A beach holiday to the magical islands of the Caribbean offer relaxation unlike anywhere else on the planet, choose from hundreds of laid back destinations from lively Cuba, glamorous St Barths and secluded Anguilla. Here’s what you can expect on a first time escape to this palm fringed paradise.
When to visit
Although the sun shines throughout much of the year, it can be best to avoid the hurricane season. This period lasts from June to September where you may encounter the odd storm and heavy downpour. This can depend largely on the island you choose, where the weather can vary significantly. Generally, the best time of year to visit is during the months of December to April. There’s few days of rain and the humidity levels are low, providing pleasantly cool nights and long, dry days.
The Dominican Republic remains a firm favourite with a great selection of all-inclusive resorts boasting direct beach access and unrivalled service. Enjoy an intimate suite with direct pool access and sumptuous furnishings. Many of the hotels also include family-friendly facilities including a kid’s club, sports facilities and children’s pools.
Aptly named the Jewel of the Caribbean, Barbados is a sun worshipper’s mecca. You’ll have no problem finding a secluded beach and there’s plenty of charming villages offering gourmet dining and boutique shopping. The island is also famed for its world class scuba diving sites where visitors can explore the colorful reefs.
Honeymooners should consider celebrating their wedding in the picture postcard setting of St Lucia. The rugged mountain scenery and endless stretches of golden sands conjure romantic images of a castaway paradise. Stay at one the islands exclusive resorts and indulge in the five-star service. A haven of relaxation, many of these retreats include access to spa facilities which offer relaxing therapies and beautifying treatments. They also cater perfectly for the couple’s holiday with adult-only restaurants and intimate dining on the beach.
For a fascinating mix of cultural sights and historic treasure, the island of Antigua has it all. There’s also over 365 beaches to choose from – one for every day of the year. Be sure to take a canopy tour of the islands lush rainforest and head deep into the spectacular caves of Indian Town. The hospitality of the Antiguans is almost as legendary as its world-renowned cuisine. Choose from a selection of International eateries alongside traditional island dishes. The local favorite Jerk chicken is best washed down with a glass of sweet island rum.
We’ve barely scratched the surface. There’s a seemingly endless choice of islands, many of which offer the best in luxury accommodation. Consider the options, find the perfect retreat and you can look forward to the holiday of a lifetime.