The Caribbean region, meaning the Caribbean Sea and its islands and surrounding coasts, is located south of the United States and above South America. Popular tourist islands include Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, St Barts and Trinidad and Tobago. Caribbean resorts are known for their extensive amenities and many offer luxurious service and accommodation. Caribbean hotels are similarly well-presented and many offer all-inclusive incentives. Holidays to Caribbean can be as relaxed or active as you desire. There’s a lot to be said for spending two weeks lazing on the beach but you can also choose from a long list of activities, from scuba diving to surfing, horse riding to paragliding. The climate in the Caribbean is predictably glorious. There are few seasonal variations and the warm temperature is generally constant. The Caribbean sees an average of seven to nine hours of sunshine a day.
Holidays in Caribbean are special because they offer choice, quality and individuality in a tropical setting. You’re never far from a powder-sand beach, the waters are warm and clear and the food and accommodation is top-notch. If you’re looking for high-end luxury you are sure to find it on a Caribbean holiday. The islands boast numerous luxurious, elegant and attractive accommodation options in 5* resorts and hotels where every need is catered for. This makes the Caribbean ideal for honeymooners and for those looking for something a little special. Those searching for cheap Caribbean holidays should try looking for Caribbean deals in the all-inclusive resorts or hotels. Holidays to Caribbean suit all kinds of people and purpose.
Whether you want to kick back or take a livelier pace you will be well looked after. Caribbean holidays are great for those wanting variety and some sun. In particular, for a family holiday Caribbean has much to offer.
Many Caribbean resorts are truly family-friendly, with safe beaches and lots of space for children to play. Accommodation is usually generously sized for families and you can book two-roomed suites at most Caribbean resorts. An example of a family-friendly resort is the 5* Carlisle Bay in Antigua. Adults can enjoy the yoga and Pilates pavilion and tennis courts while kids are kept occupied at the Cool Kids Club with a weekly activity programme, kids’ movies in the screening room and a crèche for little ones. Mega-resort 5* Atlantis in Bahamas provides everything to keep children entertained on holiday and also offers specialist kids camps and adventure packages. Holiday in Caribbean and you’ve got a fantastic choice of tropical locations to choose from. Antigua is referred to as the ‘gateway to the Caribbean’ and is one of the most important islands in the east of the Caribbean. It has a rugged coastline characterized by bays, reefs and white sand beaches, fanned by a cooling breeze. Barbados offers relaxation combined with activity, boasting facilities for golf, diving, windsurfing and surfing alongside stunning beaches. It also has cultural attractions such as country houses and plantations. Barbados’s south coast has the most hotel development and calm waters while the east coast is ideal for surfing.
The Bahamas is an iconic Caribbean destination. Visit the Bahamas for eco-tourism breaks, for top-quality scuba diving and snorkelling and some pristine beaches and wash down with great evening entertainment. Jamaica provides not only beach-based activities but many interesting inland excursions. Top tourist draws include Montego Bay, Negril, Ocho Rios and Kingston. The island’s north coast has some perfect wide sandy beaches. St Barts is the Caribbean’s ritzy, glitzy destination, catering to the jet-set with some sumptuous accommodation and up-scale dining. Cuba is well-known for its individuality, sense of history and vibrant music and dancing. There’s plenty of accommodation choice for your Caribbean holiday. Hotels in Caribbean include the Antigua 5* Carlisle Bay. This luxurious Caribbean hotel is located on the stunning island of Antigua, set on a rainforest-backed beach. It has 82 spacious suites with a balcony or terrace, coolly decorated interior and ocean views. There’s the ‘Blue Spa’ offering natural pampering plus two restaurants and three bars to relax in. Another Caribbean hotel, this one in Barbados, is the 5* The Fairmont Royal Pavilion. Set on the east end of the island, this high-spec hotel is the ideal spot for a relaxing holiday. The accommodation comprises of 72 suites with a guaranteed view of the ocean from a private balcony or terrace. Another of the hotels Caribbean showcases is Bahamas 5* Atlantis. The massive Atlantis on Paradise Beach is a destination in itself, a fully-equipped ocean-themed resort with an abundance of accommodation options. Choose from a suite in the Reef, the Coral Towers or the Cove and between 21 restaurants and 19 bars and lounges. Food ranges from fine dining to buffet-style quick eats. 5* Secret St James Montego Bay is located in Jamaica, an adults-only resort set along a private beach. This Caribbean hotel has 350 luxury suites and offers an all-inclusive package. Enjoy the spa facilities and choose from a number of elegant dining options from Italian cuisine to Japanese and Jamaican cooking. The Caribbean is well provided with flights to its most popular holiday islands. British Airways and Virgin Atlantic fly to Barbados and also to Antigua. Air Jamaica, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic take care of Jamaica. The temperature is warm in winter and hot in summer, though not extremely so and visitors rarely suffer the problems associated with heat stress. The wettest months are from May to October and the winter months are driest and sunniest. Consequently winter attracts the most visitors and Caribbean resorts can get busy. You may be able to find cheap holidays to Caribbean if you shop around outside the peak holiday seasons. A package holiday Caribbean will often include accommodation as well as all food, drinks and activities. All of the popular Caribbean islands have a large choice of accommodation, usually providing full facilities such as several swimming pools, numerous dining options, spas and water sport activities. Choose from family-friendly Caribbean resorts and adult-only locations plus smaller, boutique-style accommodation.
The Caribbean is a tropical location and can be affected by hurricanes, although the chance of one ruining your holiday is slim. Hurricane season officially lasts from June to the end of November, with August to October the peak months.