Where we go in Caribbean
Aruba floats in the southern Caribbean Sea, some 18 miles off the coast of Venezuela. It's got all the qualities a Caribbean island should have – white sands, swaying palm trees and bath-warm waters. The best swathe of coast is the 11-kilometre stretch that connects Palm Beach and Eagle Beach on the island’s western side. This swathe clinched fourth place on TripAdvisor’s poll of the world’s best beaches in 2018.
At first glance, Barbados appears to play by all the tropical island laws, following the book to the letter when it comes to its coastline. The island is home to more than 92 kilometres of long blonde beaches, which are backed by palm trees and lapped by luminous blue waters. The western coast is especially popular for holidays to Barbados. It’s where you’ll find the resorts of St James and St Peter and has even earned itself the nickname of the Platinum Coast, thanks to the purity of its sand.
Thanks to its bigger-than-average size, the Dominican Republic is one of the most diverse countries in the Caribbean. Along the coast, you’ve got the full spectrum of beaches, while inland, mangrove lagoons, mountain peaks and waterfalls are just the start of the story.
All the Caribbean stereotypes are present and correct in Jamaica. Along the coast, you’ve got white sands fringed by palms, and ramshackle beach bars serving up jerk chicken to Bob Marley beats. Inland, meanwhile, hidden waterfalls, banana plantations and soaring mountains vie for your attention. Best of all, the scenery is served up alongside Jamaica’s famous take-it-easy vibe.
Trinidad And Tobago
These islands might be next-door to each other, and officially the same country, but the two are like chalk and cheese. Trinidad’s considered the world’s best carnival location, and almost the entire population lives on its shores. The beat of the steel pans slows down in Tobago, where undisturbed patches of rainforest and sleepy beaches set the tone.