Scuba Diving the Caribbean

When thinking of the Caribbean Sea, certain images may come to mind.  White, sandy beaches lined with  palm trees, turquoise water, or perhaps mountainous terrain with waterfalls ending in jungle pools.     It may mean condos, cruise ships, or a thatched beach hut.  Background music might consist of Jimmy Buffet, Bob Marley, or Lovindeer.  You may visiualize yourself kayaking, zip lining, or simply laying in a hammock sipping some local rum.

Whatever your ideal vacation consists of, the Caribbean can offer.   Year round temperatures in the 70’s and 80’s as well as close proximity keep tourism alive and well.  With the current economy  many destinations are offer incredible deals.  Cruises for half off, top notch resorts offer 2 for 1, and flights for rates from a decade ago are all encouraging North Americans to return to the warm waters.

Activities are abundant.  Land based include hiking, golfing, and shopping!  Water lovers will find  fishing, kayaking, snorkeling and scuba diving.  These are the excursions that draw people back year after year.  Those that pursue the water will not be disappointed.  Sea temperatures are usually in the upper 70’s and lower 80’s.  Visibility is incredible, and fish are plenty.  Coral reefs surround almost every island and the second largest barrier reef, the Meso-American reef,  is located in the Western Caribbean.

For these reasons, scuba divers are drawn here.  Many divers return time and again to the warm, clear waters to explore the underwater arena of the  Caribbean Sea.  Reefs are alive with purple sea fans, mauve gorgonians, schools of creole wrasse, pregnant sea horses, manta rays, and if you are lucky a whale shark.  Other critters spotted include stargazers, scorpionfish, midnight parrotfish, and many species of flounder.  Photographers have plenty of subjects to experiment with and can stay in a 15 foot radius for an hour without running out of macro shots.  And without getting cold!

Although any time of year is a good time for a holiday, there are certain times of year that may be more consistent than others.  High season is from December to May.  Usually rougher weather is over.  Pricing is the highest during this time of year.  Many people are looking to escape the colder weather up north therefore this time of year is busiest.    The shoulder seasons are the lowest price, May/June  and October/November.  The best deals can be found during these times although the weather can be sporadic.   Hurricane season is from June 1 to December 1.  Some years are rough and others are mild.   Check the specifics before traveling to your location.

No matter what your ideal setting, it can be found in the Caribbean Sea.  Every destination caters to scuba divers and water buffs alike.   Take advantage of the proximity and take an amazing holiday!


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