Caribbean Pearls

GUIDE TO THE BEST CARIBBEAN MARATHONS

The Caribbean is known for some of the most spectacular blue skies only outdone by the white sandy beaches. An escape from the every day, some people want to lay around and soak in the sun and others who want to see the island on foot while challenging themselves to amazing feats such as a marathon race. The best of both worlds, runners can come to push their sensibilities and physicality to the limits and then spend the rest of their time relaxing and recouping.

Each Caribbean Marathon has its own unique experience and offers marathon enthusiasts something fantastical. Which one is right for you depends on the time of year, the terrain you want to cover and the mileage you can withstand. Check out these must-dos Caribbean Marathons to find fun, sun and accomplishment on Caribbean shores.

Marathon Bahamas

  • Distance?

    26.2 miles

  • Why not miss this race?

    If you are looking for a flat race in paradise, then the Bermuda Marathon has it all. Enveloped in happy pastel buildings and incredible shoreline views, there is nothing more energizing than the crisp, crystal clear, blue water and bright skies. The perfect beginner to expert marathon to partake in, it is also an excellent winter getaway for the entire family. Described as one of the most beautiful places on earth, the inhabitants are just as friendly as the surroundings. Definitely not one to miss, plan ahead of time because things book up quickly!

Bermuda Marathon

  • Distance?

    26.2 miles

  • Why not miss this race?

    If you are looking for a flat race in paradise, then the Bermuda Marathon has it all. Enveloped in happy pastel buildings and incredible shoreline views, there is nothing more energizing than the crisp, crystal clear, blue water and bright skies. The perfect beginner to expert marathon to partake in, it is also an excellent winter getaway for the entire family. Described as one of the most beautiful places on earth, the inhabitants are just as friendly as the surroundings. Definitely not one to miss, plan ahead of time because things book up quickly!

Kingston City Run

  • Distance?

    5k, 10k, and 1/2 Marathon

  • Why not miss this race?

    For runners looking to get their feet wet, while not really getting their feet wet, the Kingston City Run offer blue skies and excellent views. Not just a race, it is an entire weekend extravaganza. Health enthusiasts looking for the total package can enjoy seeing the city by foot on a flat course while enjoying the musical events and fair atmosphere. Following race day, you can celebrate with the most amazing nightlife celebration. See all the history that Kingston has to offer, sites, parks, and attractions, while challenging yourself to an awesome course.

Puerto Rico Half Marathon

  • Distance?

    13.1 miles

  • Why not miss this race?

    The Puerto Rico Half Marathon is not only a Boston qualifier it is an amazing experience like no other in the Caribbean. Palm trees and ocean views abound, this is the ideal race for newbies to seasoned marathon runners alike. The Gatorade Tunnel offers a cooling off station, and the locals love to be roadside to help keep runners replenished. A great spring getaway, take in the sights, sounds, and ocean waves of this Island Paradise. With so much to do, make sure to extend your trip to enjoy all that Puerto Rico has to offer.

Punta Cana Marathon

  • Distance?

    26.2 miles

  • Why not miss this race?

    Held at the Puntacana Resort & Club, this is a marathon and a getaway all wrapped in one. Escape from the every day, while enjoying the seasonally warm weather of Punta Cana. A Boston qualifier, it is an entire weekend event. Not just a resort race, runners cover the Island while witnessing nothing but a fast course, white sand, crashing waves and blue skies. The Punta Cana is the ideal marathon to start with and a great springtime getaway combined into one.

Virgin Gorda Half Marathon

  • Distance?

    13.1 miles

  • Why not miss this race?

    The Virgin Gorda half marathon is a course that is more difficult than other Caribbean races. One of the roughest terrain courses in the BVI and perhaps all around the Virgin Islands, there is no shortage of spectacular sights to behold. Runners go from witnessing the rich history of Virgin Gorda to running along the oceanside. Hitting Gorda’s Peak, it is not a course for the faint at heart. Although a good first step for a full marathon, be prepared to train for something other than road racing. Not just a race, it is an event that is celebrated by the entire island and encompasses the weekend. Full of fun, the cooler weather date helps snowbirds escape to an Island Paradise for their winter getaways while challenging themselves to a very tough course.

Nevis Marathon

  • Distance?

    26.2 miles

  • Why not miss this race?

    Unlike other Caribbean marathons, the Nevis Marathon is considered one of the most competitive of the Island marathons. A great vacation destination, it is one of the most beautiful ocean settings along the Caribbean. Not just for seasoned athletes, newbies are just as welcomed. Long beach trails, the Island inhabitants all join in for the festival atmosphere of the race. A lesser-known paradise escape, the marathon is an excellent bucket list item.

Marabana Havana Marathon

  • Distance?

    26.2 miles

  • Why not miss this race?

    Cuba is full of unchartered territory and lacks the commercialism that you find with other vacation destinations in the Caribbean. Full of historical brilliance and cultural attractions, it also has some of the most fantastic nature-made spas. Full of sightseeing, waterfalls, and white sandy beaches, the water is as crystal clear as you can image. With a landscape that goes for days, the course is a fast race that runs through the heart of Havana where natives love to cheer on runners and celebrate the amazing feat of crossing the finish line.

KLM Curaçao Marathon

  • Distance?

    26.2 miles

  • Why not miss this race?

    Located on the Island of Curacao, the KLM Curacao Marathon has runners challenging their skills to the highest peaks of the islands, an astonishing 185 feet above sea level. No shortage of scenic views, get a bird's eye view of white sandy beaches. Travel across the famous Queen Emma Pontoon bridge and the Juliana Bridge while seeing the Island practically from one end to the other all on foot. Runners of all levels and ages are welcomed to join in the fun. Not just a great place for running enthusiasts, the landscape makes it the perfect weekend getaway from the every day. A popular Caribbean marathon, make sure to plan and book your space ahead of time.

Run Barbados Marathon

  • Distance?

    26.2 Miles

  • Why not miss this race?

    One of the most prestigious and Internationally famous races in the Caribbean, the Run Barbados Marathon is one to participate in. The marathon is run through the city center, looping twice. A flat, fast race, it is the perfect first-time experience or seasoned athlete event who is looking for their personal and professional best. An Island Paradise, the locals love the Run Barbados weekend, which is more like a festival than the challenging running feat that it is. No shortage of things to do, come for the race and stay for the fun. Some of the most famous marathon runners never miss this run and neither should you.

Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon

  • Distance?

    26.2 miles

  • Why not miss this race?

    One of the more intimate of the Caribbean marathons, the Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon loops along the waterfront. It is an ideal race for someone looking to try their hand at a marathon or looking to outdo their personal best. The race runs along the shoreline of some of the most amazing white sandy beaches and blue rock shoreline. Crossing over into the heart of the city and along the financial district, see houses of the rich and famous. An entire event, the smaller nature of the Cayman Marathon allows for more camaraderie. It is festival type atmosphere that is a once in a lifetime experience.

Reggae Marathon

  • Distance?

    26.2 miles

  • Why not miss this race?

    This Jamaican marathon is not only casual; it is fun and low-key. Run along seven miles of white sand at this mostly road race event. The course loops along the ocean and then into the quaint town of Negril finishing almost near Green Island. Almost guaranteed a sunny and tempted day, the entire Island celebrates the event and those who make it past the finish line. Make it a weekend escape and let it all hang loose once the challenge is done. A little competition followed by some R&R is all anyone can ask for.