Central America & Caribbean

Boat floating in ocean with beach in foreground

The region known as Central America & Caribbean is really several sub-regions that lack any unifying elements other than they are largely tropical and warm. This is a catch-all category for basically anywhere someone may vacation. Beyond that, all of the countries here are independent and different. Most speak Spanish (but not all) and nearly all of them have had to deal with a colonial past to some degree. But looking beyond the palm trees and you’ll find some very interesting planes in Central America & Caribbean.

Many of the destinations in the Central America & Caribbean region can be explored on a cruise, but one day in each place doesn’t do it justice. From the incredible beaches of Antigua, Barbados, and the Dominican Republic to adventure destinations like Costa Rica and Belize, there’s a wide degree of activities here. We love our beach time, but also love scuba diving in Saint Lucia and Grenada. Perhaps this region is near and dear to our hearts because we got married here all those years ago. It’s a place where we found love and still love to go. When the weather turns cold, we head south!

Exploring the Caribbean beer scene on the beach.

Caribbean Beer 101: The Brews of the Tropics

Every island in the Caribbean produces its own unique beer and sampling those beers can be a real adventure. When it comes to the best beers of the Caribbean, it’s a strong matter of local pride. But what is the best Caribbean beer?

A single palm tree on a beautiful beach in Antigua

Relaxing on the Best Beach in Antigua

In Antigua, the days are long, the weather is warm, the beer is cold, and the beach is perfect. We found that the island has some of the best beaches in all of the Caribbean.

Beaches are a Caribbean highlight and one of the top things to do in Saint Martin.

Getting to Know Saint Martin

Exploring the Caribbean from a local view – here is a local’s perspective on things to do in Saint Martin beyond Tourist Town.

Some of the amazing palm trees on Saona Island, Dominican Republic

A Gorgeous Getaway to Saona Island, Dominican Republic

So much of travel is about “doing” things—zipping from place to place, checking off activities, and coming home more tired than when you left. But a visit to Saona Island, Dominican Republic, served up an ideal day when nothing was required of us but just to enjoy being.

Hot air balloon being inflated in Punta Cana Dominican Republic

Stopping Traffic in a Hot Air Balloon Over Punta Cana

For over an hour, we floated over the eastern part of the Dominican Republic. We gazed at the white buildings of Higuey and hovered over the ponds. We passed trees that looked like broccoli from our vantage point in the sky, sometimes hanging low over fields that seemed almost within reach.

Boxes of chocolate bars at Chocal in the Dominican Republic

Changing Lives with Chocolate in the Dominican Republic

We had barely stepped through the door when we were handed the hairnets. A crucial part of any food-related activity, the white, synthetic caps would ensure we were making quite a fashion statement for our morning at the chocolate factory.