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Caribbean Holidays

Caribbean Holidays

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Looking for an idyllic island escape? Pristine white sands and crystal-clear waters? Look no further than the picture-perfect islands of the Caribbean. From flop-and-drop beach breaks in Barbados to exciting island adventures in Cuba, the Caribbean is the perfect destination for every holidaymaker.

With so many islands to choose from, no holiday is the same in the Caribbean. Beach lovers can enjoy the laid-back vibes and perfect beaches of the Dominican Republic, culture vultures can get lost wandering the Cuban streets of Havana, whilst foodies can delight in the famous Ostin's Fish Fry in Barbados. Looking for an island that moves to its own beat? Then Jamaica could be great for you. The Caribbean experiences on offer are endless.

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Best beaches in the Caribbean | Best hotels in the Caribbean | All Inclusive holidays to the Caribbean | 2021 holidays to Caribbean | Family holidays to the Caribbean | Luxury holidays in the Caribbean | Nightlife in the Caribbean | Things to eat in the Caribbean | Culture in the Caribbean | Things to do in the Caribbean | What’s the weather like in the Caribbean? | Important information for the Caribbean | Reviews |


Best beaches in the Caribbean

From the powder-white sands of Cayo Coco to the alabaster shores of the Dominican Republic, it's almost impossible to decide on the best beaches of the Caribbean as they are all just so perfect. So, instead, here are a few of our favourites. For a beach day to suit everyone, it has to be Seven Mile Beach in Jamaica. Whether you're a watersport fanatic or a beach bar relaxer, there's plenty to do on this gorgeous stretch of sand. For a lively beach with a built-in soundtrack, head to the famous Holetown Beach in Barbados and take in the gorgeous views with a world-renowned rum punch. Finally, if you're looking for a secluded slice of paradise then it has to be Darkwood Beach in Antigua. This beach is often deserted and sits without a single building on. Perfect for a peaceful beach day or a romantic stroll.

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Best hotels in the Caribbean

There's a perfect hotel for everyone in the Caribbean. From adult-only escapes to five-star luxury properties and family-friendly beachfront beauties. Here are a few of our top hotels. Combining beachfront views, five-star luxury and an adult-only experience, Meliá Cayo Coco is the perfect choice for a couple's break to Cuba. Looking for a family getaway to Jamaica? It's got to be the Sunscape Splash Montego Bay. With a beachfront location, on-site water park and plenty of activities for all ages, it’s a great choice for family fun in the sun. A Caribbean holiday doesn't have to break the bank. How about the budget-friendly Coconut Court Beach in Barbados? Located on the beachfront in Hastings, this hotel is perfect for a laid-back break in the sun.

All Inclusive holidays to the Caribbean

When it comes to Caribbean holidays, All Inclusive is one of the best ways to go. After all, when you're living the life on an unbelievably beautiful beach, the only thing that could make it better would be an unlimited supply of cocktails - now that would truly put the icing on the cake. Luckily, an All Inclusive holiday to the Caribbean gives you a chance to make those beachy daydreams a reality and it doesn't just stop there. Find yourself tucking into incredible Caribbean eats at a handful of charming restaurants, enjoy bountiful breakfasts overlooking blissful aqua blue waters and join in with exciting evening entertainment - All Inclusive holidays to the Caribbean are a great way to get the most out of this eye-opening paradise.

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2021 holidays to the Caribbean

2021 is set to be sunnier than 2020 that's for sure, with many of us counting down the days till that long-awaited holiday finally arrives. So make it extra special this year and book your 2021 holiday to the Caribbean, because is there any better way to make your beach holiday comeback? Caribbean holidays are filled with excitement right from the start, with dazzling sunshine, hotels beyond belief, gorgeous tropical fish-filled seas and scrumptious island eats. It's truly a one of a kind experience, that you are sure to treasure forever - whether you're sweeping your loved one off on a romantic couples holiday or you're jetting off with the family. Enjoy walks along screen-saver worthy settings, set sail on magical ocean boat tours and enjoy a week of all-you-can-eat feasts - All Inclusive holidays in the Caribbean are nothing but a dream.

Family holidays to the Caribbean

Treat the family to something extra special this year and spend time together in some of the most beautiful places in the world! Family holidays to the Caribbean are filled with adventure, so little ones will love the excitement that comes along with running wild on soft white sands and diving in headfirst to explore the mesmerising tropical oceans. Whilst the older ones can have just as much fun kicking back by the shores with a cocktail in hand, admiring the unbeatable island views. There's plenty of hotels that are great for family holidays, with delicious restaurants, fun activities and entertainment to keep the whole gang smiling. For a fun-filled family day out, head to Dunn's River Falls in Jamacia to be wowed with its beauty, visit Salt Cay to tuck into some of the Bahamas best seafood or opt to visit Anse Chastanet Beach in St Lucia and find out for yourself why this is one of the island's favourite snorkelling hotspots - the possibilities are endless.

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Luxury holidays in the Caribbean

Nothing says ‘luxury holiday’ quite like a beach holiday to the Caribbean. Pristine white beaches, unbelievably crystal-clear blue waters and dazzlingly sunny skies year round. From Barbados to Jamaica and the Bahamas to St Lucia – take your pick from an outstanding variety of five-star luxury resorts on the beachfront. Whether you love spending your days in the hotel spa, want to indulge in the top-class cuisine at the hotel restaurants or simply dream of waking up to the stunning scenery of blue skies, shimmering sands and sparkling seas, you can live the plush lifestyle on one of our luxury Caribbean getaways.

