The Caribbean is one of the most beautiful areas of the world to visit with exotic islands, warm weather and some of the most spectacular white sandy beaches in the world. This region is usually known as a luxury travel destination but there are options for all budgets - from exploring on a gap year to travelling and escaping the tourist resorts.
Get inspiration for the best things to do if you would like to go travelling, backpacking or take a gap year in the Caribbean.
The following countries make up the Caribbean region:
You can visit the Caribbean all year round - there really is not best time to visit. Some periods of the year like summer and Christmas/New Year are generally the most expensive in terms of flights and accommodation.
A passport and return or onward ticket are required. A visa is not required by UK, USA, Canada & certain other (mainly Commonwealth) nationals.
The Caribbean is a really spectacular area of the world with paradise beaches and crystal clear seas. However, the character of the islands varies greatly, from relatively flat and non-volcanic landscapes on islands such as Barbados and Antigua to dramatic, rugged landscapes on other constituent islands of the Caribbean.
Which specific island you pick is up to you, but if you are looking for a nice, exotic location at which to welcome in the warm weather seasons, you can’t do a whole lot better than the Caribbean. In many people’s eyes, there are reasons to visit the Caribbean year-round, this is about the most beautiful, warm and pleasant spot you could ask for.
There are so many adventures available to thrill seeking tourists with dramatic rugged spots throughout the region, so those looking for their ‘mountain-top experience’ can choose to escape the beach and join trekking, hiking and adventure holidays in the Caribbean. Whichever islands are included in your Caribbean experience, choose carefully if you would like to see the grandeur and beauty of these towering island giants.
The highest mountain in the Caribbean can be found in the Dominican Republic on the Island of Hispaniola. Pico Duarte rises 3,098m above sea level, and forms part of the Cordillera Central range on the island. Climbed for the first time in 1851, the mountain is accessible to fit walkers, and is easiest to access from the town of La Cienega, from which point the summit is just over 23km away, and with just under 2,000m to climb.
Mount Pelee on the island of Martinique is an active volcano, and forms the highest point on the island. The volcano’s last eruption, in 1902, is considered to have been the worst disaster involving any volcano in the 20th century, with 30,000 people losing their lives. The volcano is now considered quiescent, and scientists know what warning signs the mountain will display before another major eruption.
The Caribbean really does attract people who would like to experience the very best out of a holiday. The thought of experiencing such truly unique islands and enjoying utter tranquility sounds like the ultimate dream. The next time you are thinking of treating yourself or those that matter to some exquisite experience, you may want to consider the Caribbean as your number one destination - it can also be done cheaper than you think.
Plan a gap year in the Caribbean and explore paradise! Don't just dream about it, set sail for Caribbean for a life changing experience. The Caribbean is one of those ‘dream’ destinations for many, which many people take a cruise around the region which the ultimate luxury for those wishing to explore the many islands that make up the group. However there are some gap year programs available where you can stay longer than a normal holiday.
You will get lots of time free to stretch out under an umbrella and simply enjoy the breeze and view, while soaking up the Caribbean sun. When one thinks of amenities and activities, the list seems endless – from diving scenic coral reefs to massages on white beaches, not forgetting the ultimate watersports such as kitesurfing and paddle boarding.
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