Vacations have become such a rarity now, that whenever we get one, we just itch to get as far as possible. As we planned our trip for this summer, we ended up fixating on the Caribbean. Okay, let’s be fair, I ended up fixating on it because I just had to visit the place and enjoy the summers at the beach side. Now, the Caribbean has a lot of offer. You can go to the beaches, have some play in the sun. The food is amazing and there are world-class restaurants right next door. But, what we were looking for one of the true luxury retreats.
The plan was simple, make an itinerary which contains the romantic isolated spaces which we could be alone in. Add in some sprinkles of beautiful adventures which we could share together. And of course, to top it all off, have loads of food.
- The British Virgin Islands
The British Virgin Islands are downright a pop culture phenomenon at this point. It has featured in countless TV shows and movies and has been the center of many Hollywood stars holiday plans. And why not? It’s one of the quietest and yet, one of the most jovial places to escape into. Whether you’re lounging in the Deadman’s Bay or taking time out to go out and hiking through the Shark’s Bay, you’ll never lack things to do. We included plans to drive around and explore the coral reef area, and also included plans to go for the snorkeling trips.
Another must do was the Baths at Virgin Gorda. Even though it gets pretty crowded, the plan was to go in the morning and by the time the beach started getting crowded, we were on our way to see the nearby grottos and explore them. Of course, eating out at the beautiful restaurants by the beach was high on our list too. Anegada Island is also something you must visit. The shallow islands raised up by corals offers the quietest lounging spot in the British Virgin Islands making it one of the experiences you won’t want to leave behind.
The final idea was to visit the Smuggler’s Cove, one of those beaches that is still hard to access. If you make it through the hike though, the cove offers a wide berth to view the lush vegetation just at your back, and the beautiful beach in your front. Also, one of the best places to go snorkeling in and see the whole marine life and the fishes without any disturbances. The Baths are great for beginners, but, for more experienced swimmers, this cove offers the best way to face up against the sea without the usual crowding.
To top it all off, we went to Cane Garden Bay. One of the true local’s favorite destinations, here you can find everything from kayaks to jet skis to satisfy your need for excitement. Enjoy the after-dark eateries and get yourself some beachside drinks to let your hair down properly.
Curacao was our goal ever since we had heard of Playa Lagoon. Usually, the tourists make Playa PortoMari or Blauwbaai their space for going out, but, both of these beaches get crowded. While, Playa Lagoon does lack the accessibility and a large number of shops that makes the other two beaches so popular, the beautiful scenery and the way the cove shapes around you is still something worth experiencing. For snorkeling, the Cas Abao Beach was our choice. The pristine white beach sees much fewer people than the famous beaches on the island. However, it also offers some of the best services in the area.
Cas Abao Beach is well preserved and is filled with things to do, with different kinds of activities available for anyone who wishes to try them. We tried out diving and snorkeling in here, however, quite a few couples were trying paragliding and jet skiing in this area too.
If hiking catches your fancy there are a couple of national parks you can visit for that too. The Shete Boka National Park is a space where the endemic turtles come to lay their eggs and to lounge in the beach. Meet them at many of the shallow coves that dot the park. Also, remember to go to the underground cavern to see the sea rage against the rocks, and see the limestone hills that border the area.
Once, you’re done, make your way to the Christoffel National Park. While, the Shete Boka National Park is mostly known for the sea beaches, and rocks, Christoffel is where you want to be to see animals and birds. Make your way through the routes to get to the museum, and you’d get a 360-degree view of the island that you won’t forget.
A trip to the Caribbean isn’t complete unless you make your way into the Bahamas. Start off with Norman Cay, where you can play with the world-famous “Swimming Pigs”. Pro Tip: Remember to get a shower afterward, we did see some pigs doing their business in the same space.
Keep a Saturday in your plans so, that you can go to the suckling pig roast at the Greater Exuma. We also had plans and went to the shipwrecks near Nassau which offer a great chance for a couple of activity of discovery. The underground cave system also is a wonderful sight and you can peruse the caves for long hours.
Another thing that we discovered was that if we traveled a bit more there were several beaches which were not crowded at all. We planned the whole day picnics at these beaches and spent long hours exploring the white sand beaches. Meeting the turtles here is a great attraction too, so make sure to go out and enjoy those spaces where you can see more of the wildlife.
To top it all off, find a proper instructor and go to see the coral reefs those have put the Bahamas at the forefront of tourism for so many years. You wouldn’t regret it.