Caribbean holiday paradise: dreaming of turquoise oceans and endless beaches
Situated between North America and the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean is a massive archipelago scattered across the North Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Jamaica, Cuba, the Bahamas, and the Dominican Republic are some of the most visited islands in the Caribbean. A vacation in the Caribbean will let you enjoy miles of pristine, sandy beaches, a pleasant climate year round, spectacular coral reefs, and incredible natural landscapes.
The Caribbean is probably the holiday destination par excellence, if you're hoping for idyllic beaches and turquoise oceans. Hardly anywhere else in the world has so many different shades of blue in the sea varieties of fish and coral reefs for divers to explore. Vacations in the Caribbean mean pure relaxation and adventure, all wrapped into one. Whether you're drinking piña coladas on a beach in Jamaica, or swimming with wild pigs on a trip to the Bahamas, adventures await in the Caribbean.
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When should I go to the Caribbean?
The Caribbean is a year-round travel destination thanks to its balmy tropical climate. The best time to explore the Caribbean is from May to August when you'll likely to get nice weather, smaller crowds, and good discounts on hotel prices.
Where should I visit in the Caribbean?
Countless islands and destinations - but which one should you choose? You can go island hopping, enjoy a leisurely stroll along the picture-perfect beaches, hike through the vibrant emerald wilderness, spot the yellow parrots and fiery-red orchids, or swim amongst the vivid corals. Our experience is that its best to limit yourself to a region and travel between islands by boat or plane. For example, you can explore the ABC islands of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao or tour through the Greater Antilles. Let us introduce you to the most beautiful and popular Caribbean destinations.
Map of the Caribbean Islands
Caribbean vacation in Cuba
Cuba belongs to the Greater Antilles, along with the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Puerto Rico. It is the largest of the Caribbean islands and is characterized by sugar-white beaches and long stretches of tobacco fields. Havana, the capital city, is dotted with pastel houses and Spanish-colonial architecture. In addition to incredible beaches, be sure to visit some of Cuba’s famous attractions including the Vinales Valley National Park, Plaza de la Catedral, and Morro Castle. For decades, it was difficult for individual tourists to travel around the island, but in recent history the travel policies have relaxed somewhat and it is slightly easier for Americans to enter Cuba. If you're starting in the historic city of Havana, make sure to take in thee sights, which will make you feel transported in time:
- Fascinating colonial buildings that retain their original charm with just the necessary renovations
- Older generations at their local cafes and bars
- Music on every street corner
Located south of Cuba, the gorgeous island nation of Jamaica is the birthplace of the reggae legend Bob Marley. While on the island, soak up some sun, go hiking, indulge in scuba diving or snorkeling, splash in the surf, and admire majestic waterfalls. Direct flights will land in the middle of paradise: Jamaica offers endless sandy beaches. Negril in the far west of the island is a hotspot for divers and snorkelers. It's easy to join in the party on the island: with rum and reggae you can enjoy your holiday in style.
Our pirate tip: Among the natural highlights of Jamaica are the Dunn's River Falls at Ocho Rios and the Blue Mountain Peak, the highest mountain in Jamaica at 2,256 meters.
Cultural beach trip to Curacao
A vacation in Curacao means a trip to one of the most beautiful and interesting islands in the Caribbean. Curaçao has an interesting history and a multi-layered culture in addition to its white sandy beaches and turquoise blue sea. Wandering through Curaçao, also known as "Little Holland", you become aware of the Dutch, African, and Latin American influences, making it one of the most culturally diverse places in the Caribbean.
This island, which is part of the so-called ABC islands, is in many ways a dream destination: the beaches are among the most beautiful in the Caribbean and you can expect an exciting cultural mix. More than 50 nations are represented on Curacao, which is technically Netherlands territory. As a result, parts of the capital city of Willemstad are reminiscent of Amsterdam and are characterized by the colonial style. This interesting blend offers a little something different from your typical beach trip.
Curacao is the ideal destination if you want to combine seaside relaxation with a dose of urban flair .
