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Top Caribbean Holiday Destinations for 2015

by Travelbag on 09 January 2015, 14:01PM Top Caribbean Holiday Destinations for 2015

We all deserve a well-earned break from time to time, and there is nowhere better to kick back and unwind than the Caribbean Islands. The only problem is that there are dozens of them to choose from, all unique and beautiful in their own specific ways. If you have never travelled to this part of the world before, it can be daunting trying to pick the perfect destination, but it does not have to be a nightmare task. There is an ideal Caribbean island out there for everybody – you just have to look for it. 

There are some which thrive on atmosphere and energy, places like Jamaica and Barbados. There are others which prefer to take things a little slower, like St Kitts or Dominica. If your perfect holiday involves tranquillity during the daytime and partying at night, there are island for that too. On the whole, the smaller the island, the less populated and the quieter it will be – though this is not a hard and fast rule. 
This rather traditional island is often considered to be the quieter, more sophisticated sibling to nearby Jamaica. It is a little safer than Jamaica too, so it is an ideal choice for travellers looking to experience the smoother edges of the Caribbean experience. A stay at the all-inclusive The Club Barbados resort is highly recommended. 
For most solitude seekers, the answer is distance. The further you travel, the more relaxed and isolated things tend to get. Whilst this is not always the case, it certainly does apply to the beautiful Cat Island, a 48-mile strip of coral outcrop in the Caribbean. It is the case that only a fraction of travellers take the time to explore Cat, even though it is easily accessible, via transfers from Florida. This island is for the thinkers, the moochers and the unwinders – tourist facilities are significantly scarcer here than anywhere else. 
St Martin
This charming part French, part Dutch island colony is still a popular tourist destination, but it has grown significantly quieter over the last five years. The global economic downturn has slowed development to a crawl, which means that the plethora of nightclubs and mass appeal restaurants which threatened to take over the island have now fallen by the wayside. This is good news for travellers looking for a quieter experience, because St Martin is extremely beautiful even in spite of its recent economic misfortune. 
In contrast, Aruba is an island which is still fairly prosperous and now growing increasingly popular with wealthy travellers. Its spread of luxury hotels, casinos and designer shopping outlets are clustered onto the western edge of the island, primarily because the sunsets in this area are some of the most remarkable in the world. On the opposite side of the island, there is a different kind of fun – a weekly street party called the Carubbean Festival, which sees the streets fill with food and drink stalls, selling authentic regional dishes to hungry visitors. 
US Virgin Islands
There are three US Virgin Islands, named St Croix, St Thomas and St John. In comparison with popular party areas like Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, these tiny little outcrops do not get much attention from tourists. Yet, they have a lot to offer travellers who are looking to get away from the bright lights of all-inclusive resorts. After all, not everybody pictures their dream holiday and sees a spa or indoor pool – for some, it is more about the little things and authentic local experiences. 
Dominican Republic
This area of the Caribbean is a wonderful place to take an affordable, but still fairly lavish, island getaway. In fact, one of the most attractive propositions has to be Punta Cana, on the east coast of the island. It offers a plethora of sport adventures, as well as plenty of exciting opportunities to get involved with water sports and activities. If you are feeling especially bold, why not put down your cocktail for an hour or two and get involved with a little kitesurfing?
The twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago usually go hand in hand, unless you are looking for a bit of solitude. In that case, it is Tobago which is the slightly more relaxed of the sister islands. In fact, Tobago actually houses only 4% of the population – with Trinidad housing the remaining 96% - and this should tell you something about just how beautiful and unspoilt an island it happens to be. There are three times the number of exotic bird species here than there are hotels, and a handful of truly remarkable nature reserves scattered about the landscape.
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