Are you looking for fun bonding activities that you and your significant other can take part in the Caribbean? Water sports may be the answer that you’re looking for. As a result of perfect year-round sunshine, the Caribbean is known for its water sports that can be enjoyed alone or with a group.
However, the best Caribbean water sports for couples include a few that you’ve heard of before and others that you may not have thought about taking part in with your significant other. Snorkelling; fishing charters; sailing; kayaking; tube runners; stand up paddle boarding; scuba diving; shore diving; kite surfing and jet skiing round out the Endless Caribbean top ten.
Snorkelling is a water sport that involves swimming on the surface of the water whilst looking at the activity underwater. To do this, the swimmer is equipped with a mask and snorkel and swimming fins. The mask has a breathing tube, to allow the swimmer to breathe whilst they are looking down in the water. Snorkelling is relatively safe and low risk, but requires a basic understanding of the activity. One of the most important prerequisites of snorkelling is that you must know how to swim. Because the Caribbean has so many beautiful reefs, it’s one of the top places to snorkel. Top snorkelling destinations in the Caribbean are the Cayman Islands, Belize, Jamaica, Antigua, Saba and Bonaire.
2. Fishing Charters
Fishing is one of those unique activities that brings people closer. It’s one of the best water sports for couples for this exact reason. There are different types of fishing expeditions in the Caribbean and they are largely classified as either inshore fishing, nearshore fishing and offshore fishing. Inshore fishing trips keep you close to land; nearshore trips take you a bit further to reefs and shipwrecks; and offshore charters take you far out into the deep blue sea. The type of expedition that you choose will impact the types of fish that you catch. This is because some fish stay close to reefs and wrecks, whilst others prefer the depths of the ocean. Some of the best fishing destinations in the Caribbean are Bermuda; Barbuda; Trinidad, St. Kitts & Nevis; Cuba and St. Maarten.
If you’re visiting the Caribbean with your significant other, you must spend at least one day sailing. There are different types of sailing and most of them are available in the Caribbean. They are fleet racing; match racing; team racing; offshore sailing; para world sailing and cruising. For a Caribbean vacation, any sailing that falls under the cruising category is what you are looking for. Pleasure cruises which include catamarans, yachts and dayboats are recommended for couples. The catamaran is always a relaxing activity because you get to spend several hours out to sea. The best catamaran charters will include brunch or lunch; snorkelling and swimming; and a scenic tour of the coastline. Top picks in the Caribbean for sailing are Anguilla; the Bahamas; Guadeloupe; the Cayman Islands and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
A two-person kayaking adventure is one of the best water sports for couples because it is relationship building activity. It’s mainly because they’re only two of you in the boat, and you have to work together to move through the water. Kayaking requires the use of a kayak, which is a narrow boat and a double-blade paddle. In kayaks which can accommodate two people, one person sits behind the other, both facing in the same direction and both with paddles. Kayaking is very popular with water sports enthusiasts and has been around for a very long time. The best water for kayaking is calm and flat with little to no waves. The Caribbean Sea is ideal for kayaking, which means that most of the Caribbean islands are kayaking destinations. For the best kayaking in the Caribbean, visit St. Thomas (U.S. Virgin Islands); St. Lucia; Barbados and Aruba.
5. Stand-Up Paddle Boarding
Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is a popular waters port around the world. The rider stands on a paddleboard and uses a paddle or oar to move through the water. Paddle boarding is an easy to learn activity that requires the right technique, a bit of balance, and flat water. There are various types of paddleboards. The list includes all around SUPs; inflatable SUPs; yoga SUPs and surf SUPs. Because some paddleboards are very large, two people can easily fit on them. The best places to paddleboard in the Caribbean are the Turks and Caicos Islands, St. Thomas (United States Virgin Islands); St. Martin; St. Kitts; and Grenada.
6. Scuba Diving
Scuba diving may be considered an extra sport, which makes it a great water sport for couples to try together. The benefit of scuba diving is that divers can visit the depths of the ocean and explore the underwater lands. Scuba diving requires the use of a self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (SCUBA) which enables divers to breathe under water for a time. However, before you go scuba diving, you need to take training classes. It is recommended that you hire the services of a reputable scuba diving company before you don diving gear and hop into the ocean. The best scuba diving in the Caribbean can be found in Saba, St. Croix, Dominica, the Bahamas, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
7. Shore Diving
Is it cliché to see a couple suited up and heading into water holding hands? If so, then that’s why it’s on this list of the best water sports for couples. Shore diving is a low risk activity where divers walk from the shore and either paddle or swim to a dive site. The best shore diving sites in the Caribbean are those that can be accessed by both amateur and professional divers. However, dive sites that require a bit more effort to get to, may be worth the extra time. The best Caribbean destinations for shore diving are Bonaire, Barbados, the Cayman Islands, U.S Virgin Islands, Belize and Curacao.
8. Kite Surfing
Kitesurfing is another water sport that encourages bonding in couples. If you’ve never taken to the Caribbean skies, you will have lots to talk about as you prepare for the experience. Kitesurfing is an extreme sport that requires a bit of training and skill. It’s best enjoyed on flat water and many of the Caribbean destinations are famous for this. Kitesurfing is form of surfing which requires the use of a large kite which is propelled by the wing. The kite is attached to a surfboard or similar board and the surfer stands on the board and glides over the water. The most popular kitesurfing places in the Caribbean are Guadeloupe, the British Virgin Islands, the Dominican Republic, Antigua and St. Bart’s.
9. Jet Skiing
Zipping along the surface of the prettiest sea in the world, whilst holding on to your partner’s waist can be fun, as long as it’s done with safety in mind. A jet ski is a personal watercraft device (PWC) that is primarily used for recreation. It is one of the most popular PWCs thanks in part to its ability to move across the water quickly. The science behind the operation of this watercraft is relatively simple. The engine of the jet ski pulls in water and pushes it back out and this is what causes it to move. Jet skis are available all over the Caribbean. There are available for rent by individuals and couples who want to take a ride by themselves; or some companies offer scenic jet ski tours.
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