Hit The Beach
There are great beaches with crystal-clear waters and soul-warming sun on almost every island of the Caribbean. But some of the beach spots that consistently top the popularity poles include pristine Crane Beach on Barbados, the sugary sands of Grand Anse Beach on Grenada and Baby Beach in Aruba with its offshore coral reefs. Antigua even claims to offer a different beach for every day of the year.
Pirates, Conquistadors and Spice Traders
The history of the Caribbean is sprinkled with famous explorers, bold buccaneers, smugglers, slaves and the search for exotic spices. The eclectic influence of these different enterprises can be seen in places like the UNESCO World Heritage listed fort and historic centre of Bridgetown, Barbados, Nelson’s Dockyards on Antigua and the Catedral Primada de América in the Dominican Republic which was built by the son of Christopher Columbus and plundered by pirates in 1586.
It’s not just what’s on the beach that matters on holidays to the Caribbean. Some of the most beautiful views are to be found under the Caribbean Sea, which is consistently warm and spectacularly clear, often offering visibility over 100 metres (30 ft) down. Few places in the world offer such perfect conditions for underwater exploration.
The melting pot of cultural influences in the Caribbean is a recipe for a year-long calendar of epic parties, fuelled by rum and Afro-Caribbean rhythms. Some of our favourites include the three month long Cropover Barbados, the St Lucia Jazz & Arts Fest, Antigua Sailing Week and the Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Latin Caribbean cuisine is a mind-boggling blending of tropical tastes and multicultural influences. It is a celebration of aromatic, sweet and tart, piquant and mild citrus flavours coupled with fresh and bountiful local produce. Try ackee and saltfish in Jamaica, fresh conch in Turks & Caicos or Bermuda fish chowder. For a total immersion in the cuisine of the Caribbean, look out for one of the many annual food festivals.