When we say North America, people only think about Canada, USA and Mexico, many never see that this continent has more countries than these three. However for Ghanaian Citizens, here is the good news, you can visit the below countries visa free. It is not the USA, Canada or Mexico you so badly want to visit but for the record, these are in the same continent and hold unique stories.
Barbados – this is home of the singer and songwriter Rihanna, this country is completely surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. Though it is known for its beautiful beaches, this country sure knows how to party. During the Crop Over Festival (July – August) which celebrates the ending of the local Sugar Cane Harvest, the Island’s culture is displayed in an exhibition of colour, calypso, cuisine, costumes, arts, competitions and ends with a spectacular Carnival/Kadooment parade. The island also provides activities like;
- A family friendly Atlantis Submarines Adventure
- Horse races at the historic Garrison Savannah
- Meet, mingle and dance into the night to talented steel pan artists, the beautiful Carnival ladies and synergy of rhythm under the stars
- Do a walking tour of Bridgetown
- Visit the home of sporting heritage
- Experience a “lime” (party) at Oistins Fish Fry which is held every Friday and Saturday
- Visit the Queen’s Park and see the magnificent Baobab Tree
- Soak up the Plantation history at the Sunbury Plantation House in the tranquil St. Philip countryside
- Visit charming Arlington House at Speightstown and interact with the locals
- Enjoy the surfer’s heaven at East Coast Waves
- Water sports and more water sports
Belize – when people think of visiting North America, Belize is not on top of their list that is if it even makes it to the list but why not give it a chance? This country in Central America has a unique mixture of Caribbean crystal clear blue waters, best diving and snorkeling on the second largest barrier reef in the world. This country was also home to a couple of different ancient Mayan cities and cultures. This means you will get the chance to see the Mayan ruins, caves and tropical jungles. Before I forget, Belize is the only country in Central America where English is an official language, due to British influence so you wouldn’t have to struggle with Spanish and try sign languages to make your request known. In Belize, you can also;
- Tour downtown Belize City on a locally made minivan
- Visit the Maya Ruins and Temples
- Take a hike: biking through the rainforest
- Visit Dangriga (Belize’s culture capital – birth place of the world-famous Punta Rock music genre) and Hopkins Village (marvellous beach and a way laid back village style atmosphere)
- Visit the Jaguar Preserve (Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary) and the Belize Zoo.
- Visit the Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave at Caves Branch
- Dive the Great Blue Hole of Belize
- Learn about the Belizean history at Museum of Belize
- Dive or snorkel with Whale Sharks
- As Belize has over 200 islands, you can go island hopping and enjoy their fine gourmet restaurants, wines, clubbing and the finer things in life. The biggest island where you can find these are Ambergis Caye, Caye Caulker and the Placenia Peninsula in the south.
- Learn how to make delicious Belizeans Tamales
- Go on a Kayaking trip
- Beaches, beaches and more beaches.
Dominica – discover the nature island of the Caribbean with its unspoiled paradise for divers, hikers and naturalists. This country is the largest of the Windward and known for its dramatic volcanic landscapes with the highest mountains in the Eastern Caribbean, lush rainforests, waterfalls, lakes, gorges, rivers, steamy hot springs and a rugged coastline with rocky black-sand beaches which are good for snorkeling or diving. Dominica is a fusion of British, French and West Indian cultures – this means experiencing diverse food, art, languages and customs. As you have 6 months visa free in this country, you can start with;
- the Morne Trois Pitons National Park which consists of mountainous interior, a rainforest park, thick jungle, boiling lake, Victoria Waterfall, Trafalgar Waterfall etc.
- the Cabrits National Park with its lush rainforest, swampland, black-sand beaches and thriving coral reefs.
- enjoy an amazing meal at the breath-taking view of Pagua Bar & Grill.
- a tour of the lush peaks of Roseau – capital city of Dominica with its colourful jumble of West Indian cottages, modern buildings and busy market stalls with a cool Rastafarian vibe.
- a silent and slow boat trip on the shady mangrove-lined river of the Indian River.
- the Papillote Tropical Gardens; which is a haven for botanists, photographers and artists.
- the beautiful Champagne reef which is a famous dive and snorkel site.
- Visit the Carib Territory; the largest remaining tribe of Carib Indians called the Kalinago people.
- enjoy Dominica’s festivals which celebrates the nation’s music, heritage and ties to the sea.
