Caribbean Travel Guide
The ultimate guide to the best things to do and see in Caribbean
Sandy beaches, crystal blue waters, colonial ruins, tropical cocktails: all this and more awaits you in the Caribbean! Start here with my basic Caribbean travel tips, or jump down below to read my latest Caribbean travel blogs.
When to Visit
The Caribbean is a year-round destination. While northern hemisphere winter brings cold and darkness, the Caribbean is still bathed in sun and tropical warmth. There are often hurricanes in the region, however, typically between June and November, so it may be advisable to look more specifically into the forcast for your destination if you are planning to visit at this time.
Top Caribbean Beaches
The Caribbean is all about beaches, so here are some of the best ones you can find.
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic – One of the most popular regions in the Dominican Republic for its beaches, and for good reason. There are over 30 kilometers of perfect, sandy beaches with crystal blue waters along what is known as the Coconut Coast. It’s a popular place to visit for luxurious, all-inclusive resorts and also for some adventure sports such as zip-lining and jungle hikes.
Maunday’s Bay, Anguilla – This pristine and relatively secluded beach on the far western end of Anguilla is the perfect place to head for shallow water diving, snorkeling or just lazing on the beach. If you’re feeling energetic, it’s also possible to go windsurfing here.
British Virgin Islands – This series of four main islands and almost 50 smaller ones have hundreds of beaches between them, and many are just stunning! Highlights include the beaches at White Bay on Jost van Dyke, Apple Bay and Cane Garden Bay on Tortola, but there are countless others worth exploring too.
Taking a tour in the Caribbean will give you a unique look at some aspects of life in the region and get you to places you might otherwise miss on your own, so taking one can really be worthwhile! Take a look at this selection of Caribbean tours.
LGBT – Gay Caribbean Travel Guide
The Caribbean islands vary a lot in terms of which are open and accepting of queer travelers, and indeed some are arguably quite dangerous places for LGBT visitors to go, such as Jamaica. But here are the three most gay-friendly Caribbean destinations!
Puerto Rico – As part of the United States, Puerto Rico now has marriage equality and many of the same legal protections for its LGBT citizens as for straight people, meaning it’s a pretty easy place to visit as a queer person. San Juan, the island’s capital is where the vast majority of gay life is concentrated, and in the Condado district in particular.
Dominican Republic – Home to the annual Caribbean Pride, the Spanish-speaking half of Hispaniola island is a surprisingly gay-friendly destination though the legal rights for local LGBT people are not as developed as you might expect. Nonetheless, there are several gay resorts, beaches and clubs worth visiting.
Aruba – Though part of the Netherlands, Aruba does not offer its residents quite as many legal protections and rights as the Dutch state. Regardless, a very European mindset and attitude towards same-sex couples is clear on the island and means it’s a very welcoming place to visit for gay travelers.
More gay travel resources here.
Caribbean Hotel Deals
The Caribbean has plenty of cool and quirky hotels, as well as all the big chains you’d expect. I’ve found that using Booking.com, Agoda.com or Hotels Combined can be really useful for finding last-minute deals.
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