Caribbean and Central America Things to Do

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Caribbean and Central America Things to Do

  • Snorkeling and Scuba

    Punta Cana Things to Do

    The Caribbean Festival snorkel excursion was really a great time! We booked our excursion at the resort for about $80-$85. We were picked up by a very colorful bus and we proceeded to several other hotels to gather other vacationers looking some fun and snorkeling. It took a little while but was pleasant enough. After about 45 minutes we drove into...

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  • Beach

    Varadero Things to Do

    This wasn't my first trip down south, but never before had I spent so much time at the beach! The beach in Varadero is absolutely beautiful, and so is the water. It also helps that from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, our resort's animation staff was there to keep us entertained with dance lessons, aqua gym sessions and funny games, which made the time fly...

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  • Rick's Cafe

    Negril Things to Do

    From Rick's cafe you may watch an extra show provided by a few young men that jump from the cliffs and higher to the water. The climax of the show is a jump from a very high tree. The tension is created by some dangerous movements in the tree, while the diver's friends pass a can collecting money from the people. I made a video with the natural...

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  • Habana Vieja - Old Havana

    Havana Things to Do

    During our visit to Havana, one of my favorite things to do was to just walk through the streets of Habana Vieja, admiring the contrasts of both people and structure. It's an opportunity to see freshly painted colonial-era historical buildings right next to run down apartment complexes, a sense of real life in Cuba mixed in with the tourist...

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  • Atlantis at Paradise Island

    Nassau Things to Do

    We had understood from past reviews that we would be able to go into the lobby of the Atlantis resort, but were told by our tour guide that the pressure of cruise ship and other tourists in the place was so great that they had decided to close off most areas of the resort to outsiders. We were able to go in through the casino, and down the hallway...

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  • Doctor's Cave Club

    Montego Bay Things to Do

    This beach club is just what the doctor ordered...seriously...some docter liked the place so much he bought it and then donated it back to the city of Montego Bay. And after spending three days relaxing at the said beach club I can understand why. With its well maintained beach and its perfectly still turquoise waters Doctor's Cave is the best non...

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  • Old San Juan

    San Juan Things to Do

    After we got off the cruise ship, we were headed to the taxi ranks when a tour representative stopped us and advised us that the Festival of St. Sebastian was in progress and that traffic was a mess getting into Old San Juan. For $25 per person, they offered a tour of Condado, the ride into Old San Juan and a ride back to the airport for our...

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  • Zona Colonial - Old Town

    Santo Domingo Things to Do

    Amber is a vegetable fossil resin that when hardened becomes a semi precious gem used in jewelry. The range of its colors go from pale yellowish to bright red, and more rarely green and blue. It differentiates from Baltic amber in the tree where they're originated from. Larimar is a variety of pectolite rock, blue/turquoise, that's only found in...

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  • Dunn's River Falls

    Ocho Rios Things to Do

    It's the top attraction of Ocho Rios, and maybe of Jamaica. Advertised as among the most famous falls in the world, we must be aware that it comes from the fun of climbing it, and not for its spectacularity. There is no comparison for instance with Niagara or Iguaçu falls, but along its 180 meters there's always people laughing. The water is...

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  • Pacaya Volcano

    Antigua Guatemala Things to Do

    The village near Pacaya Volcano is very poor - there is not even a grocery store. There are many wonderful dogs you'll encounter on your hike. They are friendly but skinny! Please take dry dog food in zip lock bags to feed these wonderful dogs. ALSO, MORE IMPORTANT, talk to the local vendors on the hike up who sell sodas and chips. Tell them...

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  • National Theater

    San José Things to Do

    On Monday, one of the things we did was a tour of the National Theatre (which was being renovated, so it wasn’t really a tour, and we didn’t pay for it because the guard at the entrance wasn’t there) and had lunch there ($12.91 for 2 including tip). I didn't take many photos because everything was shrouded with dust cloths. Now the visiting hours...

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  • 27 Waterfalls of Damajagua

    Puerto Plata Things to Do

    Damajagua Cascades are 27 waterfalls (some small and some big) about 30 minutes drive from Puerto Plata. There are two different tours: One where you climb all 27 falls (one of them should be very high!), and one where you only climb the first 7 falls. I was a chicken, so I only climbed the first 7 falls... First you climb up through the...

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  • Snorkel

    Caye Caulker Things to Do

    The real reason to go to caye caulker is the reef about a half mile off shore. Many companies offer snorkeling tours to the marine reserves close to the reef. We used Raggamuffin tours and were very satisfied, they use sailboats for a very smooth ride and the guides are excellent.

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  • Queen Emma Bridge

    Curaçao Things to Do

    The main tourist stand at the Emma Bridge (Punda side) connected me with Peter Trips. He is a sturdy Dutchman, nearly 30 years on Curacao, and offers several day and half day excursions. I took the "Island Trip" which gave me a very good overview of key areas of the island, in, around and out of Willemstad. There were many Dutch people on this tour...

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  • Atlantis

    Paradise Island Things to Do

    Atlantis is one of the most impressive resorts in the world. It was modeled after the famous lost city of Atlantis, and is a vacationer's paradise. Complete with casino, beach, restaurants, entertainment, shopping, and more, just walking through the resort is worth a visit in itself. The resort took only 11 months to build using thousands of...

