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Caribbean

The Caribbean is a region that is made up of over 700 islands, islets, cays and reefs in the Caribbean Sea. These include the larger, more famous islands like Jamaica, as well as a number of smaller islands, such as Barbados.

The Caribbean has a long history of Colonialism, meaning that there is a large range of different cultural influences in the region. Depending on the island that you visit, you could be exposed to French, Spanish, British, Portuguese, Dutch, Danish or Swedish influences, or even a mixture!

Holidays to the Caribbean are renowned across the world for their sun and beaches. Holidaymakers flock to the islands every year to relax on the pure, white sands and take a dip into the warm, turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. The beaches are also popular with watersports enthusiasts and divers, who the majority of islands cater to.

There is something to explore on each of the islands, from carnivals to rainforests to rum distilleries, there is enough to keep anyone entertained on Holidays in the Caribbean.

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USEFUL INFORMATION
Currency: Varies
Language: Many (inc English)
Time Difference: -4/5 Hours GMT
Flight Time: Approximately 8-10 Hours


Weather

The Caribbean is a large area, which means that is a large variance in the weather between islands. Here are some averages for the region over the months you, to help you plan your ideal Caribbean holidays:

  • January starts the year out at a respectable 28°C, perfect for some Winter sun!
  • February sees a slight increase 29°C, signalling the beginning of the regions warmer months.
  • March and April continue this rising pattern, hitting 31°C on average, perfect for an Easter holiday in the sun!
  • May sees the temperature rise even higher, to a scorching 32°C!
  • June-September all feature the peak temperature of 33°C for the region, meaning that the high point lasts for twice as long in the Caribbean as it does on average.
  • October and November fall slightly to match the temperature in May. At 32°C the Caribbean is perfect at this time of the year for those who wish to avoid children on their holidays, as these months are during term time.
  • December rounds off the year at a blazing 30°C, dashing any hopes Caribbean residents may have for a white Christmas.

Activities

Each island in the Caribbean has their own set of unique activities and cultural events that are worth looking into. Here are a few examples of activities that are common throughout the islands.

Visit the Beach

Almost all of the tropical islands in the Caribbean are home to excellent beaches. The region is famous for its sugary white sands and warm, clear waters. Make the most of your holidays to the Caribbean and sit back, relax, soak up the sun and maybe treat yourself to a glass of local rum!

Take Part in some Water Sports

Glorious beaches and water sports go hand in hand, and Caribbean holidays are no exception to this rule. Whether you’d rather ride a jet ski, go surfing or even take a crack at diving, the Caribbean is the place to be. Most beaches in the region are even complete with businesses that hire out equipment at bargain prices.

Sight Seeing

This one varies between islands but there is something worth seeing on each and everyone of them! From sugar plantations, to old Manor Houses from the Colonial days, to sights of natural, tropical beauty all the way up to wild carnivals, there is always something to see on holidays in the Caribbean!

Sample the Food and Drinks

From locally produced rum to jerk chicken and pasties, the food and drink of the Caribbean is truly amazing! The weather of the regions means that a lot of exotic crops can grow on the islands, and the local chefs put all of them to good use. Expect a lot of spicy flavours and succulent fruits in Caribbean cooking!


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