As winter chills and blizzards start to sweep across the land, thoughts naturally turn to thoughts of balmy breezes laced with bougainvillea, swaying palms and the warm caress of the tropical sun. After all, who wouldn’t want a week or two enjoying the azure blue waters and emerald green isles of the Caribbean? But what if you want a winter escape that delivers something more? Something different? We’ve got the perfect anecdote to cure both your winter blues and your beach boredom with our distinctly different Caribbean; a Caribbean full of active adventures, exploration, and tropical thrill rides. Here are just a few of our favorite tours to pique your inner adventure-seeker.
ATV Adventure in St. Barts
St. Barts is of course, renowned for being a tony and chic hideaway for the jet-set crowd, although largely stereotyped as a genteel island. Return travelers will tell you however, that St. Barts offers a plethora of opportunities for active pursuits. One of these is our ATV Adventure which explores the hillsides and mountains of the island and even takes you to the remote, and fabled, Salines – the island’s famous salt ponds. Your off-road adventure will also take you to the quaint village of St. Jean which features breathtaking vistas of the shimmering Caribbean Sea below. This tour is a little gritty, a lot of exhilaration and as you accelerate down dirt paths and charge up hillsides, you’ll find yourself shouting “woo hoo!”
Tree Top Canopy Adventure in St. Lucia
This is yet another exhilarating tropical adventure in St. Lucia. Venturing into the verdant rainforests, you will arrive at the Errard Estate where you’ll zip and zoom among and through the tree tops. Of course, the team at Errard will first ensure that you are safely harnessed and outfitted with safety helmet and gloves. Then the real fun begins as you navigate a thrilling nine-platform zip line course. From the moment you take the proverbial leap off the first platform until you finish after the ninth, you’ll marvel at the breathtaking views and relish the rush of adrenaline, all of it creating an unforgettable day with amazing experiences.
Deep Sea Fishing in Roatan
You don’t need to be Captain Ahab to enjoy the exhilaration of deep-sea fishing. Even if the only tuna you’ve ever “caught” is an ahi salad with wasabi vinaigrette, you’ve got to give this one a try. Your professional captain is your trusty guide and he’ll brief you on what’s been running lately, whether it be Kingfish or Blue Marlin. Blue marlins are among the world’s largest and most recognizable fish. Cobalt blue on top and silvery-white below, they grow up to 14 feet in length and weigh an average of 200 to 400 pounds. They are extremely fast swimmers and use their long, spear-like upper jaw to slash through schools of fish, wounding them so they can easily be consumed. If you catch one of these strikingly beautiful billfish, be prepared for a tremendous fight, as blue marlins are powerful and have a reputation for tenacity that borders on the legendary. If the captain opts to go after kingfish, you’ll have a fight of a different sort on your hands. Kingfish, also known as King Mackerel, are aggressive, hard-hitting and built for speed. They typically feed by sight in the daytime, attacking their prey from underneath, prodigiously leaping out of the water on the follow through, and then returning to the water headfirst like a diver. Hook one and it will be an unforgettable experience.
These are but a few of the more spirited and adventurous tours you can experience in the Caribbean and virtually every destination we visit offers something to awaken your inner thrill-seeker.