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  • Beaches

    Grand Bahama Island Things to Do

    Beaches on the south side of the island are the prettiest, Coral beach which is accessible by Coral road is amazing, that's where Sheraton and Westin are located, Taino beach is kind of like a public beach with parking and little beach restaurants, not crowded though. Fortuna beach is gorgeous especially the part where Viva Wyndham is, they...

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  • Snorkeling

    Cayo Coco Things to Do

    With Thomas Cook we also went on the "Colourful Cuba" day trip which was good value for money. After arriving in "Moran" the nearest main town (where most of the workers at the hotel complex are from), we embarked upon a horse and cart which took us through the streets of "Moran". The trip then carried on and included a visit to an old Sugar Cane...

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  • Dolphins

    Holguín Things to Do

    A great once in a lifetime experience and only $99 pesos. Time is spent swimming and interacting with the dolphins....lots of opportunity for your guide to take pictures with your camera. We also brought an underwater camera. Included in the tour is a dolphin show and a sea lion show.

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    Belize City Things to Do

    After you get out of the city and into the jungle, you will obviously step back in time. Also, you'll be entering the home of the true Mayan residents, the animals. In the jungles, there will be plenty of birds, lizards, crocodiles, etc. One of the biggest draws is the howler monkeys. Particularly in the late afternoon, they will be a bit more...

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  • Bonaire National Marine Park

    Bonaire Things to Do

    A great dive to do after Karpata. Hit Karpata early in the morning, you have to take a dirt road to get back on the two way road and this detour spits you out right at Oil Slick. They have a nice wooden dock with a ladder for easy access out of the water. This is a great spot to kill some time in between dives. Oil Slick get deep immediately so...

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  • Castillo del Morro

    Santiago de Cuba Things to Do

    Spanish fortress, south of the city was built in 1633 , designed by same author of Morro in Havana. It has long and disturbing history. Place is nice but crowded with touristic scams who want to sell you cigars etc. Very strange is that you won't see any ships in front of fortress or even birds (don't know why). Scenery is spectacular (sea and...

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  • Street Scenes

    Trinidad Things to Do

    I like to walk through the streets or sit in a plaza, and see what is going on around me. Here are a few Trinidad scenes. On Sunday, we saw lots of people gathered by the Parque Central--it turned out that the corner was a bus stop. These towns don't have high schools, and the kids go to a boarding school out in the country somewhere. They don't...

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  • Caves and Tubing

    San Ignacio Things to Do

    One of our two prime objectives of staying in the San Ignacio area was to explore a Mayan cave. The particular one that we wanted to see was Actun Tunichil Muknal (known as ATM or 'Cave of the Crystal Maiden') because of the skeletal remains of Mayan human sacrifices still there as they have been for the last 1100 years. Accordingly, the evening of...

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  • Palacio de Valle

    Cienfuegos Things to Do

    Former palace which at one time was a casino and is now a resturant and gift shop. Located in Punta Gordo on the end of city main ave,towrds the end of cienfuegos coast. The structure and ornamental styles of the architecture are very diverse, to include mohamedan art, and Mudejar, Byzantine, Venetian, Gothic and Baroque. designs. Within the...

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  • Lucaya National Park

    Lucaya Things to Do

    We wanted to get away from the crowds and experience a more natural part of the islands. We found the cheapest way to do what we wanted was to rent a car and drive out. The drive is an hour from the cruise ship. We had to have the car back by three, but had plenty of time to see the caves, swim and walk the beach and had the advantage of getting to...

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  • Tobago Cays

    Bequia Island Things to Do

    As enjoyable as it is snorkeling the coral reef surrounding the Tobago Cays, it’s equally enjoyable snorkeling the seagrass beds. There are fewer fish, but the beds are full of Green Turtles munching on the seagrass.

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  • Hanuman Murti

    Chaguanas Things to Do

    Amazing and breathtaking. We was the only tourist visiting the Temple, few locals was liming nearby, few of them redecorating pavings around Temple. Great Hanuman was watching everyting around with peace. Do not miss it when visiting Chaguanas.

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  • Lake Coatepque

    Santa Ana Things to Do

    Coatepeque Lake is considered one of the most beautiful crater lakes in Central America. On its shore there are hotels, restaurants and tourist establishments for practising acquatic sports. In the lake there is also a small island which was a Mayan site of some importance. Coatepeque Lake can be reached from Santa Ana by an about 75 minutes bus...

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  • Dive, Snorkel

    The Bahamas Things to Do

    Snorkeling and beach party.Went out with Capt.A.J on Exotic Adventures.WOW what an AWESOME time.He took us to some of the most beautiful reefs.He took underwater pictures of me and my family so we would have something to remember our trip.My kids are using the pictures as screen savers.He keep us away from the regular places most of the boats go.We...

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  • Mayan Ruins: Xunantunich

    Belize Things to Do

    Although treking to see the Mayan ruins, it is worth the trip. Most of these structures are well preserved and gives you a sense of how people lived in the past. It was a bit scary scaling the sides of the temple, but the view was worth it.

