The Caribbean is truly paradise on earth. Here are thirteen reasons (although just one would be enough!) why you should choose the Caribbean for your next vacation!
1. There are so many islands to choose from
First of all, there are so many Caribbean islands to choose from! Luckily, you don’t have to choose just one, because some of them are located so close together that “island hopping” is possible. However, if you’re short on time, this helpful guide will aide you in choosing the perfect Caribbean island for your next vacation.
2. It’s highly accessible
The Caribbean is highly accessible for travelers, especially those coming from the United States, Canada, and Europe. In most cases, tourists from those regions don’t need visas to visit the Caribbean. In fact, citizens of a few countries don’t even need a passport. For example, if you’re an American citizen, you can fly to Puerto Rico with a valid driver’s license or birth certificate, since this country is a U.S. commonwealth.
3. There are prices for any budget
There are restaurants, lodgings, and activities for every budget in the Caribbean. If you’re looking to save money, check out the most affordable Caribbean destinations here. Otherwise, islands like St. Barthelemy are known for catering to travelers who enjoy a little luxury!
4. There’s always good weather…
Sunny skies, light breezes, and temperatures in the 80s– what more could you ask for? Sure, there are times when Caribbean weather can get a bit hotter or a bit wetter (i.e. the rainy season), but for the most part, the climate is pretty consistent year-round!
5. Plenty of activities to do
There is so much to see and do in the Caribbean. First of all, the Caribbean is a great place for water and beach activities– swimming, snorkeling, diving, and all sorts of water sports. Whether you want to take it easy and sunbathe, or get your adrenaline pumping while catching some huge waves while surfing, the Caribbean will keep you entertained.
In addition, there’s much more to the Caribbean than sand and sun. Many Caribbean islands are replete with lush rainforests and gorgeous green mountains. You may not think of the Caribbean as prime territory for hiking or zip-lining, but some of the best jungle excursions in the world are located there! Furthermore, the Caribbean is the perfect destination for wildlife enthusiasts. Not to mention that it’s big on eco-tourism!
6. It’s the most beautiful place on earth
Here’s another simple reason why you should choose the Caribbean for your next vacation: it’s just incredible! Check out this collection of unbelievable photos from the Caribbean and you’ll see why.
Gorgeous waterfalls, picturesque colonial architecture, and pristine beaches paint a breathtaking picture of the Caribbean. Once you’ve seen it for yourself, you’ll realize that it truly is the most beautiful place on earth.
7. Great food is easy to come by
There are many unique dishes to taste in the Caribbean, thanks to the region’s colorful history. Immigrants from all over the world have made Caribbean cuisine a spectacular “fusion” dining experience that features flavors from many cultures. You’ll find traditional island dishes mixed with European ingredients and Indian spices, as well as cuisine made only from locally-sourced produce and seafood. There truly is something for every taste bud in the Caribbean.
8. Caribbean culture is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced
Caribbean culture is a mixed salad– its people can trace their heritage and traditions back to Africa, Europe, India, and elsewhere. You probably didn’t know that there are six official languages in the Caribbean: Spanish, French, English, Dutch, Haitian Creole, and Papiamento. Besides those, some people speak indigenous languages, others speak different types of creole and patois, and still others have brought over middle-eastern and Asian languages from their home countries.
This is why you’ll experience “the unexpected” in the Caribbean, and you may even have the chance to learn a few words from a new language.
Although English is only the first language of about 15% of the Caribbean population, it is a second language for many. This is great news, because you’ll most likely be able to hear about Caribbean culture from English-speaking tour guides.
9. Great people call it home
Caribbean people have had to put up with with plenty of stereotypes about their character (we’ll clear them up for you here!). In general, they are friendly, hospitable folks. Most will enthusiastically share interesting information about the history of their culture and country if you take the time to get to know them.
In addition, Caribbean people tend to look on the brighter side of life, evidenced by their fondness for celebrations, festivals and parties. There is always something to celebrate in the Caribbean, so why not join in on the fun?
10. The Caribbean has the world’s best beaches
One of the main reasons why you should choose the Caribbean for your next vacation is its spectacular beaches. Some are so awesome that they have been designated as the world’s best beaches year after year. For example, Grace Bay Beach in Turks & Caicos won first place on TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Awards list for the best beaches in the world.
11. There’s great diving and snorkeling
The Caribbean has an incredible amount of coral reefs, shipwrecks, and even blue holes to explore. Find out more in our article The 10 Best Places to Snorkel in the Caribbean.
12. The nightlife is on point
We’ve already mentioned that many Caribbean people love to party. Barbados has even been nicknamed “the party island”. Besides the traditional concerts and bars in “touristy” areas, the Caribbean hosts plenty of live music festivals and celebrations so you can bask on the beach by day, and live it up at night.
13. There’s fun for the whole family!
Here’s one more reason why you should choose the Caribbean for your next vacation: your littles can tag along too! Most Caribbean countries are incredibly safe, with low crime rates, making them perfect for family fun. In addition, a wide range of activities to do means that both adults and kids can enjoy themselves.
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