Things to Do in the Caribbean

The allure of the beach and the ocean are the principle attractions for a Caribbean holiday. Grand Cayman is known for its terrific scuba diving opportunities, while other sites of interest include Boatswain's Beach, a marine park that breeds sea turtles, the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park where endemic blue iguanas roam free and the Cayman Maritime Treasure Museum. On the other hand, Montego Bay, Jamaica has three main beaches including Doctor's Cave, Walter Fletcher and Cornwall. Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, has a stunning harbour that's protected by Paradise Island. The colonial architecture is worth admiring before taking your choice of water sports.

Climb up Dunn's River Falls, Jamaica

You might want to pack some good waterproof shoes with grips on the bottom if you're heading to Jamaica, because the urge to join the masses in climbing Dunn's River Falls might strike you.

This 300-metre high waterfall near Ocho Rios is shaded by lush jungle vegetation and terraced partly by man and partly by nature, allowing handy spots en route for taking photos. You can climb the steps alone or with a guide, who will take your photos for you, and it should take between an hour and 1.5 hours to reach the top.

Parts of it are trickier than others and visitors can often be seen winding their way up as a chain, holding hands. The falls were used as a location in the movie Cocktail back in 1988.

Swim in Stingray City, Grand Cayman

Stingrays have been feeding in the shallow waters of Grand Cayman's North Sound for decades. It's thought that fishermen cleaning their catch and throwing the excess overboard first caused the calm creatures to associate the roar of boat engines with food.

Visitors can stand and snorkel in three metres of water to pet them as they're fed by tour guides from giant buckets of squid. The water is so crystal clear, it's a good idea to take an underwater camera with you to ensure that perfect close up stingray shot.

Seeing these gentle stingrays up close in the wild is an experience to remember. It's rumoured too that kissing one brings you seven years of good luck.

Hang out in Havana, Cuba

History and culture blend magically in Cuba's Havana, where 50 year-old Chevrolets still pull up outside Art Deco theatres and cigar-smoking men play dominoes on the streets.

Old Havana is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and redevelopment work is still bringing Habana Vieja back to its former glory. Get around for the day in a 1950s American convertible, see the Museo de la Revolucion and Revolution square, take an Afro-Cuban religions walking tour, and have a drink at Floridita - the so-called "home of the daiquiri."

Most of the resort hotels by the beaches will offer tours to Havana. You can also go by taxi, or take the local bus, which takes about three hours from Varadero.

Visit Bob Marley's house, Jamaica

His music can still be heard pumping constantly in beach bars and at festivals around the world, and thousands head to Nine Mile, a quiet little village in the Jamaican mountains of St Ann to visit his birthplace and pay homage to the musical legend, Bob Marley.

In his little house you'll see his bedroom, where he penned the lyrics "In my single bed". You'll see the giant stone slab in his yard, where The King Of Reggae sat with his guitar, looking out over the scenery.

If you join a tour to the house you'll also get to see the stunning scenery around Mt Zion and Bob's final resting place. Plus you might get to stop for some delicious jerk chicken.

Ride a horse on the beach, Dominican Republic

It's the stuff of romantic novels and movies, but riding a horse on the beach is entirely possible in the Caribbean. In Punta Cana, you can walk and trot through impeccable countryside with a guide, taking in sugarcane plantations, swaying palm trees laden with coconuts and traditional island homes.

Once you've spotted the local wildlife and taken a few photos to remember your trip by, you'll reach the white, sandy stretch of Uvero Alto Beach. Depending on your skill level you can canter or gallop to your heart's content. You can even ride in the ocean if you feel like it.

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