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10 Excellent Excursions

10 Excellent Excursions

by Hope Heldmar

Maybe you're researching hotels and learning about destinations, right now. But have you thought about excursions yet? They could be the missing piece to your dream vacation!

Even if you've already booked your trip, it's not too late to plan an excursion. There are tons of tours and excursions to choose from, and we're here to help you discover the experiences you'll love the most. So we put together 10 of our favorites from the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America to get you started.

1. Island Routes Sea Trek Adventure Diving Tour - St. Lucia

On this excursion, you wear a spacesuit-like costume and actually walk along the sea floor. You don't even need to take off your glasses or know how to swim. Walk into the teeming waters off of Pigeon Island and stroll past spotted eagle ray, zebra fish and sea turtles. You'll leave this memorable tour with great stories and the pictures to back them up!

Featured at St. Lucia Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort All Inclusive.

2. Volcano Crater Tour - St. Kitts

Most of us don't have volcanoes in our backyards. So make sure you see one when you have the chance! On your walk up the dormant volcano, Mount Liamuiga, you'll learn about the native plants and animals and see swinging vines, blooming flowers and towering forest trees. You'll stop often to rest and admire the gorgeous forest. When you get to the top, check out the picture-perfect views of the sea and neighboring islands while you enjoy a picnic lunch.

Featured at St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino Experience Inclusive.

3. Rio Secreto Underground River - Cancun/Riviera Maya

When you explore this subterranean treasure, you'll travel down to the second largest underground river in the world. Rio Secreto was thought by the Mayans to be sacred, and when you see the crystalline water among the stalactites and stalagmites, you'll understand why people have awed at this geological cathedral for millennia.

Featured at ME Cancun by Melia.

4. Hot Laps - Cancun/Riviera Maya

If you've ever wanted to hop into the driver's seat of some of the world's most coveted super cars, then buckle up. This is your chance to feel the G's. The impressive list of cars includes the Audi R8, Ferrari 360, Lamborghini Gallardo or Murcielago. With prices starting out at just $56 a person, this is an affordable race to the winner's circle you don't want to miss!

Featured at Hard Rock Hotel Cancun.

5. Celeste River Tenorio Volcano Tour - Costa Rica

Costa Rica is home to some serious biodiversity. Volcanoes play a big part in creating the vibrant ecosystems that make Costa Rica a prime eco-destination. When you visit Tenorio, you'll see how the volcano transforms the water at the convergence of the Buena Vista and Roble rivers (called the Celeste River) into a brilliant sky blue. You'll follow the river to see hot springs and a waterfall all surrounded by Costa Rica's diverse flora and fauna.

Featured at Royal Corin.

6. Tugboat and Reef Snorkel Tour - Curacao

This tour takes you off the beaten track to scenic snorkeling spots. Dip below the waves to see a coral-covered shipwreck and shallow terraces with beautiful coral formations. The day ends with a trip to Fort Beekenburgh, built to protect Caracasabaai from pirates and enemy nations. On the trail to the fort, you'll get some great views of the expansive harbor and Spanish water below.

Featured at Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino All Inclusive.

7. Beach Hopping on a Zodiac - Los Cabos

Depart from Los Cabos' famous marina and get a fun-filled tour of Baja Sur. You'll stop for a swim at Lover's Beach where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean. Then you're off to visit the sea lion colony and see the famous El Arco in Chileno Bay. It has everything you need for a great Cabo water experience.

Featured at Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa.

8. Culebra Getaway - Puerto Rico

Culebra is a tiny island just east of Puerto Rico with a big reputation for beautiful beaches. You'll board a boat in San Juan and relax as you're ferried to the white sands of world-renowned Flamenco Beach. The boat will stop just off the coast of Culebra, where you'll have the opportunity to snorkel in a marine nature preserve and see an awesome array of aquatic life. If you don't often find yourself near truly gorgeous beaches, make sure you visit this world famous slice of paradise.

Featured at El Conquistador, A Waldorf Astoria Resort.

9. Saona Island - Punta Cana

Want an exclusive island experience? Plan a day trip to Saona Island. This little island's white-sand beaches and turquoise water will make you want to stay there all day, and thanks to the facilities there, you can. There's a restaurant where you can grab some lunch, and be sure to grab an extra drink or two to take back to your hammock. This is a relaxing day in a most perfect of Caribbean destinations.

Featured at Dreams Punta Cana Resort and Spa.

10. Dunn's River Falls - Jamaica

Visit Dunn's River Falls one of Jamaica's most iconic national treasures, and experience one of the island's unique and beautiful attractions. You can splash and play as you navigate your way up the series of gentle and pretty waterfalls.

Featured at Riu Montego Bay.


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