A Guide to Choosing your Caribbean Island Holiday
Choosing a Caribbean island for your holiday can’t be that hard, right? Wrong! While, the Caribbean is obviously a very beautiful destination, it’s also a very diverse one; with each of the different islands having its own flavour and offering the visitor a different experience.
So how do you pick the right Caribbean island for your vacation? That obviously depends on what you want from your holiday; whether it be a bustling tourist mecca or a relaxed, laid back vibe where it feels like you have the whole island to yourself.Thankfully, we’re here to help and we’re going to run through just some of the Caribbean islands to help you choose!
For some of the best beaches in the Caribbean, including Rendezvous Bay and Little Bay, be sure to check out the small island of Anguilla.
As well as plenty of beaches and resort's, this medium-sized island is also home to loads of colonial heritage and opportunities for sailing if you fancy trying your sea faring abilities.
If it’s just beaches that you’re after, then you’ll be perfectly happy with Aruba, where it almost never rains, and you’ll find some of the best resorts and beaches in the world.
Over 700 islands make up the Bahamas, some of which are totally uninhabited, while some, such as Grand Bahama and Paradise Island are packed with hotels and attractions. The islands are particularly well-known for scuba diving spots, including Thunderball Grotto, which was used in the James Bond film of the same name.
If you want some home comforts, Barbados retains a lot of its British heritage and is also popular for surfers and windsurfers. It’s also particularly easy to get to from the UK.
This tiny municipality of the Netherlands offers some of the best dive spots in the region and is also home to the Washington Slagbaai National Park, with lizards, donkeys and birds.
More than just a tax haven, the Cayman Islands feel a bit like the USA, although it’s actually a British Overseas Territory. Also popular for fishing holidays, with deep-sea excursions often leaving from Caymen Brac.
The DR (as it’s better known) has a strong Hispanic influence, which really comes through in its architecture. It’s also home to some of the tallest mountains in the Caribbean if you fancy packing your walking boots.
Perhaps the most well-known Caribbean island, known for being the home of Bob Marley & reggae, Jamaica is all this and more, with lush mountains and rainforests as well as great beaches.
For the most French experience in the Caribbean, head to Martinique, a rugged island with less of a focus on tourism, but still plenty to see and do, especially in Fort-de-France, with its steep hills, narrow streets and the garden area of La Savane.
If you’re after a little more than just beaches, Old San Juan in Puerto Rico offers some real history with its colourful colonial architecture and fortresses such as El Morro and La Fortaleza.
Saint Martin is interesting in that one half is Dutch, while the other is French, two cultures which come together for a unique holiday experience, with resort beaches alongside vibrant nightlife.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Very popular with boaters, the shores of St. Vincent are lined with yachts and private islands, with lots of smaller islands such as Bequia to explore.
Turks & Caicos
Another British Overseas Territory, these 40 islands are usually fairly quiet, with secluded beaches and turquoise waters all yours to explore.
U.S Virgin Islands
This US territory feels a bit like you’re stepping into the 51st state at times, with lots of the same restaurants and shops that you’d see in America, but with the added bonus of beautiful white beaches and reefs.