Located in the very heart of Central America, Honduras is a short flight from major U.S. gateways — two hours from Miami, and less than three hours from Houston and Atlanta. But once you arrive, it’s a whole new world.
From full scuba certification courses to one-day experiences for those who've never breathed off a regulator, the Cayman Islands qualify as a scuba diving shrine. While Grand Cayman receives the most publicity and visitors, all three Cayman Islands - Little Cayman and Cayman Brac being the other two -- offer outstanding scuba diving.
National Geographic Adventure named the diving at Bonne Terre Mine in Missouri — explored and filmed by Jacques Cousteau — one of the top 10 adventures in America. Back in the day, the mine’s deepest reaches were not underwater. A massive pump system stemmed the flow of encroaching groundwater as the miners pushed deeper. But when the world’s largest lead mine was closed, the pumps were turned off and water trickled in to fill the void.
The moment guests enter the Maya Palms Beach Resort, they know they’ve arrived somewhere special. As they walk through the grand Mayan Warrior gates, they feel as if they left their lives behind. This tropical hideaway is located on the Mexican Caribbean known as the Costa Maya Riviera. In addition to the virgin exploratory diving on the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, guests can enjoy other activities such as shopping, horseback riding and Maya ruins tours. Divers and nondivers alike will love this beautiful eco resort, featuring boutique accommodations.
Nestled amidst a lush, tropical 600-acre estate with two soft-sand beaches bordering pristine coral reefs, Anse Chastanet is right in the heart of the island’s marine reserves, with St. Lucia’s legendary twin peaks — the Pitons — as its dramatic backdrop.
If you can’t distinguish a seahorse from a sea rod, consider St. Lucia. Local laws aimed at preserving the Soufriere Marine Management Area require a guide to join any diver, whether from shore or boat, which means you’ll never overlook another frogfish, shrimp or sea slug again — at least while on island. St. Lucia’s gradually sloping walls are known for a big diversity of small stuff, and healthy populations of species rarely found elsewhere in the Caribbean, including the broadbanded moray.
Wild yet sophisticated, Maui is an island of paradoxes. The rugged upcountry is home to paniolo — Hawaiian cowboys — and to five-star dining. During the day, go refined — golf, yoga, spas — or turn up the adrenaline with surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, kite surfing, paragliding, zip-lining or mountain biking.
Located just 15 minutes outside of the main town of Kralendijk, you will find Caribbean Club Bonaire. The resorts convenient yet “away from it all” location assures you will have a relaxing vacation and will still be close enough to town when desired. Caribbean Club offers its guests spacious and comfortable accommodations with sweeping ocean- and hillside-views. It is the closest resort to some of the very popular northern dive sites of Bonaire, caves and hiking trails, making it an ideal destination for divers, nature lovers and peace seekers.
Belmar Oceanfront Apartments is an intimate dive resort with spectacular views from every balcony and colorful gardens by the oceanfront pool. Stay in one of the 22 spacious apartments and enjoy all the conveniences you expect from a full-service dive resort but in a private atmosphere and at a more relaxed pace — one of the reasons so many guests return year after year. Divers can just stride off of the private dock and descend onto the beautiful house reef. Resort staff is on hand to provide personal service, allowing you to have a stress-free vacation.
Eden Beach Resort is located on the lovely island of Bonaire in the Dutch Caribbean. Eden Beach is one of the few properties on island with a real sandy beach with lots of shady places. Our 71-room resort, refurbished in 2012, offers hotel rooms in different categories — studios, king studios, two-bedroom apartments and the spectacular Eden Suite. Some of the rooms are beachfront while others offer a fantastic panoramic views overlooking the Caribbean Sea.