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Five Places to Scuba Dive in the Caribbean

By Slickrock Adventures on January 6, 2012

While many people go to the Caribbean for nothing more than sitting in the sun with a cocktail in hand, there’s more that the Caribbean has to offer. For one, not just a couple seasons of warmth, but pleasant weather year-round. With such clear waters to go with that, the Caribbean is one of the top diving destinations in the world. Here, courtesy of Cheap Air’s blog, is a list of a few of the best destinations to scuba dive in the Caribbean:

Aruba: If you’re less into marine life and more into wrecking diving, then put Aruba at the top of the list. Many cite Aruba as one of the top wreck diving destinations in the world, with opportunities for both experienced and novice divers. One of the most notable wrecks is the Antilla, a 400-foot German freighter. Since the location of the ship has such little current, it’s accessible by divers of varying skill levels.

Belize: For a full diving experience, head to the waters just off the shores of Belize. Belize isn’t in fact an island, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t offer some of the best diving waters in the world. The Belize Barrier Reef helps make up the second largest barrier reef in the world, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System. However, no diving trip to Belize is complete without a visit to Glover’s Reef.

Turks and Caicos: The Turks and Caicos are often overlooked as a diving destination, making the diving spots often a lot less explored than many other destinations. It offers a good mix of marine life and wrecks. Not far off from Turks and Caicos are drop-off spots, where the elevation can drop off thousands of feet below sea level. This is recommended for the more experienced divers.

Cayman Islands: The Cayman Islands make their way onto this list because it offers great opportunities for divers of all levels. There are tons of diving operators, many of which make it easy and cheap to get your diving certification. I recommend the Cayman Islands for the person just getting started who is more interested in the experience and a first-hand look at Caribbean marine life.

Grenada: Grenada is another destination that often gets overlooked by travelers. However, for the diving enthusiast, this is another destination that should be at the top of your lists for its wreck diving. Some of the more notable wreck sites in Grenada include the Titanic of the Caribbean, a 600-foot cruise ship, and the Isle of Wrecks. Many of these wrecks are recommended for more experienced divers since currents can be strong.