White sand beaches fringed by gently swaying palms, clear blue water and brightly colored coral reefs and you sitting on a beach, taking in the scenery and maybe even sipping a tropical drink with a little tiny umbrella. With rum and rhumba, brightly colored buildings and rich and varied cultures, the Caribbean is a paradise many would love to get lost in. It’s the kind of place you visit and never want to go home. Once the hangout of swashbuckling pirates and buried treasures, the Caribbean today is a vast network of beautiful and unique islands. Whether you want to explore Cuba’s coastline, take a sailing adventure and island hop around the Caribbean or volunteer with children in the Dominican Republic, signing up for a small group adventure tour could be the perfect way to explore these stunning tropical islands.
Now, you may be thinking, “A Travel tour? Isn’t that what old people do?” and that maybe you’d rather skip out on an air-conditioned bus and opt for some quality beach time. But the truth is, these small group adventure tours are a far cry from riding around in a bus next blue-haired Edna and her husband Bob. The truth is travel tours have come a long way since the days of giant air-conditioned buses and old ladies. Today there are tours designed specifically for the independent, adventure traveler. That’s right—active, interesting and adventurous tours that allow travelers to explore and experience a foreign place. First off, they keep the groups small, usually capping out at 16 people, so you won’t be traveling around with some awkwardly huge group of gawking tourists. Second, these tours don’t just scratch the surface of the places you visit. In fact, by using a combination of local and experienced guides, you’ll often see and experience MORE than you would on your own. Also, because these tours have already been developed to showcase the best of the best, you’ll save yourself from countless hours of potentially pointless research trying to find out where to go and what to eat. Oh, and don’t worry, you definitely won’t be experiencing the Caribbean from the window of a bus the whole time. In fact, these tours have you reenacting the days of swashbuckling pirates and sailing from island to island—experiencing the Caribbean from, well, the Caribbean. These tours also allow you to explore Cuba (we won’t tell on you), volunteering with children in the Dominican Republic and spending plenty of time working on that awesome tan. With fantastic snorkeling, beautiful beaches, rum lubricated dance parties and plenty of time for adventuring and rest and relaxation, you won’t be sorry you signed up for a small group adventure tour. Pack your swimsuit and get ready to have the time of your life!
This tour starts and ends in musically rich and colorful Havana, where you’ll be able to get a taste of local Cuban culture before starting out on a relaxing week-long tour offering white sand beaches and spectacular scenery through the “Garden Province” of Cuba. You’ll see mountain towns and visit isolated beaches, making this the perfect way to explore this little explored island.
The Sea Cloud II sails the natural features of the Caribbean and visits colonial towns, historic forts and botanical gardens. Learn about reef ecology while snorkeling among colorful corals and tropical fish, and discover the surprising mosaic of cultures created by the French, Dutch, English and Spanish who traded these islands as pawns and left their persisting imprints in a diversity of historic culture and architecture. During your time aboard, your guides will help to illuminate and navigate these cultures, both historic and contemporary.
Discover the old and new faces of Cuba on an adventure through the country’s vibrant towns, vast plantations, crumbling fortresses and idyllic beaches. From the elegant streets of Havana to the colorful clubs of Trinidad, sip rum with the locals, practice your best salsa moves and discover the welcoming spirit of this island nation. With opportunities to dive at a pristine black coral reef, discover the legend of Che Guevara and explore the caves surrounding Vinales, this adventure is sure to leave you captivated by Cuba’s beauty, rhythm and spirit.
Help foster community development in the Dominican Republic at this volunteer project which offers rewarding work with children in Santo Domingo. This community service project is centered on helping children overcome difficulties in their lives. Whether that is loss of parents or substance abuse, these kids all need a mentor or two. You might help them get ready for school in the mornings, lead recreational and music activities, as well as English classes. As you will be involved in some English classes we include the i-to-i TEFL course and supplemental teaching aids to give you ideas for activities.