Emerald mountains, powdery white-sand beaches, brilliant turquoise seas, spectacular waterfalls and coral reefs teeming with tropical fish come to mind when you think about the Caribbean. The Caribbean comprises of more than 7,000 islands, reefs and cays, but Caribbean holidays often centre round the island paradises of Antigua, Barbados, Jamaica, St Lucia, Tobago, the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic. It's also often forgotten that Cuba and Mexico are in the Caribbean Sea too. Each island offers a unique experience: Antigua boasts 365 beaches, duty-free shopping, world-class scuba diving and all-night entertainment; the Bahamas has endless swathes of fine white-sand beaches, big-game fishing and glitzy casinos; Barbados, or 'Little England', is home to traditional British-style seaside towns and beautiful colonial architecture; and Tobago is known as 'The Galapagos of the West Indies' due to its abundance of wildlife and untouched coral reefs. Cuba, the biggest island in the Caribbean, has idyllic beaches, a laid-back atmosphere, salsa beats and endless minty mojitos. Mexico offers white-sand beaches, breathtaking scuba diving, buzzing night life and ancient Mayan ruins. So whether you're seeking a romantic break for two, an action packed family getaway or relaxing sunshine retreat - you'll find that a holiday in the Caribbean Islands ticks all of the boxes on your wish-list.
With water sports, swimming with dolphins, white water rafting, fishing, jeep safaris, horse riding, golf and diving, there's no shortage of things to do on a holiday in the Caribbean. When it comes to excursions, you're spoilt for choice too with the Caribbean's cultural heritage apparent on many islands. Go island hopping by boat, chill on the beach or swim in the crystal clear Caribbean Sea - the choice is yours.
When it comes to night life, the Caribbean Islands have something to suit everyone. Music on show in the clubs and bars includes merengue, jazz, reggae and rock & roll. There are discos, dance clubs, piano bars, and places to hear traditional steel-drum music. Lots of hotel resorts have their own entertainment programmes with everything from cabaret shows to party nights. So whether you want to chill with a cocktail in a beach bar or party until dawn, you'll find a place to suit your mood.
Caribbean cuisine combines African, French, East Indian, and Spanish styles of cooking with the flavourful and colourful ingredients of the islands. Rice is the staple of a Caribbean meal and is eaten with a variety of sauces, peas, beans and meats. In larger resorts and hotels, you'll find an enormous choice of international restaurants covering cuisines from Italian to Chinese and old fast food favourites. Don't pass up a taste of the locally produced rum.
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