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.
Our Caribbean holiday to Antigua was fantastic!! The Inn at English Harbour was really beautiful, quiet and tranquil. Did some excellent snorkelling and a couple of tours as well. Absolutely perfect, certainly one of the best holidays we’ve had. Thank you so much for organising it, we’ll be back for more!
Iain Chessell – Antigua (August 2013)
Our honeymoon to Palm Island, in St Vincent and the Grenadines, was FANTASTIC. I think we are still recovering from too much sun, food and booze! The resort was excellent in every way, and everything went as smoothly as it could be from start to finish, we had zero problems throughout. The transfers were all spot on and handled efficiently, and the resort was top notch.
It was lovely to have Jules to sort everything out for us, and it certainly meant that we could relax and get on with organising the other parts of our wedding safe in the knowledge that our honeymoon was being taken care of for us. I would definitely recommend using Jules’s services if you would like to sort out your holiday and be secure in the knowledge that all of the details will be professionally and quickly sorted for you with minimal fuss. We would certainly use Jules in the future!
Lisa & Iain Hale – St Vincent & Grenadines (December 2012)
Julie, thank you so much for helping us choose fantastic accomodation base for exploring the stunning Cayman Islands. Before we left you gave us great advice and were very patient with us, even after we looked and you spent hours searching for us, for us then to choose the first place you recommended!! We had a truly magical time and the organisation from start to end ensured that it was hassle free for us!
We went to Stingray City was was very interesting! It was scary to start off with having so many stingray swimming so close and I was worried about stepping on one but it was fine, I ended up feeding one, holding one and giving one a kiss!!!! Was great fun. Lee and I went for a dive, this was Lee’s first dive which he loved, I have my open water and he couldn’t stop talking about it for days!! We then went to Little Cayman for a night and stayed at Pirates Point resort which is quite infamous over there! We went snorkelling out there near to bloody bay and the 6000ft drop off which was AMAZING! Such an experience, even if we were only snorkelling, can’t even begin to imagine how great it would have been diving! We had some chill time with a turtle, at one point I got so close I had to try and swim backwards but he got used to us and we swam with him for a bit, completely natural. We had the most fantastic time away, it was pure paradise! The ocean was many colours of turquoise and the beach was beautiful and sandy. We LOVED Sunshine suites, staff were very friendly, accomodation clean and the food at the Sunshine Grill was great and affordable. The beach was only 2 minutes away and we enjoyed finding slightly less crowded places only a 5 minute walk away. Snorkeling was great only a few yards into the sea and was just great! While on the beach one day Lee proposed … Both very very happy and the most stunning place to have got engaged at! Thank you again for everything. Thank you so much for all the hardwork that you put in and helped us to have the most fantatsic and memorable holiday i could have hoped for!