Spotlight on the Caribbean & Mexico | Water Sports
The Caribbean and Mexico - it's hard to find a better region for a beach getaway! They're easy to get to and ready to welcome you with all the facilities you need for the perfect sun drenched getaway. This month's articles show you the best beaches and the water sports that are available at your resort and beyond. You'll find Caribbean cruising is an excellent way to enjoy a different beautiful beach at every port of call. Don't miss this month's recipe and our wonderful cruise promos as well as other great offers from our partners. Don't hesitate to contact us with your questions and ideas. We're here to help with the planning of your memorable sun vacation to the Caribbean or Mexico.
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Beach Vacations in the Caribbean & Mexico
There's nothing like hitting the beach for some sun, fun and relaxation. For a revitalizing getaway it's hard to beat and what better place for it than Mexico and the Caribbean? They're easy to get to and ready to welcome you with all the facilities you need for the perfect sun drenched getaway!
World's Best Beaches
You'll find excellent beaches throughout the Caribbean and along Mexico's Pacific and Caribbean coasts. There's a wide range from surfing and wind surfing beaches to vast stretches of white sand and tranquil secluded spots ideal for sunbathing.
Mexico and the Caribbean have several beaches which are recognized amongst the best in the world including:
This list gives you a range of destinations to choose from for the ideal beach getaway!
For beach activities, be sure to use the water sports facilities available at resorts and beaches around the islands. From parasailing to windsurfing to snorkelling, there's no shortage of activities to enjoy on the water. See the Travel Style page on Water Sports for more.
Where to Stay?
So what type of accommodation will be your home away from home? Our partners provide a wide range of options for you to consider from luxury hotels and villas to all inclusive resorts for every budget:
Beaches and More
Here are some intriguing beach destinations with something more to offer:
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Riviera Nayarit, Mexico
St. John, US Virgin Islands
There are so many wonderful options in the Caribbean and Mexico it can be difficult to decide on a destination and resort. We're happy to advise you and take care of the arrangements for a memorable vacation. You'll arrive home relaxed and revitalized from a fabulous getaway in the Caribbean or Mexico.
By Susan Milne
Living the Mayan World with Angelica Espinosa
Sometimes you need to get beyond the beach for an enriching cultural experience. There's no better place for this than Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula where exquisite beaches are never far from ancient Mayan civilization. Our On Location partner in the Yucatan, Angelica Espinosa, invites you to "Live the Mayan World" with authentic experiences that are sure to inspire you. There are many options available which Angelica brings to life below. Get in touch with us so we can work with Angelica and her team to create an authentic experience for you in the land of the Maya.
"Culturally fascinating: That's the best description of Mexico. The colonial cities, the archaeological richness, the beaches and the incredibly diverse landscapes; you are instantly in touch with culture the minute you arrive to Mexico. It's the people, proud of their traditions; it's the cuisine with ancient roots; it's the music narrating history - Mexico is all about culture. Mix with the locals, go to the town markets, experience a Mayan ceremony; you'll find culture everywhere. Don't miss the festivities and celebrations taking place in the little towns and the opportunity to learn and share with the Maya people. You might end up in their homes learning an artisan's technique or being the guest of honour at a family meal."
The Hacienda Experience
"Staying at a hacienda adds to your cultural experience. Located in the Yucatan and Campeche states in the Yucatan Peninsula they have been restored and re-opened as hotels or private rentals. To me, the experience of staying in a hacienda means enjoying the finest accommodation in the region and at same time, supporting and making a difference to the way of life for the Maya communities."
"Imagine these properties from the 16th to 18th centuries surrounded by the Mayan jungle, lovingly restored to their former glory after decades of abandonment. Imagine the exclusive intimacy of these very large buildings with extensive gardens and no more than 28 bedrooms. You can escape and connect with life by swimming next to the old hacienda walls or indulging in a spa inside a cenote (a sinkhole where the ceiling of a cave has fallen in, considered sacred to the Maya as the entrance to the underworld). More than 90% of the hacienda staff are from the surrounding Maya communities and the amenities such as soaps and shampoos are locally hand-made. Your waiter might teach you a few Mayan words or your children might have the opportunity to live the traditions."
"The Haciendas del Mundo Maya Foundation is a nonprofit organization that works with Maya communities in the states of Yucatan and Campeche to conserve and develop the Maya identity through educational, health and economic programs within the communities themselves."
"The Foundation also opens doors to modern-day indigenous life, bringing travellers into direct contact with the Yucatan Peninsula's communities, workshops, schools and homes."
"As a result, the Foundation and the haciendas have received several awards and certifications such as Earth Check, World Fair Trade Organization and Tourism for Tomorrow."
"Special events take place throughout the year. We recently hosted a historical event for the world of art and culture. Glass + Turrell took place on November 14th for the inauguration of the amphitheatre at Hacienda Ochil - designed by renowned American light artist James Turrell - which featured a Philip Glass composition. Glass is one of the most influential composers of the late 20th century."
"This was a fund raising event to conserve the identity of Mayan Culture in Yucatan, Mexico."
