Aruba calls itself One Happy Island, and it’s pretty easy to see why. The Arubans’ reasons to be cheerful start with their beaches – the island is circled by almost 70 kilometres of sandy shoreline. The stretch that gets the most attention is the 11-kilometre sweep linking Palm and Eagle beaches. The latter even made it into the top three on TripAdvisor’s 2017 poll of the world’s best beaches.
This little island is a firm holiday favourite – and for good reason. Beyond the amazing beaches, it lines up rainforest-cloaked mountains, lively towns, and locals with that laid-back approach that’s textbook Caribbean.
Hear the word Jamaica and you’re likely to picture white beaches, spicy jerk chicken and a certain Bob Marley. And you’d be spot on – the Caribbean clichés come thick and fast on this laidback island.
Cuba. The country is synonymous with Che Guevara, vintage rum, and cigars as chunky as grandpa’s fingers. It’s the biggest of the islands in the Caribbean Sea, and basks in year-round sun and comfortably-warm temperatures. Beach-wise, Cuba rolls out all the Caribbean stereotypes. White sand, warm seas, waxy palms – the whole shebang.
On the surface, Barbados ticks off all the Caribbean clichés – white sands, bright-blue waters, coconut palms. But look closer and you’ll find this little island’s got a British slant to it. Think afternoon tea on the terrace, cricket matches on manicured greens, and elegant colonial houses.
This charming and unspoilt corner of the Caribbean is so much more than a beach retreat. You’ve got a dramatic mountainous landscape that begs to be explored, lush rainforests to get lost in and rare wildlife species to spot. Head inland to find sparkling waterfalls surrounded by botanic gardens and an actual drive-in volcano.
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