Tropical islands, pure white beaches, palm trees, luxury yachts, rum and seafood …. what does The Caribbean mean to you? With more than 3000 islands, islets and cays there is too much to choose from. For first time visitors maybe Barbados, St Lucia or Antigua for a taste of what’s on offer then make a return trip somewhere different! The islands and Latin American countries bordering the Caribbean Sea stretch from Bermuda in the north down a 2000 mile chain to Suriname in the south.
The Caribbean is a diverse destination with many people returning time and again to different islands. The turquoise blue waters, sandy beaches and swaying palm trees are consistent throughout the region but the local culture, festivals, sports, activities and wildlife is extremely varied. You can hire a car and self drive in my destinations giving you the freedom to get out and explore.
Island hopping is popular with lots of the islands being close together with a great network of local flights, ferries, cruises and yachts. Countries which are formed by groups of island such as the Bahamas, Caymans, Virgin Islands or St Vincent and Grenadines offer great island hopping combinations without too much travel. There is a fast catamaran ferry service linking Dominica, Martinique, Guadeloupe and Saint Lucia.
Hot and sunny most of the year, The Caribbean is an ideal escape from colder climates. Hurricane season tends to be July – November but this does vary from island to island. December to March is particularly hot and dry, making it a fabulous wintersun destination. There are lots of private islands or exclusive villas with plunge pools if you would like a family get together, have a group of friends or simply want a luxury private getaway.
If you are looking for an overseas wedding, there are plenty of options here, some hotels include the wedding ceremony for free. It’s a perfect honeymoon destination too with swanky beach hotels and secluded island hideaways. If water sports are your thing whether it be wind surfing, fishing or sailing, there’s plenty of choice plus many Caribbean cruise options if you prefer to be on a ship visiting different islands.
Many of the islands are covered in lush forests and hide lakes, pools and waterfalls full of exotic plants and wildlife, particularly great for rainforest trails and natural history holidays are Dominica, Guadeloupe and Tobago. If activity and adventure are your thing, hiking, biking and horse riding are available and don’t forget to take time away from your resort and explore the local towns and villages with the vibrant hospitality of the region round every corner. Dominican Republic is a great option for activities and Trindad and Tobago for culture and wildlife, particularly birdwatching.
Diving and snorkeling of course is amazing here with the underwater life as colourful as that above it! So have a look through these pages for a small selection of what the region has to offer and contact me to select the perfect island getaway for you, whatever you want to include on your tailor made Caribbean holiday.