Photo Courtesy: Saint Lucia Tourist Board
This is a short discussion about adventure of various kinds. If you consider yourself even slightly adventurous, read on!
Whether on land or at sea, the Caribbean is viewed as a popular tropical playground to many. Of course playgrounds are the home of adventures, but I hasten to add that in order to be sensible and totally inclusive, we are deliberately using the broadest possible definition of adventure: any exciting or unusual experience can qualify. Just last week I invited a dozen friends to get together and arrange a private tour of an amazing facility in one of our Caribbean countries. None of us has ever done this particular tour before, so for us it is unusual and we know for sure it will be exciting. More on that later!
There are countless types of adventures for locals and visitors throughout the region, and no two are exactly the same. The plan therefore, is to look at who we are, what we have and what we’re willing to share with each other. That in itself is an adventure!
Following the success of last year’s Year of Romance the Caribbean Tourism Organization has declared 2017 the Year of Adventure in the Caribbean. Adventure links directly with the Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development declared by the United Nations and allows us to twin adventure with sustainability. This year, we encourage all Caribbeans and visitors to join us in celebrating everything from adrenaline-pumping active pursuits to local culture and casually sampling culinary experiences unique to a specific CTO destination.
The 2017 Caribbean Year of Adventure will be promoted through social media and traditional media channels and will create opportunities for anyone to share their experiences and ideas of an adventure-filled Caribbean vacation with us throughout the year, starting immediately. We have adopted the hashtag #CaribbeanAdventure and encourage you to use it when posting images and videos via social media networks. If you prefer to email us, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While each Caribbean destination is unique and inviting in its own right, fun is the common denominator, no matter how laid back or how exhilarating the particular adventure may be.
We know our visitors will get involved. There is a general belief that people have most of their truly adventurous experiences away from home. We agree, but locals are adventurous too, so we want to hear from the creators and the discoverers of local adventure as well.
The Year of Adventure is a theme which can easily be embraced by all CTO member destinations 365 days a year.
Throughout 2017, share your adventure stories with us in any of the following areas:
- “Once-in-a-lifetime” getaways (volcano discoveries, helicopter tours, etc.) La Soufriere Volcano Crater Lakes- St. Vincent & The Grenadines
Photo Courtesy: SVG Tourism Authority
- “There’s a first time for everything” vacations (zip lining, scuba diving, go-kart racing, Segway riding, and more.)Zip lining through Saint Lucia’s RainforestPhoto Courtesy: Saint Lucia Tourism Board
- Family and “friends-cation” discovery journeys (whale watching, swimming with dolphins, world-heritage site explorations, hiking, bike riding, etc.)Dive Substation CuraçaoPhoto Courtesy: Curaçao Tourist Board
- Wellness adventures (paddle board yoga, aqua parkour, tai chi.)Rosalie Bay Resort Yoga on the beach.Photo Courtesy: Discover Dominica Authority
- Dine-around delicacy vacations focusing on unique food offerings, romantic picnics, rumshop explorations, ‘bromance’ trips, girfriends get-togethers, and more.BVI Lobster LunchPhoto Courtesy: BVI Tourism Board
Locals know the lay of the land. Visitors can conveniently arrange a tour at a resort’s on-property tour desk or go online. Licensed and insured on-island tour companies will take fun seekers beyond the resort and into the heart of the destination to try parasailing, snorkeling, and kayaking; zip line adventures; fishing charters; dolphin and whale watching; horseback riding along the beach; helicopter tours; swimming with dolphins; volcano discoveries; sailing expeditions; rain forest hikes; culinary and rum factory tours; celebrating Caribbean festivals, perhaps in full costume; and much more.
Ultimately, the aim is to have fun with this. The Caribbean is proud of its diversity of exciting experiences and we encourage everyone to explore their own sense of adventure with us. So go ahead. Get out there and create your own story. Your #CaribbeanAdventure awaits!
What are some of your favorite Caribbean Adventure experiences? Feel free to drop a line below. I’d love to hear from you!