Picture Yourself on These Sun-Soaked Coastlines
Right about now, in the midst of winter after several months spent daydreaming of far-away journeys and adventures, it’s natural for our sense of wanderlust to crave some sunshine and sea breezes. With this in mind, we’re mentally fast-forwarding to next January, when Crystal Serenity is set to embark on a journey from Miami to Los Angeles that travels the western Caribbean, through the famed Panama Canal and along the sparkling shores of the Mexican Riviera and beyond. This first leg of the 2022 World Cruise is an extraordinary vacation unto itself, catering to your restless inner soul that longs for experiences that stretch from mountaintops to deep sea ventures.
Jamaica, Colombia, Nicaragua, Guatemala and the Mexican Riviera are each rich in opportunities to explore ancient influences on local culture and spectacular natural landscapes. Collectively, they comprise one of the world’s most renowned regions for unique, warm-weather pursuits that easily melt away the chill of the season. Here are our “top 10” favorite adventures not to miss in the Caribbean, Central and South America and along the Mexican Riviera. Explore here, then plan to explore for yourself aboard Crystal Serenity, and create your own “must do” list.
- River rafting in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. To be fair, this “one” adventure represents several possible river rafting opportunities from Ocho Rios, as you have the option to sail a bamboo raft through the meandering groves along the Martha Brae River, through the jungle setting of the Rio Bueno, or to the waterfalls of the pristine White River.
- Mangrove canoeing, community drumming and strolling the Old City in Cartagena, Colombia. Anglers, nature lovers and guests interested in Cartagena’s colonial past will find this excursion to be a delight, as it combines the experience of fishing in mangroves that teem with area wildlife, a lively traditional drumming performance, and a guided walk through the historic Old City.
- Cartagena’s mud volcano. El Totumo, the “volcano” of mud presents one of the most relaxing ways to connect with nature’s oddities, soaking in the mineral-rich mud and enjoying a traditional massage in the countryside of Colombia.
- Volunteering at the Granitos de Paz Foundation in Cartagena. As part of Crystal’s You Care, We Care voluntourism collection, this experience offers a deeper connection to this local community. You’ll enjoy a variety of activities, from playing games with elderly residents to practicing English with the children, and learning about the foundation’s urban farming and more.
- Volcano boarding in Corinto, Nicaragua. Pack your sense of adventure for this one. You’ll start with an energizing hike up to the “slide zone” of the active Cerro Negro volcano, or Black Mountain. Catch your breath at the top – thanks to both the climb and the spectacular views. Then step on a snowboard-type board for an exciting slide down the pebbly mountainside of one of Nicaragua’s most active volcanoes.
- Deep-sea fishing in Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala. The clear waters off Guatemala’s coast are renowned among fishermen worldwide. This adventure is for experts and aspiring anglers alike, as your guide helps you test your skills at catch-and-release as you troll for marlin, dorado and sailfish aboard a 30-foot craft.
- Trek the active Pacaya Volcano in Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala. One of the few volcanoes that easy traversable by foot, Pacaya affords sweeping views of the surrounding primeval forests, as well as sister volcanoes Agua, Fuego and Acartenango. It’s an invigorating experience that will have your heart pounding and leave you in awe.
- Catamaran sail, snorkel and swim in Zihuatanejo, Mexico. Playa Manzanillo is an idyllic spot for catching rays and snorkeling along coral reefs, and a 75-foot catamaran is a thrilling way to reach this white-sand beach haven. When you close your eyes and picture yourself in a coastal paradise, this is likely where you’ll be.
- Explore Xihuacan ruins from Zihuatanejo. Get a peek into pre-Colombian history at the impressive Xihuacan archaeological site, home to restored structures like the 45-foot-high, flat-top pyramid with a base about the size of a city block and the 180-foot-long ball court, thought to be one of the largest pre-Colombian courts in Mexico. Also visit the rural village of Soledad de Maciel and the beach of Barra de Potosi, where past and present collide.
- Exploring the Mexican Outback from Cabo San Lucas. For an experience that offers a taste of everything, this is the way to go. You’ll enjoy a nature walk through Baja, sample handmade tortillas and local tequila, explore the historic lands spread across riverbeds and cactus fields on an off-road safari and fill your camera roll with vistas of Los Cabos bay and mountain range.
Crystal invites guests to plan future journeys with added flexibility and peace of mind. Find out more and start dreaming up your next vacation.