If you thought holidays in the Caribbean were all about sun, sea and sand, think again. Although you'll be hard pushed to beat this mesmerising destination for its pristine beaches, clear sparkling shores and glorious weather conditions, not to mention its sheer snorkel-ability and excellent scuba-diving opportunities around some of the most beautiful reefs in the world, holidays in the Caribbean offer a lot more than suntans and swimming.
Why not explore Jamaica's old 17th-century British colonial forts, or soak up the atmosphere at a sizzling street parade in Cuba, or perhaps take yourself off on a thrilling white water rafting excursion, high in the mountain rapids of the Dominican Republic. Or, for a chance to step back in time and savour some of the most famous and complete Mayan sites, visit the lost city at Chichen Itza to experience these spectacular ruins.
But if all that sounds a bit too much like hard work, you could always live up to the expectation of a holiday in the Caribbean, and while away your days sinking your toes into the deep, velvety sands of Barbados, snorkelling around Mexico's rainbow-coloured reefs, or gliding down the celebrated Martha Brae on a bamboo river raft in laid-back Jamaica.
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