The best places for water sports in the Caribbean

The Caribbean is a privileged region where lovers of water sports find the best options to have fun with countless activities ranging from diving or snorkeling in reefs rich in biodiversity and jogging on the beach, to deep-sea fishing and sailing. by catamaran through crystal clear waters.

Of the countless aquatic experiences that can be enjoyed in the Caribbean, we have chosen four highly recommended destinations to ensure an unforgettable trip.


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For those who like to dive and discover the secrets of marine life, this island has countless tours to enjoy the magnificent reefs in the area aboard comfortable boats with divemasters certified by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI).

The most recommended reefs are Mangel Halto, Boca Catalina and Arrecife Santana, mainly. These sites have an impressive ecosystem full of species such as anemones and sponges that coexist with an immense number of animal species, such as sharks, barracudas, green eels and octopuses, to name a few.

Boca Catalina is a paradise for snorkel lovers due to its calm and shallow waters that allow visitors to enjoy the biodiversity that inhabits the coral zone. At Arrecife Santana diving is not recommended for beginners due to the strong currents in the area. Here, experts enjoy observing many species from the open sea and it is recommended to reach Baby Beach, where this experience can be memorable, especially if divers are lucky enough to find the remains of a sunken ship.

Puerto Rico

Kayaking is one of the most popular activities in Puerto Rico, an island where there are perfect places to enjoy with the family. Balneario de Vega Baja is one of the best examples because it is a place with calm waters where people can enjoy a sunny day and adventures aboard kayaks. Another is Toa Baja, which consists of an extensive coastline with artificial breakwaters that allow visitors to escape the strong waves and swim or kayak as safely as possible.

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Couple carrying a kayak
Puerto Rico offers places with calm waters to practice kayaking. (Photo via Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau.)

Another highly recommended place is Isla Verde Carolina beach, one of the favorite areas for tourists. It is also perfect for kayaking or jet skiing due to its calm waters, which allows the family to live together in a safe and fun space. On its white sand beach, families enjoy days of sun and fun such as kitesurfing, paddle surfing, volleyball and soccer, among other activities.

But not only the beaches are good for kayaking in Puerto Rico. Visitors can also practice it in the Bosque Aguirre Guayama, a lush area protected by the government, with a dock for kayaks. The tour passes through wonderful mangroves. There is also a camping area with facilities such as showers, restrooms, and rustic palapas for eating.

Dominican Republic

Punta Cana is one of the best places in the world to practice sport fishing in areas of great fauna such as Cabeza de Toro and Cap Cana. Lovers of this activity find endless species of large fish on the high seas (fishing with trolling), such as Wahoo, Dorado, Mahi-Mahi, Tuna, Mackerel, Barracuda, Marlin and Sailfish, to name a few. Species that are not used for food should be released.

Several tour operators offer visitors the chance to enjoy fishing on special boats, with beverage service, designed for the safety of passengers of all ages. Also, for those who don’t have a lot of experience, some trainers help make fishing a success.


Sailing in the waters of Jamaica is an extraordinary experience for visitors to the impressive country. The most popular routes are through Dunn’s River Falls and into the Montego Bay area, where travelers can snorkel over the reefs, swim among an abundance of tropical fish, and have fun jumping on trampolines.

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Aqua Bay at the Tryall Club in Jamaica
Sailing in Jamaican waters is an extraordinary experience for adventurers. (Photo via Villas of Distinction).

Jamaican tour operators offer safe and comfortable boats with snorkel gear, restrooms, indoor and outdoor seating, and a crew of knowledgeable guides. In addition, these boats can also hold parties with family or friends to dance to the rhythm of good Caribbean music.

Another of the most popular routes is the one that takes place in Margaritaville that sails along the coast of Negril where tourists can also dive in the coral reefs and meet green turtles and rays. This service includes bar service on board and transfer of tourists to their hotels.

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