Sport and activities

The crystal clear waters of the sunny Caribbean combined with the constant northeast trade winds make the islands a paradise for watersports enthusiasts. The great increase in tourism in the area has brought corresponding development and every conceivable watersport is now available. Some of the best islands to head for are Barbados, Jamaica, Antigua, Martinique, the Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. On these islands you can find hobie-cats and sunfishes for rent, windsurfing, kitesurfing, waterskiing, glass-bottomed boats plying the reefs, charter yachts and booze cruises, scuba diving, snorkelling and deep-sea fishing. And for something a bit more animal-friendly, there are numerous opportunities for whale and dolphin spotting.

It's not all about watersports, however. Many of the islands offer excellent hiking and mountain biking. Those who prefer to watch from the sidelines rather than
participate are also in for a treat. In the former British colonies, British dependencies and even the US Virgin Islands,
is more than just the national game; it's a symbol of achievement and a unifying factor .
serve much the same function in the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Puerto Rico, and if you are interested in the game, or just want to watch the crowd, it is worth finding out the dates of the season in advance of your trip.

This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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