Nightlife in the Caribbean

Life in the Caribbean may be seen as laid-back and relaxing, but this definitely doesn’t reflect on their nightlife. Music, dancing and fruity cocktails - when the sun sets over these islands, the atmosphere instantly changes to one where you’ll want to party non-stop. From the bouncing bars of Barbados to the discos in the Dominican Republic and the cool clubs of Cuba to the bouncing parties of the Bahamas, a night out in the Caribbean is one that you certainly won’t forget.

Things to eat in the Caribbean

One of the best parts of holidaying in the Caribbean (aside from the beaches, of course) is the food, glorious food. Indulge in Caribbean delights such as succulent jerk chicken serves with tasty rice and peas, or a curry-filled roti as a yummy snack. If you’re heading to Cuba, a must-try is their famous Cuban sandwich, made up of ham, roast pork, cheese, mustard and pickles on crusty white bread – a top-class snack! Plantain, macaroni pie, curried chicken/goat and pepperpot stew are also some unique taste sensations that you might find on your Caribbean getaway and are sure to be some of your new favourite foods.

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Culture in the Caribbean

From lively festivals to meaningful art and tales of folklore, Caribbean culture is bursting with colour. With a tapestry of multicultural influences, customs vary from island to island, but there are some traditions that ring true no matter where you are. Food plays a huge part in Caribbean culture, not just in terms of flavours and ingredients, but the act of cooking and dining together is treated as a social occasion where friends and family get involved with preparing and eating tasty dishes. Music is also a deep-rooted part of Caribbean culture, with a variety of influences inspiring some genres that are well-loved in other parts of the world too, like reggae and salsa. For a true taste of the Caribbean music scene, be sure to check out one of the carnivals, the most popular taking place in Trinidad and Tobago, where you’ll find steel band contests, all-day dancing and calypso music. Photography and art is also a creative part of Caribbean culture, which you can explore in the Gallery of Caribbean Art in Barbados, or Museo de Arte in Puerto Rico, which is home to some of the finest art in the region.

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Things to do in the Caribbean

Get your groove on at Antigua Carnival

Antigua Carnival is one of the Caribbean’s greatest summer festivals, showcasing lively parades, music line-ups and various competitions. If watching from the sidelines doesn’t quite cut it for you then visitors can even partake in some of the parades, so get your costume ready and prepare for a fun-filled day in the sun.

Lose yourself in a real life Jungle Book

With endless tangles of rainforest and tropical landscapes up its sleeve, it’s no surprise that walking and hiking trails are so popular in the Caribbean. From the Waitukubuli National Trail in Dominica to the Guanapo Gorge in Trinidad, why not pull on your walking boots and get up close and personal with the lush junglescapes of the Caribbean?

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Dive straight in (to crystal clear waters)

One thing that all of the Caribbean islands have in common is a dreamy coastline with pristine beaches. Regardless of which island you’re visiting, with a turquoise seascape and a rainbow of marine life beneath the water’s surface, it won’t be hard to find some snorkelling and diving opportunities. Cayo Coco in particular has one of the largest coral reefs in the world, so grab your snorkel and admire the underwater scenes.

Witness a natural phenomenon at Laguna Grande

Explore the phenomenon of bioluminescence - a process where microscopic organisms beneath the water’s surface create a glow-in-the-dark effect when stimulated by movement. It sounds complicated but trust us, it’s simply beautiful. There are few places in the world where this occurs consistently, but Laguna Grande in Puerto Rico is one of them. Late-night kayak tours are held in this lagoon so that you can get the full experience of watching the water come to life with an electric blue glow as you paddle.

What's the weather like in the Caribbean?

The weather in the Caribbean is just one of the many reasons why it's such an amazing holiday destination. Boasting incredible sunshine like nowhere else on Earth, the Caribbean sees winter weather temperatures averaging between 25ºC to 30ºC and summer temperatures exceeding 30ºC. If only the weather back in Blighty were the same! The rainy season is between June and November.

Month

Average temp.

Sea temp.

Hours of sunshine per day

Jan 24 °c 27 °c 9 h
Feb 24 °c 27 °c 9 h
Mar 25 °c 27 °c 10 h
Apr 25 °c 27 °c 9 h
May 25 °c 28 °c 9 h
Jun 27 °c 28 °c 9 h
Jul 27 °c 28 °c 8 h
Aug 28 °c 29 °c 9 h
Sep 27 °c 29 °c 8 h
Oct 27 °c 29 °c 8 h
Nov 25 °c 28 °c 8 h
Dec 24 °c 28 °c 9 h

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Important Information about travelling to the Caribbean

How long does it take to fly to the Caribbean?

It takes about nine hours to fly to the Caribbean from the UK, although this can vary depending on your destination.

What’s the time difference between the UK and the Caribbean?

The majority of Caribbean destinations are 5 hours behind the UK, but different time zones apply so make sure to check your chosen destination.

What currency do they use in the Caribbean?

The Caribbean doesn't have a central currency, but the American dollar is accepted in many areas. Check the local information for your chosen destination, as local currencies include the Barbadian dollar, the Cuban peso and the East Caribbean dollar.

What language do they speak in the Caribbean?

There is no official language of the Caribbean, but many islands speak English, French, Spanish or Dutch. You are also likely to hear Creole and local dialects.

Do I need any vaccinations to visit the Caribbean?

Please check with your healthcare provider for all up to date vaccination advice before booking your holiday.


Customer reviews

At On the Beach, we’ve sent many satisfied customers to the Caribbean for a bit of sunshine, but don't just take our word for it, read some of their 5-star reviews below.

Amanda Compton:


We had a fantastic holiday from start to finish. The hotel was amazing food room flight everything was perfect thank you.

Pammy:


On The Beach were very helpful in helping me to finalise my accomodation after an exchange of Hotels

Elizabeth Simkin:


The whole experience was perfect from finding to paying and getting there and coming home X

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