Day 1 Miami, USA
Magical Miami is an intoxicating blend of cultures and influences, reflected everywhere from South Beach to Little Havana. Enjoy an overnight in this vibrant city to sample the atmosphere and great food on offer.
Day 2 Miami
After breakfast we take you on a city tour to visit the most famous sights of this fascinating metropolis. The tour ends at the pier where MS Fram awaits.
Day 3 At sea
The deliciously warm air invites you to stay on deck. Enjoy the sun or scan for wildlife, especially birds. The Expedition team will start a series of introductory lectures about wildlife, biology, life in the ocean and the ecosystems of coral reefs, also known as the rainforests of the sea.
Day 4 Cozumel
Visit San Miguel de Cozumel, and spend time ashore in this lively island town, enjoying the restaurants, cafes and nearby beaches, such as Palancar or Paradise beach. Or take in the islands natural beauty, featuring mangrove trees and cenotes, and perhaps swim with stingrays at Stingray beach (the captive rays have barbs removed of course).
Day 5 At sea
Coral reefs are some of the most diverse ecosystems in the world, housing tens of thousands of marine species. In fact, about one-third of all marine fish species live part of their lives on coral reefs.In addition to their incredible value as wildlife habitats, coral reefs protect coastlines from storms and provide billions of dollars of food and jobs for humans around the world. Hear more about what these delicate ecosystems mean to life in the ocean, and other fascinating subjects from our Expedition team as we continue sailing south.
Day 6 Isla de Providencia
Providencia is an unspoiled and traditional tropical island. Since its almost unreachable for most tourists (no direct connection to the Colombian mainland), its traditions and customs remain intact and you will still hear English Creole spoken. Enjoy breathtaking scenery, lovely sand beaches, friendly locals and amazingly clear water that is superb for swimming, snorkelling and diving.
You’ll find small cottages, hotels and cabaas strung along the road, and a delightful handful of restaurants. Visit a local school and tour the island, and enjoy the view of the many hidden bays. Bird lovers will have the opportunity to explore inland, hikers can venture to the highest point, kayakers can explore the coastline and snorkelers can enjoy the superb undersea life.
Day 7 San Andrs Island
If you are searching for an ideal combination of relaxing on white sand beaches, snorkeling among tropical fish and lovely historic architecture and culture, San Andrs is the perfect destination. This small island, shaped like a sea horse, is located some 500 miles northwest of Colombia. While small in size, it offers tremendous, pristine beauty.
The island is officially part of Colombia, but it has a long connection with England and a multicultural and bilingual culture, with the most common spoken languages being Spanish, English and Creole. Equally diverse is the ecosystem, featuring reefs, geysers, groves, and cays. Needless to say, its perfect for snorkeling and outdoor exploring.
Day 8 Corn Islands, Nicaragua
Located off the coast of Nicaragua, these beautiful islands have more in common with most Caribbean islands than mainland Nicaragua. The Creole people on Great Corn Island live in colourful wooden houses, earning most of their income from lobster fishing. You can experience their bounty first hand with a beach barbecue. Little Corn is a tiny island with no cars and a jungle interior to explore on foot. Venture below the water to be rewarded discover a rich world of undersea life.
Day 9 Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
Puerto Limn in Costa Rica is a compelling destination for adventurous explorers. The city has some fascinating architecture and colourful open-air marketplaces, with the main market in the centre of town the place to go to buy everything from carved wood items to traditional souvenirs.
Cashew nuts are big here, so be sure to try the cashew wine. While the city is rather laid-back during the day, at night Puerto Limon has an active social scene, with a number of bars and restaurants. This is where your expedition comes to an end. Stay on to enjoy Costa Rica or fly home.