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10 best Caribbean destinations

Mejores Destinos del Caribe

 

Do you want to know which are the best Caribbean destinations and know you’ve been there? Talking about vacations in the Caribbean is to dream of its turquoise sea, paradise beaches, dream seas, incredible landscapes and beautiful places within the heart of the tropical fauna that create memorable experiences that you will never forget.

In this post you will find a ranking of our 10 best Caribbean destinations from Punta Cana to Riviera Maya:

1. Holbox: The paradise of the bioluminescence

Mejores Destinos del Caribe

 

This small Mexican island located in the extreme north of the state of Quintana Roo is one of the jewels of this country’s region. One of the most beautiful Caribbean destinations, with an area of ​​barely 40 km Holbox stands out for its incredible white sand beaches and transparent turquoise blue sea. In the center of the island you can enjoy delicious fresh fish dishes and,  also,  rent the popular golf carts, which are the only form of transportation in the whole island.

  • Yalahay: It is another important attraction of Holbox; a spring of crystalline waters that holds both beauty and history. It is said that it has healing properties, that make this beautiful water spring a “fountain of youth”.
  • Bioluminescence: The main attraction in Holbox is reserved for the night.
    Take a tour under the stars by the beach where you will witness the incredible phenomenon of bioluminescence,  the process through which living organisms produce light resulting from a biochemical reaction.

♦ To get to Holbox, first it is necessary to arrive at the port of Xikilá, and from there enter one of the many ferry boats that daily depart to Holbox. The trip takes approximately 45 minutes.

2. Ciudad Colonial: The first island where Columbus stepped on

Mejores Destinos del Caribe

 

Historically, this island was the first stepped by Christopher Columbus, in the colonial zone of Santo Domingo, capital of the Dominican Republic, where we can find the beginnings of the New World. Many cities have colonial zones, but only the Dominican Republic has the first of them all. While strolling through its cobbled pedestrian streets you will find:

  • The Alcázar de Colón: The former residential palace of Diego Colón today houses an interesting museum that recreates what life was like in colonial times.
  • The Primate Cathedral of America: Also known as the Cathedral of Santo Domingo, it is the oldest in America. It’s style varies between Gothic and Plateresque Gothic and it stands out for its spectacular ribbed vaults, altarpieces and paintings.
  • La Casa del Cordón: It receives its name from the decorative stone cord that frames its main door. It is believed that it was the first two-story house built.
  • The Monastery of San Francisco: One of the most important ruins of the city, declared a Dominican heritage. A magical enclave for your best photos.
  • La Fortaleza Ozama: Considered a World Heritage Site and it is the oldest fortress of the New World.
  • Puerta de la Misericordia: first access door to the city of Santo Domingo.

♦ This area was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

3. Sian Ka’an: Natural Biosphere

Mejores Destinos del Caribe

 

The Natural Reserve of Sian Ka’an – which in Mayan means ‘doors of heaven’ – is a World Heritage Site of UNESCO. It is the largest Natural Reserve in the Riviera Maya, and for that reason, taking a tour to the Biosphere has to be among the top 3 best Caribbean destinations.

Inside the Biosphere you can find wide white sand beaches, small bays and mangroves, among other ecological systems. Each of these spaces houses different types of fauna being the ideal place for sighting of:

  • Crocodiles
  • Dolphins
  • Sea turtles
  • Various types of birds

♦ The best way to enjoy the Sian Ka’an Biosphere is through a tour which can be booked at the Grand Riviera Princess hotel lobby.

4. Bávaro: Punta Cana

 

Probably the best known area of ​​the country, and the most important Caribbean tourist destination of the moment it is located in the southeast of the island. Bathed by the Mona Channel, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean Sea, kilometers of white sand and turquoise sea, framed by coconut trees await you. It’s the perfect place for a vacation either with family,  friends or a romantic getaway.

It’s recommended to anyone who loves sun, relaxation or beach sports. Enjoy your favorite cocktail during the day and go dancing at night to the sound of catchy Caribbean rhythms, like bachata, salsa or merengue.

♦ In this paradisiacal enclave are the Princess hotels of Punta Cana, perfectly designed so that each and every one can find their dream vacation.

