The Caribbean Sea homes more than 7,000 islands, islets, reefs and cays all offering visitors a taste of relaxation and adventure. Sandwiched between the Gulf of Mexico and South America, you’ll find islands of white sandy beaches, clear blue sea, luscious green jungle and the sun always shining. For a mix of adventure, history, rum, and relaxation the Caribbean is the place to be.
The Caribbean has had a colourful history beginning in 1492 when Christopher Columbus first landed on a small island, and has been home to thriving sugar, coffee, tobacco, cotton, and rice trades. The islands swapped ownership between the Spanish, Dutch, French, Portuguese and British for many years. This means each island has its own distinct culture that reflects is previous ownerships in unique ways.
Our top picks for the Caribbean are:
The Dominican Republic is a perfect place to be if you enjoy rum, art, and culture. The island has a rich colonial history, and like others in the Caribbean, natural beauty behind every corner. With a whole host of activities to take part in, from scuba diving and snorkelling to mountain biking and in-land safaris, there’s an adventure here for everyone.
Spend Day of the Dead in Mexico, to join in the parade, or visit at any time of the year to see Chichén Itzá, one of the seven wonders of the world, or beautiful churches and cathedrals and astounding Mayan ruins. Or take things a bit slower and relax on the picturesque beaches of Riviera Maya or Cancun.
Barbados has a collection of festivals that take place throughout the year, such as Holetown Festival, The Food & Wine and Rum festival, The Barbados Reggae Festival and many more. Known for being the ‘culinary capital of the Caribbean’ visitors to Barbados are treated to fantastic Bajan cuisine, live music, beautiful scenery, and that well known Caribbean feeling.
Interested in Maritime history? Why not head to Antigua where there’s not only enough beaches to go to a different one every day for a year, but you can also visit Nelson’s Dockyard. A former British Navy base, named after Admiral Nelson, that has been restored to its past glory.
If you’re less enthused by history but still looking for awe-inspiring views, give St. Lucia a try. There’s a wealth of natural beauty in St Lucia and so many ways to explore it, like hiking the Tet Paul Nature Trail, Zip lining over the lush tropical rainforest beneath Petit Piton, or opt to sail around the island at sunset for that perfect honeymoon evening.
From magnificent sandy beaches and towns steeped in history, to carnivals and cocktails in coconuts, there’s never a dull moment in the Caribbean. Call us today to plan your ultimate holiday.