The Caribbean Sea is a concentrated holidaymakers dream; a beautiful buffet of over 700 islands so amazing that we guarantee someone is booking a trip away to one of them right now. With such a diverse palette of individual island countries, nationalities that make them up and the shared history between them, choosing a holiday that suits your interest and goes beyond simple solitude can be very daunting. Hopefully you'll be able to book tickets with a little more confidence with this list of 7 places to visit in the Caribbean.
Known for: Columbus park, dolphin swimming, cruise ships, scuba diving & water sportsInteresting Fact: Used for filming Dr. No, the very 1st James Bond film released in 1962
Located just centre-right on the North coast of Jamaica, this town in the parish of Saint Ann offers much as much for history enthusiasts as it does for sun lovers. It's a popular pit stop for the most extravagant cruise ships, who load out into some of the best luxury resorts and spas in the entire Caribbean. It has a thriving night life, and offers all the tropes of an ocean holiday including scuba diving and dolphin swimming. Nearby is Columbus park, the (contested) area where the iconic Italian sailor first stumbled upon the American continents.
Known for: Stunning white sand beaches, Maundays Bay, coral reefsInteresting Fact: Only introduced its first form of income tax in 2011
This British overseas territory and popular tax-haven is rich in white sand beaches and monetary control systems. Known for spectacular and ecologically vital coral reefs and beaches, around the main island are a variety of small islands and cays, most of which are minuscule and uninhabited. Maundays Bay in particular is a favoured beach on the island; private with breathtaking fine sand and turquoise water.
Known for: Mountain Resort, tropical forests, infinity pools sanctuariesInteresting fact: Only resort to offer view of both Piti and Gros Piton mountains
One of the Caribbean's most lauded resorts, this man-made mountain pretty much sells itself. You could remove the world exclusive view, two white-sand beaches and mountainous tropical landscapes, and still be left with an impressive feat of architecture that provides a baptism of solitude in a technology-free environment
Known for: Antigua sailing week, English Harbour, Nelson's DockyardInteresting fact: Is actually a twin-island nation with neighbouring isle Barbuda
.Meaning 'Ancient' in Spanish, Antigua could be considered somewhat of a holy land for true sailors and yachtsmen. Within it's shores lies the colonial naval station 'Nelson's Dockyard', named after the great captain himself, which is housed within the natural coastal settlement 'English Harbour'. Along with neighbouring village Falmouth, the harbour is a famous playground for sailing and yachting, including the Antigua annual Sailing week, which brings the world-class regatta in its full force for sports.
Known for: Marine mammals & Avifauna, Volcano, YatchingInteresting Fact: Was home to the world's oldest woman, who died in 2010 aged 114.
Saint Barthélemy is an island collective with a remarkable amount of history split between several countries. Found by Columbus and named after his brother Bartolomeo, conquered by the Swedish and ruled briefly at the end of the Napoleonic Wars (still bears three crowns on its coat of arms), it is now part of the French Republic, as well as the EU. Another haven for yacht enthusiasts, its renowned events include the Saint-Barth Regatta, Saint Barth’s Cup and International Regatta.
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