As a traveler, nothing is more fulfilling than feeling like you’ve discovered a tiny piece of Earth you can call your own. Whether it’s a gorgeous coral reef you explored while snorkeling or an awesome spot on the beach where you’ve planted your feet, you want to feel like it’s “yours” and you belong there, right? Well, the best way to feel one with that gorgeous Caribbean island is by immersing yourself in the Caribbean beach culture, and we’ll tell you how to do that in three easy steps!
When in Rome? The same goes for the Caribbean! If you want full immersion, then you’re going to have to unplug, sit back, and take a look at the islanders around you. Let them show you what it looks like to happily lose yourself in blissful island life! Chat with locals who’ll point you to the uncrowded beach spots, the legit and non-commercialized shopping areas, and the best hole-in-the-wall seafood joints in town.
2. Don’t Be Afraid of Trying New Things.
We definitely aren’t advising you to do anything dangerous, but don’t pass up on an amazing experience because you’re a little scared. For example, many locals catch seafood and cook it right on the beach! Try that fresh catch instead of spending beaucoup bucks on expensive tourist trap dining. Those random native beach chefs might seem intimidating at first, but they will probably serve the best lobster you’ve ever eaten, and have some terrific stories to share, too.
3. Mix Education with Entertainment.
The Caribbean is synonymous with beauty, relaxation, and blissful escape. It’s easy to forget that the gorgeous stretch of beach you’re looking at has its own incredible past. Pirates, prisoners, discoveries, and shipwrecks aren’t just material for Hollywood screenplays; these islands are attached to significant historic events, and spending time in a Caribbean museum would not only shed light on a treasure trove of rich history, but also encourage a connection between you and the stunning land you’ve been fortunate enough to visit.