For many people, gap years are all about taking time out to relax in exotic countries. Others, meanwhile, prefer to be more active and try out a range of sports. Whatever you're planning on doing during your travels, the Caribbean - and in particular Belize - is a wonderful place to visit.
As the third biggest island of the Caribbean, Jamaica is generally known for a few things: sun, sea, sand and all inclusive resorts. But the truth of the matter is this is an incredibly diverse country with an intriguing cultural heritage.
When it comes to a gap year adventure, sometimes the best idea isn’t to plan too much. Whether you’re taking time out of work for a month, have just finished school or university, or are there for the long-haul, you’ll be overwhelmed by everything.
If you love diving, your gap year is the perfect time to view some once-in-a-lifetime underwater sights. Couple an international break with the Caribbean's longest-running diving festival and you have an experience you will remember forever.
Give your time and effort to a community project in Costa Rica and in return you can learn a new language on your gap year, with the new volunteering opportunity from GoEco, which can last for up to two months.
If you're looking for an adrenaline kick on your Caribbean tour without breaking the bank, then a stop off in Dominica should be part of your itinerary. This verdant island offers a range of outdoor adventures for under £100 per person, which allow you to explore the scenic tropical landscape.
The Caribbean island of Montserrat may be one of the last places you'd expect to find a vibrant St Patrick's Day festival, but the island's Irish heritage is proudly celebrated every year from March 12 to 19.
The Caribbean island of Dominica has been praised for its minimum impact approach to sustainable tourism by the Green Globe awards, making this a great destination for Latin American travellers who prioritise environmentalism.
Underwater enthusiasts looking to add an exotic week of diving to their active itinerary can take advantage of holidays4scubadiving's range of trips for 2011, including Sharm El Sheikh and Grenada.
If you're passing through the Caribbean on your Latin American tour, then be sure to stop off on the island of Dominica, where cash-conscious travellers can find a range of exotic activities for under a tenner and accommodation from £42 per room.
Experience the Caribbean island of Dominica through the eyes of the local community with an agro-tourism tour.