Holidays in the Caribbean 🏖️

If you have ever dreamed about holidays in the Caribbean, now is your chance for a tropical getaway filled with sun, beautiful sea and plenty of relaxation.
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An Introduction

Holidays in the Caribbean are perfect for families and romantic getaways with plenty of secluded beaches to all-inclusive resorts and everything in between. With plenty of places in the Caribbean to choose from, they all have a few things in common.

Stunning beaches, crystal clear waters, paradise landscapes and colourful towns. Read on for our list of the most popular Caribbean holiday destinations.

Local Language

The most widely spoken language in the Caribbean in Spanish.

Average Flight Time

Average flight time from the UK is 9 hours.

Currency

The currency in the Caribbean is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar (XCD).

Local Time

Much of the Caribbean is 4 hours behind the UK (UTC -4).

Mexican Riviera

Part of the region of Quintana Roo, the Mexican Riviera is a proud owner of several beautiful cities and lagoons. These destinations are widely popular with tourists from Europe and North America and serve as stop off points for cruise ships heading north to south.

It’s the ideal destination for sea-lovers and divers as the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System runs along the entire Mexican Riviera and offers some of nature’s finest underwater treasures, which makes for some stunning diving opportunities.

Cancun

Holidays in Cancun are the perfect combination of trendy beach holidays and luxury getaways. The city is home to some of the finest hotels and spa resorts, while Playa del Carmen and Playacar are more suited for smaller and quieter resorts.

With so many options for relaxing on the beaches of Acapulco, Los Hornos or Caleta, there are also plenty of opportunities to expand your cultural knowledge. Try exploring the ancient Mayan ruins of the Yucatan peninsula or do some sightseeing in Chichen Itza.

Cuba

Colourful Cuba will forever be associated with Fidel Castro, cigars, mojitos and retro cars in some people’s mind. The island nation has become one of the most beloved holiday destinations in the Caribbean. Colourful cities are full of Spanish colonial architecture, with many 1950’s retro cars cruising through the narrow streets of Havana.

Cuba has a few small offshore islands, such as the Cayo Guillermo located in the Sabana-Camagüey archipelago – home of some of the most heavenly beaches in the entire region with stunning opportunities to dive in a living coral reef.

British holidaymakers particularly love the resort area of Varadero, while others prefer the city atmosphere of Holguin and the white sand beaches of Guardalavaca, as well as the many options of all-inclusive resorts on the island of Cayo Coco. The simple pleasures of listening to rhythmic Cuban music at night, sipping on local rum cocktails and salsa dancing should be enough to entice you to visit.

Dominican Republic

The second largest Caribbean nation, Dominican Republic shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti. The country’s capital of Santo Domingo is a combination of old Spanish-style buildings and modern high-rise skyscrapers. If you enjoy history, you will love the amount of monuments and statues around the place. Most British visitors are attracted to the large tourist hubs of Puerto Plata, Punta Cana and La Romana.

Landscape of the Dominican Republic is a mixture of evergreen forests in the highlands, grassy valleys and desert areas with dunes. There is plenty to do, with rounds of golf on one of the many stunning golfing greens to whale watching from Samana to simply catching sun rays on one of the many white sand beaches of Bahia de la Aquilas – multiple time award winning best beach in the Dominican Republic.

If you enjoy or want to try diving, holidays in the Dominican Republic are the perfect time and place to do it, with many shipwrecks, coral reefs and underwater cave systems to explore.

Barbados

Barbados is home to one of the most diverse landscapes in the entire Caribbean. From the rough coral reefs and powerful tides of the beaches of Batsheba on the East side, to the peaceful surroundings and white sand beaches of the West side.

The colourful capital city of Bridgetown is located on the South side of the island and is home to colonial architecture, restaurants with delicious food and classic Bajan hospitality. Further South you will find great nightlife of St Lawrence Gap and Oistins, with quiet all-inclusive resorts and peaceful golfing greens in the North. The unique climate of 365-day sunshine has ensured that Barbados remains one of the most visited destinations in the entire Caribbean.

Jamaica

A stone-throw away from Cuba is the gorgeous island nation of Jamaica. Well known for its natural beauty and the chilled out atmosphere, holidays to Jamaica are truly one of a kind. Explore the nation’s capital of Kingston and learn about the history of Jamaica. Take a stroll around the Bob Marley Museum and learn about Jamaica’s musical history – located in the legendary musician’s former recording studio. You can also head to and explore the northern coastal resorts on Montego Bay – Jamaica’s second largest city.

Despite Jamaica’s laid back reputation, you can get active by hiking in the Blue Mountains or gaze upon water crashing down from a 180-metre drop  at Dunn’s River Falls in Ocho Rios. There are also plenty of opportunities for river rafting down the Rio Grande River down to St Margaret’s Bay.

If you’re there to relax then enjoy your time on Long Bay in Negril – a 7 mile long stretch of white sand beaches with tiki huts serving up cool local rum cocktails and spicy jerk chicken with sounds of reggae music often heard.

Antigua and Barbuda

Like two twin sisters, the islands of Antigua and Barbuda are located just north of Guadeloupe. Antigua is the larger of the two islands and is also the main tourist hub. Holidays to Antigue are better suited for families with plenty of all-inclusive resorts and activities to keep the whole family entertained.

