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Caribbean Holidays

Caribbean Holidays

Can-do Caribbean

The Caribbean is made up of more than 7,000 individual islands, and covers almost a million square miles between the southerly tip of Florida and the north coast of Venezuela. It’s one of the most famous archipelagos in the world, primarily for its beaches – although the fabulous coral reefs and dive sites get plenty of attention, too. Caribbean holidays have something for everyone. The laidback atmosphere is perfect for families, while the unspoiled landscapes effortlessly seduce nature lovers. And almost every island has enough soul to satisfy the most ardent of romantics.

If you’re looking for carnival spirit, the Caribbean has plenty of it. From Mardi Gras in Trinidad to Barbados’ late summer Crop Over Festival, and Junkanoo in the Bahamas come Christmas, the potential to party is high all year round. History’s another extraordinary feature of a Caribbean holiday – you can explore the colonial past of Cuba, discover Empress Josephine’s childhood home on St Lucia, or delve into ancient Arawak culture in the Dominican Republic. From Jamaican reggae to Havana’s salsa soundtrack, there’s music everywhere you go in this part of the world. And when it’s time to eat, the Caribbean is a soul-food heartland of jerk chicken, Puerto Rican mofongo, Creole bread, conch fritters, and fantastic fish barbecues – right by the sea, of course. 

The sheer amount and variety of the islands gives you a pretty much endless range of experiences to choose from on your holiday to the Caribbean. You can opt for absolute serenity on a romantic isle, or choose a lively spot that doesn’t have an off-switch. There are islands packed with wildlife, while others are home to stunning cities. And each one, without exception, comes with amazing beaches.

The Caribbean is a much-loved winter sun destination, but that doesn’t mean you can’t visit in summer. Several islands remain sun-soaked at this time of year, especially further south in beautiful Antigua, Barbados, Grenada, St Lucia and Tobago. Speak to our travel experts for tips and advice, and we’ll help you plan your dream Caribbean holiday.

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Best beaches

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Nobody would blame you for spending your entire Caribbean holiday on the beach, but you can certainly mix sugary sands and transparent seas with some serious exploring. Don’t miss glorious colonial cities like Havana in Cuba or the Puerto Rican capital, San Juan. Head to Jamaica and try rainforest bobsledding on Mystic Mountain and ride the rapids at Dunn’s River Falls. On St Lucia you can climb to the top of the iconic Pitons. Or, if your heart’s set on swimming with turtles – or watching them hatch at the right time of year – make tracks for beautiful Barbados. 

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Meanwhile, the Caribbean’s maritime heritage shows its grand side at 17th-century English Harbour on Antigua. But if you’d prefer a wilder take on the seafaring past, Nassau in the Bahamas is loaded with authentic pirate lore. And for divers in search of extraordinary wreck sites, not many come as thrilling as the ones on Grand Cayman.

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Best beaches in the Caribbean

Grace Bay Beach in Turks & Caicos is repeatedly named the ‘World’s Most Beautiful Beach’, thanks to its flawlessly white sands, immaculate coral reef and perfectly calm, clear seas. But, as gorgeous as Grace Bay is, it’s not even slightly unusual here. On your Caribbean holiday, you’ll truly be spoiled for choice when it comes to beaches.

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Seven Mile Beach in Jamaica is literally that length and pristine for every inch. You’ll also find exclusive stretches of sand all along Barbados’ Platinum Coast, but none more celebrity-rich than Sandy Lane Beach – although those in the know also sing the praises of pink-sand Crane Beach. St Lucia boats beaches with views of the famous Pitons, and romantic spots in the island’s historic national parks. But, if you like to have plenty of options, go for Antigua. This stunning island has no less than 365 pristine beaches, and every single one is public and free to use.

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Caribbean carnivals

The Caribbean is synonymous with carnivals, from Mardi Gras celebrations to harvest festivals and sunny winter spectacles. Catch the Crop Over in Barbados in late July for a wild take on traditional Bajan music, dance and cuisine, as the whole island parties for five days and nights. Meanwhile, outrageous costumes and sensational drumming are the key ingredients of the 200-year-old Junkanoo event, which lights up the Bahamas every Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

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For the ultimate Mardi Gras experience, visit Trinidad in spring. It’s one of the most famous carnivals on Earth, and just as unforgettable as you’d imagine it to be. Or, to see the Caribbean’s largest island dancing up a storm, head to Cuba’s Carnival in July. April’s the month for Jamaica’s frenetic ‘Bacchanal’. And if you want carnival spirit laced with lovely local traditions, visit George Town in the Cayman Islands for Batabano in late spring. 

