The good thing about the Caribbean is that it’s designed to be explored, and there are plenty of ways to get around the different islands. And because they’re relatively close together, the Caribbean is a good place to save some money, since you’ll be able to get more travel for your buck, and won’t need to take multiple trips (with expensive flights) to the same region.
There’s nothing I like more than a good beach holiday. But I often get bored if I’m stuck in one place. I love stumbling across different islands, meeting locals, and having adventures and ending up with even more stories to tell.
It can be a good idea to use a popular island as a base, and take day trips to different islands, or even better, try twin centre holidays/ multi centre holidays with a reputable tour company. Caribbean multi centre holidays have to be one of the best ways to see the most popular spots, and because tour companies have been island hopping for years, they’ll have contracts with the best hotels and tour operators, so you’ll be paying less.
The good thing about island hopping is that you’re bound to run into people you’ve made friends and connected with on other islands. You’ll also be able to get tips about what to do on each island and share your experiences as well.
When I picture the Caribbean, I imagine white sand, clear water, palm trees, history, good food, the smell of the ocean and sunscreen, and star-gazing at night. If you’ve been saving money all year, and you’re ready to have the kind of holiday where all you need to do is explore at your leisure, or relax on the beach with a drink on your hand, the Caribbean is the place to go.
If you’re not great at languages, the good news about the Caribbean is that English is usually the first of second language in most of the islands. US dollars are also usually accepted, making it easier to work out the currency difference, and you’ll find that the locals are often friendly and happy to help tourists if you get lost.
Puerto Rico makes an excellent base, and there are a number of islands close by, including Vieques, Culebra, and the US Virgin Islands. Another good option is to combine a few of the most popular islands such as Antigua, St Lucia and Barbados, and a good amount of time is anywhere from 10-15 days so you have plenty of time to see everything, but don’t feel rushed.
If you’re a fan of cruising (and you should be), a good option for a mult-centre holiday is to take a Caribbean cruise. This means you won’t have to actually transport yourself once you’re in the region, and you’ll be able to take advantage of all of the facilities on the cruise ship, waking up in the morning to a new destination, waiting to be explored.