How many times have you looked out of your window at work, probably at a grey, dreary day, and you’ve wondered whether there is something better out there? Most of us have at some point, and it is during these times that we start to dream about far-flung destinations, drenched with sun and total and utter rest and relaxation.
There are many destinations like this on the planet, but most people tend to picture the same kinds of places, usually somewhere in the Caribbean. The bottom line is that the Caribbean islands offer total tranquillity for those who want to get away from it all; whether you stay in a huge five star hotel, you go camping, or you rent your own Caribbean beach house. However you do it, the Caribbean is paradise with a capital P.
Of course, you first need to narrow down your search, i.e. which island you’re actually going to visit! The Caribbean is classed as the area of island which lie in the Caribbean Sea, or in the area of the West Indies. This region lies between North America and South America, and stretches on for a large distance. The weather is guaranteed to be hot and sunny, though the Atlantic Hurricane Season does sometimes play a part in weather disruption from May to the beginning of November. Don’t worry about this however, the chances are slim, and the islands are very well prepared for such occurrences.
When once upon a time the Caribbean used to be a destination saved for honeymooners, retirees, or those who had a little luck in the lottery, nowadays this region is becoming more accessible to all, with lowered prices throughout the year, and many more direct flights to the main islands.
So, which island will you choose?
You have a large range to rifle your way through here, so it pays to do your research. The Bahamas are popular, and these are located just south-east of Florida, making them easily accessible from the US. From there, you could visit The Turks and Caicos Islands, which are south of the Bahamas. You also have Cuba, the Cayman Islands, the green landscapes of the Dominican Republic perhaps, maybe Haiti, hip and happening Jamaica, or even glittering Puerto Rico. The list doesn’t stop there! The Leeward Islands include Anguilla, the 365 beaches (one for every day of the year) of Antigua and Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands, Montserrat, Saint Kitts & Nevis, the US Virgin Islands, and Saint Martin.
There is also the Windward Islands to think about, including Barbados, Grenada, Martinique, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & The Grenadines, as well as funky Trinidad and Tobago. Furthermore, how about Aruba, or Curacao.
This isn’t even the full list of islands, but you can see from this selection that some of the most famous islands in the world are situated in this region.
It’s not just about islands either, as some of the biggest cities in the world are found here, including colourful Kingston on Jamaica, Havana on Cuba, and San Juan in Puerto Rico. These are all large and famous cities in their own right, packed with history and culture to explore. Each island also has particular beach resorts, as well as natural elements to take into account. For instance, the Dominican Republic is known for its very green landscapes, and that means you can walk into the rainforest, explore the flora and fauna, and even say hi to the strange and wonderful wildlife too!
A holiday in the Caribbean need not all be about relaxation if you don’t want it to be, as there are many action-packed activities to try too. You will be able to snorkel, scuba dive, and enjoy watersports to your heart’s content, as well as treks into the countryside or the mountains too. The scenery on every single island really is something to take your breath away, but one activity has to be on your list – the beach.
Some of the most idyllic and downright stunning beaches are found in the Caribbean, and whether you want to lay there for the duration of your break and soak up the sun, with the swaying palm trees as your view, or you want to dip in and out of the sea, the choice is yours. Whatever you do decide, you’ll certainly return back home totally rested and relaxed.
Honeymooners obviously flock to the Caribbean in their droves, and the scenery is really what pulls them. Many weddings also take part in this region, and again, this is for the backdrop to those wedding photos. Golf enthusiasts will love the many top-class golf courses on offer, especially in Saint Lucia, Saints Kitts, and the Bahamas. Kids will love the fun of Jamaica, with the colourful and musical culture at every corner, and all-inclusive Varadero in Cuba is somewhere which everyone will be able to grab total R&R, with some massive hotels to choose from.
Put simply, if you’re thinking of visiting the Caribbean, you are going to be spoilt for choice. There is so much to see and do that you need to put ample time into choosing the right destination for you. Once you’ve done that, you’ll be able to look forward to a break in some of the most jaw-droppingly beautiful scenery on this planet.
Looking for total paradise? It has to be the Caribbean!