What do you want from your holiday? Relaxation? Adventure? A romantic getaway for just the two of you, or a family vacation with something for everyone? Whatever it is you need, chances are a Caribbean holiday can provide it for you, and much more too.
Magnificent views, beautifully furnished rooms, even private beaches. If you’re after a touch of luxury, then the Caribbean is pure perfection. Try a spa resort such as Sandals, and enjoy massages, treatments, steam rooms, saunas and Jacuzzis.
Surfing, cycling, sailing, kite surfing, waterfall hiking, zip lining: for adventurous spirits, the Caribbean has it all. From beginners to experts, whatever your activity, holidays to the Caribbean are a great opportunity to have fun, improve your skills and even meet like-minded souls.
It won’t come as surprise to you that the Caribbean has one of the most pleasant climates in the world. What might surprise you is the variety. For example, the island of Aruba is very warm and dry, tempered by delicious ocean breezes, but very little risk of more extreme winds. Dominica, on the other hand, is dominated by lush rainforests.
From the casinos of Aruba to the live music of Barbados, to cabaret in the Dominican Republic, however you like to party, holidays in the Caribbean give you an excellent opportunity to let your hair down and have some serious fun.
And if you’re not so much of a party animal, there are islands for you as well. Montserrat, Dominica and the Grenadines are all recommended for those of you who value laid back, tranquil evenings, far away from any noise or bustle.
If you can’t decide which island is for you, then a cruise is a brilliant way to sample a wide variety of them. Experience the unique local culture of each island, enjoy the glamour of cruise ship life, and go back to your own luxury cabin each night to get some sleep and wake up refreshed for a new day of adventures.
An exotic destination wedding? A romantic honeymoon? Caribbean holidays were made for couples to share. Walk hand in hand along the secluded beach, watching the sun set over the palm trees; have adventures together; indulge in luxury dining, or simply enjoy long lazy lie-ins together in one of the Caribbean’s many wonderful hotels and guest houses.
The Caribbean is also a wonderful destination for families with children. Try swim-up movies in the Almond Beach Village in Barbados, family yoga in Atlantis on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, pirate-themed fun in the Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands or Crayola art camps in Jamaica. Whatever your kids are into, a Caribbean holiday is a chance for them to have fun with it. Even picky teenagers will have a hard time not finding something for them.
Look out for eco resorts like Maho Bay Camps and Concordia where you can stay in tent cottages, take classes in making art from recycled materials or go bird-watching, safe in the knowledge that you are helping to preserve the islands’ precious ecosystems.
But what’s the very best thing of all about the Caribbean? In my book it’s that you can mix all of these things together. People aren’t stereotypes who like either massages or kite surfing or nightclubs. Parents aren’t averse to having a bit of couple time as well as indulging the kids. It’s not just that the Caribbean has something for everyone, it’s that there’s something for every part of you.