The island of Barbuda is more suited for couple holidays and romantic breaks. Hidden pink sand beaches, beach seafood restaurants and local markets can truly create a romantic “holidays in the Caribbean” atmosphere.

The area also hosts many smaller islands like the US Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, St Kitts and Nevis.

Aruba

Located just off the coast of Venezuela, Aruba enjoys a sunny, dry climate. Holidays in Aruba are ideal for relaxing on the beach, surfing and diving.

It’s not all about the pristine beaches of Aruba. The island is well known for its many types of activities that it has to offer, like stunning walking paths and kite surfing in the very enjoyable year-round cool breeze.

Trinidad and Tobogo

Another set of twin islands, holidays to Trinidad and Tobago have plenty to offer. Tobago is the more quiet island with plenty of hidden beaches, stunning rainforest walks and coral reefs. It’s recognised as one of the finest sustainable tourism destinations in the Caribbean.

Trinidad is a hotspot for Caribbean culture, especially during the February celebrations when a lively carnival atmosphere takes over. You should also visit the Asa Wright Nature Centre, as well as the La Brea Pitch natural asphalt lake.

Bermuda

Found on the northern side of the Caribbean, holidays to Bermuda are similar to its southern cousins. With gorgeous reefs perfect for diving and some of the most beautiful beaches on the planet (including Astwood Park, Elbow Beach and Horseshoe Bay), Bermuda is truly a stunning place to go on holiday to. 

You will find the island to be a rich cultural melting pot with influences from the UK and the US.

Turks and Caicos Islands

This overseas British territory is made up of 40 islands, but only 8 of them are inhabited. Holidays to Turks and Caicos Islands are a diver’s version of heaven. Encircled by a stunning coral reef, the islands are home to some of the most varied marine life in the entire Caribbean. 

The islands tend to have a very relaxed atmosphere, while giving you a true Caribbean feel with its local ripsaw music scene. If you go between the end of December and April you stand a good chance at spotting some humpback whales off the coast of Grace Bay.

St Kitts and Nevis

This small two-island nation is the perfect destination for holidays in the Caribbean.

Just picture a combination of stunning beaches with white-sand, turquoise sea and gorgeous mountains inland as your backdrop. This is what holidays to St Kitts and Nevis look like.

Bahamas

Who hasn’t heard of The Bahamas? Just north of the island of Cuba, The Bahamas are made up of 16 main islands. It’s capital city of Nassau can be found on Paradise Island and provides some of the best shopping experiences in the entire Caribbean. From straw markets to designer shops, it’s considered by many to be the most stylish place in the Caribbean. 

At night time you can expect a lively atmosphere as the city centre turns itself into a buzzing clubbing spot. During the day you can explore the surrounding islands by ferry and visit places like the pink sands of Harbour Islands or go dolphin spotting near the Grand Bahama Island.

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Cayman Islands

Made up of just 3 islands (Cayman Brac, Little Cayman and the Grand Cayman) you can visit the Cayman Islands for a bit of luxury on your holidays in the Caribbean. The capital is called George Town and has a right British charm to it, with wooden buildings and upmarket shopping centres. 

At the same time, you can still enjoy some of the best beaches and see beautiful marine life – like swimming with stingrays or visiting the Green Sea Turtle Farm. The islands also have many nature trails inland.

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St Lucia

St Lucia is the gateway to the Caribbean. Holidays to St Lucia are ideal for couples who can relax on many of the island’s secluded beaches. You can pamper yourself in one of its many luxury spas and take the edge off in the sulphur springs. 

If you’re looking for an active holiday, try sailing, horse riding or explore the island on one of its many hiking trails through the mountains and the untouched rainforest.

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Martinique

A chich holiday destination, this overseas territory of France is home to some of the most stunning beaches in the Caribbean. It has more than 12 rum distilleries and even a live volcano! It’s capital city of Fort-de-France has plenty to offer its visitors. From stylish boutique shops, colorful market stalls to beautiful architecture.

You will find most of the island’s resorts in the area of Pointe du Bout, where you can also enjoy activities such as windsurfing, kayaking and yachting in the choppy waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

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Grenada

The hidden gem in the south of the Caribbean, holidays to Grenada are ideally suited for romantic couple getaways. It’s so peaceful with it’s many nature reserves and porcelain white-sand beaches. Inside the rainforest nature reserves you can spot many exotic animals, such as monkeys. 

In the capital of St George you will find beautiful colonial-era architecture and be sure to visit the busy harbour. You can also expect to see fields of spice crops such as nutmeg, cinnamon and clove.

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What is the best time of year to go to the Caribbean?

If you’re after scorching summer sun or cooler winter air, holidays in the Caribbean can offer you both. The entire region is widely considered to be a year-round destination with temperatures varying from place to place. You can expect the temperature to average between 24-29°C throughout winter and summer.

Peak season for holidays in the Caribbean runs from December to the middle of April. Beware of the hurricane season, which runs from July to the end of November – keep in mind that weather forecasts are usually good enough to give people enough time to prepare.

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