Find a holiday in the Caribbean that’s right for you, the one that’s the perfect fit. As you’ll discover, each island has its own unique things to do and sights to see. Everyone’s idea of paradise is different after all.
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One of the distinctive tastes to be enjoyed on the paradise island of Barbados is rum, with several distilleries you can visit.
Grenada really is an island for all the senses; smell the air filled with the scents of spices, feel the soft sand beneath your feet on the gorgeous beaches, and hear the rush of the cascading waterfalls.
Small, but beautifully formed, this island is an unspoilt treasure revealing so much of the authentic Caribbean trip. While away many a happy hour dining out to the sound of steel bands along the Strip at Frigate Bay.
Antigua may have an enchanting colonial past, with rugged cobblestone streets and historical ruins to explore. Yet, it’s the coast that’s by far the real attraction. There’s no better way of appreciating Antigua than from one of its 365 beaches and the best vantage point is at sea.
With exquisite beaches, true-blue waters and a liberal helping of action, The Bahamas is long reputed to be the Caribbean’s hottest spot. Not surprising considering the list of lavish hotels, fine dining restaurants and water sports of every imaginable kind at your disposal.
Think of Barbados and more than likely you will picture glittering azure waters and golden sands fringed with palm trees. Rightly so, but this ‘Little England of the Caribbean’ also boasts an intriguing colonial history, spectacular scenery and a lively Calypso music scene.
On holiday in the Cayman Islands, dive below the surface of duty free paradise Grand Cayman, find the unspoiled beaches of Cayman Brac, or don your tank for world-class diving in the waters surrounding Little Cayman. They're all highlights of any Cayman Islands holiday.
With its unlikely mix of influences and interesting blend between ancient and modern times, holidays in the Dominican Republic will tick all the boxes - with its perfect beaches, incredible heritage and diverse geography.
Grenada, the Isle of Spice, boasts magnificent natural beauty. With its flourishing rainforests, picturesque national parks and miles of immaculate beaches. Where nutmeg groves outnumber hotels and relaxing pursuits are hard to ignore.
Head straight for capital Kingston for a holiday exploring Jamaica's reggae roots, or chill out on the beautiful beaches of Ocho Rios. Work up an appetite for spicy jerk chicken and local snapper fish on hiking holidays through Jamaica's forested Blue Mountains.
Mexico's different climates, cuisines and cultures make for an enticingly varied trip. Visit desert canyons in the north, Spanish colonial towns in the centre or Mayan jungle cities in the south. In the middle of it all is frenetic Mexico City, one of the world's largest conurbations. Or escape to the Riviera Maya with flights to Cancun.
If the bustle of some of the larger Caribbean islands doesn’t appeal, then consider the small but perfectly formed gems that are St Kitts and Nevis. These modest neighbours offer an unspoilt paradise of traditional charm, natural splendour and beach bliss.
Whether it’s romance, natural beauty or adventure you’re looking for, St Lucia ticks all the boxes. This beautiful destination will seduce you with its secluded bays, translucent waters and colourful sea life.
They may be close geographically but this dual island nation couldn't be any more diverse. Uniting a myriad of colours and cultures, combine the vibrancy of Trinidad with the introvert nature of Tobago.
A beautiful British Crown colony, Turks & Caicos consists of 40 islands and cays, eight of which are inhabited. With miles of unspoilt coral reefs and magnificent natural wonders - from the breathtaking cliffs of Mudjidin Beach to the spectacular limestone caves of Middle Caicos.
Gallop gaucho-style over the Pampas, taste fine wines with the snow-capped Andes as a backdrop and experience Patagonia's city-sized glaciers close-up. Most visitors arrive in Argentina via its capital, Buenos Aires, and few fail to be charmed by its faded grandeur, proud traditions and buzzing nightlife.
Friendly locals are one of Brazil's greatest assets. Meet the people on the sun-kissed beaches of Rio de Janeiro, or learn the fluid dance-martial art of capoeira with them amid the colonial splendour of Salvador. Get up close to Brazil's fauna and flora in the incomparable Amazon or lesser-known Pantanal wetlands.
Colombia boasts contrast and variety from the vast Amazonian wilderness of the Amacayucu National Park to Bogota's thriving nightlife and vibrant Salsa scene. An inspiring country full of exciting new experiences for every traveller.
Costa Rica, literally the Rich Coast, is one of the most geologically and ecologically diverse places on the planet. Rainforests, lakes, volcanos and islands teem with wildlife. Endangered turtles nest on the beaches, orchids bloom in abundance and monkeys thrive in the jungle. An adventurers’ paradise, Costa Rica needs to be seen to be believed.
Cancun is the destination that has everything. Recline on the Riviera Maya’s powdery sands lapped by marbled-blue waters. Satisfy cultural appetites with a feast of ancient Mayan wonders. Go swimming with dolphins in the day then hit the vibrant Hotel Zone by night. Or take a ferry to the quaint island of Cozumel. Catch a connecting flight to Miami and discover pristine white beaches overlooked by pastel-hued Art deco buildings. Discover shopping heaven on Miami’s Miracle Mile then experience the buzzing South Beach nocturnal scene.
The Dominican Republic combines flawless beaches with UNESCO World Heritage-graded cultural offerings. Sink your toes into soft golden sands caressed by turquoise waters in Punta Cana. Or stroll around the cobbled streets of Santo Domingo’s historic Colonial City, stopping for lunch at an open-terrace eatery. Then fly to Miami and take your holiday up a gear in this colourful coastal city of beautiful beaches, superb shopping and chic cocktail-supping spots. Or go whizzing along the waterways of the Everglades National Park on an airboat.
Fly direct to Kingston and discover the capital of Jamaica’s famous reggae music scene. Drink in the magnificent scenery of the Blue Mountains and verdant Ochos Rios. Unwind on the sugar-white shores of peaceful Port Antonio. Or sip rum cocktails at a beachfront bar in lively Montego Bay. Then fly from Montego Bay to Miami and stroll along the vibrant, palm-lined promenade of Miami Beach. Shop until you drop on the Miracle Mile before mingling with trendy types at a cool club in South Beach.
A sparkling gem of the Caribbean, St Lucia’s beauty is breathtaking. In the south, the rainforest-cloaked peaks of the Piton Mountains emerge from an azure Caribbean sea. Adventure prospects abound – from rainforest and volcano exploration, to world-renowned diving. In the north-west, bustling Rodney Bay offers miles of sugary sands overlooked by an array of shops, eateries and lively nightspots. Fly to Grenada from St Lucia and discover this island’s captivating combination of lush rainforest, shimmering crater lakes and flawless beaches.
Breathe in the exotic aromas from sprawling spice groves in Grenada. Follow verdant rainforest hiking trails that meander past tumbling waterfalls and majestic crater lakes. Stretch out on the white sands of a secluded bay or snorkel in crystalline waters. Then fly to St Lucia, where more natural splendour awaits – from the dramatic green peaks of the Piton Mountains in the south, to the immaculate beaches of the north. Vibrant Rodney Bay’s array of shops, restaurants and clubs completes St Lucia’s enticing package.
Think you know the Caribbean? Think again. Travel writer Evelyn Torres looks at five unusual ways to experience these tropical islands. From wild pig swimming in the Bahamas to zip lining through the St Lucia rainforest, prepare to be surprised – and inspired.
With its dreamy beaches, bluer-the-blue waters and dramatic landscapes, the sun-drenched Caribbean is paradise on earth. But it’s not just for loved-up couples who want to kick back – there’s plenty to keep families busy too. Here’s our ultimate guide to five of its islands, whether you’re travelling kid-free or with the kids in tow.