If you're on the hunt for paradise, Caribbean holidays are the perfect choice for you. Made up of more than 7000 islands, islets and reefs, the breathtaking Caribbean Islands are located just east of Mexico and south of the United States. The smaller islands of the Bahamas, Barbados and Antigua are scattered between the larger islands of Cuba, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic and are the most popular islands for holidays in the Caribbean.
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Antigua is the largest of the Leeward Caribbean Islands and is often referred to as the ‘heart of the Caribbean’. It's certainly one of the most popular islands for Caribbean holidays. Along with its sister islands of Barbuda and the uninhabited Redonda, Antigua makes up the nation of Antigua and Barbuda and boasts an amazing coastline of natural harbours and beautiful coral reefs and wrecks, making it ideal for snorkelling and scuba diving. Relax on the stunning white beaches or swim in the crystal blue waters, Antigua offers the perfect paradise escape.
The English Harbour in Antigua was once a naval base and has now been transformed into a number of historical sites including restored buildings and museums which is perfect for when you tire of too much relaxation on the beach! Nelson’s Dockyard is also very popular, offering inns, shops, bars and markets. If you enjoy shopping, Antigua has plenty of opportunity to spend your cash in a wide variety of boutiques, shops and markets, making it one of the busiest shopping destinations in the Caribbean, especially among holidaymakers from the many cruise ships with stop on the island.
Barbados is possibly the most popular luxury holiday destination in the world. All year round beautiful sunshine, exotic resorts, amazing beaches and an exciting nightlife means Barbados really does offer you a holiday of a lifetime!
Located in the Western Atlantic and forming part of the Lesser Antilles chain of islands, Barbados was ruled by the British Empire for nearly 300 years leaving it with a strong British influence, sometimes being referred to by its colonial nickname 'Little England'.
High temperatures range from 28 to 35° Celsius and low temperatures range from 21 to 23° Celsius, making a Barbados holiday comfortable, whilst guaranteeing you'll get that perfect tan!
The breathtaking beaches in Barbados will ensure you fall in head over heals in love with the island. Along the West Coast you will find the calmest and safest bays, ideal for sunbathing and swimming with young ones. The south offers brilliant watersports opportunities especially body surfing and windsurfing, with annual surfing competitions on both the south and east coast.
Barbados has much more to offer than just the amazing beaches. Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados demonstrates Barbados’s British heritage, with a large Anglican cathedral, gothic parliament buildings, a synagogue and lots of shops, restaurants and bars!
A holiday to the tropical Dominican Republic promises you an island of fun, relaxation, culture and plenty of chances to party! Home to fantastic resorts such as Cabarete, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, Santa Domingo and Sosua, you will find a mix of lush valleys, historic architecture, beautiful sandy beaches, crystal clear blue seas and a brilliant nightlife.
Rarely seeing the hot weather dropping below 25°C, the Dominican Republic offers all year round beautiful heat however, during October and April you will see lots of wet weather, so it’s best to plan your holiday in paradise during the summer months if you want to stay dry.
Moving away from the popular beaches, you can find a more cosmopolitan feel in Santa Domingo which is one of the most popular tourist areas in the Dominican Republic. Showcasing remnants of Gothic and Renaissance architecture demonstrated in the Cathedral of Santa Maria you will also find a great assortment of restaurants, bars, casinos and shops.
Flight times: 8-10 hours, depending on which island you visit
Time difference: GMT -4hrs
Currency: The currency varies between the Caribbean Islands- please see information on your specific island for more information.
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The weather in the Caribbean is just one of the many reasons why it is such an amazing all year round holiday destination. Boasting incredible sunshine and refreshing breezes all year round, the Caribbean sees winter weather temperatures averaging between 25ºC to 30ºC and summer temperatures exceeding 30ºC. If only Britain were the same!
Unfortunately, most of the Caribbean lies inside the Atlantic hurricane belt which means there is a risk of hurricanes between June and November. This doesn’t mean you should avoid the Caribbean Islands completely during these months, as there are precautions you can take! The risk of a hurricane actually hitting your island is minimal, and you can choose an island which has a very low chance of being affected, such as those in the more southerly areas such as Barbados (perfect for Honeymoons during November!), Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire and Grenada.
Things To Do on Caribbean Holidays
There are so many things to do in the Caribbean, on so many different islands, that you could probably visit 100 times and only scratch the surface. Watersports, diving and snorkelling are very popular, as are walking in the varied landscapes. There is a wide variety of wildlife, flora and fauna to suit all tastes. With the options for many sports from golf to horse riding, there is something for all tastes and budgets.
Each and every island has its festivals and carnivals, sometimes described as the biggest party in the world! Why not come along, don a mask and ignore your inhibitions!
This is just a sample of what the Caribbean has to offer, not to mention the sparkling turquoise water and the sugar sand beaches. All this and much, much more awaits you.
With over 200 island territories, the Caribbean is home to millions of people. Many of the Caribbean islands' earliest inhabitants were members of one or other of the two indigenous tribes - the Caribs and the Arawaks. The Spaniards were the first to colonize the area, following the discovery of the West Indies by Christopher Columbus in 1492. Hot on their heels, though, were other Europeans - the Portuguese, English, French, and Dutch. Throw a good measure of piracy into this mix and you'll the diversity of the region.
Power and control changed hands in the various islands over the years, but except for the few larger members of the Greater Antilles and much smaller French and Dutch territories, it was the English who endured, and their heritage is seen far and wide, especially in the smaller islands.
If you're interested in the history of the region, your best bet would be the larger islands or territories; those whose history of European occupation is longest. A good example would be the Dominican Republic, where you can see where Columbus first landed on his maiden voyage to the New World in 1492.
The really small islands offer great scenery, mostly great weather in the dry season, and a sheer brilliance in tropical colour that is a welcome shock to the senses. And yes, great beaches for you to enjoy.
As for nightlife; every resort as something to fit all tastes. However, if you enjoy things 'closer to the edge', the Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago is hard to beat. This occurs officially on the Monday and Tuesday just prior to Ash Wednesday.
But if you truly want to experience the Caribbean and all it has to offer, the absolute best advice is to befriend some locals. That is when you will experience true Caribbean hospitality. And a better, more helpful and friendlier 'tour guide' you will never find.
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