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Must-Do Adventure Vacations for the Thrill-Seeker in Us All

No matter if you're a self-proclaimed adrenaline junkie or just a tourist who likes to experience it all while on vacation, there are plenty of action-packed adventures that can take place in the Caribbean & Mexico. Here are a few of our favorite vacations to try if you're on the hunt for a thrill:

Jamaica is known for it's rich culture, beautiful beaches and plenty of one-of-a-kind excursions you can't find on any other Caribbean island. Pick a top-of-the-line resort and you can spend your days exploring this invigorating island and your nights with five-star service, food and fun. We recommend Grand Bahia Principe for the best of both worlds.

Jamaica Adventure Vacations from Cheapcaribbean.com

Bounce between beachfront relaxation and running off to your next island exclusive excursion at Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica

You can leave your worries behind and step onto the beautiful shores of Runaway Bay, where the all-suite Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica offers all-inclusive access to a lake-style, beachfront pool with 2 swim-up bars for their popular dirty banana cocktails. The kids can hang at Principito for face painting and video games while you take advantage of the many onsite adventures, like kayaking, windsurfing or a ride on the catamaran.

If you're looking for an adventure that's fame-worthy, make sure to plan your trip to Port Antonio to explore The Blue Lagoon (yes, like the movie). While we can't guarantee you'll meet Brooke Shields, who made this location famous in the film, we can offer an enchanting, natural swimming hole with deep blue water, mixed with a fresh water spring, unlike any other swimming hole in the Caribbean. And don't forget that the legend tells the lagoon as bottomless with a resident dragon who lurks in these waters.

Another adrenaline junkie's vacation dream is Costa Rica. Costa Rica is the epitome of adventure and exploration. Toggling between iconic beach views and an Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica should be on every adventurer's bucket list. We've gone as far to plan out this Costa Rican adventure for you with our Liberia Guanacaste Costa Rica Adventure. This tour is a preplanned resort package that takes you through the city of Liberia, the Arenal Volcano, the Monteverde Cloud Forest and Tamarindo Beach.

Costa Rica Adventure Vacations from Cheapcaribbean.com

See all the natural wonders of Costa Rica is seven short days - an adventurer's dream!

Each day on this adventure you'll experience something different including a city tour of Liberia, Arenal Volcano exploration, a trip to Cano Negro Wildfire Refuge, time to wander the Monteverde Cloud Forest and sun bathing on the beach in Guanacaste. Don't worry, top notch accommodations are provided the entire time so you'll be able to unwind after your days spent exploring this miraculous destination.

If you're looking for adventure in Mexico, we'd suggest Riviera Maya. Known for its stunning beaches and private seclusion in the lush greens of the region, Riviera Maya is a vacation spot with a little bit of everything to offer. Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa is a top pick of ours when planning your Riviera Maya exploration.

Adventure Vacations in Riviera Maya from Cheapcaribbean.com

Enjoy the hotel's seclusion as you plan your next Mexican excursion at Dreams Tulum Resort

We're big fans of Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa because you're minutes from the Mayan ruins and sites of Tulum, while still experiencing Unlimited-Luxury® that comes standard at this hotel. When you're not busy exploring the ancient, stone temples and pyramids of this historic Mexican city, you can enjoy this family-friendly resort set on two miles of white beach lined with palms and mangrove trees. There's also a great Explorer's Club, perfect for kids ages 3-12, which will let Mom and Dad sneak off to the pool fully equipped with swim and walk-up bars. You'll want to plan a stay here to see why this historic city in Mexico was voted #18 as the "Best Destination in the Caribbean and Mexico for TripAdvisor's "Traveler's Choice Awards."

The Caribbean & Mexico are home to some of the most astounding wonders of the world. For more recommendations on thrill-seeking vacations, check out some more of our favs here. Be sure to share your favorite adventures with us too! Happy exploring!

No passport, No problem!

Your guide to traveling to the Caribbean sans passport!

You’re dying to head to the Caribbean, but your passport has hidden itself in the bottom of a drawer somewhere, or maybe you never even had one. Quick! What do you do? Head to Puerto Rico or the US Virgin Islands, of course! With no passport, it’s no problem... These two stunning destinations are perfect no passport beach getaways.

