Hypnotic waters, miles of unspoilt beaches and welcoming locals…there’s nothing quite like a Caribbean holiday – and here at Destinology we have a wide range of islands and luxury hotels to choose from to make your stay truly special.
The Caribbean consists of the Caribbean Sea, its islands and the surrounding coasts and it’s a travel destination of the rich and famous, and one synonymous with luxury, excitement, and relaxation. But it can also be visited on a relative budget – something that is not always so well publicised.
They say that a trip to the Caribbean broadens the mind – and they might just be right. The buzz of Jamaica, the solace of St Vincent and the Grenadines and the many, many amazing beaches of Antigua all offer their own unique identities. This really is like no other collection of islands in the World.
You’ll find smiling faces wherever you go – but with so many islands on offer, your main dilemma might be which one to choose.
Caribbean Destination Guide
Barbados is one of the larger islands, renowned for its scenery and natural beauty but also famed for its colonial heritage, its beach based fish fry evenings and its colourful nightlife in Holetown.
You’ll find an amazingly inherent vibe to Jamaica, where Bob Marley is a national treasure and his music plays out on the beaches, in bars – pretty much everywhere! You’ll find warm and welcoming locals everywhere you go, plus beautiful sights like Dunn’s River Falls which must be ascended!
St Lucia is an upmarket island graced by immaculate visages of the Piton Mountains – and some outstanding luxury hotels positioned in perfect locations. Bring a camera!
Destinology visited Grenada in 2012 and were captivated by its enchanting warmth, hospitable and stylish hotels and its national pastime, drinking rum! You’ll be welcomed like members of an extended family to this lovely island.
Dunn’s River Falls, Jamaica: This famous waterfall located near Ocho Rios is a major Caribbean tourist spot that attracts thousands of visitors each year. The waterfalls are terraced like huge natural stairs meaning they can be ascended. There are several lagoons located amongst the vertical sections of the falls. It takes around 1-1.5 hours to climb and tour guides are available.
Grenada Underwater Sculpture Park, Grenada: Divers will love this fantastic attraction which acquired some new inhabitants in March 2013. Statues include ‘Vicissitudes', a ring of children holding hands, ‘Christ of the Deep’ and Troy Lewis new ‘cyclist’.
Drive-In Volcano, St Lucia: Sulphur Springs in Soufriere is said to be the only drive-in volcano in the world with just over 20 craters with steamy gases and boiling water. People regularly bathe here!
Sting Ray City, Grand Cayman: A popular excursion in the Caribbean which lends the opportunity to touch and feed a Stingray as well as go snorkelling through an amazing coral reef teeming with tropical fish.
Shirley Heights, Antigua: This amazing summit lends a stunning view over English Harbour. It’s a restored military lookout where outbuildings have been converted to a restaurant and bar. Sunday evenings here are party nights with a BBQ and live Caribbean music.
Swimming with Sea Turtles, Barbados: This is a great experience for the Caribbean and widely available to book. Tours are mainly on-board catamarans which provide lunch and rum!
Swimming With Pigs in the Bahamas (seriously!): Guests staying at Royal Plantation Island at Fowl Cay can take a boat out to Big Major Cay and head to the southernmost beach - Pig Beach. These pigs have found stardom via You Tube!
The Caribbean is not renowned for its diversity of shopping, and there’s almost nothing that could be deemed as upscale. That said, you will be able to find duty free shopping at a premium as well as a bounty of locally made handicrafts and foodstuffs. Some of the best places for foodstuffs include:
Grenada – this is the place to come for spices, including ginger, vanilla, cloves and nutmeg. Head to Market Square at the base of Young Street in St. George’s.
Jamaica – Coffee, liqueur and jerk seasoning. Blue Mountain coffee is unique to the region and Tia Maria as well. These are all widely available in markets and supermarkets across the island as is the famous Pickapeppa hot sauce. Quite simply, you must take some home with you!
Daphne’s Barbados: Located on beautiful Paynes Bay this famous restaurant is in ideal reach for guests staying at both Tamarind and The House. Serving fine Italian dishes and operating a happy hour between 5pm-7pm at the time of our publishing.
Straw Hat Anguilla: A jovial beachfront restaurant serving Anguillan seafood dishes with panache. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner on Meads Bay.
The Cliff, Barbados: Renowned restaurant in St James’ showcasing the finest Caribbean cuisine and specialising in freshly cooked seafood.
Caribbean Bars and Nightlife
Margaritaville, various locations: Providing great food and entertainment across various sites in Jamaica, Turks and Caicos and Grand Cayman. First established on the ‘Hip Strip’ of Montego Bay in 1995, the flagship restaurant features a waterslide and nightclub that is renowned on ‘Mobay’. Further establishments have opened on Negril Beach and two ‘Air’ Margaritaville’s are located at Montego Bay’s Sangster International Airport. Great options for a cheeseburger in paradise!
Sunshine’s Beach Lounge, Nevis
Known for its rum punch, this beach bar venue is a popular haunt amongst celebrities who holiday on Nevis.
Dune Preserve, Anguilla
Owned by reggae musician Bankie Banx on Rendezvous Bay this rustic dune deck plays upscale eclectic music and serves great Caribbean cocktails
Caribbean Family Attractions
Coco Land Waterpark, St Lucia: St Lucia’s largest waterpark and children’s club features rides, slides and a lazy river – perfect for the whole family to enjoy.
Chocolate Factory, Grenada: The place to come for organic dark chocolate! Made using their world famous cocoa beans this small scale factory is well worth a visit, nestled in lush groves in the rainforest in Hermitage, St Patrick’s.
Beaches Resorts: If you are travelling to the Caribbean as a family with young children, then you’ll be well advised to stay at one of the award winning Beaches resorts. There are three in Jamaica and one in Turks & Caicos. A stay here is an attraction in itself. These all-inclusive hotels include all land and water sports and a myriad of daily organised adventures. The Jamaican resorts include access to Pirates Island Waterpark and feature Xbox 360 game garage centres and Sesame Street Caribbean adventures.