With such a diverse array of activities and atmosphere, committing to a destination in the Caribbean can seem daunting. Remote and secluded or energetic and thriving? Relaxation or adventure and intrigue? With an insider tip or two, all this variety needn’t be so mystifying.
EXPLORE THE SPECTACULAR UNDERWATER WORLD OF THE CARIBBEAN WITH THESE FOUR SNORKELING HOTSPOTS.
In the Turks and Caicos, SMITH’S REEF boasts a large coral reef conveniently arranged in a circle, which makes it perfect for slow, leisurely exploration. Overhangs filled with lobsters, spider crabs and tropical fish abound, while other areas are home to sea turtles and one particularly famous giant green moray eel.
The calm, clear waters of Cozumel’s CHANKANAAB BAY are teeming with brightly colored fish, and dotted with limestone caves and tunnels that are great places to explore. Sunken statues from ancient ships are intriguing discoveries, and there is a marine park where visitors can swim with dolphins.
Just off the coast of St. Thomas, tiny BUCK ISLAND is home to an astounding variety and quantity of sea life, from stingrays and parrot fish to urchins and exotic species like sea eggs and four-eyed butterfly fish. Plus, there are abundant sea turtles and barracuda living amongst the corals of its reef.
The coral canyon of Grand Cayman’s EDEN ROCK is regarded as one of the Caribbean’s best, and fish-feeding is the most popular experience. The food lures swarms of multi-colored fish out of the corals, for a snorkeling experience that is like wandering through a giant aquarium!