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  • Castillo San Felipe del Morro

    Puerto Rico Things to Do

    El Morro (“The Promontory”) is perhaps the most famous historic structure in Puerto Rico. Begun in 1539, the mighty fortress was built on a narrow point overlooking the San Juan Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. It would prove a formidable stronghold, successfully repelling every naval attack on the city. In fact, El Morro fell only once, in 1598, to a...

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  • Boiling Lake

    Dominica Things to Do

    Beginning at Titou Gorge and ending at Boiling Lake, the twelve-mile (roundtrip) Boiling Lake hike is nothing short of a beast. Generally considered to be Dominica’s preeminent hike, the trek winds up and down narrow mountain ridges, crosses cold and warm water streams, and passes through a combination of landscapes ranging from lush rainforest to...

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  • Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park

    Saint Kitts and Nevis Things to Do

    My wife and I had the pleasure of touring the Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park during our visit to St. Kitts. The Fortress itself was a highlight of the tour and is also an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Fortress is also called the "The Gibraltar of the West Indies", meaning it is supposedly invulnerable. The Fortress is set high up the...

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  • Conchi Natural Pool

    Aruba Things to Do

    On a deserted stretch of coastline, dramatic shows of water spraying over the rock occurs on a regular basis as the tide rushes to shore. In a unique formation of rock, volcanic stone circles a small depression, creating a tranquil pool known as "conchi" or "Cura di Tortuga," or more familiarly by visitors as the Natural Pool. The location of the...

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  • Stingray City

    Cayman Islands Things to Do

    we had such fun at sting ray city. it takes about 2 hours to get there and I was surprised at just how friendly the WILD stingrays really were. I would certainly recommend this trip to anyone. Just remember to take sunscreen and a towel

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  • The Pitons

    Saint Lucia Things to Do

    I wasn't sure I would be able to do the tour all the way from Castries to Soufriere so I could see the Pitons (which I did not get to see on my first visit, but I thought I could see them better from the sea anyway. So although I would miss the geothermal field with sulphurous fumeroles and hot springs, I would have a view of the Pitons. The...

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  • Beach

    Punta Cana Things to Do

    The Playa Blanca is the place for beach bumming on the south side. There is just a bar for those who might get dehydrated from overexposure to the tropical sun but no hotel. This state of affairs is going to change radically after the completion of the Westin hotel next door in one year’s time. At present though, this place still has the largest...

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  • Catamaran

    Varadero Things to Do

    While I was in Cuba, this was one of the best things we did. Our resort booked us on the day tour, as I'm sure all of the resorts do. We had some options, and we opted for the catamaran tour that had "time" with the dolphins, as opposed to swimming. IT was quite a bit cheaper, and still really great. When we arrived at the dolphin place, we all...

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  • Snorkeling

    Negril Things to Do

    While I didn't see anything terribly exotic, we did spot a few stingrays near our resort in very shallow water within easy reach from the beach at the end of the resort (currently the clothing optional beach). I also saw an eel and the usual variety of tropical fish you find in the Caribbean. Our resort also had a snorkeling cruise, they change...

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  • Playas de Este - The Beaches

    Havana Things to Do

    Opposed to other beaches in Cuba where one can only find tourists, Playas del Este is very popular among the habaneros, who can frequently enjoy these warm waters thanks to their closeness to the city. The next beach between Bacuranao and El Mégano is a tourist resort called Tarará, 20 kilometers away of Havana. Its marina (Marina Tarará) is the...

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  • Fort & Water Tower

    Nassau Things to Do

    Like a lot of people, we went to Fort Fincastle. We liked it. It was only a dollar, is the highest point on the island, so great photos, and it's right next to the Queen's Staircase, so a two-fer...Plus, there's a reasonably clean public bathroom there, which we took advantage of.

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  • Dunn River Falls

    Montego Bay Things to Do

    While its possible to fritter all of your time away on the white sand beaches of Jamiaca with the cool turquoise water lapping gently at your feet, there are other options. Seriously. There is a place where the fresh rain water cascades down stone terraces that cut right through the dense Jamaican rainforest and empties out into the Carribean. Its...

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  • El Morro

    San Juan Things to Do

    Castillo San Felipe El Morro protected San Juan's harbor, it was built by the Spanish over 250 years, one of the largest forts built by them in the Caribbean. It was attacked by the English in 1595 and 1598 and the Dutch in 1625. During the Spanish-American war in 1898, the US Navy attacked the fort. You can visit the fort on a self guided tour or...

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  • Alcázar de Colón - Columbus' house

    Santo Domingo Things to Do

    This mansion was the house of the Columbus family in Santo Domingo. It was built by Christoper Coulmbus' son, Diego in 1515. Today, it's a museum furnished with original and period furniture. This is by far the best of Santo Domingo's attractions.

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  • Dolphin Cove

    Ocho Rios Things to Do

    I've been to Dolphin Cove a number of times and it never gets old! The most special thing I've ever done there is swim with the dolphins and have two of them propel me into the air a few feet high. It was extremely exhilarating and by far one of the most fun things I've ever done.

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