Day trips and excursions in the Caribbean

The islands in the Caribbean are virtual playgrounds, cloaked in white sand beaches, waterfalls and pastel-coloured cityscapes. But there are also flavours of the unknown that come in the form of towering mountains and caves dating back thousands of years, which need whole day trips to do them any justice. Here are our top picks for Caribbean day trips and excursions.

Lounge on the barren shores of Lime Cay, Jamaica

Lime Cay is an uninhabited island that lies about 15 minutes off the coast from Port Royal, accessible only by boat.

When the tide comes in, sometimes Lime Cay ceases to exist at all. But when the water is out, you’re left with one of the most gorgeous beaches in all of Jamaica, with clear water that’s primed for snorkelling. Just make sure you bring absolutely everything you might need for a day out here – towel, food and sun cream, to start – as there aren’t any facilities to pick up necessities.

Snorkel in the Natural Pool, Aruba

The Natural Pool is a site regularly frequented by holidaymakers, and it’s gained itself a bit of a reputation around Aruba.

Surrounded by craggy slopes of volcanic rock, the Natural Pool – or conchi, as it’s known locally – is a spot that’s so untouched, you’ll swear you discovered it. The water here is deep and clear, excellent for a high-flying plunge or snorkel over the mossy rocks.

Go beneath the earth in Harrison's Cave, Barbados

Don’t let the deep, dark depths of Harrison’s Cave creep you out. This living cave is one of Barbados’ true natural wonders and the most visited attractions on the island. Its jaw-dropping interior is spiked with stalactites and stalagmites that have been forming for thousands of years. You’ll be transported down into the caverns via a tram and then taken past streams and waterfalls that empty into crystal clear pools.

Dunn's River Falls, Jamaica

Found near Ocho Rios, Dunn’s River Falls is one of Jamaica’s most popular sites, and with good reason. It essentially consists of a giant waterfall – we’re talking 55 metres high and 180 metres long – stacked like giant stairs with little lagoons scattered below.

Many adventurers choose to brave the hour-long climb up the falls through the water with the help of a guide. There’s also a footpath running alongside it for those that don’t want to get wet.