Travel Guide

Your Caribbean Travel Guide

The Caribbean is known around the world for its unbelievable beauty, both natural and cultural. From striking beaches to historic sites, there are plenty of places travelers can enjoy during their vacations. The high season for tourism in the Caribbean is between the months of mid-December to mid-April; this is the time that usually has the driest weather in the Caribbean, and the coldest weather within North America. The Temperatures are normally around 20ºC and 30ºC during these months in the Caribbean. There are several events and festivals that take place as well, which gives visitors many options to keep them occupied. During the off-season, you can take advantage of lower hotel and air travel prices. You can also find ways to save during peak season, such as all-inclusive travel packages.

 

Trinidad & Tobago

trinidad_tobagoIn Trinidad & Tobago you’ll find more than swaying palm trees and sandy beaches. Trinidad & Tobago is known for its carnival and is the birthplace of: steel pan, calypso, soca, and chutney music. Places to visit in Trinidad are: Caroni Bird Sanctuary, Maracas Lookout, and Chaguaramas Military History and Aviation Museum (the only military and aviation museum in the Caribbean), and Pitch Lake. Some places to visit in Tobago are: Argyle Waterfall, Fort George, Buccoo Reef, and Nylon Pool. Popular dishes of Trinidad & Tobago are: crab and callaloo, doubles and pelau.

 

Guyana

guyanaGuyana is a great mixture of the Caribbean and South America, which is where it’s located. The name Guyana is an Amerindian word meaning “Land of Many Waters”. It is known for its breathtaking natural beauty, Amazonian rainforests, and immense waterfalls. Some places to visit here include: Botanical Gardens, Museum of Guyana, Iwokrama Rain Forest, Kaieteur Falls, and Shell Beach. Popular dishes in Guyana are: pepper pot, cook-up rice, and roti and curry.

 

Grenada

grenadaGrenada is a rolling, mountainous island, filled with aromatic spice trees and beautiful floral life. Grenada is known for being a leading producer of several different spices such as: cinnamon, cloves, ginger, mace, nutmeg, allspice and cocoa. Some places to visit while there are: Gouyave Nutmeg Factory, Concord Waterfalls, Bay Gardens, and Grand Anse Beach. Grenada’s national dish is oil down.

 

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

stvincentSt. Vincent and the Grenadines is a tropical paradise and is known for being volcanic in origin. It also has some of the most breathtaking clear aquamarine waters. Popular places to visit while there are: Falls of Baleine (St. Vincent), Lagoon Beach (Mustique), Dive Bequia (Bequia), Princess Margaret Beach (Port Elizabeth), and Tobago Cays. St. Vincent and the Grenadines have a national dish of roasted breadfruit & fried jackfish.

 

St. Lucia

stluciaSt. Lucia is a small, lush tropical gem, known for its scenic view of the Pitons in the southwest. The island is filled with sugar and banana plantations. St. Lucia is also a popular honeymoon destination. Places to visit in this island are: St. Lucia National Rain Forest, Diamond Botanical Gardens, the drive-through volcano and Pigeon Island. Popular dishes in St Lucia are: green fig & salt fish pie, callaloo, and dried and salted cod.

 

Barbados

barbadosBarbados brings you romance and adventure. This place is known for its beautiful soft sandy beaches, and is also believed to be the birthplace of rum. There are many places to visit in Barbados such as: Flower Forest, Folkestone Marine Park & Museum, Barbados Wildlife Reserve and Harrison’s Cave. Barbados’ national dish is coucou and flying fish (made with corn meal, flour and okra).

 

Dominica

dominicaDominica is known as the “The Nature Island of the Caribbean” due to its remarkable, lush, and various vegetation and wildlife. This island is home to the Boiling Lake which is the second-largest thermally active lake in the world. Some places to visit here are: Emerald Pool, Trafalgar Falls, and Morne Trois Pitons National Park. The national dish in Dominica is mountain chicken (frog legs).

 

Jamaica

jamaicaJamaica is a popular island in the West Indies; a highly sought-after destination spot for those who want a vacation. It is known for the laid back personality of its people, the warm and sandy beaches, and its amazing weather. While there, some places worth visiting are the: Rastafarian Indigenous Village, Bob Marley museum, Devon House, Dunn’s River Falls, and Treasure Beach. Popular dishes in Jamaica include: ackee and saltfish, jerk chicken, and callaloo.

 

Bahamas

bahamasThe Bahamas is an exquisite addition to the Caribbean. The Islands of the Bahamas are home to many great things including having the clearest waters in the world. Here you can relax on one of their numerous white and pink sand beaches while you overlook the beautiful Caribbean Sea. You can also explore historical sites in Nassau, or golf at the Ocean Club. The national dish in Bahamas is crack conch with peas and rice.

 

Haiti

haitiHaiti, whose name means “mountainous country”, is a Caribbean country which gained its independence in 1804. The official language here is kreyol, although French is still dominantly used. They are known for their rich culture, history and arts. Some places to visit here are: The Citadelle, Labadee, and Bassinbleu. The national dish of Haiti is griots (pork) with beans and rice.

 

Dominican Republic

dominican_repThe Dominican Republic, another very popular place for travelers, is the second largest Caribbean nation that exists. Aside from its hospitable citizens, this island is known for baseball, beaches, music and dance. Many people go diving when visiting this Caribbean island as its vibrant marine life allows for caves, coral reefs, and many multicolored fish. The Dominican Republic has many popular dishes such as: sancocho, platnos con salami, and Chicharrones de Pollo which is the Dominican version of fried chicken.


Puerto Rico

puerto_ricoPuerto Rico of all the islands is the largest, with San Juan being the largest capital in the Caribbean. They are known for their naturalistic beauty with mountains, caves, beaches, rivers, lakes, deserts and more. They are also rich in history and culture with many artistic people being born here as well. This Caribbean island’s main dish is Arroz con Gandulez and Pernil which is rice with pigeon peas and pork shoulder.

 

Antigua & Barbuda

antiguaAntigua and Barbuda is a twin-island nation in the Caribbean. They are mainly known for their beaches and are popular amongst many yachtsmen. Some places to visit are: Betty’s Hope Sugar Plantation, the Devil’s Bridge, and the museum of Antigua and Barbuda. The national dish here is fungee and pepperpot.

 

St. Kitt’s & Nevis

stkittsSt. Kitt’s and Nevis is an island known for its amazing landscapes and natural beauty. Most visitors come to embrace the relaxing sandy beaches and participate in the numerous water activities that are available. While here, you can visit Mount Liamuiga and Turtle Beach. The national dish of St. Kitt’s and Nevis is stewed saltfish with dumplings, spicy plantains and breadfruit.

 

St. Martin

st-martinSt. Martin is infamous for its beaches, not only because of how distinctive each one is but also because of how many of them there are. Out here you can visit cool sites like Fort St. Louis, which is the largest historical monument on this island, or the Butterfly Farm. You may also visit Marigot and Grand Case which are gorgeous areas that provide numerous activities and sight-seeing. St, Martin is known to have a national dish of conch and dumplings.

Cayman Islands

cayman_islandThe Cayman Islands are warm and inviting to all visitors. With the natural beauty, remarkable beaches, outstanding underwater environment, and beautiful tropical flowers, the Cayman Islands have a lot to offer travelers. Places to visit when there include: Stingray City (Grand Cayman), Spirit of the West (West Bay), Dolphin Cove (West Bay), Rum Point (Grand Cayman) and Dolphin Discovery (West Bay). Cayman Islands are known for dishes such as: Caymanian fruitcake, turtle stew, mango chicken, and cracked conch.