Caribbean & the Activities for All
The demand for experiential travel and active adventures has certainly grown
in recent years, as incentive and meeting groups continue to crave memorable
experiences. Destination management companies, hotels and tourism offices
have responded, and planners will find an ever-increasing variety of interesting
options around the Caribbean as well as in the Bahamas and Bermuda.
One of the newest attractions in the Cayman Islands is the Cayman Crystal
Caves, which opened to the public in 2016. This subterranean site, formed over
the course of millions of years, is punctuated with stalactite and stalagmite crystal
structures that provide myriad photo opportunities. Visitors can also admire lush
vegetation in the surrounding grounds, as well as animal life including parrots
and bats. Tours take about an hour and a half, and private tours are available for
groups of up to 28.
Fresh, open-air excitement on Anguilla is offered by a new company called
Sunkiss Adventures, which provides an array of active excursions including an
ATV tour, which sends riders across the island’s dramatically beautiful terrain, an
Arawak adventure tour, which highlights Anguilla’s indigenous heritage, and a
“Sunkiss hydro-flight,” which sends participants soaring 15 feet above the waves.
Also great for water lovers are the aquatic adventures offered by Eco Destination
Management Services; the company offers everything from snorkeling and scuba
diving to parasailing, tubing and paddle boarding, in both Aruba and Curacao.
And in the Bahamas, Equilibrium Events takes groups underwater with what they
call a “personal submarine” — an easy-to-control, bicycle-like aquatic vehicle
that offers beautiful views of local marine life.
A fun new way to travel and sightsee by land recently debuted In Bermuda,
thanks to the fleet of two-seat Renault Twizy electric vehicles that are now
available for rental at the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club.
Puerto Rico is home to several interesting and new experiences for groups.
The recently opened Paseo Puerta de Tierra, which links Old San Juan and the
beachfront Condado district, has bike and pedestrian paths that make it easier
for individuals and groups to stay healthy while they explore the metropolitan
area. And speaking of health, the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino has
announced a new Mind and Body wellness program, as well as a partnership with
The Mindfulness App. As a result, groups can sign up for custom meditations
designed to serve as “brain breaks” for groups in between their busy meeting
schedules. The hotel has also designated several on-site, open-air locations
where guests can meditate, as well as app features that help guests to de-stress
in their rooms.
Groups can also enjoy the scenery, challenge themselves with a bit of adventure
and learn about local culture in the Dominican Republic, where a destination
management company called Connect Travel Services takes groups to sugar
cane factories, as well as to zip-line attractions and on fast-paced, all-terrain
vehicle outings. Many of their group programs can provide relaxing downtime as
well, with stops to swim in unspoiled lagoons. Also in the Dominican Republic,
a company called IVI DMC2 takes groups into the postcard-perfect countryside
aboard “safari trucks,” where they can take in the scenery, learn about local
agricultural traditions and savor a tasty Dominican lunch.
Enjoy off-road adventures to
witness breathtaking scenery
Snorkeling is perfection
in the Caribbean waters
Mesmerizing views in the
Cayman Crystal Caves