Grenada is often referred to as the "Spice Island", given that it supplies one third of the world's nutmeg, although cloves, cinnamon, bay leaf, ginger, vanilla, saffron, turmeric, black and red pepper, and cacao also grow here. However, a vacation in Grenada has much more to offer than just spices—this beautiful island charms every guest with its rainforests, mountains, volcanic lakes, rushing waterfalls, and dreamy Caribbean beaches.
A true paradise for relaxation, hiking, sailing, exploring, and much more!
Dominican Republic, a zest for life
Experience pure Caribbean joie de vivre during a vacation in the Dominican Republic. Relax on the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean and get to know the culture and interior of the island. The north is a mecca for kitesurfers while the Caribbean Sea in the south invites you to swim. For many Americans, a trip to the Dominican Republic is one thing above all else: a vacation with a sandy beach, sunshine guaranteed, and an all-inclusive hotel for a worry-free vacation. But don't settle in too soon, because this archipelago has so much more to offer, from towering mountain peaks to mangrove swamps to colonial landmarks. Take a hike to the top of the Pico Duarte, check out the iguanas and crocodiles at Enriquillo Lake or enjoy the Salto Jimenoa Waterfall for something a little different.
The butterfly island Guadeloupe
Guadeloupe not only has dreamy beaches and turquoise waters to offer, but also culinary delights, an interesting culture, and natural wonders such as an active volcano and the largest nature reserve in the Caribbean. Guadeloupe is technically French territory and therefore under European jurisdiction.
Under the palm trees in Trinidad & Tobago
On the two islands that make up the island state of Trinidad & Tobago, you will find an incredible diversity of flora and fauna as well as the origins of Calypso music. Add to this mixture beautiful white sandy beaches, good food, and Caribbean flair on every corner and it's easy to see why Trinidad & Tobago is a dream destination.
Dominica - hot weather, hotter volcanoes
The island state of Dominica is part of the Lesser Antilles and lies between Guadeloupe and Martinique. Unofficially, Dominica is called "The Nature Island" because of its flora and fauna. Scenic Dominica stands out from many Caribbean islands, because you will not find the white sandy beaches thar are often associated with the Caribbean, but rather gray-black beaches that resulted from the volcanic formation of the island. All in all there are nine volcanoes on the island, countless small and large waterfalls, and dozens of hot springs in the middle of the jungle.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines - a destination even more magical than the name itself
South of St. Lucia and north of Grenada is the island state of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. As the name suggests, the country is not just a single island. In addition to the main island of St Vincent, the 32 islands of the northern Grenadines belong to this island state.
The Bahamas — nature up close
The Bahamas is a postcard-perfect destination with turquoise water and white sand beaches, attracting visitors from across the globe. Head to the Pirates of Nassau Museum to peek into the history of pirates who once dominated the Caribbean. Stop by Fort Fincastle and the Water Tower to take in panoramic views of Nassau.
The Best Beaches In The Caribbean
Striking turquoise water, powdery white sand, and a long stretch of scenic coastline make the Caribbean an extremely popular beach vacation destination. Escape to the pretty island of Aruba and drop by Eagle Beach, which is considered one of the world's best beaches and known for its soft white sand, exciting water sports, and nesting sea turtles. With shallow water and mild waves, Baby Beach on the southeastern coast is excellent for families. Head to Trunk Bay in St. John, where you can soak up some tropical sun, try underwater photography or snorkel along the reefs. But these aren't the only notable beaches in the Caribbean. Our other top choices are right here:
1. Playa Flamenco, Culebra, Puerto Rico
Playa Flamenco tops our list for several reasons, starting with no need for a passport. Secondly, it is located on an island (Culebra) off of the coast of another island (Puerto Rico). Thirdly, you can camp directly on the beach. It is an incredible beach with the types of perks that few other beaches in the world can claim.
3. The Baths, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
The Baths is a unique beach and the most popular attraction on Virgin Gorda. The beach is covered in giant boulders (batholiths) that were brought to the surface by volcanic eruptions. The effect is relaxing and a contract to other beaches.
4. Playas Del Este, Cuba
Cuba is full of amazing beaches. Though not a complete secret spot, this beach is often driven right past for the resort beaches of Varadero. This beach gives you all of the wonders of a Caribbean beach within the reach of intoxicating Havana. A great public beach to share with Cubans.