With temperatures in that “it feels sooo good outside range,” St. Thomas, USVI, and San Juan, Puerto Rico is simply perfect-o. The tropical mountains on one side, and ocean breeze on the other, create a ridiculous panoramic that pictures don’t do justice.

Marriott Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Beach Resort

If you’re not interested in the multitude of water activities like snorkeling, windsurfing, zip lining, kite boarding, scuba diving, sailing, fishing, parasailing, and kayaking… there’s also some duty free shopping and superb historical heritage to check out and write home about.

The best part of St. Thomas is the Marriott Frenchman’s Reef Resort. It sits on the side of a cliff, which might be the coolest thing we’ve seen in quite some time. We've also got a whole lotta love for the Conrad San Juan, Puerto Rico in no passport paradise. Give us a break, palm tree swaying in the wind… you can’t be this perfect all the time! Or, can you?!

Conrad San Juan, Puerto Rico

Two words. Infinity. Pool. They’re so cool when you look at the edge and it looks like they’re dropping off into the ocean. Especially when the sun is stuck at high noon and you can’t tell which blue is pool and which blue is ocean.

Marriott Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Beach Resort

See, you really don’t have to wait for a new passport to book your summer vacation to the Caribbean. The options for no passport travel have just arrived!

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The Eighth Underwater Wonder of the Diving World…

Snorkeling in Little Cayman at Bloody Bay Wall

We have our favorite places to snorkel in the Caribbean, but we wanted to ask our facebook fans where the best spot is. The answers came pouring in… Aruba, Dominican Republic, Cozumel, St John… over 500 of them! Once we tallied them up, to no surprise, the Cayman Islands reigned supreme! (and we definitely agree)

Just to fill you in on a little bit about this ridiculously beautiful place, The Cayman Islands are made up of Grand Cayman, where the famous Seven Mile Beach lies, and its two sister islands, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. The deepest part of the Caribbean is between the Cayman Islands and Jamaica, which makes snorkeling at the Bloody Bay Wall at Jackson’s Point all that more exciting.

Cayman Islands Map

Cayman Islands Map courtesy of Lonely Planet

Since Little Cayman is about 80 miles northeast of Grand Cayman, the 30 minute flight from Grand Cayman to Little Cayman is the best way to go. They do this several times a day, so getting there early to take advantage of every single glorious minute is not a hassle. It’s an excursion that offers up one of the world’s top 3 dive sites for your snorkeling pleasure. Even the sand is different from Grand Cayman, a little bit rockier making it perfect for coral and sea life. The waters are calm and clear for the best viewing (yes, viewing, not touching, fishes are slimy!) experience! There are enough sites near the Bloody Bay Wall to keep your attention for at least an entire day!

This place is the real deal. From 18 ft. to 6,000 ft. in two steps, flat… it’s serious business. If you’re not careful, your heart will drop off once you swim over the shelf of the wall. Mask, flippers, whatever you need to make yourself right at home, be sure to bring it with you. This place is a protected marine reserve for a reason – and that reason is purely for your viewing pleasure.

Did you know these little exotic colored sponges literally live for thousands of years? They certainly do. How they maintain such brilliant color, we’re not exactly sure, but we thank them for giving us something spectacular to look at!

This gem in the middle of the Caribbean has so many different types of critters, it’s unreal. You’ve got conch, stingrays, every kind of flourescent fish you could imagine, and it’s over a mile long, to boot. With all these sea creatures swimming around, it’s a good thing you’re pretty high up on the food chain!

Time really does fly by when you’re having fun. This is one of those adventures that lives in the category of amazingness. As we’ve dubbed the Bloody Bay Wall at Jackson’s Point as the Eighth Underwater Wonder of the Diving World, we can’t imagine life without checking this spot off of the bucket list.

Westin Casuarina

We recommend staying on Grand Cayman for its soft, powdery beaches, and doing some Island hopping to Little Cayman for an unforgettable snorkeling experience in the Caribbean.