Welcome to Part 3 in the Caribbean Travellers’ Series â€˜Introducing the Caribbeanâ€™ a special feature of the The Caribbean Current Magazine. â€˜Introducing the Caribbeanâ€™ is a series focusing on the needs of travellers looking to spend time in the region. This is the third post in the series and we are happy to have you.
Whether you wish to dance to rhythms of reggae, salsa and soca or you want to have some drinks garnished with little umbrellas as you watch the sunset from a beautiful white-sand beach. It could be that youâ€™re looking for adventure and mystery or maybe you are simply coming on business, â€˜Introducing the Caribbeanâ€™ is the only guide you will need to have a great time while embracing the uniqueness and character of the vibrant and dynamic region known as the Caribbean.
Come – experience a region with pride in its unique history, stunning landscape and influential culture. Welcome to the Caribbean!
With warm, crystal clear waters, the Caribbean is one of the worldâ€™s greatest snorkelling destinations. Here, you will find pristine, aquarium-like beauty above vast expanses of marine life whether it be corals, dolphins, brightly coloured tropical fish, stingrays, or even centuryâ€™s old shipwrecks. Regardless of the nature of your encounters, the Caribbean offers an experience that you will never forget.
In this installment of our Travellers’ Series, we have rounded up the eight of the best Caribbean destinations for snorkelling.
1. Cayman Islands
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Small it may be, but the island of Grand Cayman offers one of the best snorkeling coasts in the Caribbean; with an array of marine life including rich coral reef, sponges and crustaceans. Favourite spots include:
- Stingray City: For a truly unique snorkelling experience, take a trip to Stingray City at Grand Cayman Island. With shallow waters, Stingray City is great for first-time snorkellers and skittish swimmers. Here, discover large groups of friendly stingrays and exotic tropical fish.
- Cemetery Reef: A resort where you can go snorkeling directly from the reef.
- The sunken USS Kittiwake which even though it sits well below the surface reaches up to 15 ft.
2. Saint Lucia
The Soufriere Marine Management AreaÂ is one of the worldâ€™s most versatile marine parks, covering terrific snorkelling areas. At the Bay of Pigs, snorkellers often spot turtles, eels and other marine critters. Other areas include the Anse Chastanet Reef and Coral Gardens.
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3. Saint Martin
A developing resort area, Dawn Beach offers a shore of powdery white sand flanked by the main reef. The visibility is wonderful here, it can be anywhere from 100-200 feet! Snorkellers will be treated to schools of brightly coloured tropical fish, gardens of hard and soft coral and shallow coves waiting to be explored. There is an underwater nature reserve in the north that is great for snorkelling as well
Curacao boasts the well-known Curacao Underwater Marine Park covering 12 miles of the islandâ€™s gorgeous southern coastline. Experience a snorkeler’s dream, where sunken ships, diverse coral reef, millions of fish and schools of nurse sharks create an artistic underwater display of bright colours. In fact, snorkelers can view some of the snorkeling sites from shore, or take a boat ride if you prefer.
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An island synonymous with the word paradise, it is no surprise Jamaica has some of the most spectacular snorkelling sites in the world. Replete with the perfection of utopia, the addictive cliffs of Negril feature clouds of reef fish schooling in ancient rock, remarkable cliffs blotched with caves and fissures teaming with silversides and caressed by tropical light; simply nature at its best.
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There you have it, snorkelling in the Caribbean. Indeed, itâ€™s one of the most exhilarating activities you could ever do. Are you ready? Call your booking agent, rent a room, walk to a beach near your hotel, grab a snorkeling mask and start exploring the beautiful world just beneath the water’s surface. The Caribbean beckons you, answer the call today.
By Norvan Martin
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