Daredevil Destinations: 4 Vacations Where You Can Conquer Your Fears
Everyone deserves some easy R&R while on vacation, but if you’re looking for an adrenaline rush that will bring your outside your comfort zone, it may be time to look beyond your poolside chaise lounge. Adventure travel is one of the best ways to discover a destination and find out what you’re capable of. If fear is holding you back from planning that daring travel itinerary you’ve always dreamed of, consider one of these Caribbean destinations that offer thrilling excursions to help you conquer that fear once and for all, for a vacation to remember.
Destination: Bimini, The Bahamas
Activity: Triangle Rocks Shark Encounter
If Hollywood’s depiction of sharks has you timid of venturing beyond toe-deep waters, get ready to dive in head-first to challenge your fears during a trip to Resorts World Bimini, a 750 acre tropical paradise located on the charming Bahamian island of North Bimini, only 50 nautical miles from Miami. Roughly 45 species of sharks can be found in The Bahamas, and thanks to the diving experts at Bimini Undersea, guests at Resorts World Bimini can journey by boat just a few miles south of Bimini to Triangle Rocks, home to a local community of Caribbean reef sharks and nurse sharks. These varieties are known for being unaggressive, even shy -- and with the guidance of Bimini Undersea shark gurus, you’ll embark on a completely safe, once in a lifetime opportunity to snorkel alongside these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat -- completely free of cages.
Fear: Enclosed Spaces
Activity: Harrison’s Cave Exploration
If the thought of enclosed spaces and tight squeezes give you the heebie-jeebies, then a trip to the Cave Bar at Crystal Cove resort in Barbados is the first step on your road to recovery. Overcome claustrophobia in the open-aired cave bar, which was voted one of the Caribbean’s sexiest. The bar is perfectly tucked behind a man-made waterfall overlooking the resort's collection of tropical pools. Relax on your in-water bar stool and take in the unobstructed ocean views while sipping on a classic Bajan rum punch. Once you’ve mustered up the courage to take on the real thing, just 10 minutes away, in the heart of the island, lies the crystallized limestone stalagmites and rushing freshwater streams of Harrison’s Cave - an island favorite!
Destination: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Activity: Acampa’s Toro Negro Rainforest Adventure
If you’re flying into Puerto Rico and are nervous to look out the window at how high up you are, we dare you to take in the aerial beauty of the rainforest in order to inspire your inner Tarzan and fuel conquering a whole new set of heights. More than 3000 feet above sea level, Acampa offers an exhilarating daytrip of hiking, rappelling, and ziplining through the Toro Negro Rainforest, a scenic drive away from the beautiful beachfront San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino. You’ll encounter views, exciting challenges, and rainforest wildlife such as tiny Coquí frogs that are sure to make your trip memorable. Get your feet wet starting with rappelling up a small waterfall and work your way up to a 100-foot rappel down a larger waterfall. Don’t worry, you’ll be harnessed the entire time and will have expert guides to lend a hand along the way. You’ll be rewarded at the end of the adventure with a well-deserved home-cooked meal by a local family.
Fear: Open Water
Activity: Red Sail Sports Excursion
If the thought of not being able to touch or see the bottom of the ocean typically keeps you ashore, the incredible marine life and wrecks waiting underwater in Aruba will have you fearlessly plunging into the open water. Through Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino's partnership with sporting company, Red Sail Sports, guests can take a snorkeling, scuba, or snuba excursion through the colorful waters of the Caribbean to see sites worthy of discovery at every turn. Aruba is home to one of the largest shipwrecks in the Caribbean, a 400-foot-long German freighter - Antilla - at 60 feet below surface level, which is surrounded by tons of exotic marine life including barracudas, yellowtail snapper, butterflyfish, southern stingrays, green moray eels, and corals. Another site included on the Red Sail Sports tour is Arashi Reef, where parts of a sunken Lockheed Lodestar airplane wreck are scattered at 35 feet below surface level and parrotfish, angelfish, and corals are in abundance. For those still hesitant, the boat’s open bar features the island’s signature drink, Aruba Arriba, for liquid courage.
No matter what’s preventing you from taking your next adventure, consider expanding your horizons and boosting your confidence with one of these daredevil destinations this year. From shark encounters to cave exploration, waterfall rappelling and scuba diving, the Caribbean offers an unforgettable outing for every adventure-seeker.