Grenada – this country which is the jewel of the Caribbean consists of a hilly main island also called Grenada which is home to numerous nutmeg plantations and smaller surrounding islands. This country possesses a lot of activities that you can spend a year there without getting bored and with its official language being English, it is easier to communicate. While in Grenada you can visit some of their biggest cities which are interestingly names of Saints.
- At St. George, you get to visit the Grenada National Museum; the St. George’s Market Square; Fort George; Christ of the Deep; The Priory; Underwater Sculpture Park; Fort Frederick; the Carenage; St. George’s Anglican Church; House of Chocolate; La Luna; go sailing and enjoy a carnival; Deep Sea Fishing; Prickly Bay Marina; Grande Anse Beach; Dragon Bay; Cycle Tour; golfing at Grenada Golf and Country Club.
- At St. John, you can go for Fish Friday in Gouyave; Concord Falls; Mount Moritz; Saturday Morning Market; Black Bay Beach with Amerindian markings; Dougaldston Spice Estate; Mango Bay Restaurant.
- At St. Andrew, you get to visit the Grand Etang National; Mount Qua Qua; Grenville Bay; Mahot Beach; Royal Mt. Carmel Waterfalls.
- At St. Mark, visit Bay Cottage bar; Mount St. Catherine.
- At St. David, visit La Sagesse Beach; Whisper Cove Marina; Hog Island; Morne Gazo Forest Reserve; Bacolet Bay; Petit Bacolet Beach; Laura’s Spice Garden;Ronda’s Ice Cream; St. David’s Point; Kayak Tour; Blowhole at Fort Jeudy; Le Phare Bleu.
- At St. Patrick, visit Belmont Estate; River Antoine Rum Distillery; Levera Beach; Carib’s Leap; Levera National Park and Bathway Beach; Lake Antoine.
You can always drive around the island. Though you might get lost many times, getting wonderfully lost should be definitely on your list.
Haiti – this is a Caribbean country that shares the island of Hispanoila with the Dominican Republic to its east. Though the country is recovering from the 2010 earthquake, many of Haiti’s landmarks remain intact. These include Citadelle la Ferriere, a mountaintop fortress and the nearby ruins of Sans-Souci Palace, the baroque former royal home of King Henry I. Since you get 3 months visa free as a Ghanaian citizen, you can also see these tourist sights – Labadee, Musee du Pantheon National Haitien, Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, Etang Saumatre, National Museum of Haiti, Bassin Bleu, Auberge du Picolet, Grande Riviere de Jacmel, Beach La Co New York, Valou Beach, Saut-Mathurine, Chuttes de Saut d’Eau, Pic la Delle, Fort Jacques, Rival Beach, La Guinguette, Pic Macaya, Source-a-bete, Parc de Basketball de Tennis, Anse Blanche etc.
Jamaica – we all know that Jamaica is the ideal vacation spot at the Caribbean. This country has beautiful music and culture that every wanderlust wants to have a feel of. Also, its lush vision of crumpled verdant mountains dropping to slick blue seas is a naturalist and water lover’s paradise. However in order to enjoy this island to the fullest, you will have to know where to go. Here is a list of things to do in Jamaica.
- Indulge at Fern Tree Spa at Half Moon, a Rock Resort
- Go high at Lime tree Farm
- Swim at Frenchman’s Cove
- Feast on river crayfish at Soldier Camp Bar and Grill
- Get your glow on at Glistening Waters
- Listen to the Jolly Boys perform mento music
- Soak in a hot tub high over Port Antonio at Geejam
- Snorkel the cliffs along the Rockhouse
- Have a lobster feast at Booby Cay Island
- Taste farm-to-fork eats near Negril
Other things you can do in Jamaica is to go sightseeing / touring at Bob Marley Museum; Dolphin Cove Jamaica; James Bond Beach; National Gallery of Jamaica; White Witch of Rose Hall; Rio Grande; Doctor’s Cave Beach Club; Green Grotto Caves; Hellshire Beach; Bob Marley Mausoleum; Navy Island; Rose Hall, Montego Bay; Rainforest Bobsled Jamaica at Mystic Mountain; Couples Tower Isle; Kool Runnings Waterpark; The Turtle River Falls and Gardens; Martha Brae Rafting Village; Aqua Sol Theme Park etc.
Montserrat – this is a mountainous Caribbean island, part of the Lesser Antilles chain and a British Overseas Territory. Its Soufriere Hills volcano erupted in the 1990’s causing significant damage to the south of the island and leading the creation of an exclusion zone. The north of the island is largely unaffected and has black-sand beaches, coral reefs, cliffs and shoreline caves. This country was known as the Emerald isle of the Caribbean until the disaster which almost had the country being closed down but the support from the British government and investments by some private entities has helped sustain the island. The population is now healthy and the new Capital in Little Bay is in Development. Montserrat is popular for its interest in ecotourism, volcano tourism, hiking, bird watching, scuba diving and snorkeling. The island also has a strong appeal for those who want to experience the Caribbean the way it used to be.
