You are probably one of the so many travelers who haven’t discovered the paradisiacal destinations in the Caribbean, so I’d like to recommend you to visit the Caribbean this summer, and if you think it is not within your reach, here in rogues in paradise we recommend 10 destinations for all budgets in the heart of the Caribbean, and I promise that you will get really surprised with the so attractive offers in this part of the world.
Oddly enough, summer is just around the corner. After months of rain and cold, the mind asks for vacations, sun and relaxation. A combination that has its greatest exponent in the Caribbean. The endless paradisiacal beaches of the Rivera Maya, Punta Cana or Varadero stand out for their attractiveness with kilometers of fine white sand, crystal clear waters and an intense turquoise blue. An idyllic destination for all tastes and pockets in which to disconnect and enjoy the most overwhelming nature. If you are preparing for your vacation and looking for travel inspiration, write down these dream destinations.
It is a great Caribbean treasure and one of the most requested destinations. The beautiful beaches of Punta Cana with extensions of coconut palms that are lost in sight, its crystal-clear waters and its calm are tourist attractions of the first order. This paradisiacal area has some of the most spectacular beaches in the world such as Bávaro Beach, Uvero Alto beach, Macao or El Cortecito. But its coasts are not the only attraction because the wildest nature surrounds them creating a landscape as delicious as it is full of rich flora and fauna.
If your thing is not to spend all day basking in the sun, this area of the Dominican Republic offers many more options through excursions and routes to enjoy its natural splendor such as off-road safaris, quads or monster trucks through the jungle or visits to its waterfalls, islands or the famous Hoyo Azul cenote, without forgetting that it is a perfect place to practice water sports such as diving, snorkeling, wake surfing or kiteboarding.
Culture, beach and a foodie paradise, Riviera Maya combines all the charms necessary to choose a vacation destination. A visit to the most popular area of Mexico should always start by looking for the vestiges of the Mayan culture in the spectacular Chichen Itza or Tulum. The first, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is considered one of the new seven wonders of the modern world. It was one of the most important Mayan cities and today it stands out for its impressive pyramid of Kukulkan. Tulum, on the other hand, was a Mayan walled city. It is also declared a World Heritage Site and has spectacular views of its Mayan ruins on a cliff facing the Caribbean Sea. You must not miss visiting El Castillo, the Temple of the Frescoes and the Palace, as well as its great cenote with unforgettable underwater postcards.
The turquoise beaches of Riviera Maya are the other essential. Playa del Carmen is the most emblematic with its endless kilometers of sand and multiple options to practice water sports such as diving, snorkeling or dolphin watching. Playa Maroma is another must-see. And, of course, the other must is the lively nightlife in the area where you can experience first-hand the authentic Caribbean rhythm. Margaritas, micheladas, Coco Loco… and don’t let the night stop.
The capital of the Bahamas is a popular port for cruise ships. Its beaches and coral reefs off its shores have made it a celebrated destination. Diving and snorkeling are two of the most practiced sports in the town, which preserves many of its picturesque colored buildings from the British colonial era.
Resorts and luxury fashion stores fill Bay Street, Nassau’s main shopping center. Craft products are common in the Straw Market, as well as the typical pieces of jewelry made with seashells. Nassau’s gastronomy is divided between the sophisticated restaurants and the conch shops that crowd the coast. From Fort Fincastle.
You’ll fall in love with Federico García Lorca, Hemingway and anyone who sets foot in the largest city in the Caribbean. The capital of Cuba is a unique destination for a vacation: good weather, intense life with music on every corner, spectacular tourist attractions, a delicious culinary offer and postcard-worthy corners. Havana combines decadence and majesty almost like no other city on the American continent.
Its urban center is considered one of the most culturally rich in the world. In fact, Old Havana is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since this neighborhood is home of more than 900 monuments such as the Presidential Palace, which houses the Museum of the Revolution, the Cathedral Square or the Capitol. But do not stop just walking along the Malecon; go through the corner of Caliente, near the statue of José Martí in the Central Park; take a walk through the book markets of the Plaza de Armas or peek at the Plaza del Cristo, one of the hottest areas of the city.
