Explore the Caribbean’s quirky side

By Evelyn Torres for The Club magazine

Photograph by Paul Baggaley/Getty

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Updated July 2019

Think you know the Caribbean? Think again. Travel writer Evelyn Torres looks at five unusual ways to experience these tropical islands. From scuba-diving off the shores of the Bahamas, to zip lining through the St Lucia rainforest, prepare to be surprised – and inspired.

Scuba-diving in the Bahamas

Make a splash and dive into the warming waters of the Caribbean. Join a PADI-certified excursion and train in a pool before you cruise across the clear blue ocean. Lean back out of the boat and get ready to explore a colourful underwater world, thriving with creatures in their natural habitat.

Try this: Prefer to stay above the water? Hop on a catamaran adventure and skim over the glistening sea.

  • Caribbean holidays: sharks circling boat in the Bahamas. © Michael Bogner

    Get closer

    Book return flights from London to Exuma, Bahamas, plus a seven-night hotel stay.

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Cycle through the salt flats in Curaçao

See the sights and stretch your legs with a mountain bike ride through Curaçao. Wannabike offers tours of Jan Thiel Lagoon, with its unspoilt views and impressive salt flats. From the Lions Dive & Beach Resort you can cycle the trail developed for the First World Cup Mountain Biking race in 2006.

Try this: See how many flamingoes you can count. The lagoon is home to the largest colony on the island.

At the Crystal and Fantasy Caves in Bermuda, the calcite mineral deposits on the wall look like waterfalls frozen in time

Go underground in Bermuda

While Bermuda is known for its picturesque beaches and swoon-worthy sunsets, the most striking views are actually underground. Visit the Crystal and Fantasy Caves to marvel at pristine white stalactites, clear pools of water and spectacular rock formations over 50ft beneath you. In Fantasy Cave, the calcite mineral deposits on the wall look like waterfalls frozen in time.

Try this: Arrive early in the day for a more serene experience. The larger tour groups get in just before lunch.

  • Feel the force: the 52m-high El Limon waterfall, Dominican Republic

    Clean up

    While you may find El Limón a tad too chilly for a proper swim, it’s perfectly refreshing for washing off the mud and sweat after your 40-minute hike.

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  • Hold onto your hat! Zip lining through the lush tropical rainforest © Getty

    Scream if you want to go slower

    If zip lining isn’t your thing, Rainforest Adventure also offers an aerial tram ride and exotic bird watching tours with experienced guides.

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  • Going underground: see another side of Bermuda at the Crystal and Fantasy Caves © 123rf

    Plan your visit

    The Crystal and Fantasy Caves are open daily 09:00-17:00, with a combination ticket allowing you to explore both for a discounted rate. Join a guided tour, which leaves every 20 minutes, and don’t forget your rubber-soled shoes – the floors can be slippery.

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Get a bird’s eye view of the rainforest in St Lucia

Heart-pumping action awaits when you book an Aerial Tram and Zip Line Adventure. Enjoy a hike through a peaceful part of the forest before getting strapped up and clipped on for your zip line adventure. Fly over the lush canopy of trees from platform to platform, enjoying the views as you go.

Try this: This is what a GoPro was made for. Strap it on to your helmet and record the ride.

Chase waterfalls in the Dominican Republic

Don a helmet and swimsuit and prepare to climb, jump and splash along the Dominican Republic’s natural waterslides. Nestled in the rolling hills of the Northern Corridor, the 27 Waterfalls of the Rio Damajagua are nature’s waterpark.

Try this: Fancy a hike as well as a swim? Book a tour with Iguana Mama to learn about the area’s tropical plants and fish.

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