Discovering the Yucatan Peninsula
"Bespoke travel, retreats, events, family gatherings, celebrations, any occasion is ideal to discover the Yucatan Peninsula and the Maya World."
"You can rent a car and do a road trip or let us take care of all the organization. The most important thing is to get into direct contact with people and places only the luckiest travellers reach."
"Our experts are the top guides anywhere in the region and include archaeologists, historians and specialists who go further than anyone and enrich your experience".
"Private tours are an excellent way to discover the region. Expeditions lead by archaeologists, relaxation at the haciendas and luxury villas, private cenotes, superb cuisine, philanthropy experiences at the Maya communities: the choice is yours."
Examples of customized tours and learning experiences which can be arranged are:
"These experiences appeal to those who enjoy premier bespoke and experiential travel and want to learn about the vibrant Maya culture as well as try something different."
"There are several ways visitors can participate in local projects as volunteers. Travel itineraries can be combined with sustainable activities. Options range from donating a book to the community to fully participating in a summer camp."
Thanks to Angelica for providing these excellent options for an authentic and revitalizing experience in Mexico's fascinating Yucatan Peninsula.
By Susan Milne
Imagine enjoying a different spectacular beach in every port of call - you can do this while on a Caribbean cruise. The Caribbean is the number one cruising destination in the world and whether you are on a southern, eastern or western itinerary, there are fabulous beaches to enjoy along the route!
Beaches on Your Caribbean Cruise
Dock in Grand Cayman within sight of Seven Mile Beach; in St. Thomas it's a short drive from the cruise piers to spectacular Magen's Bay; don't miss the black sand beaches of St. Lucia on a port day in Castries. Cruising the Caribbean gives you some wonderful beach experiences and you can find great beaches everywhere you go in the Caribbean.
Tours can take you out for a day at the beach or you can make your own arrangements. It's easy to take a taxi to the beach from your ship. Many resorts in the Caribbean offer a day pass to use their private beach and its facilities for a splendid beach day in style!
The selection of itineraries and ports is quite mesmerizing with so many cruise lines and ships in the Caribbean. We can help you narrow down the choices to find the right ship to give you the experience you want in the Caribbean and to visit some great beach locations.
Cruise Line Private Islands & Beaches
Some of the most magical beach locales in the Caribbean have been created by cruise lines on their private islands. Here you can enjoy a private beach day, just for you and your ship mates, with all the relaxation, activities, water sports, food and fun you could wish for. No wonder cruise line private islands and beaches are rated as the favourite port of call by many guests!
Sounds great, doesn't it? This is what you will enjoy on a private beach day during your Caribbean cruise.
Private Islands and Coastlines
Our preferred cruise lines are leaders in this area. Take a look at what they offer in the way of "a day at the beach" cruise line style.
Great Stirrip Cay, Berry Island Chain, The Bahamas
Half Moon Cay, Little San Salvador Island, The Bahamas
Princess Cays, Eleuthera Island, The Bahamas
Labadee, north shore, Hispaniola
Coco Cay, Bahamas
Beach days arranged by your cruise line are certainly one of the best ways to experience the magnificent beaches of the region.
Why not consider a Caribbean cruise for your next revitalizing, beach focused vacation?
By Susan Milne
Water Sports – The Caribbean and Mexico
Participating in water sports while in the Caribbean and Mexico is the perfect way to stay active and keep fit during your vacation. The region is a water sports playground so why not try something new? There's no shortage of thrilling opportunities!
Water Sports at Your Resort
You'll find a range of entertainment and activities at your hotel including water sports. Facilities will vary depending on which resort you are at of course but kayaks, wake boards, sailing catamarans, water skis, stand up paddle boards, snorkelling equipment and even glass bottom boats are the type of options. Lessons are frequently offered too so you can learn a new sport while you're on vacation.
Best Places to Snorkel
The Caribbean and Mexico are home to some of the best snorkelling in the world. Clear water, shallow coves and healthy coral reefs help create some excellent places to dawn your gear and discover the underwater splendour. These are some of the best places to do it:
The clear Caribbean waters, exquisite coral reefs and spectacular vertical terrains make this a perfect region for diving enthusiasts. These are some of the many options to choose from for novice to experienced divers:
Many hotels and resorts offer a dive program so you can get certified while staying there and many private operators provide this service along with guided dives. It's the perfect opportunity to experience a remarkable underwater world.
Windsurfing & Kitesurfing
From the ABC islands in the south - Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao - to Mexico's Mayan Riviera in the north, there are many great spots for windsurfing and kitesurfing in the Caribbean.
Equipment rentals and lessons are available or why not attend an international competition?
For a breathtaking birds' eye view of your destination, you can't beat a parasailing adventure. Available at beaches across the Caribbean and Mexico parasailing offers a thrilling ride as you take off and soar high above the water.
Be sure to take advantage of the excellent opportunity to enjoy water sports while in Mexico and the Caribbean. It's a natural addition to your revitalizing vacation experience.
By Susan Milne