Caribean: The seduction of nature

(#wanderlusttips) Being known as the the world’s fastest growing tourism market, the sun-drenched Caribean own many tourist attractions to lure people who want to escape the general global disquietude.

The below-mentioned isles are 2016’s “it” destinations, and where many will want to be next time they swap their desk for the beach.

For all-to-yourself beaches – Tobago

Secluded shores, unspoiled and untamed beaches can be found here in Tobago, the 25-mile-long sister island of Trinidad. They are still unencumbered by crowds.

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At Englishman’s Bay, visitors will have a half-mile of palm-lined sand to themselves, and at Pirate’s Bay a 157-step descent leads to crystal-clear waters many don’t know are there.

Jemma’s Seaview Kitchen, built into a tree on the beach in Speyside, serves up homegrown favorites like king fish and callaloo.

For adventure – Curaçao

Curacao offers up some of the Caribbean’s best below-the-sea exploits to ones who want to go from the water’s edge to its depths.

Wanderlust Tips Magazine | Caribean: The seduction of nature

Non-divers can get close with the Dutch island’s coral reefs and the colorful inhabitants 500-feet below shore by bubble-like mini submarine. With regular clothes, you can dive under the sea even at night for more exciting feelings on cute submersible, called Curasub.

For swimming and sunning – Barbados

The island’s Crane Beach of Barbados Island has regularly been ranked among the 10 best beaches in the world. Then if it does not suit you, there are still 59 more beautiful beaches to choose. There is flying fish which has been long become the national symbol of Barbados.

Wanderlust Tips Magazine | Caribean: The seduction of nature

The restaurant Cuz’s Fish Stand in Bridgetown will grand you a chance to try it in a sandwich in an unassuming beach shack.

For going beyond the beach: Belize’s jungle

Belize is more than beaches, it’s got mountains and jungles and waterfalls too.

Up in the Maya Mountains at the edge of the island’s Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, there’s a 16-cabana ecotourism gem, Gaia Riverlodge, that peeks over a waterfall and a river that powers it.

Wanderlust Tips Magazine | Caribean: The seduction of nature

Inside, indigenous Belizean hardwood adorns private, thatched-roof rooms where names like “Sun” and “Cascade” sub for numbers and the chef makes staples like fish serre with organic ingredients from Gaia’s garden.

Beyond the lodge, at Barton Creek Caves, visitors can kayak into an archaeological wonder where ancient Maya called on rain gods as early as 200 A.D.

For being at one with nature: Suriname

Suriname is on an upswing as a tourist destination, meaning going now puts travelers ahead of the influx and makes for a dialed-back break.

Wanderlust Tips Magazine | Caribean: The seduction of nature

There’s hopping a mini plane to plunge into the interior of virgin rainforest, or scaling the Voltzberg dome accompanied by eight species of monkeys for panoramic tropical vistas. Otherwise they can look for giant leatherback turtles at Galibi Nature Reserve.

For colonial relics: Cuba

You are possible to have the most memorable trip of your life without any plan in Cuba where the town’s Spanish Colonial architecture has remained startlingly unchanged since the 19th-century sugar boom, with its pastel hues and ornate ironwork.

Wanderlust Tips Magazine | Caribean: The seduction of nature

Easier travel restrictions allow visitors stroll the storied cobblestone streets of Trinidad on the island’s southern coast.

When night falls, the salsa rhythms heat up at Casa de la Musica, a live music street dance under the stars.

For private grottos: Haiti

The island’s best lure is Bassins Bleu near Jacmel in southern Haiti. As with most gems, the hidden Haitian trio of blue water basins can be tricky to find, but once travelers have hiked the hike, dropped a straw into a refreshing hacked-open coconut and descended the rope to get to the pools, they might have the grotto all to themselves.

Wanderlust Tips Magazine | Caribean: The seduction of nature

Adventurers have been known to jump from the waterfalls that fill the pools, but Bassins Bleu has a daily visitor limit to protect its perfection, so it’s best to plan ahead.

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