The Caribbean is a holiday destination known to many as the cream of the crop. With year round sun, world-class beaches and a rich collection of varying cultures, there are few places on the planet more appealing than here.
While you’ve probably heard of the delights of Antigua and St. Lucia enough times, there are more than a handful of larger, beautiful Caribbean islands. Here, we take a look at just a few.
The Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic is a great tropical vacation spot for families as it is one of the most fun-packed islands, perfect for water sports in particular. If you’re drawn to the island by sports, but don’t have kids in tow, consider heading inland to check out the cycling and trekking, which will take you through some of the luscious island interior – that’s if you can tear yourself away from the beaches, of course.
The country is 2 thirds of the Island of Hispaniola with the other third being Haiti. The best time to visit is December to April when it is dry and temperature hover around a pleasant 24c. Hurricanes come to the island every couple of years during August to October.
What attracts a large number of visitors to the island of Jamaica, the third largest in the Caribbean, is its natural beauty, but perhaps even more beautiful and inviting, is the local culture. Each of the Caribbean islands has its own identity, which is embodied by its people and Jamaica is a great example.
Get stuck in with the locals and you can get the full Jamaican experience of reggae music and unhindered relaxation. The locals of Jamaica are among the friendliest in the world, but for a taste of the island’s natural beauty, head to Dunn’s River Falls, a large waterfall, where families can spend the day climbing and splashing around.
When it comes to luxury Caribbean holidays there are few settings more delightful than the island of Jamaica. Hurricane season here is from July to October making the best time to visit January to April.
Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean and is totally unique, not only in the Caribbean, but in the world. Its turbulent history with the United States has left the destination as an island which tells two stories, both of which are fascinating and contribute equally to making it one of the world’s premier holiday destinations. The uplifting and inclusive spirit of the local people is another factor which makes it difficult for visitors to leave.
Upon arrival in Cuba, you’ll notice that it’s not like any other Caribbean island. Needless to say, one can expect all of the natural Caribbean beauty, but Cuba’s beauty goes one step further. The 1950s cars give the towns a great atmosphere and the architecture provides the perfect backdrop for some relaxing Cuban music and, of course, rum.