As we enter the season of adventure, let’s begin to list out our favourite places for the people who love travelling and are planning to pack their bags to enjoy this summer in the most fun loving and adventurous way. So here is the list of the most adventurous places to visit this summer:
Port Royal was the famous base for notorious buccaneers from Captain Henry Morgan to John “Calico Jack” Rackham and his female crew Anne Bonny and Mary Read.
Haul up in the beautiful Negril, known for its limestone cliffs and beautiful beaches where Calico Jack was finally captured. The Tensing Pen Hotel offers boutique luxury where you can shout ahoy over the crystal-clear turquoise waters of the Caribbean. To shimmy closer to Port Royal, commandeer a spot in the Terra Nova All Suite Hotel in Kingston.
2. Cayman Brac, The Cayman Islands
The infamous pirate Blackbeard is said to have shivered his timbers on Cayman Brac as well as Captain Morgan himself, with pirates using the island as a haven to replenish supplies. With shipwrecks galore, the Cayman Islands are worth a plunder if you are looking for a pirate escape.
3. Campeche, Mexico
Campeche has a long history of protecting its charming colloquial town from swashbucklers trying to lay siege. Its cobbled streets and pastel Spanish mansions hark back to ye olde way of life and at the old port a giant wall still stands, keeping the pirates out. Hotel Socaire is located in the heart of Campeche, a stone’s throw from several cultural sites including the Cathedral and the Museum of Mayan Architecture.
4. Barbados, Caribbean
Home to the famous Sam Lord, who tricked captains into crashing into hidden reefs to steal their riches, Barbados is the ideal place in which to buccaneer a break. In true pirate fashion, Sea – U Guest House will be hard to distinguish from the inside of a real-life pirate ship with its wooden panelling and shabby chic look.
Those looking to find their sea-legs should grab a snorkel and investigate the array of shipwrecks that cover the ocean’s floor. Pirate honeymooners should hit the deck at Little Arches Boutique Hotel; a haven for any pirate getaway. A treasure trove of eclectic decor and set against the white sands of Enterprise Beach, it will be hard to resist walking the plank into the crystal blue seas.
5. British Virgin Islands
Heralded as supporting the ‘Golden Age of Piracy’ and with hidden inlets providing the perfect base in which to hide and recuperate, these islands acted as a backdrop to pirate activity in the late 18th century. The Anegada Beach Club hotel located on Anegeda is a short drive from Freebooters Point, where buried treasure from the wreck of a Spanish galleon is said to be found.
This ‘Loved by Guests’ hotel is the perfect retreat for those looking for a ‘Pirate Life for Me’ with an abundance of luxury tents on the beach overlooking the sea. Be it laying around in hammocks or snorkelling around the region for buried treasure, this is a great base in which to embrace your inner Long John Silver and explore everything that the island has to offer. Aptly named, Gallows Point Resort is located just 15 miles from Deadman’s Bay, where pirates, who perished on stranger tides, washed ashore.
Of course, if you fancy a pirate getaway in ole’ Blighty, the South West is known as the stomping ground frequented by Blackbeard. He was born in Bristol, and is rumoured to have enjoyed a tipple off Plum’s Point in Bath.