A holiday in the Caribbean – a paradise of palm trees and sea
The Caribbean fits the image of a dream holiday in every way. You’ll find everything you need here to have a wonderful break. From white, sandy beaches to rain forests with a diverse range of animal and plant life, and of course the generous hospitality of the locals. Treat yourself to the delicious Caribbean food and the selection of activities on land and in the water will provide you with plenty of variety. If you’re looking for a dream holiday, the Caribbean has lots of destinations that will give you exactly that. I’m going to share with you the most popular destinations for a holiday in the Caribbean. But first of all, let me tell you the best time to visit this paradise in the Atlantic Ocean.
- The best time to go on holiday to the Caribbean
- A trip to the Caribbean – popular destinations
- The Dominican Republic – a beach paradise
- Puerto Rico – home of the Piña Colada
- Jamaica – reggae, Rasta and the Ras Natango Gallery
- St. Martin – more than just the most dangerous airport in the world
- St. Lucia – romantic island with spectacular nature
- Curacao – the island with two faces
- Trinidad and Tobago – the sister islands of the Caribbean
- Antigua and Barbuda – dancing, snorkeling and sightseeing
The best time to go on holiday to the Caribbean
Situated in the western part of the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean is a hit with its tropical climate. Here, warm, summer temperatures prevail the whole year long. The best time to go to the Caribbean is during the winter, so between December and April. In the winter, it’s dry and it doesn’t rain very much, which is ideal! So as it starts to get cold here in the UK, you could escape the low temperatures and go to soak up some sun. From June to October, it’s the rainy season in the Caribbean. However, you can still look forward to high summer temperatures and travel around the Caribbean during this time.
A trip to the Caribbean – popular destinations
The Caribbean is made up of more than 1,000 islands and archipelagos. Which obviously means that there are so many different destinations that you could head to on a trip to the Caribbean. Each island is different in its own way, but obviously there are some similarities too. For example, you can go hiking or play golf on any of the islands. You can relax on the white sand of the dreamy beaches on all the islands and swim in turquoise water. And the underwater world of the Caribbean is perfect for snorkeling and diving. Admire the colourful coral under the water’s surface and swim with turtles. Keep reading to find out which are the most popular travel destinations in the Caribbean.
The Dominican Republic – a beach paradise
The Dominican Republic is an island nation located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea and is the most well-known holiday destination in the Caribbean. And there’s a reason for that. Here, the dreamy beaches look like they’ve come straight from a postcard. If you want to go on a top-class beach holiday, then it should be here. In the south of the island, for example, there’s a lovely fishing village, Bayahibe, which attracts tourists with a stunning beach. Also on the south coast, is Playa Bavaro. This beach paradise is close to Punta Cana, which is in the centre of the country and also a tourist magnet. However, if it’s a quiet beach holiday you’re after, you should stay away from Punta Cana. In the north, there’s Playa Dorada, for example. Beach lovers, divers, hikers and mountain bikers are all in the right part of the Caribbean here. Picturesque landscapes set the scene. With a bit of luck, you’ll be able to watch whales whilst on your Caribbean holiday in Puerto Plata, which is also in the north. When visiting the Dominican Republic you just simply have to visit the capital Santo Domingo. It’s the biggest city on the island and here you can enjoy the culture, crafts and cooking to the full. The Dominican Republic is known for its luxurious all inclusive resorts and exclusive hotels in heavenly locations. You can really treat yourself here.
Puerto Rico – home of the Piña Colada
This American island in the Caribbean is a paradise for hikers, beach holiday makers and cocktail lovers. The Puerto Ricans invented the Piña Colada and every year on the 10th of July, they celebrate the national drink. A tour of the Bacardi rum distillery should also be on every holiday makers to-do list, even if you’re not a fan of rum. Hikers must head to the mountainous region of the island. Cerro La Punta is the tallest mountain and sensational views of the island await you at the top. Even the capital, San Juan, is visible from the top. The small old town is a hit with its nightlife and cultural highlights. Let the Latin American rhythm carry you away and enjoy the hospitality of the people. Visiting the harbour whilst in San Juan is also a must. El Yunque National Park in the east of Puerto Rico is beautiful with untouched nature. The mountains and forests will cast a spell over nature lovers. To mix things up, you can go shopping. There are lots of typical American shopping centres on the island, where you can spend your holiday money. Other highlights are the beaches and coves in Puerto Rico. The stretches of coast are impressive with numerous places to bathe, sometimes even without any other people on them. Depending on what you want to do – sunbathing, surfing, snorkeling – you can head to various different beaches. To relax, Luquillo Beach, Ocean Park Beach, Rosado Beach and Tamarindo Beach, as well as the beaches in Isla Verde are ideal. Surfers from all over the world flock to the northwest coast. On the beaches of Ricon Bay, there’s not only huge waves but space for the whole family. Flamenco Beach and Playa Esperanza are perfect for snorkel tours. These beaches are on the neighbouring islands to Puerto Rico. As you can see, this Caribbean island is extremely diverse!
