One of the main attractions of the Caribbean for some seniors is the wealth of great scuba diving sites available. The Caribbean has some of the top dive sites in the world. With great visibility at over 100 ft. and water temperatures of 83 degrees, it is no wonder that the region attracts so many diving enthusiasts. When you consider the animal life, coral and sponge formations and general terrain, the Caribbean stands out even among the best locations.
There are also health benefits to scuba diving. As Ultimate Dive Travel noted in “Senior Health Spotlight: The Health benefits of Caribbean Scuba Diving”:
Scuba diving is being enjoyed by record numbers of seniors… There are many health benefits associated with scuba, including increased circulation, improved muscle strength and increased energy levels. Being in the water reduces the pressure and strain on the joints, which is good news. Being in the beautiful tropical surroundings of Caribbean destinations such as the Cayman Islands, Bonaire or Grenada boosts the spirit and psyche. You’ll feel refreshed and rejuvenated. Caribbean scuba diving is good for the body and the mind.
So, whether you are an experienced diver or just looking for something new to keep active in your Caribbean dream retirement location, remember that almost every country has some great diving sites.
Please note, though, that before beginning scuba diving you should have a physical examination by a doctor.
What are the best countries in the Caribbean for diving? Here are a few:
- Bonaire has a wonderful coral reef that hugs the coast, and diving sites are marked by yellow colored stones along the shore road. You can explore diving sites by boat. Bonaire has some of the nicest sites in the Caribbean, and also offers great snorkeling opportunities.
- The Caymans are a perennial favorite of scuba divers, with Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac all offering incredible diving opportunities. Sting Ray City, where you can hand feed the rays, is a favorite.
- Turks & Caicos has an abundant choice of diving sites among beautiful coral reefs leading to sheer vertical walls.
- US Virgin Islands have wonderful sites for both beginners and expert divers. St Thomas and St John both have wonderful diving locations.
- Belize is a great diving destination, with Half Moon Caye Wall being a perennial favorite. You can enjoy the multi-color coral reef and wall, as well as rays, turtles and eels.
For wreck diving, take a look at Bermuda, the Bahamas, Grenada, the British Virgin Islands, the Dominican Republic and Aruba.
Grenada’s most famous wreck is the Bianca C, which sank off of Grand Anse beach.
Bermuda has tons of wreck sites that are great for diving, from the Hermes to the cruise liner Cristobal Colon.
Remember, your Caribbean retirement is best enjoyed when you have an active and healthy lifestyle. Scuba can be a great way to enjoy the unique flora and fauna of the Caribbean Sea while keeping fit.