The Caribbean is a magnet for those wanting to swap the weekday routine for a holiday soaking up the sun, swimming in the sea and basking in a languid pace of life in surroundings that are beyond beautiful. Each island has its own distinct Caribbean feel, and, as they come in all shapes and sizes, there is a perfect destination for everyone.
There are more than 7,000 islands in the Caribbean; some belong to neighbouring countries, some are overseas territories and others are independent states. However, what the islands all share are stunning surroundings and once-in-a-lifetime experiences, offered in true abundance in a destination admired by travellers the world over.
For those seeking adventures in the water, the Dominican Republic is the perfect place to be. The country is located on two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, which is shared with Haiti. The island is rich and diverse in its geography, and visitors will find everything from rainforests and mountains to white sandy beaches and the busy, urban centre of Santo Domingo. In the ever-popular area of Punta Cana, you can release your inner adventurer by trying water sports like jet-skiing, speed-boating or snorkelling in the crystal-clear sea. If you feel like recharging, kick back, relax and enjoy the sweeping ocean views, stretching as far as the eye can see.
If you’re looking for a holiday of wonderful flavours, culture and famously welcoming locals, Jamaica is the place you’d want to go. Ian Fleming wrote most of his James Bond-novels in his house in Jamaica, and fans of the legendary spy can either go to his Goldeneye-estate or travel to see the stunning, 180m-long Dunn’s River Falls, which is featured in the classic Bond-film Dr No. If music is more to your fancy, stop by the Bob Marley Museum, or take in some of the local reggae- and ska-tunes played with gusto throughout the island.
On the tranquil island of Aruba, spend days relaxing by the turquoise sea at Eagle Beach, just north of the capital of Oranjestad, before exploring the Dutch colonial city architecture from one of the quirky-looking trams that serve the winding streets.
Spice up your holiday with an experience of a stylish, old Caribbean island by going to Cuba. The beaches and seaside-resorts might be modern and elegant, but the cities and streets will take you back to another golden era. Experience beautiful old-fashioned cars cruising the Malecón – Havana’s 8km-long sea drive. Mix among locals promenading along the coast as the sun slowly sets over the ocean, taking a long sip of your very own Cuba Libre-cocktail.
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