Jamaica – reggae, Rasta and the Ras Natango Gallery
On no other island is the Caribbean vibe so strong. Jamaica is another well-known island in the Caribbean. Reggae rhythms, Rastafarians, Bob Marley and the black, gold and green flag are all characteristics of the island. But there’s also dreamy beaches, a fascinating underwater world, lively cities and a laid-back lifestyle. In addition to the capital of Jamaica, Kingston, Montego Bay is another one of the tourist hubs. There’s an airport here, the world-famous Doctor’s Cave Beach and all kinds of handicrafts, which you can admire in the Ras Natango Gallery, for example. The hotels in Montego Bay are in magnificent locations right by the beach. Another place worth visiting in Jamaica is Negril. It’s a dream destination for divers and beach lovers. Rick’s Café is the place to be come sunset. You shouldn’t miss out on seeing Long Bay, the lighthouse of the city and the impressive cliffs in Negril. Those who want to wander in the footsteps of Bob Marley, can visit the museum in Kingston, the Culture Yard in Trenchtown and his grave in Nine Mile. If you’re a fan of a diverse range of food, then you’re in right place in Jamaica. There are African, Indian, British and Chinese influences in the Jamaican cuisine.
St. Martin – more than just the most dangerous airport in the world
This small island in the Caribbean is known for one thing especially: the Princess Juliana International Airport. It is one of the most dangerous airports in the world as it located directly by a beach. The planes fly just above the heads of the beach-goers. But there’s something else interesting about St. Martin: the island is divided. The southern part belongs to the Netherlands while the northern part belongs to France. In the French region of the island, you can experience that pure Caribbean feeling on the wonderful, sandy beaches. You can go snorkeling and diving or simply sunbathe and splash about in the water. If you want to be more active, the interior of the island invites you to go for a hike. The tallest mountain awaits you here and rewards with stunning views. The smaller Dutch part impresses with lots of history and places to go shopping. Philipsburg mainly attracts the shopaholic tourists: In the free port, you don’t have to pay tax or duty. For those interested in history and culture, a visit to the fortresses, Fort William and Fort Amsterdam, is particularly interesting. The Border Monument and the historical court should be on your list of things to see.
St. Lucia – romantic island with spectacular nature
This island in the Lesser Antilles is the perfect destinations for romantics. Sandy beaches and impressive mountains wherever you look as well as incredible sunsets. The hospitality of the locals and the delicious food makes a holiday to St. Lucia perfect. The island is known for its luxury hotels and resorts. So, you’ll be able to enjoy some time out here with lots of extras. In the south of the island, Qualibou is waiting to be discovered by the adventures among you. It is a famous lava landscape with 18 lava domes. A trip here is obligatory! The Twin Pitons are the landmark of the Windward Islands. Besides the two volcanic plugs, you can also find rain forests, thermal springs and wonderful coral reefs in the Pitons Management Area. The protected area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
After experiencing the nature, you can tuck into the typical cuisine of St. Lucia. French and Caribbean elements are characteristic of the dishes. Try the traditional stew Metagee! You also can’t miss out on the dreamy beaches in St. Lucia. Redult Beach, Choc Bay and La Brelotte Bay are all divine. Rent a car to explore the island and you’ll discover lots more picturesque beaches and bathing paradises.
Curacao – the island with two faces
When you hear the name of this next island, the delicious cocktail made with the same named blue liquor probably springs to mind. Curacao fascinates holiday makers with its two contrasting faces. On the one hand, the island is a paradise with heavenly beaches. And on the other, it is extremely industrial in the capital, Willemstad. This makes the island perfect for both beach holiday makers and city break fans. Dive into the history of the island in the museum in the capital. The colourful little houses will cast a spell over you and make you feel as though you’re in Amsterdam. As the island actually belongs to the Netherlands, there are lots of chip shops. That’s one reason why predominantly lots of Dutch tourists like to spend their holidays here in the Caribbean. The stunning landscapes contrast the island’s metropolis. Other than the beaches and coves, there’s also the Christoffel National Park, Aloe Vera plantations and a botanical garden. With a boat, you can go to Klein Curacao. On the island just offshore, you can go snorkeling with turtles in the turquoise water. If you’re looking for a contrasting programme for your Caribbean holiday, Curacao is the place to go.
Trinidad and Tobago – the sister islands of the Caribbean
Both Trinidad and Tobago lure you in with unforgettable natural experiences and, as expected from the Caribbean, divine beaches. The two islands have very similar landscapes. Trinidad is the larger of the two islands and boasts mountain ranges, rain forests and savannas. There are even beautiful beaches. The island capital, Port of Spain, has lots on offer if you want to party the night away. Here, there’s a vibrant Caribbean flair. Some highlights worth seeing in Trinidad are Asia Wright Nature Center, the Caroni swamps and the Pitch Lake.
You’ll find the island nation’s most beautiful sandy beaches on the smaller island, Tobago. The most well-known beach here is Pigeon Point. Due to the size, this island is a lot quieter and tranquil than Trinidad. That’s why people are drawn here, mainly for some relaxation. Some highlights are Argyle Waterfall, taking a trip on a glass-bottomed boat and the Grafton Caledonia Wildlife nature reserve. Trinidad and Tobago offer a variety of things to do on holiday with the Caribbean flair.
Antigua and Barbuda – dancing, snorkeling and sightseeing
The Caribbean nation, Antigua and Barbuda, is located just southeast of Puerto Rico and is another dream destination for your holiday to the Caribbean. Culture and relaxation along with the Caribbean flair await you here. The harbour and the capital, Saint John’s, is a popular destination in Antigua. Especially during the summer months for the Mid Summer Carnival. During the festival, people dance to reggae music in the streets and you can watch impressive parades. You shouldn’t miss out on a trip or two to the beach when in this Caribbean city. Close to Saint John’s, there’s Fort Bay, Runaway Bay and Dickenson Bay. Lots of beaches on Antigua and Barbuda are perfect for snorkeling – so go and discover the underwater world. English Harbour, Nelson’s Dockyard and Saint John’s Cathedral make great excursions and will take you back in time into the history of Antigua and Barbuda. The nation and islands are the perfect destination for a diverse holiday.