Thursday
Jan172013

Magens Bay Beach St. Thomas US Virgin Islands!

Magens Bay Beach on St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands is on most of the lists of top Caribbean beaches.  The beach is around a mile long, and while it can get crowded on days when there are many cruise ships in the port, it is still a beautiful place to visit.  For more seclusion you can go over to Little Magens Bay Beach nearby, but note that Little Magens Bay is more of an adult beach than for families.

View from nearby mountain top of Magens Bay Beach.

 

 

Tuesday
Jan152013

Extreme Diving in Bahamas! Dean's Blue Hole.

Blue holes are vertical caves, and some of the best known and deepest are located in the Bahamas.   Dean's Blue Hole in the Bahamas is the deepest known saltwater blue hole and plunges down 663 feet.  It is a haven for extreme divers from around the world.  According to the Bahamas Tribune there is a 30 acre beach front parcel surrounding Dean's Blue Hole that was recently put up for sale for $10,000,000 and there is speculation that it could be developed someday as a luxury dive resort.

 

  

Monday
Jan072013

St. Maarten Plane Spotting!

Looking for a unique experience in the Caribbean, how about feeling the blast of a jet engine, or having one pass just a few feet over your head as you relax on the beach?  For those looking for a different and memorable experience try going to Maho Beach on St. Maarten.  As you can see, unless you want to get sand blasted and/or lose your belongings it is best to heed the warning signs and stay out of the danger areas.  There are two bars just adjacent to the more dangerous areas that probably are a safer bet for people and plane watching.

Saturday
Dec292012

St. Lucia Anyone?

St. Lucia is one of the most photgraphed islands due to the two volcanic pitons that rise dramatically from the ocean.  It is also one of the more remote and easternmost islands in the Caribbean.  

You can even climb the pitons!  There are many tour companies and guides that will take you to the top, but be prepared for a challenging climb!

Wednesday
Dec262012

St. Croix Holiday Boat Parade

The holidays in the Caribbean are a little bit different, which can be a great thing!  St. Croix hosts an annual holiday boat parade.

Thursday
Dec202012

World's Largest Cruise Ships

Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas and its sister ship Oasis of the Seas are the two largest cruise ships in the world and can hold more than 6,000 passengers each.  Both ships feature luxuries such as two-story loft suites and onboard recreational activities such as zip-lines, casinos, mini-golf, multiple swimming pools, bars and nightclubs. These ships sail throughout the Caribbean. See this video from Forbes:

 

Also, see this funny video that demonstrates the scale of these ships, as the Oasis of the Seas sucks all of the water off of Fort Lauderdale beach as it passes by:

 

 

Saturday
Dec152012

Active Caribbean Volcano

The island of Montserrat has an active volcano with recent eruptions.  Located near Antigua, Montserrat like most of the islands in the region was formed by volcanic activity.  See this interesting video (with melodramatic introduction and music!!) for some interesting facts:

Saturday
Dec152012

Beautiful Barbados!

Barbados is the easternmost Caribbean island and one of the islands that retains much of its early English heritage.  Barbados is a favorite stop for Caribbean cruises focusing on the "Southern Caribbean" routes which usually depart from the port of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

See this video for some great highlights of the island from the TravelChannel:

Friday
Dec072012

Caribbean Honeymoon Ideas  

This 2 part video from theKnotTV has a great list of romantic honeymoon destinations in the Caribbean!!  Check it out!

Dont's forget to view Part 2 which has the top 5 recommendations!!

Saturday
Jan012011

Caribbean Overview - Tropical Island Vacationing at Its Best

The term “Caribbean” generally refers to the tropical islands and coastal regions in and around the Caribbean Sea.  The Caribbean Sea is bounded by Cuba and the island of Hispaniola to the North, the islands of the Lesser Antilles (such as St. Lucia and Barbados) to the east, the northernmost coast of South America to the South, and the coasts of Central America and Mexico to the West.  The Caribbean region is also referred to sometimes as the “West Indies” due to an error made by Christopher Columbus when he first arrived in the area and mistakenly thought he was in the Indies of Asia.  

The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands are not immediately adjacent to the Caribbean Sea but are generally thought of as being a part of the Caribbean due to their similarity to other islands in that region.  Bermuda is a bit of an island unto itself, being located fairly far to the north of the Caribbean (being roughly 640 miles to the West/Northwest of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina), but often Bermuda gets similar billing to Caribbean destinations due to its appeal as an island tourist destination.

The Caribbean geography was formed mainly by volcanic activity, and there still exists volcanic activity in the area, such as in Montserrat, which has an active volcano that had a major eruption as recently as 1995.  The Caribbean is also prone to hurricanes, which generally occur most frequently in the hurricane season from late May through the end of November each year.

The Caribbean has a rich cultural history ranging from the earliest inhabitants that included the Carib Indians from which the area takes its name, to the subsequent explorers, settlers, and inhabitants that included many from Spain, England, The Netherlands, France, and Africa.  There exists today a great cultural diversity throughout the region offering many different vacation experiences.

The proximity of the Caribbean to the United States and Canada makes the Caribbean the most widely visited tropical region for tourists from those countries.  The Caribbean is also very popular with European tourists as well as those from Central and South America. The Caribbean contains roughly 7000+ islands (many of which are uninhabited or only sparsely inhabited) and the region lends itself well to sailing and cruise vacationing.  Whether by private sailboat or commercial cruise ship, the Caribbean offers some of the best island hopping experiences in the world.

The Caribbean is widely known for its appealing tropical climate, beautiful sand beaches, cultural richness, water sports, and focus on providing great vacation experiences for tourists from around the world. The Caribbean offers some of the worlds best vacation opportunities, and is particularly appealing as a vacation escape from the winter seasons in other parts of the World.

For more specific information please see our other articles in the EffortlessAdventures Journal, and our destination specific resources.