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.
Check out Barbados on a map – it looks like it’s accidentally drifted off from the main string of Caribbean islands. And it’s fitting really, since this place is a bit of a one-off. It’s a great shout for All Inclusive beach breaks, thanks to a pile of world-class stretches. But that’s not all it’s got going for it. It hits the mark for nightlife, culture and family holidays, too.
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.