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Bucket List Adventures You Can Actually Afford

Bucket List Adventures You Can Actually Afford

by Hope Heldmar

No matter what your "vacation personality" is, a trip to the Caribbean or Mexico is the perfect time to cross some must-do things off of your bucket list without breaking your budget. Try some exciting but very affordable adventures like these!


Cliff Diving - Rick's Cafe in Negril, Jamaica

This world-famous cafe doesn't just offer food and drinks - it offers the chance to engage in an unforgettable bucket list experience: Cliff diving. You can jump from as high as 30ft, although beginners should practice with the 10ft and 12ft cliffs first. Although food and drinks will cost you, jumping is free of charge, and you can jump as many times as you want. If you chicken out, don't worry - Rick's Cafe is also known as the best vantage point in the Caribbean to watch a sunset. So even if you don't dive, you'll still get a great memory out of it.


Whale Watching - Los Cabos, Mexico

From January through March, animal lovers flock to Los Cabos for one big reason, a real big reason: Humpback whales. Because the seafloor around Los Cabos drops off very quickly, the water gets deep close to shore. This means that you can see the whales right from the beach. Ideal weather, perfect waters, and abundant sea life make the bays north of Los Cabos the perfect place for whales to migrate and the perfect place for you to witness a breathtaking site without spending a dime.


Hiking - Virgin Islands National Park, St. John USVI

Virgin Islands National Park covers more than half of the island of St. John in the US Virgin Islands, and there-s no charge for entrance into the park. That-s a whole lotta' park for a whole lotta' nothin'. Virgin Islands National Park's breathtaking beaches, coral reefs and hiking trails provide endless hours of exploration for both kids and adults. Plus, more than 50 species of tropical birds, including three types of Caribbean hummingbirds, call this place home. Best of all, no passport is required to get to the US Virgin Islands.


Explore an Ancient City - Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

The city of Old San Juan is an official National Historic Site and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For you, this means that you can explore this ancient city with free guided tours offered by the US National Park Service. Guided tours of both Castillos San Felipe del Morro and San Cristobal are available by the hour when forts are open. Plus, you'll get official tour maps that detail several other historic buildings in this legendary old city.


The best things in life are free, and when you throw a little bit of the Caribbean or Mexico into the mix, it just gets even better!
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