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About the Caribbean
A little known fact, there are over seven thousand islands in the Caribbean - bet you can't name more than a handful...thats because only 10% of them are inhabited.
There's also a huge contrast between them from the upbeat Barbados to the laid back, stuck-in-time, St Vincent; the business hub of the Caymans to St Kitts...to Cuba...and so on.
What they all have in common however are the miles of white sandy beaches, the azure blue waters, the stunning underwater kingdoms and the richly green forests and vibrant wildlife. Head for the unspoilt islands like St Lucia and Dominica for a truly opulent experience or take a boat trip and visit one (or more) of the thousands of uninhabited ones - a bandanna around your head, an eye patch and a parrot and you're your very own Jack Sparrow, savvy - Yo Ho!
The Caribbean gives you the excuse you need to take a paintbrush to your wardrobe (figuratively speaking) as colour is celebrated and the vibe throughout the islands is vibrant, fun loving and exciting. Even the food is full of colour, with a veritable rainbow of things on offer on both restaurant menus and food market stalls, and lets not forget the rum...oh the rum!
Relax at the beach, party in your resort, explore the local areas and discover the local communities, dive beneath the waves to find hidden kingdoms or stay above them and ride them in, indulge in ancient culture, indulge in modern music or find your inner Jack Sparrow and hunt for treasure as your very own "Pirate of the Caribbean".
Still not convinced? Book your next trip now and find out for yourself what your missing out on.
When to visit
If you're planning a holiday in the Caribbean, our top picks for the best time to travel would be andecember
Think warmth, sunshine, azure blue seas and cloudless skies, mixed with a laid-back vibe. The threat of tropical storms has passed, and the heat isn't too oppressive yet.
Books inspired by the Caribbean
Our hand-picked selection of books to get you in the mood for your Caribbean holiday
Follows the case of a servant and former slave accused of murdering her employer in 1926 London. Frannie has a story to share: of her childhood on a Jamaican plantation, her apprenticeship under a debauched scientist, and the events that brought her into her employers' London home. Historical novel meets murder mystery - a powerful debut from 2019.
Ann and her husband quit their jobs to fulfil their dreams of sailing the Caribbean. "One of the most enjoyable travelogues in modern literature", this follows their incredible journey across 16 countries and 47 different islands. Travelscoop's Stuart loved this and said at times it felt like he was there!
Beatriz Perez is a Cuban exile tasked by the CIA to infiltrate Fidel Castro’s inner circle. Beatriz quickly becomes embroiled in the political tug of war between the two nations and faces a tough decision with everything at stake. A page-turner which brings 1960s Cuba and Florida alive in all its glorious colour.
Caribbean Blog posts
From the UK's most popular travel bloggers
6th June 2022 by Where Angie WandersDiscover the most beautiful Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean
The Turks and Caicos Islands are undoubtedly one of the most beautiful tropical archipelagos in the Caribbean and a dream destination for couples, families and groups. With water bluer than you could imagine and golden sandy beaches stretching for miles, Turks and Caicos really will have you thinking you have arrived in paradise....
8th December 2021 by Two Monkey's TravelCaribbean Food – 10 Caribbean dishes & drinks that you should try
The Caribbean Bay is famous for its natural beauty. This location has an area of around one million square miles which consists of more than 7,000 islands. These islands are divided into 13 independent countries, and 12 are under the system of the US, and some of the European countries such as Britain, Dutch, and France....
12th February 2021 by AndyCheapest places to holiday in May
May is, arguably, one of the best months of the year to take a break, across the globe. Mainly, because you can take advantage of the May Bank Holidays, but you’ve just missed the rush of the Easter season. Then, there’s absolutely gorgeous weather, from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean.You’re likely to find bargains too, for hotels, flights, cruises and all-inclusive deals, as prices drop after April. Get ready to pack your beach towel, don’t forget your flip flops and make the most...
12th February 2021 by AndyCheapest places to holiday in June
It’s time to celebrate when it’s June! Summer is here and a ‘staycation’, a trip to the Mediterranean or a city break means great weather, without the rush of August crowds. Best of all, you’ll miss the scorching heat of July, while being able to take advantage of fantastic deals across the globe. Pack your sunscreen, flip flops and favourite summer read – ready to hit the beach!Beach HolidaysJune brings some of the best weather conditions to Europe, however many popular resorts are...
18th February 2020 by While I'm YoungWhat to pack for a Caribbean cruise
What you need to pack for a Caribbean cruise depends, of course, on how long the cruise you’ve booked is. Mine was one week long so this Caribbean cruise packing guide is created with a seven night cruise in mind, but if your trip is shorter or longer you can easily adapt the cruise packing checklist to suit you....
4th December 2019 by PommieTravelsIs the Dominican Republic the BEST Caribbean Country?
So it’s time to book that flight to the DR. Getting ready to visit one of the most visited countries in Latin America. You’re already picturing yourself in on the resort, walking on fine white sand beaches, relaxing the day away. But… You keep wondering if somewhere would be better. Mexico? Cuba? Puerto Rico? So you decide to do a little digging and see if the Dominican Republic is the best spot to visit in the Caribbean. ...
15th July 2019 by The Wandering QuinnA full travel guide to Dominica – The nature island of the Caribbean
Dominica, ‘The Nature Island of the Caribbean’, an island with 365 Rivers, 9 Volcanos, 70,000 people and an airport with the smallest runway. Dominica is wild, it feels untouched, undiscovered. It’s not a Caribbean Island you visit to relax on a beach or in your resort. Oh no, Dominica is the island you visit for adventure, for nature, and some very friendly locals! It’s a must visit Caribbean island! I was lucky enough to spend 6 days in Dominica with the Discover Dominica Tourism...