The Caribbean and Friends: An Intro to Curtain Bluff
Heather, friend, Travel Writer, and voice of Globetrotting Mama and I had the opportunity to travel together to Curtain Bluff in Antigua this past week. We had a wonderful time. She and I are almost the complete opposite of one another, but it made for such great conversations and we are such great friends, that it was inevitable that we would have a blast.
Our fun started the minute we got to the airport as we waited and waited for someone to meet us to take us to the resort. Turns out, we later found out, that someone had been looking for us the entire time. Little did they expect however, that two ladies with the names Greenwood Davis and Cain respectively, would look, as our driving and new friend Maurice described “two beautiful local girls”.
Being in the Caribbean felt very familiar to us both. Heather, from Jamaican roots and I from Dominican/Puerto Rican heritage, could see a piece of our family and home as we drove past the villages that led us to our destination. For us its more than just beaches, tropical drinks, and sun; it’s a tale about how a village was transformed and how the best quality of a people is kept alive so as to offer those visiting the best experience possible.
Heather and I did this video to give a general remark on our visit. I will be working on a more detailed review for you in the next couple of days, but in the meantime, I wanted to share this and then below, I share the wonderful experience I had while snorkeling there. Hope you enjoy it, and stay tuned for more on Curtain Bluff!
Snorkeling at Curtain Bluff
As the boat’s motor buzzed, cutting through the thick waves, I looked over at my friend Heather, who after a first day of nervously joining me on a snorkeling excursion was just as hooked to the experience as I was.
Luckily for us Curtain Bluff has this activity on their long list of activities which make part of the all-inclusive package they offer their guests, meaning we could do this twice a day, every day, at no extra charge.
The boat stopped, I put on my flippers and my mask, and like the day before I jumped into the crystal clear turquoise blue waters.
I looked across me and there, like a forgotten underwater civilization was the vast coral reef. As I swam over it, I felt so small, insignificant almost in comparison to how big and exciting it was. The reef is not full of pinks and blues as I would have imagined all healthy reefs to look, but it was full of life. In between the creases and inside its many caves were sea life the likes of which many have only seen in tanks or pictures. As far as my eyes could see it covered the surface of the ocean floor. My heart trembled with delighted fear and curious excitement.
I saw the other swimmers dive even deeper to come closer to their surroundings. I tried a couple of times, but would immediately back away. Then someone pointed. There, slowly swimming around, was a reef shark. As I kept a safe distance I watched it circle, without any concern or interest in our presence. It swirled around a few times, then it swam away.
My heart beat even faster, when moments later the sun’s shimmer reflected off of something. A sting ray, gracefully swimming past us.
Just as the day before, a school of needle fish surrounded us, their silver gills shining. Below me a school of fish had gathered. Beautiful black fish with bright blue colors on their fins swam directly below me, unafraid of my movement as I swam through the waves. Only seconds before my mind had been distracted by some noise in my head, and when I saw them and looked around at the immense beauty surrounding me, I closed my eyes and gave in completely to the moment. And incredible sense of peace came over me, I can’t remember the last time I felt so free.
Suddenly, I felt a tug at my flipper. Our snorkeling guide was pulling me back as it seems I had drifted away slightly from the direction of the boat. Silly girl that I am.
As I swam back and admired the world and all the life around me I felt affected by a moment I will never forget. It wasn’t the first time I had gone snorkeling. It wasn’t the first time I swam in the deep blue. But it was a feeling I had, for some insane reason, forgotten and it was nice to have that memory and that feeling back. Some experiences are meant to be held on to till the end of our days. This was truly one of them.
Disclosure: Individual travel and accommodations were provided courtesy of Curtain Bluff for the purpose of review. The views and opinions expressed here are strictly my own. For more information please refer to the disclosure page.