Whether you want to discover a handful of beaches and laze away the days in the sun or explore as many of the 7000+ islands as you can. Imbibing history in equal measure to local rum - you’ll find something perfect here.
The sheer beauty on offer in the Caribbean islands is of course the biggest draw. It’s when you imbed yourself into the culture, sampling the cuisines and getting to know the ebb and flow of the land, that you’ll learn what this collection of islands truly of has to offer.
We could talk about the Caribbean for days - talking about beach holidays and adventure holidays - all kinds of islands and all kinds of activities. Yet we have limited room so we will break this down into some of our most favourite Caribbean destinations.
Barbados is the picture of what you would expect from a Caribbean island – with lengthy stretches of white sand beaches leading into opaque blue waters. At night the scene on Barbados is set perfectly when the beaches become quiet under a thick canopy of stars. Many restaurants offer al fresco dining that spills out onto the now empty beaches.
Even out of the summer season, Barbados has enough winter sun to allow for perfect evening dining experiences. There are many leisure activities on the island and it’s perfect for diving, as there is a vibrant reef system.
The nightlife, especially in St Lawrence Gap, is some of the best in the Caribbean, but beware that, especially around the St. James area, it can often seem quiet at night. This can be misleading as there are often reports of tourists being accosted on their way home between a restaurant and their hotel. So we suggest taking taxis at night - even if only for a short distance.
The island of Antigua is in a word - beautiful. It comes complete with a charming atmosphere and filled with things to do. Whether you just want to laze away on the beach or explore the colourful little towns and villages – you’ll find plenty to keep you occupied.
Make sure you take a look at the Nelson’s Dockyard, and the view from Shirley Heights. Though perhaps the most intriguing offering on the island is the picturesque port town of St. John’s. It’s a lively mix of vibrant architecture, boutiques and quirky restaurants. All serve up a delightful mix of typical Caribbean fare such as Jerk Chicken alongside local specialities, that take their influence from Arabic and Italian cuisine. Such as the Fungi and Pepper Pot dish. The food here is not to be missed!
St. Kitts is an island made for pure unadulterated vacation. Think lazy beaches with lazy beach bars to laze away entire days in. Watersports and diving, charming plantations, bustling towns like Basseterre and nice little enclaves like Frigate Bay.
There are plenty of opportunities for privacy on the beaches here too. Just head away from the larger hotels and you’ll always find a nice little cove or semi-deserted beach to unwind on. Away from the beach we suggest taking in the Brimstone Hill Fortress and the Independence Square in Basseterre. Which is home to a collection of colonial style architecture alongside the Catholic Church and the Court House.
The first thing you’ll notice as you approach St. Lucia will be the pyramid-like forms rising from the water. These lush emerald mountains are undoubtedly its most striking feature. The exquisite beaches, enticing blue waters and thick forests are just as beautiful.
The island is home to a good collection of luxurious restaurants, bars and attractions. You’ll note that St. Lucia is especially popular with Yachts and a day spent sailing the coastline is a day well spent. It’s a popular cruise port too - so look out for the huge cruise ships pulling in to port - and the mass crowds that follow.
The Caribbean is blessed with great weather all year round with temperatures up to 31 degrees C in the summer months and dropping only slightly to 28 degrees in December. Perfect for both summer and winter sun holidays.
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If you’re looking for the perfect beach holiday with plenty of variety and lots of intriguing attractions and day trip options. Either a summer or winter holiday to the Caribbean will be perfect (with year round sun).
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The rainforest is fascinating and perfect for hiking, while in the north of the island, towns like Castries provide a more laid back diversion. Filled with inviting bars and the scents of Rotis being served up fresh from the oven.