Where’s the first place that pops into your mind when you think paradise? For me, it’s the Caribbean hands down and there’s nothing that excites me more than imaging myself lounging on gorgeous beaches, island hopping and swimming in the bright blue ocean. Planning a trip to the Caribbean can be intimidating because there are so many wonderful destinations to choose from, it can be hard to figure out where to start. As such, I’ve compiled this list of tips for island hopping in the Caribbean so you can get inspired and perhaps narrow down where you’ll go and how long you will spend in each place. Read on for more information about island hopping in the Caribbean.
When to go to the Caribbean?
The most popular time for people to visit the Caribbean is during the winter months, which means that prices are higher and places are busier. My advice would be to flip it around and go during the quieter months. Don’t forget that the summer months can attract a lot of people on their honeymoons. With that in mind, I think the best months to visit are the middle of April through to the middle of December.
How Many Places Should I Visit?
This can be tricky because often you’ll want to visit as many places as possible to get a good idea of how the Caribbean really is and to experience the diverse cultures that call this corner of the world home. My suggestion if you want a relaxing holiday is to not spend any less than four days in one place. One of the best ways you can make the most of your time in the Caribbean is by arranging a holiday package as it allows you to focus on enjoying the holiday while someone else arranges the details. Often it can be quite affordable because the companies that arrange them are able to get discounts on things such as hotels etc, which then passes the savings onto you directly.
Caribbean multi centre holidays are a great way to see a few places in the same trip. The number of places you visit should really depend on how much time you can afford to spend in each. Don’t make the mistake of over compensating and going to too many places. There’s nothing worse than having to pack your bag every day and moving on before you get a chance to really experience a country.
Where to Go?
Where you end up visiting in the Caribbean will depend largely on what the main motivation for your trip is. My advice is to work backwards and not to be too set on any one place. Think about what you want from your holiday, how long you want to spend and how your budget is. Antigua and Barbados are two of the most popular islands and for good reason. But if you’re craving something a little more off the beaten path, why not consider the lush paradise that is Tobago? Perhaps you would be more at home indulging in Grenada, world famous for its delicious spices. Whatever you choose, you’ll find yourself in a little slice of paradise, feeling relaxed and refreshed.
Have you been to the Caribbean before? Do you have a favourite island? Let me know in the comments below.