Top 12 Reasons to visit the Caribbean

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It could have been 100 but we choose to give you 12! There are countless reasons to visit our destinations with more island-by-island distinctions than you might imagine.

Whatever your passion, the Caribbean can offer you the perfect reason to visit…
You really don’t need an excuse to visit the Caribbean other than the fact that it is a wonderful place to explore. But if you are looking for other reasons to make your booking, then just read on…

1. For its magnificent landscapes
The generous and unspoilt nature of the Caribbean varies between its mountains, volcanoes, tropical rainforests, rivers, waterfalls, nature reserves, beaches… so many ideal “playgrounds” to practice numerous outdoor activities: trekking, horse riding, cycling, golf, diving and rafting.

warm and friendly faces on the island of Jamaica
Boiling Lake, Dominica. Photo credit: Discover Dominica Authority

2. For its year-round warm weather
The year-round warm weather is ideal for relaxing and strolling along the Caribbean beaches. The Caribbean is a paradise for travellers searching for beautiful landscapes and unparalleled experiences.

The islands in the Grenadines are famous for their secluded white sand beaches.
The islands in the Grenadines are famous for their secluded white sand beaches. Photo credit: St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority

3. Local People
The mix of cultures and nationalities which make up the region give it a unique flavour. It’s easy to meet the locals at events and festivals. The warm welcome and the service offered by the Caribbean people will enchant you.

Warm and friendly faces on the island of Jamaica. Photo credit: Jamaica Tourist Board

4. For the pleasure of senses
The Caribbean is the place where all the senses come to life. The sight, by the beauty of the landscapes; the sound, by the rhythm of Caribbean music; the smell of the tropical fruits and exotic herbs from the colourful markets and the fragrances from the tropical flowers; the taste, by the diversity of the Caribbean cuisine which embraces the many cultures; the touch, by the friendly handshakes that welcome you.

Jerk Pit, Jamaica
Jerk Pit, Jamaica. Photo credit Jamaica Tourist Board

Food: You’ll never go hungry in the Caribbean. Dine in style at fashionable high-class restaurants in Barbados, Anguilla or Saint Martin, or join the locals in a fun atmosphere at local fish-frys or party evenings on islands like The Bahamas, Barbados, Saint Lucia, Antigua or Tobago. The choice of fresh fish and fruits is vast. Grenada has a wide selection of herbs and spices.

5. For the history and heritage 
The Caribbean offers a wide range of heritage sites, forts and museums to allow you to appreciate the historic richness of each island.
The Caribbean’s dynamic history has left a rich cultural legacy. You’ll find Spanish buildings and Latin tempo in Cuba and Puerto Rico; or café culture and gourmet cuisine on the French islands of Martinique and Saint Martin. Dutch St. Maarten, Curaçao and St. Eustatius boast gingerbread-style houses and the English-speaking Caribbean comes complete with traditional churches, Georgian architecture and red phone boxes!

Brimstone Hill Fortress, St. Kitts. Photo credit St. Kitts Tourism Authority

6. For romance
The Caribbean is simply the ideal place to say “I do and become joined for life or to celebrate an anniversary with a romantic dinner or a romantic stroll on the beach during sunset.

Wedding couple at Galley Bay, Antigua
Wedding couple at Galley Bay, Antigua. Photo credit Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority

7. For the call of the sea
The Caribbean sea is a great place to experience snorkelling, sailing, island hopping or discover the exceptional underwater life by diving with the multi-coloured fish, turtles and dolphins.

Yellow striped snapper swimming through the seas of St.Eustatius
Yellow striped snapper swimming through the seas of St.Eustatius

8. For the ambiance and the cultural showcase
Music and dance is the lifeblood of the Caribbean people and for many, carnival is a way of expressing their cultural rites. Trinidad is where the steel drum was invented and home to one of the biggest carnivals but all have their own carnivals and festivals. The Spanish islands are more associated with Latin music, Jamaica is irrevocably linked with reggae and ska while Antigua & Barbuda, Saint Lucia and St.Vincent & the Grenadines are known for calypso, soca and steel pan. Jazz festivals and other music festivals are held every year in April/May/June.

Trinidad & Tobago Carnival
Trinidad & Tobago Carnival. Photo credit Trinidad & Tobago Tourist Office

9. For the quality and range of accommodation
From the small charming guest houses to the deluxe grand resorts in a choice of settings including tropical gardens or facing the ocean; visitors can enjoy a very high quality service and a wide range of activities. Want to treat yourself or feel the need to be pampered? Don’t forget our high-end luxury accommodations. The Caribbean has the answer. From atmospheric hideaways to the colonial plantation house hotels, to intimate inns – the choice is yours.

A valet delivering drinks to a cabana at Sandals Royal Caribbean, Jamaica
A valet delivering drinks to a cabana at Sandals Royal Caribbean, Jamaica. Photo credit Sandals Resorts.

10. For family holidays
The Caribbean is a great family destination with accommodation offering organised “Kids clubs” and flexible programmes to keep children entertained, they will return home with plenty of wonderful memories to share!

Family on holiday in the British Virgin Islands
Family on holiday in the British Virgin Islands. Photo credit British Virgin Islands Tourist Board.

11. Sportsmen and Women
Following the amazing achievements of athletes from the Caribbean at the London 2012 Olympics, why not check out the homelands of sportspeople past and present like Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake, Kirani James, Kim Collins, Ato Boldon, Asafa Powell, Lennox Lewis, Sir Vivian Richards, Sir Garfield Sobers, Brian Lara, Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, John Barnes, Dwight Yorke, Emile Heskey, Les Ferdinand, Merlene Ottey, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and many more…

on day one of the first Test West Indies v England at Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium, North Sound, Antigua on Monday, April 13, 2015. Photo by WICB Media/Randy Brooks of Brooks Latouche Photography
One of the first Test West Indies v England at Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium. Photo by WICB Media/Randy Brooks of Brooks Latouche Photography
Photo credit Bahamas Ministry of Tourism

12. Eco life
This region is bursting with natural attractions, from a boiling lake in Dominica and sulphur springs in Saint Lucia to an active volcano in Montserrat and mysterious blue holes in The Bahamas. Several islands have designated national parks – Tobago was one of the first with Roxborough Rainforest, in 1776. Then there’s the wildlife. View the spectacle of thousands of whales swimming past islands such as Dominica and the Turks and Caicos Islands; watch the night-time parade of turtles along the beaches on islands such as Tobago and Antigua to lay eggs and admire mischievous monkeys. Enjoy the spices of Grenada, perhaps spot a jaguar in Guyana and dive the Blue Hole in Belize.

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