Sun-kissed islands with palm-fringed beaches and rolling turquoise ocean: small wonder that the Caribbean has long been amongst the most popular destinations.
So you have settled on The Caribbean – now it’s just a matter of which idyllic island to choose. And the choices are incredible.
St Lucia has it all from impressive Pitons, rainforest treks, Creole cuisine and picturesque beaches. The island can be split in two with the north with its modern marina, trendy restaurants & bars to the south where you will find candy coloured villages and BBQ’S on the beach. Your holiday can be as relaxing on the beach or adventurous as you dare. Would you zip line through the rainforest or cruise through the world’s only drive through volcano, Sulphur Springs, as well as every water sport you could want. Want to explore under water? Why not go to the reef at Anse Piton which is perfect for snorkeling expect to see shoals of squid, slippery moral eels and needlefish. Or on the north side of the Island you can see the shipwreck of the freighter Lesleen M or perhaps try a night dive when the Octopus come out to play! St Lucia really does have something for couples, families or single travellers.
If you love anything nautical, from watersports to yachting, then set your sails for the lovely island of Antigua where your wedding will be set against a scene of sail boats drifting across azure waters.
Grenada is known as “The Spice of the Caribbean” here you will find warm friendly locals, silky beaches, unspoilt landscapes and a host of things to do. For the more active why not try hiking through the Grand Etang National Park and see the Seven Sister’s waterfalls or Snorkelling, Grenada is known as the dive wreck capital of the Caribbean or maybe take a cruise around the island, you will be spoilt for choice on this beautiful island.
Grenada’s capital St George has a stunning port area, pretty candy coloured buildings, impressive cathedral and a fruit & veg market on a Saturday morning where you can discover a multitude of spices and a wide array of delicious fruits.
Grenada has a wide selection of accommodation from private villas and all inclusive hotels to small boutique properties, providing something for everyone!
If you enjoy the tranquillity of a beach holiday but still seek the energy and vibrancy of a city getaway, then Mexico could be the place for you! This magnificent destinations offers some of the best beaches in the world, from the crystalline seas of Cancun to the immaculate white sands of Mayakoba. For culture and history enthusiasts, you are sure to be fascinated by the range of museums, landmarks and archaeological sites, as well as exploring the cities and colonial towns.
If you are into diving, you must enjoy the top class diving off Cabo Pulmo, which is one of the most beautiful and largest marine protected regions in the world. Mexico is also a key hotspot for foodies, given the variety of cuisine on show. Invigorate your taste buds as you sample local specialities at restaurants, or as you journey through market stalls, with each dish remaining just as delicious as the last.
The welcome is always warm in Barbados, through the bliss of the endless sunshine and the friendliness of the local people. While these features are sure to please, it is the lively nightlife, appealing cuisine and interesting wildlife, which make Barbados a must-see destination in the Caribbean. Rum is a key aspect of Barbadian culture and the island is considered the birthplace of this beverage, so many visitors enjoy being immersed in this culture through tasting sessions, tours and distillery visits, especially the Mount Gay distillery. This experience offers sampling the celebrated spirit, alongside a Bajan buffet, allowing tourists to pair the rum with some of the island’s finest food.
As wildlife here is a major talking point, you can adventure through wildlife reserves and botanical gardens, experiencing a kaleidoscope of colour as you go on search of the famed green monkeys.
The Barbadian people are immensely proud of their history and celebrate all aspects of their culture through a number of spectacular festivals, such as the Holetown Festival, which gives you the opportunity to experience the sights, sounds and tastes of this amazing, diverse destination.
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