7 Top Adventures in the Caribbean

The Caribbean, a region famed for its pristine beaches and turquoise waters, holds a trove of adventures beyond the usual sun, sand, and sea narrative.

From the vibrant reefs of Belize to the volcanic cliffs of Dominica, each destination offers stunning landscapes and epic adventure!

Let’s dive into some of the most unforgettable adventures the Caribbean (and a bit beyond) has to offer.

Snorkeling Shark Ray Alley in Caye Caulker, Belize

Imagine gliding over crystal-clear waters, surrounded by majestic nurse sharks and graceful stingrays. Shark Ray Alley, within the Belize Barrier Reef, offers just that. Don’t worry, the critters aren’t bothered by you, and you’ll be safely floating above them. 


Keep your eyes peeled for other sea creatures like sea turtles, octopuses, and even manatees! This haven for snorkelers promises an up-close encounter with marine life in their natural habitat, making it hands down one of the best things to do in Belize.


  • Best visited during the dry season from November to May for clearer waters.
  • Use eco-friendly sunscreen to protect the reef.
  • Always respect marine life and keep a safe distance.
  • You can easily do this tour from Caye Caulker or San Pedro.
  • You can book this top tour here.

Hiking the Pitons in St. Lucia

The Pitons, two towering volcanic spires, are St. Lucia’s crowning jewels. Hiking Gros Piton offers breathtaking views of the island and of St Lucia’s best beaches. It’s a challenging trek, but the panorama from the top is unmatched.

Technically, you can also climb Petit Piton, but you’ll need a guide, and the climb is even more hectic than Gros Piton (we don’t recommend!)!

If you want to get up close and personal to the Pitons without breaking a sweat, you can do the much easier Tet Paul Nature Hike or chill out on the boat and view them from the sea.


  • Start early to avoid the midday heat.
  • Hire a local guide for a safe and informative hike.
  • Bring plenty of water and snacks.
  • Take it easy and do the easier trek if you’re not fit enough.

Kayaking to Iguana Island in Turks and Caicos

Little Water Cay, also known as Iguana Island, is a sanctuary for the endangered rock iguanas. Kayaking through the mangroves to reach this island not only offers a peaceful and cool adventure but also an opportunity to witness these creatures in their natural setting… If you can spot them!

They tend to blend in really well, but unbeknownst to them, their little claws against the bushes give away their hiding spot, so be patient and you’ll spot them.


  • Best time to visit is during the morning for calmer seas.
  • Pack sun protection and water.
  • Stay on designated paths to protect the iguanas’ habitat.
  • For an extra cool experience, make sure you rent a clear kayak.
  • You can book this top tour here.

Surfing in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

For those willing to venture slightly outside the traditional Caribbean map, Puerto Viejo offers some of the best surfing waves. With its laid-back vibe and powerful swells, it’s a surfers’ paradise!

Most Caribbean spots aren’t well known for surfing but in Puerto Viejo, it’s the top thing to do. While traveling Costa Rica, make the long but well-worth detour out here to get a totally different vibe of the country. Playa Cocles is the beach to head to where you’ll find tons of surfing huts renting a board for only $5 an hour.


  • Salsa Brava is the spot for experienced surfers due to its powerful waves.
  • Beginners can find gentler waves at Playa Cocles.
  • Local surf schools offer lessons for all levels.
  • Grab a coconut after shredding the waves to refuel, you’ve earned it!

Road Trip on the Volcanic Island of Dominica

Dominica, known as the “Nature Island,” offers lush landscapes and natural hot springs. A road trip here unveils waterfalls, rainforests, and boiling lakes, showcasing the island’s volcanic activity.

The landscape here is unlike anything you’ve seen before and since it’s not as popular as the rest of the Caribbean islands, you’ll get some of these spots to yourself! 

Some of the coolest pit stops while on the island are hiking to Sari Sari Falls, snorkeling in Champagne Reef’s bubbly waters, and taking a dip at night at Screw’s Sulfur Spas.


  • Rent a 4×4 for navigating rough terrains.
  • Bring your own snorkeling gear so you can dive right in the water.
  • Dont’ wear light-colored swimsuits to the sulfur springs.

Roaming Ruins in Quintana Roo, Mexico

Quintana Roo is home to some of the most spectacular Mayan ruins, including Tulum and Coba. These archaeological sites offer a glimpse into the ancient Mayan civilization, surrounded by lush jungle and crystal-clear cenotes.

While most people come for the insanely awesome water, don’t forget to leave the bikini behind and roam around the ancient history that’s here too!

Xel-Ha, Cobá, and Tulum Ruins are some of the best and most popular to visit.


  • Arrive early to beat the crowds and the heat.
  • Wear comfortable shoes for exploring.
  • Don’t forget to visit a cenote for a refreshing swim afterward!

Caving in Bermuda

Though not technically in the Caribbean, Bermuda sure does feel like it could be!

Bermuda’s Crystal and Fantasy Caves offer an extraordinary adventure into the earth’s depths. These caves boast stunning stalactites and crystal-clear pools, creating an otherworldly atmosphere.

It was accidentally found by two boys playing in 1907 and has now become a top thing to do in Bermuda!


  • Wear comfortable, non-slip shoes as the paths can be wet.
  • Bring a camera for the incredible photo ops but no flash photography is allowed.
  • Reservations are highly recommended as you must use a tour to see these caves.
  • You can book this top tour here.

Final Thoughts on Adventuring in the Caribbean

These adventures remind us that the Caribbean is not just about lounging on sandy shores but also about embracing the other experiences that define this sun-drenched region.

While this list surely isn’t exhaustive, we hope you find that it’s a great start to your next adventure in the Caribbean!

BIO: Nina has been traveling the world since 2011 and blogging at Where in the World is Nina along the way. She can be found hiking volcanoes, swimming with fish friends, or surfing some waves. Nina’s blog helps wannabe long-term travelers find ways to work abroad and remotely so they can continue exploring the world for longer!

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