Mayan ruins and jungle excursions
Feel the blood throb in your ear drums in the close jungle air as you approach Mexico’s Mayan temples – the residue of a 4000 year old civilisation. Overhead, howler monkeys clamour and tropical birds screech. Or, go undercover and track the widespread and elusive puma in Costa Rica’s national parks or surf Pacific swells up and down the coast just beyond the jungle canopies.
Stow away in a pirate hideaway in Trinidad with a steady flow of rum-based cocktails or rejuvenate in luxurious resorts in Saint Lucia. Witness Hatian vodou rituals that feed and nourish family spirits and after diving the groves and coral beds of Jamaica’s lagoon reefs, towel off and wrap your lips around freshly grilled fish, finished with lime and followed by mango fresh from the tree.
Often straddling jungle and reef, coastlines here are so much more than sun bathing opportunities. There's mangrove forests in spades – labyrinthine hot spots for wildlife – and world class surfing on both the Atlantic and Pacific sides. Let's not forget the sunsets and hot nights that seal the Caribbean's fate as a destination of romance.