Caribbean Sea – Discover Keys, Coves and Cultures (Itinerary 1)
11 days with Hurtigruten Rating:
Day 1 Panama City
Panama City offers much more than just the entrance to its famous canal. Visit the ruins of Old Panama City, which was devastated by pirate Henry Morgan. Hike to Ancón Hill and enjoy views of the skyscraper-lined cityscape and of the Casco Antiguo district, which boasts a real mix of architectural styles. Spend the night in your centrally located hotel.
Day 2 Colón
After breakfast at your hotel, you’ll go on a guided city tour. Colón’s Canal Expansion Observation Center has viewing platforms over the locks and Gatún Lake. After that visit, we will visit the Gaboa Rainforest resort for a fun adventure. At the end of the tour, we embark on MS Fram.
Day 3 Corn Islands, Nicaragua
Most of the Creole population on Great Corn live in colorful wooden houses, many making a living in lobster fishing. Hike up Mount Pleasant Hill for views of the coves and stunning horseshoe bays. Pristine coral reefs surround both islands, tantalizing snorkelers with the likes of barracudas, nurse sharks, hammerheads, green sea turtles, and spotted eagle rays.
Day 4 Isla de Providencia
This tiny Colombian island in the Spanish Caribbean is a rare and unspoiled find off the beaten path. Tour the deserted golden beaches by buggy cart or go in search of pirate Henry Morgan’s hidden treasure. The diverse coral reefs are a primary attraction of the UNESCO’s Seaflower Biosphere Reserve, and kaleidoscopic marine life inspires the above local marine environment´s nickname of the ‘Sea of Seven Colors.’
Day 5 At Sea
Days at sea are yours to enjoy. The Expedition Team will continue the series of lectures about history and biology. Spend time out on deck enjoying the Caribbean breeze and spotting marine wildlife and seabirds. We may also make the most of the warm weather for outdoor yoga and meditation sessions.
Day 6 Isla de Utila, Honduras
At just 8 miles long and 3 miles wide, Utila is the smallest of the Bay Islands. The town of Utila is the island´s only settlement, set on a curving bay with two short beaches. The island forms part of the second-largest barrier reef system in the world and is home to gentle whale sharks, which can range up to twenty feet long.
Day 7 Belize City, Belize
The cityscape here features handsome colonial houses, seaside parks, and busy shopping areas. Cross the Belize City Swing Bridge, browse art shops, or visit the museum to learn more about the country’s Mayan legacy. Join an excursion to the Lamanai temple in the surrounding jungle and keep an eye out for crocodiles, fruit bats, spider monkeys, and herons.
Day 8 Lighthouse Reef, Belize
We land at the uninhabited Half Moon Caye island in the Lighthouse Reef, the most remote of the atolls. The island is Belize’s oldest bird sanctuary and the only nesting site in the region for red-footed boobies. It is also the country’s first marine protected area, home to endangered loggerhead, hawksbill, and green turtles.
Day 9-10 At Sea
Join the Expedition Team for interesting lectures, learn the basics of expedition photography, and spend time out on deck enjoying the fresh sea air as you watch for wildlife. In the Science Center, use microscopes to observe the tiniest creatures in samples taken during the voyage. Continue your yoga routine and unwind with guided meditation.
Day 11 Miami, Florida, USA
Your expedition ends in Miami’s cocktail of cultures that blends vibes from Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, and Europe. Miami also features one of the greatest collections of Art Deco buildings in the world. Extend your trip and visit nearby Everglades National Park where you can spot Florida alligators, egrets, and herons.
All This Included
Starting from Panama, we call on some of the Caribbean’s most remote and scenic islands in Nicaragua, Honduras, and Belize. Enjoy strolling the pristine beaches, swimming in the warm and impossibly blue waters, and getting to know the friendly local communities. We’ll also spot a range of exotic wildlife before ending the voyage in Miami.
Cruising: Cabin onboard MS Fram
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