Caribbean Sea – Discover Keys, Coves and Cultures (Itinerary 2)
16 days with Hurtigruten Rating:
Day 1 Miami, Florida, USA
Your expedition starts in Miami’s cocktail of cultures that blends vibes from Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and Europe. The architecture features one of the greatest collections of Art Deco buildings in the world. Start your trip early with an optional Pre-Program to explore more of what Miami offers.
Day 2 Key West, USA
The southernmost island in the Florida Keys and only 87 miles from Cuba, laid-back Key West is perfect for a day of exploration. Take a stroll amid courtyards, gardens, and 19th century architecture in Old Town. Don’t forget to visit the Ernest Hemmingway House Museum.
Day 3-4 At sea
The Expedition Team will prepare you for the next few days of the expedition, which will be full of tropical island experiences. Spend time on deck and look for seabirds or other marine wildlife, or make the most of the pleasant weather with an invigorating yoga class.
Day 5 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 look for crocodiles, fruit bats, spider monkeys, and herons.
Day 6 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 7 Isla de Útila, 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 up to 20 feet long.
Day 8 Cayos Cochinos, Honduras
This archipelago is strictly protected and no commercial fishing is allowed. There aren’t even any roads, cars, or motorbikes. This high level of preservation has left the waters here with the healthiest and most pristine marine life in the Bay Islands. It is quite possibly the most beautiful place in all of Honduras.
Day 9 Trujillo
Easily explored on foot, Trujillo enjoys white-sand beaches and views of soaring mountains. Visit the three Garífuna fishing villages, meet the welcoming indigenous people, and try gifitti, a traditional drink. The old Fortress of Santa Barbara overlooks the bay and a museum recounts the area’s eventful history from Christopher Columbus to pirates and banana companies.
Day 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 scout for wildlife. Continue your yoga routine and unwind with a guided meditation.
Day 11 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 12 Corn Islands, Nicaragua
Most of the local Creole population on Great Corn live in colorful wooden houses, engaging in lobster fishing. Hike up Mount Pleasant Hill for views of the coves and stunning horseshoe bays. Pristine coral reefs surround local islands, tantalizing snorkelers with the likes of barracudas, nurse sharks, hammerheads, green sea turtles, and spotted eagle rays.
Day 13 Bocas del Toro, Panama
Bocas del Toro is a stunning archipelago brimming with deserted sandy beaches, teeming coral reefs, and lush rainforest. It is home to Panama's first National Marine Park and one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth. This `Galápagos of the Caribbean´ supports wildlife such as manatees, dolphins, turtles, sloths, monkeys, and iguanas.
Day 14 At Sea
Use the Science Center’s state-of-the-art microscopes to observe the tiniest creatures in samples taken during the voyage. The Expedition Team never run out of interesting subjects to share with you that are relevant to this journey. Make sure you don’t miss today’s yoga session: Healthy body, Healthy mind. If the weather permits, we will hold our guided meditation class outside under the stars.
Day 15 San Blas Island, Panama
More than 365 keyes, islands, and reefs make up the San Blas Islands Only 49 of the islands are inhabited, exclusively by the Guna Yala indigenous people, who protect their islands by only accepting ecologically friendly tourism and shunning mass market cruise ships. Try fresh red snapper with coconut rice and a Coco-Loco drink before relaxing in a beach-side hammock.
Day 16 Colón
This wonderful voyage ends at the Caribbean entrance to the Panama Canal. Colón’s Canal Expansion Observation Center has viewing platforms over the locks and Gatún Lake. After saying farewell to MS Fram, add on a few extra nights with a Post-Program to explore even more.
All This Included
Join us for an adventure from Miami to Key West and on to the tropical paradises of the Caribbean and Central America. Many of the remote islands we visit are Marine Protected Areas, promising sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, and diverse wildlife. Along the way, we will also explore the Caribbean’s fascinating Mayan and colonial history.
Cruising: Cabin onboard MS Fram
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