5. Chichen-Itzá: Mayan Ruins

Mejores Destinos del Caribe

 

Also recognized as a World Heritage Site by Unesco, the Mayan ruins of Chichen-Itzá are one of the best Caribbean destinations and a obligatory point of any visit to Riviera Maya.

Chichén → mouth-of the -well + Itzá → from the water-wizards

Chichén Itzá was one of the most important cities of the Mayan world, more than 1000 years ago, conserving many of the structures of that time. Special highlights are:

  • Temple of Kukulcán: An imposing temple which was recognized as one of the new 7 Wonders of the Modern World.
  • Great Sacred Cenote: considered one of the most important places of pilgrimage of the Mayan culture. In the past, people from very distant places of Central America traveled all the way to this center of pilgrimage.

Chichén Itzá can easily be reached via the Cancun-Kantunil / Mexico federal highway or through one of the several tours available at the Grand Sunset Princess Hotel.

6. Lemon Waterfall: A 40 meter waterfall

Mejores Destinos del Caribe

 

The Lemon Waterfall is a beautiful and spectacular waterfall about 40 meters high. In the fall it forms a small lagoon in which it is possible to bathe. Take classic photos under the waterfall and star of your own Tv commercial. It is a tropical enclave, which can be reached on foot or on horseback through a beautiful path where the rivers meander among tropical trees and native nature.

♦ The waterfall is located on the well-known Samaná peninsula. It is a paradise for nature lovers and an adventure that you will not forget.

7. El Cielo, Cozumel

Mejores Destinos del Caribe

 

Talking about the Caribbean is synonymous of turquoise blue waters that allow unforgettable snorkeling and diving experiences. Of the various options for diving in the Riviera Maya, the Cielo in Cozumel is a must see destination.

This sandbar of approximately 800 meters long,  is located on the shores of the Mexican island of Cozumel and you will be able to see a huge amount of:

  • Colorful fish
  • Sea turtles
  • Manta rays
  • Birds

♦ You can arrive at El Cielo either by boat or catamaran on one of the several tours that you can book in the Grand Riviera Princess Hotels lobby.

8. Haitises National Park

 

Located northeast of the Dominican Republic, it’s an unforgettable place where you can contemplate:

  • The subtropical forest: humid, with all its flora and fauna.
  • The classic Caribbean mangrove: with intricate roots that enter the water creating complex networks of roots and branches that give life and shelter to hundreds of creatures.
  • The landscape richness: it seems taken from a film, framed by exotic birds, tropical treetops, mysterious corners and waters full of secrets.
  • Caves, mountains and small islets: they emerge from the surface telling us a story that only the most sensitive can understand.

♦ You cannot describe it, you have to see, photograph, and appreciate it  in person, take a boat ride and explore the inside of its caves

9. The 7 Colors Lagoon: A magical place

 

Located in the coastal city of Bacalar in the southern state of Quintana Roo, Bacalar is one of the best Caribbean destinations.

Also, here you can find the Lagoon of the 7 Colors, a paradisiacal and unique location that stands out for its wonderful shades of blue. With a length of  50 kilometers, its bottom soils, of different depths, along with the sun’s rays creates a visual effect on the waters of the lagoon showing an incredible diversity of blue colors thus giving the name to this beautiful Caribbean attraction.

The seven shades of blue that this colorful and beautiful lagoon has attracts thousands of tourists every year who take the opportunity to:

  • Go snorkelling
  • Diving
  • Take boat trips
  • Observe in all its splendor these beautiful natural colors

♦ You can visit this idyllic place through the Federal Highway 307 towards Chetumal. Also you can experience the Lagoon, through the various tours available to you at the Grand Sunset Princess Hotel lobby.

10. Catalina Island: The most beautiful beaches of the World

 

This small island is one of the best places to visit in the Caribbean. It is a dream place, many people consider that this island hast the most beautiful beaches in the world with:

  • White sand paradisiacal beaches
  • Quiet crystal clear waters ideal for activities of all kinds

Where you can:

  • Rest and sunbathe
  • Make awesome photos

♦ It is an ideal location for snorkeling and diving, due to the island impressive marine fauna. See the best Beaches of the Dominican Republic.

 

What did you think of our ranking? Which of these best places in the Caribbean would you like to visit? Do you have any suggestion? We would like you to share it with us!

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