Let us put your mind at ease: Visiting Cuba isn’t nearly as complicated as some have made it out to be, and it’s totally worth it. Seize the opportunity for an adventure and you’ll be treated to Instagram-worthy streets, vintage cars and a delightfully time-warped island. It’s also the perfect digital detox getaway since Wi-Fi is limited on the entire island, which, let’s be honest, all of us probably need once in a while.
We were thrilled to write our first Cuba blog series to get people excited that Cuban adventures were now available. Frequently asked questions, People-to-People trips, and expectations for first-timers were covered in this series, which should cover anything you want to know about this hidden Caribbean gem.
Let’s start here: Yes, the Bahamas are just as awesome as you’ve heard. A brief flight away from the continental U.S., you’ll find the 700-plus islands packed with excitement and adventure. Take advantage of the clear blue water and go bonefishing, scuba diving, deep-sea fishing or take a swim with the dolphins. Off the ocean, indulge you taste buds at a chocolate factory or take the kiddos to Aquaventure, an Atlantis Paradise Island water park. Then cap the night off by boogying down in the many bars and nightclubs. Ask nicely, and a local may even teach you the “Conch Style” or “Stomping The Roach”. Life really is better in the Bahamas.
There’s no passport needed for this paradise, but you will need to bring your bucket list. No matter how long you are visiting, you must check out the bioluminescent bays. These wonderful waters play host to tiny microorganisms, which when disturbed, give off a breath-taking blue-green glow. It’s the very definition of “you have to see it to believe it.” Nighttime tours by kayak are available through a mangrove, giving you the wow-moment every trip needs.
In Old San Juan, make sure to stop by Castillo San Felipe del Morro and other historical forts and structures. They are on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and grant a deep cultural appreciation for the island. Enjoy the convenience of easy travel, with the wonder of the Caribbean.
Traveling to paradise has never been easier. You can leave the passport at home and bring U.S. dollars to take a couple steps out of your to-do list. This lets you focus on the more important parts of a vacation — like posting your every movement to social media.
The U.S. Virgin Islands consist of three islands: St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix. We also call them Awesome, Fantastic and Superb. St. Thomas holds the islands’ international airport with plenty of direct flight options. This island is popular amongst families, but doesn’t lack romance for you honeymooners out there. The Skyride to Paradise Point by gondola will make jaws drop with the best bird’s eye view of the island.
If you’re looking for a nature-filled vacation, you’ll want to ferry over to St. John, where half the island belongs to the U.S. Virgin Islands National Park. Compared to St. Thomas, it has a more secluded atmosphere. With plenty of space to yourself, you’ll feel just like one of the locals, which is a pretty wonderful spot to be in. If you’re down for some rainforest hiking then St. John is a great fit. It’s also a great fit for the best trip of your life.
If you’re looking for a little more adventure — some island pizazz — then St. Croix is our suggestion. It’s an additional 20 minute plane ride to this less populated island that boasts refreshing tide pools like Annaly Bay and Carambola. They’ll be your reward after a good hike and breathtaking views.