Sun, sea, sand and gently swaying palms. Life's a breeze on Caribbean holidays, especially when you're relaxing in an All Inclusive hotel, cocktail in hand.
When describing the Caribbean, it's almost impossible to avoid using cliché brochure phrases such as 'white, sandy beaches' and 'shimmering turquoise waters' but that's exactly what this part of the world is filled with; the atypical image of paradise.
But that's not to say all Caribbean islands are the same, in fact far from it. As well as their classically 'beautiful, palm-fringed beaches' and 'glittering shores' each island has its own deep-rooted traditions, customs and cultures. Take a look at what each country, island and resort can offer and you're bound to find the perfect destination for you.
A small island just off the South American coastline, Aruba enjoys ideal weather, idyllic beaches and a buzzing tourism industry; it's no wonder it's known as the Happy Island.
Luxury hotels and accommodation has sprung up in Aruba over the last few years making this resort one of the trendiest in the world. This country enjoys Dutch origins which add a new twist to the Caribbean charm with perks such as a windmill on the beach.
Families can relax here but couples and adults can enjoy the romantic restaurants and evening entertainment at the many bars and casinos.
One of the quietest but most enjoyable islands in the Caribbean, the phenomenal coastline boasts miles of golden beaches. Built on a huge coral reef formed millions of years ago, it's no surprise that Barbados also offers top notch diving.
Barbados is the go-to island for the rich and famous with plenty of beachside hotels and property being blessed with an unrivalled climate to relax in.
Packed with historical sites and excellent music bars and restaurants, Barbados runs on rum and calypso. It's all about having a good time.
The most famous Caribbean island in recent history, much of Cuba displays proud traditions from the 1950s era.
A seasoned favourite among honeymooners, Cuba enjoys great year-round weather, versatile surroundings and is bathed in rich culture.
In the city you'll see Cadillacs cruising the streets filled with cafes and restaurants while the Cayo islands are the perfect image of paradise. In either location, you'll be tempted to sit back with a mojito in one hand, Cuban cigar in the other and watch the Caribbean sunshine glide across the clear sky.
A fantastic all-rounder, the Dominican Republic has it all, from beaches to weather to water sports, and the island is so affordable that it's become one of the most sought-after destinations in the whole of the Caribbean.
Over a dozen beach resorts are spread throughout the north, south and east coast of the country with spectacular nature distributed among each. Off the coast, the Dominican Republic is blessed with dreamy islands as well as the humpback whale mating season which sees thousands of the creatures visit the shores.
This country offers family resorts, destinations for singles as well as romantic couple's getaway spots.
The home of reggae, rum and relaxation hardly needs an introduction. It's culturally rich and more laid-back than a fully reclined sun lounger.
If you like cities, you can explore the likes of Kingston, Montego Bay and Negril where friendly locals enhance your holiday as much as they can.
If you're after calmer surroundings, then spend your time on Seven Mile Beach and listen to smooth island beats before tucking into the island's succulent cuisine. Aside from the beaches, there's also adventures and exploration to be enjoyed throughout the island's jungles, forests and waterfalls.