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Caribbean Islands

Latin America and the Caribbean are the happiest on average in the world - Max Fisher

The Caribbean is ideal for  paradise-hunters, white golden beaches, where you can get soaked in rum, the island is a lively place with there fun and friendly attitude of the people, spread over 7000 islands (fewer than 10% are inhabited).


Barbados is unchanged-since-colonial-times like St Vincent, with  Cuba its banking capital, and the Caymans.


The British-oriented St Kitts is neighboured by its Dutch -affiliated neighbor Sint Eustatius, just across a narrow channel?


One thing in common, the sunshine, warm welcome to have fun and relax, and be happy 


Top Places To Visit In The Caribbean 


Jamaica - Montego Bay

Turks and Caicos

St. Lucia

Cuba

Antigua and Barbuda

US Virgin Islands. Source

Aruba. Source

Dominican Republic

Grenada

The Bahamas 

St Martin

The Caribbean is ideal for  paradise-hunters, white golden beaches, where you can get soaked in rum,
The Caribbean is ideal for paradise-hunters, white golden beaches, where you can get soaked in rum,

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Antigua & Barbuda

Given that this breathtaking paradise is made up of two islands, it’s not surprising that it’s become known as the romantic capital of the Caribbean. And what a complementary pair: the lively, party loving Antigua coupled with the calm, unspoiled and serene Barbuda. 


It’s the best of both worlds, alongside the world’s sweetest pineapples, whitest beaches and friendliest locals. With duty free shopping, rainforest ziplining and the chance to swim with stingrays, Antigua and Barbuda are the best mates you just haven’t met yet. 


 

The Must Sees


There’s a beach for every day of the year in Antigua (no really, there are 365 of them) so the sea is clearly the place to be, whether you’re in it (scuba-diving), on it (yachting) or above it (kitesurfing). The island loves a festival, with annual events dedicated to mangos & pineapples, the region’s best DJs, kites, kitesurfing and of course, the Antigua Carnival. 


For history buffs there’s the world’s only working Georgian dockyard, fortifications with a view (Shirley Heights) and sugar mill ruins. No wonder the island is the second home to celebrities as diverse as Oprah Winfrey and Timothy Dalton.


 

Local Delicacies


Fungie (pronounced “foon-jee”) served with pepper pot make up the national dish of Antigua. It’s a kind of cornmeal mash with a vegetable stew. This incredible stew has got papaya as well as peas and pig snout, and fungi. It’s delicious, and you can sample it everywhere, but why not learn how to make it yourself? Nicole’s Table is a series of classes in the home of Nicole Arthurton. 


Book before you arrive for lessons including Cooking with Rum and Decadent Desserts, and enjoy what you’ve cooked up on Nicole’s verandah. The home of Caribbean haute cuisine is, well, Home, while the home of Caribbean street foot is without a doubt Chris-on-the-Grill, open till the early hours on Old Parnham Road.


 

All Play And No Work


Two very different bars offer the best drinks and views. It’s impossible to choose one. Carmichael’s overlooks the jungle and ocean, and it has its own infinity pool where you can take a glamorous swim while enjoying a cocktail.


 Dennis’s Bar has 360 degree ocean and island views and a homely charm that’s very Antigua. Dennis himself is usually on hand to share stories stories while you down a Wadadli, the local beer.

Given that this breathtaking paradise is made up of two islands,
Given that this breathtaking paradise is made up of two islands,

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Barbados

Relaxing with friends in a sublime location with a rum punch and fried fish. Sound good? In Barbados this scenario is so commonplace they’ve developed their own expression for it. It’s called “liming”. Oh yeah. 


You’ll be liming a lot in Barbados, at secluded beaches, friendly rum shops (tiny local bars) and by tropical rainforests. The only place you won’t be liming is at the many nightclubs or at the Crop Over Carnival. But that’s because you’ll be too busy “wukking up”. It’s all about shaking your hips.



The Must Sees


It might seem bonkers to drag yourself away from beaches as incredible as Ju-Ju’s (perfect for snorkeling) or Miami (perfect for surfing) but Harrison’s Cave is worth the trip. The 2.3 kilometre stream lined chasm has crystal ponds, stalactites and stalagmites, plus a Grand Hall measuring 50 feet high. Step inside and hear your jaw drop.


 It’s one of many natural wonders on the island that includes 1000 year old baobab trees and the sea anemone filled Animal Flower Cave. For more recent constructions, take a tour of St Nicholas Abbey, a fine example of local Jacobean architecture that also includes a steam and rum distillery. It’s a great excuse to sample your first glass of the local favourite.


 

Local delicacies


Fried flying fish. It may be difficult to say 10 times fast, but it’s much easier to eat 10 times, and pretty much a national dish in Barbados. Eat it with cou cou (cornflour with okra), rice and peas, or maybe stuffed into a cutter (bun), and you’re tasting the real Barbados. Treats such as these are available across the island, but gourmet delights are also in good supply.


 Try local favourites The Tides or the adventurous Cariba for Japanese Caribbean fusion. The rougher seas of the East Coast form a spectacular backdrop to the Roundhouse Restaurant, which offers traditional Caribbean dishes on a clifftop above the ‘Soup Bowl’, a mecca for global surfers and beach bums. Finally don’t miss the Friday night fish fry in Oistins for BBQ seafood, Bajan spices and priceless atmosphere.


 

All play and no work


Rum shops are the best place to lime across Barbados. They’re tiny places, often on the beach, that serve rum as well as snacks and even karaoke. Ju-Ju’s Beach Bar is one of the best. It’s super casual and right on the beach. For a more urban tipple, take a stroll down Baxter’s Lane in Bridgetown for its New Orleans vibe. Sublime.


 


Relaxing location with a rum punch and fried fish. Sound good? In Barbados this scenario
Relaxing location with a rum punch and fried fish. Sound good? In Barbados this scenario

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