There are three words which I’d use to sum up the Caribbean: paradise on earth.
Stretching for over one million squares miles, there are thousands of islands which make up this stunning part of the world and every single one of them is different; with their own unique traditions and cultures.
The Caribbean is a popular holiday destination; I have a real love for it and feel very blessed to have visited several times. If you’ve never been to this area of the world you should read on; i’ve picked out five islands to give you an idea of the diversity of this slice of paradise.
St Kitts was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493 and wow, did he stumble upon a glittering gem. A quarter if this island is made up of beautiful national park which is home to some amazing wildlife. Listen to the chatter of Vervet monkeys and the scurrying of mongoose whilst you wander through the lush green undergrowth. If you’re an adventure seeker, you’ll love the adrenaline pumping activities on offer such as zip-lining through the forest canopy or dropping 1000 feet into the belly of a dormant volcano; they’ll simply take your breathe away.
The way of life in this tropical paradise is extremely relaxed; it’s definitely a winner if you like to chill and take things as easy as possible. Tobago is a relatively small island, only 8 miles wide and 26 miles long and it’s jam packed full of lush green rainforest. If you’re a bird lover, Tobago is the perfect place for you with around 220 species of colourful birds calling this island home.
Home to the majestic Piton Mountains, St Lucia’s green and rugged landscape is what sets it apart from the rest of the Caribbean. How would you like to drive into a volcano, ride a horse along a stunning beach at sunset or bathe under a roaring waterfall? With a beautiful coral reef, you’ll be able to experience some of the best scuba diving and snorkelling in the Caribbean. In St Lucia, you really can do it all.
Also known as the spice island, you’ll notice a distinct aroma of nutmeg in the air when you land in Grenada. With silky white beaches, lush green rainforest and crystal clear waters, Grenada is less developed than many of the other Caribbean islands. If you love to dive or snorkel, you should take time to explore the island’s unique underwater Sculpture Park; it really is a sight to behold.
The beautiful island of St Vincent is covered with lush rainforest, numerous waterfalls and tropical gardens which are bursting with colour and life. Hike to the top of La Soufriere volcano where you’ll be rewarded with breath-taking views of the island and coastline, or take a trip out into the deep blue for a spot of whale, dolphin and turtle watching.
Do you dream of visiting any of these spectacular islands for yourself, or maybe there’s somewhere different you’ve always wanted to go for a Caribbean holiday?
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