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Caribbean

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Caribbean Holidays 2017/2018

The Caribbean has year-round warm weather, delicious local cuisine and offers bright white sands and warm seas. Sit back and enjoy the views, watch a carnival, or drift off to the soothing sound of the waves.

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Year-round relaxation

Covering the Caribbean Sea and reaching all the way to the eastern tip of South America, the Caribbean region has average summer temperatures of 30°C. The temperature hovers around 27°C even in the cooler months, making it a favourite 'unwind and recharge' destination all year round. There are a wide variety of holiday options for the sun seeker, adventurer and nature lover here, as well as activities of cultural and historical interest.

Where to stay in Caribbean

Aruba
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It might be tiny in size, but Aruba is a force to be reckoned with. Its beaches are repeatedly recognised as being some of the best in the world, made that much better by the island's endless supply of sunshine and a lifetime's worth of watersports opportunities.

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Barbados
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Barbados is home to 92 kilometres of golden coastline, the perfect backdrop for holidaymakers to dance and sing with the locals, or try out their brilliant Caribbean fusion cuisine al fresco style on the sand. A true retreat from the hustle and bustle of the Western world, Barbados is a must visit.

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Cuba
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The magical island of Cuba is lined with some of the most beautiful white-sand beaches in the world while boasting an untamed centre full of rugged mountains and tobacco fields. Complete with 1950s Cadillacs, handmade cigars and lashings of rum, Cuba is everything you imagine it to be and more.

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Jamaica
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An island of beautiful contrasts, Jamaica constantly charms its visitors. It provides legendary nightlife, beautiful beaches, mesmeric natural landscape and awesome sports opportunities. Come for the spicy food, rum and reggae and be drawn in by the charms of the people and landscape.

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St Lucia
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Characterising gorgeous St Lucia are rainforests full of tropical birds, waterfalls, mountains, beaches of black or white and clear blue water. You can get out in nature or chill out at a beach bar with rum in hand. Many of the luxury hotels have their own private coves and spa facilities.

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Quick Tips

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  • Spanish, English, French, Dutch
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Take your pick of the islands

Each of the Caribbean islands offers its own unique personality and qualities, making it easy to select one that ticks all the boxes on your personal holiday wish list. You could opt for one of the the vibrant, music-filled party atmosphere islands, such as big and bold Cuba, or enjoy the lush beauty and serene nature of islands like St Lucia.

It's worth planning ahead as the activities available can vary depending on the time of year, but whether you're planning to drink and dance, hike or snorkel, it should be easy to keep yourself entertained wherever you go.

Beaches for family fun, or some quiet solitude

The Caribbean is a beach lovers emporium, with literally hundreds of prime quality sandy stretches scattered across the region. Beaches and coves range from family-friendly zones to secluded havens, where you could spend the whole day in peaceful solitude while working on your tan.

The tiny island of Aruba and larger and more well-known Dominican Republic both offer pristine white sands, and Cuba's Varadero Beach is known as 'the best beach in the world'.

Mix and match with multi-stop tours

With so many destinations in fairly close proximity to each other there's also the option to create your own multi-stop tour. This is a great way to get a deeper sense of the character and variety of the Caribbean and take home some great memories.

You could start out relaxing at an All Inclusive hotel in Jamaica, then hop over to St Lucia and feast your senses on its luscious jungle landscape and exotic sea life. And finish off in singer Rihanna's home of laid-back Barbados, all while enjoying a classic Caribbean cocktail and watching the sun go down.

Enjoy a taste of local cuisine

Each Caribbean island has its own unique cuisine, so it's worth making an effort to eat out locally and sample what's on offer. The Caribbean also has a long rum-making history.

Take a sip of Mount Gay Rum straight from the distillery in Barbados, or try some Old Jamaica Rum at the Appleton Estate in Jamaica. St Lucia offers a fine chocolate tour of the Rabot Estate, and you can even learn about the history of the Trinitario cocoa bean in Grenada.

Take in some nature, history or culture

There's plenty to see and do between chilled out beach days. Cricket fans can watch a match at the Kensington Oval in Barbados. In Jamaica you can visit Bob Marley's birthplace at Nine Mile and his former home in Kingston. You can get a taste of wild nature with whale-watching in the Dominican Republic or taking a hike in the stunning Pitons of St. Lucia.

Join the fun of carnivals and festivals

Many of the islands have carnivals and festivals throughout the year with floats, live music and delicious street food. Plan ahead to join in the fun. The Caribbean offers a real treasure chest of things to see and do to suit families, couples and groups. With its balmy temperatures even in winter, it's the perfect getaway option at any time of the year.