The Caribbean is made up of over 7000 islands, and although less that 10% are inhabited, the people of the Caribbean know how to create a vibrant country. Beaches, music, dancing and of course rum – the islands entice people from all over the world to take in their people and culture, not to mention the breath-taking scenery. Because every island in the Caribbean has different characteristics, there is a Caribbean island to suit the holiday needs of everyone.
If you’re looking for a holiday that requires no brain activity whatsoever, and just want to take in some sun and sea, Aruba may be a good option for you. The string of beaches along the coast of the island are among the best in the world and are lined with luxury accommodation for a holiday packed with R&R. The British Virgin Islands are great for people who want to discover the underwater world – with 40 different islands to explore, divers and snorkelers have plenty of ocean to uncover.
Islands such as Dominica have not been exposed to mass tourism as its neighbours have because of its lack of white sand beaches, international flights and fancy resorts. However, what it is lacking in luxury, ‘The Nature Island’ makes up for in unforgettable activities. Because Dominica is a volcanic island, there is a wealth of hot sulphur springs, as well as the hot water of Champagne reef which can reach 90 degrees Fahrenheit and makes for a unique experience when snorkelling or scuba diving!
Grenada is an island that has a little bit of everything. In the south-west corner lies St. Georges, the very pretty and quaint capital of Grenada and surrounding the capital are the majority of the most popular beaches, such as Grand Anse; however, because tourism isn’t as developed in Grenada compared to its neighbouring islands, they’re generally peaceful and quiet. The island itself is quite large if you venture to explore, with a rainforest hike and a look at the reefs, wrecks and underwater sculpture park musts, and in the north of the island you can have a tour of a rum distillery, one of the Caribbean’s greatest exports (in our opinion). The best times to travel to Grenada are arguably May and June, when hurricane weather has not yet set in, and accommodation prices have dropped.
It would be hard to talk about travelling to the Caribbean without mentioning Jamaica, there are plenty of things to do in addition to listening to Bob Marley and drinking rum. A hike up to the top of the 600 feet Dunn’s River Falls, located in Ocho Rios, will not disappoint. The Blue Mountains are the longest mountain range in Jamaica and from the summit, with accessible walking, you can see both the north and south coasts of Jamaica. There is plenty of luxurious accommodation, as well as more modest locations, and of course plenty of music, dancing, food and drink to keep the nights alive. The Bacchanal Carnival has just opened in Kingston and the festivities go on into April, making right now one of the best times to visit Jamaica!
Being in the Caribbean definitely calls for some colourful sunglasses, like these M:UK Soho Preppy Sunglasses in Pink . Perfect for chilling out on the beach with.
Which is your chosen island? Let us know in the comments below…