The Caribbean is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, with thousands of visitors flocking to the islands every year.
It’s not hard to see why, with sunny skies, golden beaches as well as some great local food and drink, especially the rum!
There’s also a lot more to the Caribbean than meets the eye, so here are five reasons to make the Caribbean your holiday destination this summer.
One of the main reasons people love the Caribbean so much is, of course, the glorious weather!
The region experiences lows of around 21˚C and highs of 30˚C, perfect for relaxing on the beach with a cocktail!
It’s rarely ever cold in the Caribbean and only ever too hot on occasion during the summer, so it’s more or less perfect all-year round, with December to April being the peak time to get the best of the weather.
The Diverse Culture
The Caribbean has taken on influences from many cultures over the years, whether it be Britain, Africa, India, or even the Far East.
Each island has its own culture and feel, but the one thing which ties them all together is that they’re incredibly relaxed and easy going!
We spoke to the guys at Beach House and Blue Haven, two resorts in the Turks & Caicos Islands, who said: “The people of the Caribbean also love a good party, so we always recommend trying to find an authentic beach party and partying with the locals if you can!”
Because many of the islands are so small, they can easily be explored on foot and you can even take day trips to other islands if you’d like.
For example, if you’re staying in Antigua, you can easily hop over to Barbuda. Being able to rip up the itinerary and explore for yourself is one of the best things about the Caribbean.
And once you start to head inland from the beaches, you discover a whole new world. Many of the larger islands have a wealth of hiking trails, botanical gardens and traditional villages to discover.
The Food & Drink
Nowadays, chains such as Turtle Bay have made Caribbean cuisine famous around the world, but there’s nothing quite like experiencing the real thing.
As well as more well-known dishes such as jerk chicken, there are loads of other dishes specific to certain islands, such as flying fish in Barbados, conch in Turks & Caicos and pepperpot.
For a list of some of the best dishes to try during your trip to the Caribbean, head to BBC Good Food.
Of course, no trip to the Caribbean is complete without trying out the local rum, and each island has its own take on this classic spirit, with many distilleries offering tours.
Wildlife lovers will also be right at home in the Caribbean, with an array of exotic birds, insects, marine life, and other animals making the islands their home.
For example, go snorkelling off the coast to find turtles and stingrays, or take a boat trip out into the ocean and see majestic dolphins and whales.
Look up into the skies to see the likes of toucans, gonzalitos and wattled jacana, and keep your eyes out for the lesser spotted black iguana, three-toed sloth and of course, the famous swimming pigs!