If you are seeking clear water and are planning to jump off somewhere on the East Coast, you are in luck. We’ve done our homework and it’s your turn to test our research. To kickstart your adventures, we’ve compiled a list of this year’s top 10 Caribbean destinations to check out by boat.
1. Soggy Dollar Bar, British Virgin Islands
It’s not a boat trip if there is no bar to visit, so let’s start this list with one of the most famous bars in the Caribbean…the Soggy Dollar Bar!
Anchor out (practice first, then do it like a pro – yes a lot of people will be watching), then wade in and ask for a Painkiller. If you are in law enforcement or the military bring your patch, but check the rafters and the walls and see if someone has already beat you to it. An online treasure map will lead you right up to the bar – just don’t use it for navigation purposes.
2. Big Major Cay, Exumas
Oh no, it’s the Bay of Pigs – well sort of. Here, you can swim with the pigs while visiting a beautiful beach at Big Major Cay. Bring some treats to coax them into the water, then be prepared to take some funny photos of these critters that troll along the surf quite well.
Between the Cohiba cigars or those 50’s cars, there is just an allure when you mention Cuba. This temptation island less than 100 miles from the US finds its rank as number three on our list.
There are already talks about investing and developing this country, so before golden arches start to pop up on every street corner, plan your visit now while and get there while it is still quaint and untainted. Check out the authorized and accepted travel categories to see how you can get approval to go.
4. Treasure Cay, Abacos, Bahamas
Treasure Cay has a little bit of everything, from fishing and snorkeling to golfing. With almost every direction a breath-taking view, it’s a sure stop for anyone cruising the Caribbean. Check out their own list of top ten beaches and enjoy the sunshine.
5. Cockburn Town, Turks and Caicos
Named after the governor in the 1800s, this town ranks as the oldest settlement in the country. Here you can visit a small prison that captures many of the tourists’ attention. It was built sometime in the 1830s. Be sure to explore the Bermudian style houses that line the streets of this capital city.
6. North Andros, Bahamas
If your naturalist side is up for some flora, then we have just the place for you. To round out all the settlements and civilization, we are going to bring balance back with this spot at North Andros. This place is teeming with tropical fish and deep blue holes that seem to go down to the abyss. Take your underwater camera because it will be busy here capturing everything this part of the island has to offer.
7. Blue Lagoon Island, Bahamas
If swimming with dolphins is on your bucket list then swim no farther – this cute little cay is rated as one of the highest in customer satisfaction when it comes to mingling with the sea life. Located northeast of Nassau, this tiny island is a place where you can have encounters with sea lions, dolphins and stingrays – a great place for the whole family.
8. Boat Crash Beach, Puerto Rico
Don’t let the name keep you away. This part of Puerto Rico is rich with water activity. Located on the northwest side of the island, it also makes our list because you’ll be surrounded by cheap local food that will keep you coming back for more after your day out on the water.
9. Flamenco Beach, Puerto Rico
A cool beach to hit while cruising “El Caribe”. The water here is known for being very calm, providing a great place for the family and an ideal location to teach or learn snorkeling. Enjoy swimming, watching the sunsets, or load up that cooler and make your own Corona commercial while sitting on one of the nicest beaches on the island.
10. Loggerhead Key, Dry Tortuga
Great diving, great snorkeling and a great treasure. Imagine pulling up on your boat to see the unique old masonry fort sticking up out of the water on a tiny spit of land miles from Key West. Fort Jefferson is run by the National Park Service which offers tour by day and a place to set your hook for the night.
Just across from Fort Jefferson, Loggerhead Key is the largest island of the Dry Tortugas. This key has seen its share of shipwrecks, so it’s a wreck diver’s paradise, but before you go donning the fins, get your permit so you can visit the Dry Tortugas by boat.
So there you have it – our take on the Top 10 must see Caribbean destinations you can visit by boat for 2019. Remember to check your weather windows and file your float plans. See you out there!