Antigua & Barbuda
The twin islands of Antigua and Barbuda sit just north of Guadeloupe. Antigua, the larger of the two is the main tourist destination and better suited to families with no shortage of resorts and plenty of activities to keep visitors entertained. Barbuda is well suited to couples seeking a romantic break, the secluded pink sand beaches, shorefront seafood restaurants and local marketplace are largely unspoiled by tourism infrastructure.
Lying north of Cuba are the 16 main islands that make up The Bahamas. The historic capital city of Nassau on Paradise Island has excellent shopping from straw market to designer boutiques; this is thought by many to be the most stylish spot in the Caribbean. By night the centre transforms into a vibrant clubbing spot. Exploring the area by ferry will take you to the pink sands of Harbour Island or face to face with the wild dolphins of Grand Bahama Island.
One of the most diverse islands you will find in the Caribbean, from the rugged coral reefs and harsh tides of the beaches of Bathsheba in the East, to the white sanded tranquil surroundings of the western beaches. The lively capital of Bridgetown in the South, with its old school colonial buildings and plantations to visit, its great restaurants and traditional Bajan hospitality, or further south to the full on nightlife of St Lawrence Gap and Oistins, to the secluded all-inclusive resorts and golfing greens to be found in the quiet and relaxing pace of the north. A climate of year round sun has kept Barbados as one of the most visited destinations in the Caribbean.
Dominican Republic is the second biggest nation in the Caribbean and shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti.
Just south of Cuba is the island of Jamaica, famed for its natural beauty and laid back atmosphere, holidays to Jamaica can be as active or as chilled as you want to make them. Visit the capital city of Kingston, and spot the European influence in its colonial architecture. Take a stroll around the Bob Marley Museum, housed in the late singer's recording studio to learn more of the nation's musical heritage. Alternatively head to Montego Bay, the islands second largest city and gateway to the northern coastal resorts
Still very much the place to be seen, Puerto Rico combines the laid back pace of The Caribbean with the cosmopolitan nightlife of a US city. Whether you're watching the salsa dancers spin in Old San Juan or visiting one of the city's state of the art casinos, there is always something vying for your attention. Puerto Rico is home to 250 flawless beaches, most notably Mosquito Bay in Vieques considered to be the brightest bioluminescent bay in the world, a chance to swim in the liquid light and enjoy one of nature's most amazing gifts.
St Lucia, the largest of the Windward Island is an archetypal Caribbean getaway. Couples can relax on one of its many secluded beaches; relax in the sulphur springs or luxury spas. Those in search of a more active holiday experience can sail, horse ride or take on one of the many hiking trails and enjoy the unspoiled rainforest and dramatic twin peaks of the Pitons.
Turks & Caicos
Made up of 40 islands, only eight of which are inhabited, Turks and Caicos Islands are encircled by coral reef and home to some of the most varied marine life in the Caribbean, making the islands a diver's paradise. Between late December and April, humpback whales can be spotted of the coast of Grace Bay on the island of Providenciales. The laid back pace, makes the island a perfect relaxation spot. Also worth checking out the local ripsaw music scene and trying the locally sourced conch fritters.