There are many reasons why the Caribbean islands are so popular with holidaymakers, but even if you’ve decided you want to spend your summer holiday in this idyllic part of the world, your choices are far from over – you also have to choice precisely which island, or islands, you’re going to visit.
The Caribbean is a destination unlike any other, but each island has its own unique charms. While you can look forward to a number of common similarities wherever you travel in the region – including tropical weather, secluded beaches, glittering waters and exquisite hotels – there are reasons why people have developed personal preferences for individual islands.
There are more than 35 island destinations in the Caribbean, but there are a number of ways you can narrow your selection down and find the island that’s right for you. As most of the islands possess relatively similar infrastructure and facilities for visitors, it’s mostly down to your choice of holiday activities, with some islands being better suited than others.
The type of waves that hit the islands can be a crucial determining factor in this regard. If you’re just hoping to enjoy relaxing swims in the sea, or you’re on holiday with children, staying on islands facing the milder Caribbean Sea could be the preferable option, where you might even get the chance to swim with dolphins if you’re lucky. The Caribbean Sea is also ideal if you’re thinking of heading into the water for scuba diving or snorkelling. By contrast, the bigger, cooler waves of the easterly Caribbean islands make these the favourable option for surfers and other lovers of water sports.
If you’re hoping to spend lazy afternoons on the beach, Barbados can always be relied on for the quality of its beaches, and there are many resorts to choose from in areas such as Sandy Lane. If you’re looking for romantic Caribbean holidays though, and looking for a destination for your honeymoon, Jamaica has a long tradition of being an ideal couples’ retreat, with many excellent, secluded accommodation options to suit.
On the other hand, if you’re a single traveller looking for somewhere a little more lively and the chance to meet people, you may prefer to head in the direction of Bermuda, Curacao or Grand Cayman, all of which are renowned as safe holiday spots. The Caribbean is a region with much to offer visitors of all interests and from all walks of life, just as long as you choose the right part.
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