A Caribbean Adventure

Travel Tips  /   /  By Cher

Most people have dreamed of visiting a Caribbean island at least once or twice in their lifetime. Some people have actually looked into the possibility, maybe even going as far as considering a visit to this paradise archipelago. If you’ve considered it but never actually done it, now is the ideal time. Flight prices are lower, accommodation prices too, and there are more direct flights than ever before. You could even rent your very own Caribbean beach house for a fraction of the price compared to a few years ago!

Of course there are countless islands to choose from, so you need to do your research ahead of time, to make sure you’re choosing the right one for your needs and interests. Honeymooners have long adored the castaway vibe of these islands, but there is more than just the beach to most of them, including outdoor activities, water-based fun, history, culture, shopping, nightlife, and a damn good time!

How to visit the Caribbean is something you also need to think about, because nowadays there are several options before you. For instance, you could simply book a holiday on one island, within one resort, and you could either stay there, or venture around the island a little, exploring one particular destination to the max. This is a popular option, and one which most people go for. On the flipside, you could choose to island hop a little, checking out a few islands during the space of one break. This type of holiday is going to involve a little more planning, but it does mean that you get to see a lot of different things!

Cruises are also very popular, and this is another try before you buy kind of deal. This means that you can visit quite a few different island, usually just for the day or overnight, and that gives you a brief overview of what you can expect, meaning you can decide to go back for a land-based break at a later date. Of course, the downside of a cruise is that you don’t really get to explore a particular island too much, but for some people a flying visit is all they want.

On the flipside, you could attempt a twin centre break. This basically means that you spend a few days in the USA, usually in Florida, visiting Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, or Miami, for instance, before heading over to your Caribbean island of choice after that. This is something that many people choose to do because it gives you true variation, but do remember that to visit the USA you will need a visa, and this is something you need to sort out well ahead of time. Visit your consulate website to find out the visa entry rules for your particular country of origin. If you need to apply for a more formal visa, this can take time, so don’t leave it until the last minute.

However you choose to visit the Caribbean, it’s definitely important to do some research into the island, or islands, you really want to visit. There are more than you probably even realise, with most people focusing simply on the most famous, such as Jamaica, Cuba, or St Lucia. Of course there are countless more than this, with the Dominican Republic, Haiti, the Bahamas, Aruba, Barbados, Puerto Rico, and Trinidad & Tobago to name just a few. There are many more besides, so you should certainly make the time to sit down with your laptop or tablet and peruse the choice that Google sends your way!

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that all the islands are the same, because that’s certainly not the case. Each island is subtly different, and each has a different history and culture. Of course, there is the laid-back Caribbean charm that encompasses all islands, but this is simply about island life. For instance, the Dominican Republic is a lush and green island, and there are many outdoor activities to try and enjoy; for instance, have you ever fancied zip-lining through a rainforest canopy? Why not try it?!

Jamaica is of course a reggae island with charm, but there are also many museums on the island where you can learn about not only the history, but also about things like the origin of reggae music, and how rum is made. Cuba is also a fantastically historic and cultural island, and Havana is a city that is lively, musical, and fun with a capital F! Anyone who enjoys golf will also adore the region overall, because there are some seriously impressive championship golf courses across the Caribbean, and all with that stunning natural background which really takes your game to another level.

Whether you’re a honeymooner, getting married on an island, you’re visiting with friends, a significant other, or you’re heading off with family, the Caribbean has an island, and resort, for everyone. Prices are not what they once were, and that is fantastic news for anyone who has dreamed of heading to this sunny part of the world, but has been put off in the past by high prices and long journeys. Yes, the Caribbean is likely to be a long haul flight regardless of which island you choose, but surely visiting paradise of this standard is worth sitting on a plane for just a little longer than you normally would?

Put simply, paradise is waiting for you, and there has never been a better time than right now.

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