Tips For Booking Travel To The Carribean

by Valerie, Mom Knows It All

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I’ve been wanting to go somewhere warm and scenic like the Caribbean for some time now. I’ve found that most people are like me, in that they have certain factors to consider or things that they’ll want to know when booking travel. Joan shared some tips for booking travel to the Caribbean with me, which I am sharing with you with permission.

Carribean, the best beach breaks in the business.

Around 25 million people visit the Caribbean each year because of the sunshine, the beaches and the nightlife. Islands such as Barbados, Aruba, Jamaica and Bermuda are synonymous with tropical beauty and the softest white sands, but if you’re looking for the ultimate beach vacation spot there are some stand out choices.

You don’t need to break the bank to enjoy a week or two amidst some of the world’s most gorgeous scenery, and a little careful planning will have enjoying the island of your choice for less.

Dickenson Bay

Dickenson Bay image by Josh Dobson, shared under a Creative Commons Licence

The best beaches

This Caribbean is home to some of the most picturesque beaches imaginable and firm favourites include the pink sands at Bermuda’s Warwick Long Bay, Mullins Beach in Barbados and Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman, which has been voted as one of the best beaches in the world. Antigua, known as the ‘happy island’ has 365 beaches to choose from and Dickenson Bay is regarded as the island’s best.

If you’re looking for luxurious, exclusive hotels with private beaches then your choice will probably be the ‘rich and famous’ resorts along Barbados’ Platinum Coast.

Choose your activities

Relaxing on the sands isn’t the only thing to do on the islands. Jamaica is known for its famous waterfalls and mist-covered Blue Mountains not to mention the reggae filled bars and dancehalls in the capital city of Kingston.

Golf lovers will be in heaven with the Dominican Republic’s 26 professional courses, many of which overlook the 250 miles of coastal beaches.

If it’s night life you’re after, then Aruba, Trinidad and Puerto Rico offer a wealth of restaurants, bars and live music venues, many of which stay open 24 hours per day. Diving is a popular activity and Grand Cayman’s sheltered bay and Belize’s Great Blue Hole are considered two of the best diving spots in the world.

Caribbean Beach

Caribbean Beach, Image by Wil Wheaton, shared under a Creative Commons Licence

Make your choice

Once you’ve chosen your beach, picked the activities you’d most like to try, then it’s simply a matter of finding the right price to suit your budget. The peak season months are between December and April, and if you book outside of this period you could get a discount on your flights and accommodation.

Many people are under the impression that the hurricane season between May and October should be avoided, but rainfall is generally short-lived and sporadic and there will still be plenty of sunshine during this period. If you really want to play it safe, then Barbados, Aruba, Trinidad and Grenada are outside of the hurricane belt.

Booking in advance, going all-inclusive and traveling during the ‘off season’ will help you to achieve great savings on your vacation. So, which island will you choose this year?

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2 comments

pat.navymom April 30, 2015 - 7:46 am

I loved Puerto Rico but not its unscrupulous taxi driver who took me on a ride then ripped me off in Spanish.

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Jeannette May 4, 2015 - 8:06 am

Man, this made me realize how badly I need a vacation and the Caribbean is the perfect location! This tips are so great and just might inspire me to jump and book my own trip!

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