WHY VISIT?

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. Jamaica runs a ‘Meet the People’ programme that puts like-minded souls in touch. The Bahamas runs a similar ‘People to People’ scheme and in Grenada there is a Homestay programme. Tobago’s Bed and Breakfast Association consists of a variety of quirky, family-run properties

Culture

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 Guadeloupe, Martinique and St. Martin. Dutch St. Maarten, Bonaire, Curaçao and St. Eustatius boast gingerbread-style houses and the English-speaking Caribbean comes complete with traditional churches, Georgian architecture and red phone boxes!

Food

You’ll never go hungry in the Caribbean. Dine in style at fashionable high-class restaurants in Barbados, Anguilla or St. 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.

Beaches

It’s what the Caribbean is famous for! Long stretches of the finest powder sand or pretty deserted coves. Harbour Island in The Bahamas has pink sand, while Antigua boasts a beach for every day of the year. Bermuda has picture-perfect pink sandy coves, while Anguilla is renowned for its white powder and Grand Cayman boasts the famous Seven Mile Beach.

Diving

Few destinations rival the Caribbean for the variety and calibre of its diving. With average water temperatures ranging from 23°C and 27°C all year and with excellent visibility, conditions are close to perfect. With spectacular wall dives and wrecks, and pretty coral reefs - many of which are protected - there’s a huge range of sites catering to divers of all levels, and marine life including manta rays, reef sharks and sea turtles

Watersports

Virtually every destination offers watersports and great fishing. The Caribbean is ideal for sailing, and powerboating and offer top dive sites. Everywhere, clear blue waters offer rich fishing grounds, with some of the biggest game fish ever caught being reeled out of the seas.

Golf

Tee off in perfect conditions at some of the world’s top championship courses. With seven championship courses, Bermuda is reputed to have more courses per square mile than any other country, while Puerto Rico boasts more than 20 courses. The Bahamas, Jamaica and Barbados also have an impressive golfing pedigree.

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. View the spectacle of thousands of whales swimming past islands; watch the night-time parade of turtles along the beaches to lay eggs and admire mischievous monkeys.

Music

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 Saint Lucia is known for calypso, soca and steel pan, but has also become famous for its annual jazz festival held every year in April/May.

Getting Married & Honeymoons

The Caribbean offers many ways to tie the knot, all guaranteed to make this the best day of your lives. All the islands have superb wedding coordinators and are well versed in making your big day the most memorable of your lives and remember, there are so many beautiful spots, you can marry on one island and honeymoon on another. See Weddings & honeymoons

High-end luxury

Want to treat yourself or feel the need to be pampered? The Caribbean has the answer. From the atmospheric hideaways of Jamaica to the colonial plantation house hotels of St. Kitts and Nevis the choice is yours. Head to Cuba for intimate inns in old Havana; or check out the beautiful former convent El Convento in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Sporting celebrites

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, John Barnes, Dwight Yorke, Emile Heskey, Les Ferdinand, Merlene Ottey, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and many more…