Where we go in Caribbean
Antigua’s as stereotypically Caribbean as a glass of rum punch served to the beat of a steel drum. Vitamin D-seekers come in their droves for the sugary belts of sand – it’s dubbed the Land of 365 Beaches, so there are plenty to flit between. But that’s just the tip of the palm tree – rainforest hikes, hilltop beauty spots and pick-and-mix coloured towns throw their sun hat in the ring, too.
Aruba calls itself One Happy Island, and it’s pretty easy to see why. Their reasons for being so cheerful begins with their beaches – the island's 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 four on TripAdvisor’s 2018 poll of the world’s best beaches.
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 little island is a firm holiday favourite – and for good reason. Beyond the amazing beaches, it lines up rainforest-covered mountains, lively towns, and locals with a 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.