Saint Kitts and Nevis – from climbing a volcano to zooming through the rainforest canopy on the Caribbean’s largest zipline, St. Kitts offers something for everyone. It has an irresistible collection of tourist attractions and it is very easy to indulge in the activities the island provides. Here are a few to keep you interested.
- Visit the fortress on Brimstone Hill
- Climb a volcano
- Hike to the top of Mount Liamuiga
- See the seascapes and enjoy the classic Caribbean beaches
- Shell out to watch turtles
- Find pure luxury on Oualie Beach
- Dine at the Bananas Restaurant which has a torchlit walkway leading to the enchanting hideaway.
- Gasp at the Black Rocks; which is a visible remnants of the historic eruptions that once spewed from the huge crater atop Mount Liamuiga
- Ride the sugar train
- Just relax, swim and tour the island
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – why don’t you take a month of your busy schedule to enjoy this beautiful Caribbean island? On this island, you will find Fort Duvernette perched atop a large volcanic rock offshore from Villa, this eerie fort was constructed to defend the town of Calliaqua and affords a fantastic 360 degree views of the southern shoreline. Also there is the Saltwhistle Bay – a double crescent of beautiful beaches split by a narrow palm-tree-fringes isthmus. Then the Princess Margaret Beach which is simply divine – a lovely stretch of sand backed by a lush vegetation. Eat, drink and socialize at the famous Basil’s with its delightful open-air thatch and bamboo restaurant that extends out into Britannia Bay. Tucked away at the end of a rough road at the top of the valley above Mesopotamia is the Montreal Gardens. There are more places like the Sugar Reef Café, Fig tree, L’Auberge des Grenadines, Fort Charlotte, Chatham Bay, Bequia, La Soufriere, Canouan, Tobago Cays, Old Hegg Turtle Sancturay, Macaroni Beach, RAWACOU etc.
Trinidad and Tobago – these two gorgeous islands are full of vigour and vibrancy. Whether you are looking to reenergize yourself with a good party or get in touch with the pulse of the natural world around you, Trinidad and Tobago offer something that’s sure to jolt your system.
- Enjoy Lime Fete in Trinidad which is a pre-carnival concert which hosts Caribbean’s biggest names in club music as well as unlimited food, drinks and entertainment then a carnival.
- Enjoy Hindu Festivals celebrated all year round
- Enjoy the world-famous Calypso and soca at Trinidad
- Join the island party boat ride
- Spend the day out on the water in Tobago
- Sup at Pigeon Point Tobago
- Tour the Cocoa Estate in Tobago
- Visit Argyle Waterfalls in Tobago for a swim
- Visit the Nylon Pool set in Tobago’s Buccoo Reef: an utterly clear, calm water, sandy and shallow stretch in the middle of the coral is like a natural swimming pool half a mile out at sea.
- Taste Doubles – a local culinary specialty and common street food of curried chick peas between pieces of fried flat bread known as “bara”.
- Visit Caroni Bird Sanctuary and Wetlands Tour
- Witness Sea Turtle Hatchlings
- Visit the National Museum and Art Gallery in Port of Spain
- See Robinson Crusoe’s shipwreck at Tobago’s island called Crusoe’s Island
There is just so much to do at Trinidad and Tobago.
Turks and Caicos Islands – no matter what your vacation idea is, this country has something for you. The diversity of available activities makes this country a great destination for large groups who can split up during the day for activities and comes together at night to enjoy recounting their adventures. This country is a great destination for children and families. From the historical ruins to exquisite areas of natural beauty, your 30 visa free days in Turks and Caicos would be needed to explore all the beautiful sights this country has to offer. You can go diving at the world’s best scuba diving spots; snorkeling tours; stand up paddle boarding or kayaking through the Mangroves; visit Chalk Sound National Park; hit the waves; get wonderfully lost; kiteboarding lessons; conch cruise; tour the only conch farm in the world; hang out with iguanas at Little Water Cay (Iguana Island); sunbathing on Grace Bay’s White Sand Beach; Horseback Riding in the water; enjoy island fish fry; conch bar caves or middle Caicos Caves; deep sea fishing; visit Parrot Cay; visit the Turks and Caicos National Museum; watersports and more watersports.