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Best Places to Visit

With 28 countries and nearly 7,000 individual islands, it's not surprising that Caribbean holidays have something for everyone.

A former British colony, The Bahamas has retained a lot of its British heritage. The capital Nassau is known for its luxury resorts, with a number of casinos and golf courses on offer. In recent years, the Bahamas has started to focus on eco-tourism, meaning natural spots on Grand Bahama are becoming popular among wildlife enthusiasts.

The US Virgin Islands offer a more upmarket vacation, with stunning beaches sitting alongside designer shops and all-inclusive resorts. This is a perfect combination for many tourists looking for a memorable break and a souvenir of their trip too. The exception to this is St. John, one of the smallest islands in the group. The entire island is a national park with a laid-back feel - perfect for a taste of seclusion.

The British Virgin Islands have more rugged scenery, with mountains and lush forests providing an interesting background to the white sandy beaches.

Due to their notoriously lenient tax laws, the Cayman Islands have become the playground for the rich and famous. Although they are not the most idyllic islands in the Caribbean for scenery, the clear waters and stunning marine life make them a perfect destination for snorkelling and diving enthusiasts.

St. Barts is another destination that is popular with A-listers; however, mere mortals are also welcomed to visit the pristine beaches. The best way to enjoy Jamaica's beautiful Caribbean beaches and heritage is on an all-inclusive hotel package.

Although many of the islands offer fantastic carnivals and events, Trinidad and Tobago is known as the number one place to enjoy the traditional and world-renowned Caribbean celebrations in February. Visitors should pack their body-paint and feathered headdress if they plan to join in the parade.

The Rio Camuy Cave Park in Puerto Rico is a must-visit. Here, visitors can dive into the underwater caves which have been formed over thousands of years. The water is warm and inviting, and the experience is one that you will certainly remember for many years to come. As always with island nations, water sports rank high on the list of activities, so head to the coast to experience everything from scuba diving and snorkelling to surfing, sailing and even the option of a submarine tour in some locations.

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Need to know

Language

Spanish is the official language of Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, while French is spoken in Haiti and St. Martin. However, by far the most commonly spoken language is English, which is the official language of about 18 Caribbean territories, including Jamaica, the Bahamas and Barbados. Depending on your destination there will be a wide-scope of regional dialects, but it's fair to expect English to be understood widely, especially in the main tourist resorts.

Currency

Several currencies are used throughout the islands; however, the US dollar remains the most widely used – even where it isn’t the official currency. There are ATMs across all of the major islands, but the most common place to find them is in the national capital. Visitors may struggle to find an ATM at remote beach resorts, but most hotels of size have them and all accept foreign cards. If you're wary of spending on plastic abroad, a foreign currency card is an alternative, and these can be purchased, prepaid, before travel, and topped up as you go.

Visas

UK nationals do not require a visa to visit any of the Caribbean islands; however, the length of stay granted varies depending on the country. Islands such as Belize permit a 30-day stay while three months are given to British citizens visiting the Cayman Islands. In the majority of cases, there is no visa charge, with the exception of the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, which charge between £25 and £55 for an entry card.

Climate

Although each island has a slightly different climate, they all boast plenty of sun, long summers and mild winters. Aruba is dry with a desert-like landscape, while Dominica has plenty of lush green scenery and is far more likely to see wet weather. During the summer months, April to September, the hottest spot is the British Virgin Islands, with temperatures hitting highs of around 30°C. In winter (November to January) Aruba is the warmest country, with temperatures never falling below 24°C.

Main Airports

All of the islands in the Caribbean have airports; however, the main airports in Jamaica, Cuba, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico have the most regular flights. Holidaymakers planning to visit several islands can fly into a big destination and then move from island to island by boat. Flying directly to any of the Caribbean countries from the UK is possible.

Flight Options

There are weekly flights from London-Gatwick to Cuba, while airlines also fly from London-Gatwick to Jamaica. Grenada, Barbados and Saint Lucia can all be reached from London-Gatwick and Manchester, while airlines also fly to Trinidad and Tobago from Manchester. Direct flights from London to Barbados take around nine hours, and flights to Cuba take around 11 hours.

Travel Advice

Cuba is the largest and most populated island in the Caribbean, so there are more flights here throughout the year than to the other islands. In peak season, July to August, fares can skyrocket so it can be cheaper to fly to one of the smaller islands such as Barbados during this period.

Other Transport Options

Visitors can fly to the United States and then sail to the islands. There are several cruises that leave Fort Lauderdale in Florida and dock in the Bahamas. There are also many local ferries that run between the island nations so it is easy to island hop.

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Feiten

  1. De Caraïben bestaat uit de eilanden die geheel in de Caraïbische Zee liggen, de eilanden op de grens van de Noord-Atlantische Oceaan en de Caraïbische kustlijn van landen op het vasteland, zoals Belize en Venezuela.
  2. Een groep van tien Engelssprekende koloniën vormden van 1958 tot 1962 de West-Indische Federatie. Deze gemeenschappen vormen nog steeds het West-Indische cricketteam ondanks de korte levensduur van de federatie zelf.
  3. De twee verschillende manieren om de klemtoon te leggen in het woord 'Caribbean', namelijk CaribBEan of CarRIBBean, worden allebei in de regio gebruikt en geen van beide is beter of slechter dan de andere.

Feiten

  1. De Caraïben bestaat uit de eilanden die geheel in de Caraïbische Zee liggen, de eilanden op de grens van de Noord-Atlantische Oceaan en de Caraïbische kustlijn van landen op het vasteland, zoals Belize en Venezuela.
  2. Een groep van tien Engelssprekende koloniën vormden van 1958 tot 1962 de West-Indische Federatie. Deze gemeenschappen vormen nog steeds het West-Indische cricketteam ondanks de korte levensduur van de federatie zelf.
  3. De twee verschillende manieren om de klemtoon te leggen in het woord 'Caribbean', namelijk CaribBEan of CarRIBBean, worden allebei in de regio gebruikt en geen van beide is beter of slechter dan de andere.

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