Long, white beaches, stunning scenery, warm, tranquil waters and a unique relaxed attitude to life are all factors that draw millions of visitors to the islands of the Caribbean every year, looking for their own ‘taste of paradise’. It is the quintessential relaxation destination for American, British and European visitors wishing to play Golf in the Caribbean Islands, and then have the option to splash out on something special.
Also named the West Indies - due to Christopher Columbus mistakenly believing he had reached India when he first sailed into an unknown landmass - the Caribbean is made up of more than 7,000 islands, islets, reefs, and cays, and is grouped into 27 territories. It is situated southeast of North America and east of Central America, ensuring tropical weather and warm waters all year round.
Possibly the best-known island, Barbados is a well-developed tourist centre, with grand hotels and resorts, calm waters and steel band culture, while the history buff will be fascinated by the capital of Antigua, St. Johns. Further west, the Victorian town of Port Antonio offers a view of the area’s colonial past as well as views of the Blue Mountains, and the wildlife of the Bahamas will attract all seasoned flora and fauna devotees.
The area offers more than an opportunity to play golf and sunbathe though, and though Golf in the Caribbean is reason enough to travel abroad, this is something many visitors have chosen to exploit. The warm waters make ideal playgrounds for a range of sports. Golf in Jamaica, especially on the island’s north coast, provides the incentive and opportunity for many to take advantage of the ideal conditions for a variety of activities, including sailing, snorkeling and scuba diving, whereas Dickinson Bay in Antigua is perfect for canoeing or trying to avoid falling off a jet-ski.
sibly the center of Caribbean water sports, however, is Barbados. The island can offer scuba diving with fantastic year-round visibility, calm and majestic sailing, and even a high-octane ‘Thrill Seeker’ experience, which includes jetting at high speeds in a 35' Scarab off-shore powerboat, custom designed for complete comfort and safety, but mainly for speed. Tours like this, interspersed with leisurely snorkeling and swimming, take full advantage of the ideal conditions provided by Barbados, and by the Caribbean in general.
rto Rico, the US Virgins Islands, St. Kitts and Nevis, Aruba and, of course, the Dominican Republic all offer endless opportunities to enjoy a round of golf and endless hours on, and in, the turquoise waters of the Caribbean.
hough lazing on a beach with a colorful cocktail in hand may sound like many peoples' idea of heaven, vacations in the Caribbean can offer far more. The history and culture of the area is vastly unique but also varied, and the wildlife alone is worth a visit.
Caribbean’s beaches and seas rate among the most beautiful in the world, so it’s easy to see why they are the main draw for most tourists. Many visitors, however, want a little more than just relaxation, so the islands have developed into an ideal playground for holiday-makers in search of a little excitement. Perhaps most impressive, is that the Caribbean can offer both – thrills and relaxation – depending on what each visitor is looking for.Article By Isla Campbell