One of the best-kept secrets in the Caribbean is a healthy agro-tourism industry. Beyond the beaches, many of the Caribbean islands offer exquisite cultural immersions where you can learn where your chocolate, coffee, tobacco and vegetables are harvested.
The Caribbean is world-renowned for coffee farming. Tours to coffee plantations and factories provide insight into where your morning cup of java comes from. Marvel at the hand-operated machines that dry coffee beans and meet the hard workers who contribute to the bustling coffee economy.
Cacao plantations demonstrate the complexities involved in creating a bar of chocolate. Look for tours in Barbados, the Bahamas, Dominican Republic and Caribbean coasts of Belize, Costa Rica and Nicaragua to learn about the process and to appreciate the workers making tasty chocolates.
The warm sun and rich soil in the interior of Caribbean islands provide perfect conditions for growing and drying tobacco leaves. Check out Santiago, Dominican Republic, for a cigar-rolling factory tour or tobacco plantation.
Sugar cane from the Caribbean is the world's source of natural and artificial sweeteners. Tours from Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, and Costa Rica demonstrate the importance of this product.
Caribbean rum is one of the most popular spirits in the world. Tours in Puerto Rico, Bahamas and Dominican Republic provide taste-testing opportunities and a chance to learn how this famous liquor is made.
Article Written By Kay W
Kay W has more than 10 years of freelance writing experience, including technical papers, grants for youth and environmental nonprofits and consulting materials. With a Bachelor of Science in environmental engineering and a Master of Arts in environmental organizational leadership, Kay W has a diverse educational and technical professional background.