Most of us think we know what the Caribbean is all about: great beaches, sunshine all year round and beautiful blue skies.
But, while you’d be right, there’s a lot more diversity to these islands than you might think.
So from Antigua to Aruba and Martinique to Montserrat, which is right for you? We’re going to take a quick look at some of our favourites.
Unlike many other Caribbean islands, Aruba has a very arid, desert-like climate, which means it doesn’t have a lot of features to speak of.
However, it does have a string of beaches and large resorts, as well as plenty of restaurants and bars to chill out in, meaning it’s an ideal location if you want guaranteed good weather and to simply kick back and relax for a week.
Turks & Caicos
The Turks & Caicos Islands are made up of loads of small islands, many of which are uninhabited.
They’re among the quieter Caribbean islands, with surprisingly good value resorts to choose from, such as Alexandra Resort and its sister resort Blue Haven, among the many that line the world famous Grace Bay Beach.
British Virgin Islands
If you want a small taste of home, head to the British Virgin Islands, one of the more upscale chains of islands in the Caribbean which have a particular reputation for sailing.
Whether you’re a keen sailor or not, charter boats are a great way to explore the 40 or so islands of the BVI.
One of the lesser-known and smaller islands of the Caribbean, Bonaire is mostly known for its great dive spots. However, it also has a really interesting history, having been home to British, Spanish and Dutch settlers through the years.
One of the best resorts on this small island is Harbour Village, home to the island’s only private beach.
St. Vincent & the Grenadines
St. Vincent & the Grenadines are a beautiful chain of islands, which many choose to explore at their own leisure on a charter boat or by catching a ride on the local fishing boats. St. Vincent is the main island and is predominantly covered by rainforest.
Another island with a bit of a feel of home for Brits, Barbados is a medium-sized island situated on the edge of the Caribbean, outside of the hurricane belt.
Barbados is best known for its varied beaches, whether you want to sunbathe in peace or try wind-surfing off-shore, but it’s also got a great golfing heritage with renowned courses such as the Royal Westmoreland.
This island has a distinctly French feel to it, being one of the country’s overseas territories.
It’s one of the quieter islands, with less of a focus on tourism, which is great if you want to head off the beaten track.
Mainly known as an off-shore tax haven, the Cayman Islands have a very American feel, with some top class resorts situated along the ‘Seven Mile Beach’.
It also offers up the opportunity for diving and snorkelling as well as watersports if you fancy a break from sunbathing.
Of course, these are just some of the many islands that make up this beautiful part of the world. The Caribbean offers something for everyone, whether it’s a family break, a romantic getaway or if you just want to escape for some sunshine!