The beauty of the Caribbean islands – on top of simply beautiful surroundings and brilliant weather – is its diversity. There are at least 28 island countries in the Caribbean spread across more than 7,000 islands. But, how do you figure out which one is the perfect one for you? Why do home birds go to St Kitts and resort-hunters head for Dominican Republic? We’ve got the lowdown on the Caribbean Islands so it’s easy to answer the question: Which Caribbean Island should I visit?
Cuba’s exotic rhythms and history give a sense of adventure to sun holidays in the Caribbean. Easily one of the most exciting islands, it is also the least changed or commercialised. Beaches are palm-lined, with white sand and sparkling water. Locals are friendly and are happy to help, rum flows freely and the island pulses to an internal rhythm like nowhere else. Great for: anyone who wants holidays with a sense of adventure.
Jamaica’s superb nightlife options make it a top choice for party people. Montego Bay offers the best in clubs and bars on the island, so set your hips to swing and soak up the festival atmosphere on nights out under the stars. Great for: couples or mates who want tropical weather and all-night partying.
St Lucia A holiday in St Lucia is almost like a round-the-world trip thanks to its breathtakingly varied landscape. Go horse-riding past volcanoes and waterfalls, hike through the rainforested interior or learn to scuba dive in stunningly clear waters. Great for: anyone who wants an extra bang for their holiday buck.
Barbados It might come as a small shock when you land on a Barbados holiday to hear the British accents that are commonly used. With familiar sites like cricket greens it’s only the weather that’ll make you realise you’re not in Blighty anymore! The islands glamorous west coast is packed with some of the Caribbean’s top restaurants and hotels too. Best for:anyone who likes the comforts of home.
Dominican Republic The DR’s hundreds of miles of coastline have been well developed for tourism and offer incredible all inclusive beach resorts. Standing on a white sandy beach, stretching as far as the eye can see or having a flutter in some of the nearby casinos, as well as whale watching, day trips to see humpback whales or off-road safari trips up the adventure ante on all inclusive holidays to Dominican Republic. Best for: resort holidays where everything is easily organised.
Bahamas With over 700 islands to choose from, there is certainly something to suit every budget in the Bahamas. It’s a foodie haven too with top quality restaurants service incredible local seafood at bargain prices. Best for: budget travellers who want to feel like they’re on luxury holidays.
Trinidad & Tobago With some excellent beaches and small, traditional bustling Caribbean towns as well as the islands’ legendary carnival make this a super choice for occasion travel. Its unspoilt beauty will make a stunning backdrop to any wedding pictures. Best for: Prospective couples looking for beautiful weddings abroad.