Made up of 25 idyllic countries, the incredibly diverse islands of the Caribbean are amongst the most sought after holiday hotspots in the world. However, depending on your purpose for travel, each region specialises in something unique. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway, world class golf trip or an adventure into the wilderness, we’ve selected the top 7 Caribbean islands for every type of traveller
Hole-in-One in Barbados
Pack up your putter and head to one of the Caribbean’s top golf destinations. Barbados boasts a range of world-class courses appealing to all levels of handicaps. Named after the green primates which inhabit the island, Sandy Lane Green Monkey is regarded as the very best in the country, offering challenging elevation changes and stunning ocean views.
Culture Vulture in Cuba
Stepping onto the colourful island of Cuba, you’ll think you’ve gone back in time. The unique vibe and character is a result of age old African, European and indigenous American influences. Old Havana, the country’s capital, is steeped in 16th century Spanish colonial architecture and there are over 256 museums to explore, each providing a glimpse into the nations remarkable history. Be sure to visit the Castillo de la Real Fuerza, one of the most incredible buildings in the capital and an inspiring maritime museum.
Beach Bum in Antigua
If you’re a thalassophile (a person who loves the ocean!) then the breathtaking island of Antigua will more than satisfy your cravings. There are 365 beaches to explore, one for each day of the year, the majority of which lie within protected waters. There’s an abundance of marine life which inhabit the oceans, creating perfect conditions for snorkeling or scuba diving. If you’re looking for a desert island experience, head to the east of the island to the secluded Half Moon Bay which is often completely uninhabited!
All-Inclusive in Jamaica
The third largest island in the Caribbean, Jamaica is famed for more than the birthplace of reggae music. If you’re looking for a carefree all-inclusive holiday, this infamously relaxed island is the place for you. Many of the best all-inclusive resorts are situated in Montego Bay, rich in British-colonial architecture and stunning shorelines. Whether you’re seeking a fun-packed family trip or an adults-only romantic retreat, Jamaica caters to all needs. Some of the best resorts on the island include The Caves, Couples San Souci and Jamaica Inn.
Hopeless Romantic in St. Lucia
A favourite among honeymooners, beautiful St. Lucia is actually two islands in one, each with their own distinctive flavour. The north is fast paced for Caribbean standards, where you’ll find busy markets, authentic cuisine and late-night parties. In the south however, newly weds relax in the remote rainforest where life is relaxed and impossibly tranquil. The island is home to some of the worlds most luxurious retreats. Perched on lush tropical hillside, each room and suites at Jade mountain features the most spectacular views of the iconic Pitons mountains. Sugar Beach and Ladera Resort are also popular with couples seeking a romantic retreat.
Party Animal in Cancun
Nowhere parties quite like Cancun! Located on the northeastern coast of the Yucatán Peninsula, this city is best known for its renowned nightlife which rarely stops even when the sun rises. Synonymous with America’s Spring Break, Cancun is home to a whole host of clubs including the hugely popular Coco Bongo, The City and Mandala. If you’re a serious party animal, check into one of the many all-inclusive resorts for the ultimate experience. Many resorts including the Hard Rock Hotel serve free drinks 24 hours a day!
Adventurer in Grenada
If you fancy yourself as a modern day Captain Cook, take an adventure to one of the Caribbean’s most untouched island. Dubbed the Spice Island, this ex-British colony is home to dazzling white sandy beaches, preserved landscapes and some of the most exhilarating hiking trails in the world. Explore the undisturbed rainforests on the Morne Gazo hiking trail and make sure you pack a camera for the spectacular views. Prepare yourself for life on the wild side, mixing with locals and discovering a true gem of the Caribbean.