OVERVIEW

A Caribbean Mosaic

The Caribbean is a joyous mosaic of islands beckoning paradise-hunters, an explosion of color, fringed by beaches and soaked in rum. It’s a lively and intoxicating profusion of people and places spread over 7000 islands (fewer than 10% are inhabited). But, for all they share, there’s also much that makes them different. Can there be a greater contrast than between bustling Barbados and its neighbor, the seemingly unchanged-since-colonial-times St Vincent? Revolutionary Cuba and its next-door banking capital, the Caymans? Or between booming British-oriented St Kitts and its sleepy, Dutch-affiliated neighbor Sint Eustatius, just across a narrow channel?

Island colors

Azure seas, white beaches, green forests so vivid they actually hurt the eyes – there is nothing subtle about the landscapes of the Caribbean. Swim below the waters for a color chart of darting fish and corals. Feel the sand between your toes at any one of a thousand picture-perfect beaches. Hike into emerald wilderness and spot the accents of red orchids and yellow parrots. Outdoor-adventure enthusiasts make a beeline for unspoilt islands such as nature-lovers’ Dominica and St Lucia’s iconic lush Piton mountains, which send out a siren call to climbers.

Sunlit culture

The tropical sunlight is infectious. Like birds shedding dull adolescent plumage, visitors leave their wardrobes of gray and black behind when they step off the plane and don the Caribbean palette. Even the food is colorful, with rainbows of produce brightening up the local markets. You’ll also see every hue at intense, costume-filled festivities like Carnival, celebrated throughout the region but particularly in Trinidad. Glorious crumbling Cuba, reggae-rolling Jamaica and Vodou-loving Haiti top the wish lists for travelers seeking unique cultural experiences and Unesco heritage havens.

Tropical Adventures

You can find any kind of island adventure here. With so many islands, beaches, cultures, flavors and waves to choose from, how could this not be vacation paradise? You can do nothing on the sand, party at a resort, explore a new community, hop between islands, discover wonders under the water or catch a perfect wave above, revel in a centuries-old culture (and sway to some of the world’s greatest music while you’re at it), and then run off to find your inner pirate… Just about anything is possible in the Caribbean.

What is the currency in Caribbean?

United States Dollar

How long does it take to fly to the Caribbean?

Approximately 10 hours

What is the time difference?

GMT -4 hours

What is the best time to visit the Caribbean?

The best time to go to the Caribbean is in the summer for the warmest temperatures and mild sea water. However, thanks to the Caribbean’s tropical climate, you’re guaranteed warmth and sunshine no matter when you visit.

Winter is a great time to visit the Caribbean because temperatures are pleasant, with an average of around 26°C. Rainfall is also very minimal at this time of year, with most of the rain falling over the summer months.

Things begin to heat up in May and with the lack of crowds, it’s a great time to visit for a quieter holiday. Mercury levels rise in June, which means it’s warmer and it can be very humid at certain times of the month. The Caribbean Sea is quite balmy all year round, with an average temperature of 27°C.

It’s worth keeping in mind that the Caribbean has a definite hurricane season, lasting from the start of June until the end of November. Hurricane season may not be the best time to visit the Caribbean if you’re not a fan of strong winds and heavy rainfall, but it’s worth noting that major storms are very rare.

What language is spoken in the Caribbean?

Most languages spoken in the Caribbean are either European languages (namely English, Spanish,French, and Dutch) or European language-based creoles. English is the first or second language in most Caribbean islands

ISLAND OF THE MONTH: GRENADA

A hidden gem in the Caribbean, Grenada, widely known as the ‘spice island’, is the perfect combination of pristine beaches and lush, green rainforest, with endless opportunities for relaxation, adventure and even monkey spotting!  Come with us to discover all that this captivating island has to offer…

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