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Sports & Activities

“eco-safaris are an idealway to explore the Caribbean hinterland, but amore rustic alternative is on horseback”

alternatives with tubing or white-water rafting. Walkers can stride across jungle-covered volcanoes

in Guadeloupe, St Kitts and Nevis or the rainforests of Dominica, Puerto Rico and Trinidad and Tobago. The rugged interiors of some less

prominent nations, such as Belize, Haiti and Venezuela are also ripe for exploration. Four-wheel drives and eco-safaris are an ideal

Main: kayaking in Puerto Rico. Above from top: overlooking English Harbour in Antigua and snorkelling in The Bahamas. Right: rafting in Jamaica

way to explore the Caribbean hinterland, but a more rustic alternative is on horseback. Jamaica’s famous Blue Mountains lend themselves to hiking and cycling, while Saint Lucia has an excellent network of mountainous bike trails and Barbados offers scenic bicycle routes. Montserrat has an active volcano and offers tours into the exclusion zone, while Saint Lucia boasts the world’s only drive-in volcano amid the pungent sulphur springs.

Wet and wild It is easy to see why the Caribbean Sea’s calm, clear waters make it a top dive destination. The Cayman Islands, Bahamas and Bonaire are

regarded as prime sites, with underwater caves, coral formations and walls that plunge thousands of feet. Tobago is known as one of the best dive areas in the southern Caribbean as its waters

are fed by the Orinoco River which attracts amazing marine life. Belize boasts the longest barrier reef in the Americas, while the Turks and Caicos are  underwater pinnacles off St Eustatius and St Kitts. Anyone wanting to get close to marine life can take their pick of swimming with sharks in the Bahamas; dolphins in Jamaica, the British Virgin Islands and The Bahamas; and stingrays in the Cayman Islands, Antigua and Jamaica. If you want to stay dry, take a whale and dolphin-watching trip from the US Virgin Islands, Turks & Caicos and Dominica. The Caribbean’s rich waters teem with tropical 


trips, especially around Jamaica, Grenada and Barbados Keen yachties should head for Antigua, which offers near-perfect sailing conditions, and The Bahamas. Rookie sailors can learn the ropes in the British Virgin Islands, known for their gentle conditions; while more experienced seadogs can tackle the challenging waters around the Grenadine Islands. 

that have taken root off the shores of Barbados and Antigua, while kayaking is becoming increasingly popular.

The Cayman Islands - for the best diving in the world.

Whether it’s a family who have no experience or an accomplished expert, there’s nowhere like the Cayman Islands for exploring the spectacular undersea world. The colours and richness of marine life are simply breathtaking. For more information contact the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism on 020 7491 7771.

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