Of the 700-plus islands in the Caribbean, less than 10% are inhabited...
With 365 beaches, one for every day of the year, there is hardly a hotel on the island that does not enjoy a fabulous oceanfront setting. Antigua’s close historical links with Britain have left a legacy of interesting places to visit, nowhere more so than English-Harbour, one-time haven for Admiral Nelson. Worth a visit also is the picturesque Fig Tree Drive.
With the towering Pitons and sulphur springs to the south and the lively beachfront community of Rodney Bay to the north, St. Lucia parades a true diversity of scenery and lifestyles. The island is blessed with some of the most spectacular scenery of any Caribbean island, whilst the English and French heritages are respectively reflected in the popularity of cricket and Creole food.
Most visitors to the Dominican Republic opt for all-inclusive hotels, with dozens lining the magnificent beaches in Punta Cana. Being twice the size of Wales, the island has lots to explore away from the resorts, highlights including the capital Santo Domingo – the New World’s oldest colonial city – and adventurous activities such as white-water rafting in the island’s mountainous centre.
Along with its wonderful beaches, Turks and Caicos’ main appeal is diving, the steep coral wall dives among the best you’ll find anywhere. Away from the beach and sea, visitors can discover the world’s only conch farm on Provo, rock iguanas on Little Water Cay, wild flamingos on North Caicos, and the historic buildings on the sedate island of Grand Turk.
For most visitors, The Bahamas’ number one draw is beaches, the powder-soft, white sands gently giving way to the crystal-clear blue sea. In the capital of Nassau, though, visitors can experience the buzz of daily island life, a diverse choice of restaurants and vibrant nightlife, and where a ‘must-visit’ is Straw Market, presenting handmade Bahamian crafts, gifts and souvenirs.
Jamaica is one of the most scenic islands in the Caribbean, with lush banana groves, towering mountains and beautiful waterfalls. Montego Bay, Ocho Rios and Negril are the main resort areas but it’s not just about these fabulous beaches, with Rose Hall plantation house, rafting on the Martha Brae River, Dunn’s River Falls and the Bob Marley museum all adding to the Jamaica experience.
It’s easy to see why Barbados is one of the most popular Caribbean islands for the British holidaymaker. The famed west coach beaches, the rugged eastern shoreline, attractions such as Harrison’s Cave, Oistin’s Friday fish-fry, swimming with turtles, the Kensington Oval and an array of top restaurants are all complemented by the genuine warmth and friendliness of the Bajan citizens.