Varadero is the jewel in the crown of Cuba. Its tropical climate, unusual and lively life and landscape with heart-stopping beaches are the attractions of this Cuban region. Obviously, its long coastline of more than 20 kilometers is the best known and the face of Varadero, but it is not the only gift it hides. Places like the Varahicacos Ecological Reserve are worth a visit to admire its impressive variety of flora and fauna, but above all, the Cueva de Ambrosio, which is more than two million years old and has 47 pre-Columbian paintings inside.
The area is ideal for diving or snorkeling and also for playing golf. However, other essential visits are the more urban ones with the Casa del Ron or the Feria de los Cayenes as the best banner of the lively Cuban cultural life, with the permission of its rum and its rich gastronomy.
It does not have much tourist fame, but Guatemala is a first-rate destination that blends cultural and colonial heritage with archaeological sites, natural landscapes, culture, modernity and gastronomy. A perfect combination for those travelers who enjoy the pleasure of discovering places with few crowds with that feeling of an explorer. The route through the country can begin in the north, in the Mayan Biosphere Reserve, an impressive jungle with ruins like those of Tikal. Livingston Beach is also worth a stop in the area, a beautiful expanse of white sand and crystal, clear water just like the Blancas or Quehueche beaches. Alta de Verapaz is one of the most important nature reserves in the country and it’s full of caves, waterfalls, exotic animals…
The Waterfalls of Equality deserve another visit. Considered by many to be the most spectacular waterfall on the planet, is the highest in Central America with a height of 187 meters. In addition, to get to it you have to go through the foothills of the Tajumulo Volcano. For its part, Guatemala City combines the best architecture with the National Cultural Palace, the Central Plaza or the Metropolitan Cathedral as its main attractions. You should also stop at Lake Atitlan, which Huxley defined as “the most beautiful in the world”, or Antigua Guatemala, a World Heritage colonial city with attractions such as the Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, the Palacio Noble del Ayuntamiento or the Centro Cultural La Azotea and which, moreover, is located in what they say is the valley where the best coffee in the world is produced.
Off the coast of Venezuela, with a sunny and dry climate, white sand beaches and calm seas, Aruba does not go unnoticed. With a marked European character, its architecture is a true reflection of the Dutch influence on the island. In addition to Dutch, its people speak English and Spanish, as well as the local language, Papiamento.
Oranjestad, its capital, is the main commercial point of the island. It brings together everything from open-air markets to restaurants, casinos and nightclubs. To the north of Aruba are the large resorts, while it is the west coast where you can find its popular caves and abandoned mines.
The capital of Puerto Rico is the largest city on the island. Isla Verde brings together the most popular entertainment venues, casinos, bars and nightclubs, as well as the widest beaches in the city.
The most touristic area contrasts with El Viejo San Juan, a space inherited from the Spanish colonial era, with large fortresses that give a panoramic view of the breadth of the ocean. Its museums and galleries, the district of Santurce and its inexhaustible music and food put the icing on the cake for all those who want something more than a beach in this beautiful corner of the planet called the Caribbean.
As well as being Rihanna’s birthplace, Barbados is a small independent nation that still drinks from its British past today. Its great vegetation and its white sand beaches and turquoise waters have made it one of the most popular destinations in the Caribbean Sea.
Large hotels and golf courses follow one another in front of a west coast with calm seas. To the southeast, surfers will find the big waves, especially at Soup Bowl. Crane Beach is famous for its pink sands, while Silver Sands is popular for windsurfing. And to all this we must add the constant traffic of cruise ships that encourages the coming and going of this small island.
The Dominican Republic boasts of having one of the oldest cities in the Caribbean as its capital. Famous for its walled historic center, with the famous cobblestones, a vestige of the colonial era, it still preserves buildings from the 16th century, including the cathedral, the first built in America.
Its cafes and restaurants encourage the coming and going of people through its winding streets and paths. Visitors cannot miss the National Botanical Garden, a place where native plants are exhibited. Oh, and never say goodbye to the city without dancing to the rhythm of merengue or bachata.
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