Caribbean Sea – Discover Cayes, Coves and Reefs (Miami to Puerto Limón)
9 days with Hurtigruten Rating:
DAY 1 Latin Beats
Location : Miami, USA
Magical Miami is an intoxicating blend of cultures and influences, reflected everywhere from South Beach to Little Havana. Enjoy an overnight in this vibrant city to sample the atmosphere and great food on offer.
DAY 2 City Tour
Location : Miami
After breakfast, we take you on a city tour to visit the most famous sights of this fascinating metropolis. The tour ends at the pier where MS Fram awaits.
DAY 3 Lectures and Balmy Tropical Temperatures
Location : At sea
The deliciously warm air invites you to stay on deck. Enjoy the sun or scan for wildlife, especially birds. The Expedition Team will start a series of introductory lectures about wildlife, biology, life in the ocean and the ecosystems of coral reefs, also known as the rainforests of the sea.
DAY 4 Fascinating Nature, Beaches and Turquoise Water
Location : Cozumel
Visit San Miguel de Cozumel, and spend time ashore in this lively island town, enjoying the restaurants, cafes and nearby beaches, such as Palancar or Paradise Beach. Or take in the island's natural beauty, featuring mangrove trees and cenotes, and perhaps swim with stingrays at Stingray Beach (the captive rays have barbs removed of course).
DAY 8 Cruising the Caribbean Sea
Location : At sea
The Caribbean Sea is more than paradise islands and coral reefs, it also the site of fascinating history. After Christopher Columbus stumbled across the Caribbean in 1493, Spain claimed the area, and its ships scoured the area for treasure. When the Spanish discovered the Pacific Ocean in 1513, the Caribbean became a hub for expeditions and convoys.
Pirates and warships of rival powers preyed on Spanish ships in the area. Although Spain controlled most of the Caribbean, Britain, France, the Netherlands and Denmark established colonies on the islands along the eastern fringe. The 1800s brought U.S. ships into these waters, leading to the construction of the Panama Canal in 1914. A historic feat of engineering that saved thousands of miles of transit around Cape Horn for ships trying to reach the Pacific.
DAY 6 A Slice of Untouched Paradise
Location : Isla de Providencia
Providencia is an unspoiled and traditional tropical island. Since there is no direct connection to the Colombian mainland, it’s almost unreachable for most tourists. Its traditions and customs remain intact and you will still hear English Creole spoken. Enjoy breathtaking scenery, lovely sand beaches, friendly locals and amazingly clear water that is superb for swimming, snorkelling and diving.
You'll find small cottages, hotels and cabañas strung along the road, and a delightful handful of restaurants. Visit a local school and tour the island, and enjoy the view of the many hidden bays. Bird lovers will have the opportunity to explore inland, hikers can venture to the highest point, kayakers can explore the coastline and divers and snorkelers can enjoy the superb undersea life.
DAY 7 Seahorse Island
Location : San Andrés Island
If you are searching for an ideal combination of relaxing on white sand beaches, snorkeling among tropical fish and lovely historic architecture and culture, San Andrés is the perfect destination. This small island, shaped like a sea horse, is located some 500 miles northwest of Colombia. While small in size, it offers tremendous, pristine beauty.
The island is officially part of Colombia, but it has a long connection with England and a multicultural and bilingual culture, with the most common spoken languages being Spanish, English and Creole. Equally diverse is the ecosystem, featuring reefs, geysers, groves, and cays. Needless to say, it’s perfect for diving, snorkeling, and outdoor exploring.
DAY 8 Lobster and Jungle
Location : Corn Islands, Nicaragua
Located off the coast of Nicaragua, these beautiful islands have more in common with most Caribbean islands than mainland Nicaragua. The Creole people on Great Corn Island live in colorful wooden houses, earning most of their income from lobster fishing. You can experience their bounty first hand with a beach barbecue. Little Corn is a tiny island with no cars and a jungle interior to explore on foot. Venture below the water to be rewarded discover a rich world of undersea life.
DAY 9 The “Pura Vida” Lifestyle
Location : Puerto Limón, Costa Rica
Puerto Limón in Costa Rica is a compelling destination for adventurous explorers. The city has some fascinating architecture and colorful open-air marketplaces, with the main market in the center of town the place to go to buy everything from carved wood items to traditional souvenirs.
Cashew nuts are big here, so be sure to try the cashew wine. While the city is rather laid-back during the day, at night Puerto Limón has an active social scene, with a number of bars and restaurants. This is where your expedition comes to an end.
Stay on to enjoy Costa Rica or fly home.
All This Included
For an adventure far beyond an ordinary cruise, join our expedition to verdant jungles, Mayan ruins, perfect beaches and crystal-clear waters. We call on five different countries to discover tropical paradise islands, experience the pulsing energy of Miami and take in the rainforest of Costa Rica.
Cruising: Category I cabin onboard ms Fram
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