Though the islands of the Caribbean share a laid-back way of life and an emphasis on the simple pleasures – not to mention year-round sun – each has its own clear identity. Visit the mountainous St Lucia and commune with nature away from the bustling towns. Hike up the astonishing peaks of the Pitons, take a guided tour through the jungle, snorkel on the coral reefs and keep your eye out for the St Lucia parrot, the national bird. On Antigua & Barbuda, the sea breezes, empty stretches of beach and tranquil way of life make for a truly restful stay. Perhaps the most iconic Caribbean experience can be had in beautiful Barbados – the island that does a bit of everything. Fringed by sublime beaches and excellent resorts, Barbados also boasts scenic forests, picturesque colonial buildings and incredible nightlife spots. Alternatively, you can get away from it all on one of the less developed Caribbean islands – Grenada is a haven for travellers seeking quiet luxury.