying nature. At night you can go out rum-tasting and salsa dancing and during the day you can tour the two magnificent forts on either side of the island and learn about the history of Puerto Rico as a strategic military location as well as the first bit of land Columbus discovered after his journey across the ocean to discover America. As the summer fades and the nights become cooler, start to make your plans for travel to a tropical place to beat the winter doldrums this year. The caribbean is a good choice because of the climate and the huge variety of options because of its diversity and affordability.
Article Submitted by Community Writer.