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Caribbean cuisine

Traditional Caribbean cooking is one of the highlights of carnivals worldwide, so you should take every opportunity to eat as much local food as you can on your Caribbean holiday. Start with jerk chicken – the Jamaican dish is so iconic that it stars in the Montego Bay Jerk Festival every year in August. Don’t fret if you miss that, though, as jerk’s also served every which way in Jamaica, all year round.

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Over in Barbados, fish is the staple of the island’s brilliant beach barbecues – the national dish of flying fish with cou-cou is particularly delicious. Cuba deserves a holiday for its food alone, so leave plenty room for local legends like rich beef dish ropa vieja, pescado en escabeche – marinated fish – and, of course, a loaded medianoche sandwich.

Naturally, Caribbean rum deserves some attention on your holiday too. If a taste isn’t enough, try a distillery tour. You’ll find stunning, restored plantations producing artisan rum everywhere from Antigua to Jamaica.   

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Top attractions

Top attractions

Nobody would blame you for spending your entire Caribbean holiday on the beach, but you can certainly mix sugary sands and transparent seas with some serious exploring. Don’t miss glorious colonial cities like Havana in Cuba or the Puerto Rican capital, San Juan. Head to Jamaica and try rainforest bobsledding on Mystic Mountain and ride the rapids at Dunn’s River Falls. On St Lucia you can climb to the top of the iconic Pitons. Or, if your heart’s set on swimming with turtles – or watching them hatch at the right time of year – make tracks for beautiful Barbados. 

Show More
Show Less

Meanwhile, the Caribbean’s maritime heritage shows its grand side at 17th-century English Harbour on Antigua. But if you’d prefer a wilder take on the seafaring past, Nassau in the Bahamas is loaded with authentic pirate lore. And for divers in search of extraordinary wreck sites, not many come as thrilling as the ones on Grand Cayman.

Show More
Show Less

Best beaches

Best beaches in the Caribbean

Grace Bay Beach in Turks & Caicos is repeatedly named the ‘World’s Most Beautiful Beach’, thanks to its flawlessly white sands, immaculate coral reef and perfectly calm, clear seas. But, as gorgeous as Grace Bay is, it’s not even slightly unusual here. On your Caribbean holiday, you’ll truly be spoiled for choice when it comes to beaches.

Show More
Show Less

Seven Mile Beach in Jamaica is literally that length and pristine for every inch. You’ll also find exclusive stretches of sand all along Barbados’ Platinum Coast, but none more celebrity-rich than Sandy Lane Beach – although those in the know also sing the praises of pink-sand Crane Beach. St Lucia boats beaches with views of the famous Pitons, and romantic spots in the island’s historic national parks. But, if you like to have plenty of options, go for Antigua. This stunning island has no less than 365 pristine beaches, and every single one is public and free to use.

Show More
Show Less

Carnivals

Caribbean carnivals

The Caribbean is synonymous with carnivals, from Mardi Gras celebrations to harvest festivals and sunny winter spectacles. Catch the Crop Over in Barbados in late July for a wild take on traditional Bajan music, dance and cuisine, as the whole island parties for five days and nights. Meanwhile, outrageous costumes and sensational drumming are the key ingredients of the 200-year-old Junkanoo event, which lights up the Bahamas every Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Show More
Show Less

For the ultimate Mardi Gras experience, visit Trinidad in spring. It’s one of the most famous carnivals on Earth, and just as unforgettable as you’d imagine it to be. Or, to see the Caribbean’s largest island dancing up a storm, head to Cuba’s Carnival in July. April’s the month for Jamaica’s frenetic ‘Bacchanal’. And if you want carnival spirit laced with lovely local traditions, visit George Town in the Cayman Islands for Batabano in late spring. 

Show More
Show Less

Cuisine

Caribbean cuisine

Traditional Caribbean cooking is one of the highlights of carnivals worldwide, so you should take every opportunity to eat as much local food as you can on your Caribbean holiday. Start with jerk chicken – the Jamaican dish is so iconic that it stars in the Montego Bay Jerk Festival every year in August. Don’t fret if you miss that, though, as jerk’s also served every which way in Jamaica, all year round.

Show More
Show Less

Over in Barbados, fish is the staple of the island’s brilliant beach barbecues – the national dish of flying fish with cou-cou is particularly delicious. Cuba deserves a holiday for its food alone, so leave plenty room for local legends like rich beef dish ropa vieja, pescado en escabeche – marinated fish – and, of course, a loaded medianoche sandwich.

Naturally, Caribbean rum deserves some attention on your holiday too. If a taste isn’t enough, try a distillery tour. You’ll find stunning, restored plantations producing artisan rum everywhere from Antigua to Jamaica.   

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