Caribbean travel guide

Weather and climate

Temperature: Average temperatures range from late 20s (°C) to early 30s (°C).

Best time to visit: Spring for slightly cooler temperatures.

The Caribbean enjoys a tropical climate with warm temperatures throughout the year. There are two seasons: rainy (May- October) and dry (November-April). The best time to go is between February and March, after the humidity levels are at their highest and before the start of the rainy season.

Jan, Feb, March, April, May, June, July, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec

The Caribbean is best for

Honeymooners: Discover the Caribbean’s crystal clear waters and secluded coves on a romantic boat ride. 

Party people: Whether you’re dancing merengue in the Dominican Republic or to the sounds of salsa in Cuba, don’t leave without trying a local dance yourself.

Underwater adventurers: Explore the Caribbean’s magnificent coral reefs and underwater treasures in a glass-bottom boat or on a snorkelling trip. 

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Fast facts

Language: The languages spoken in the Caribbean are English and Spanish

Currency: The currencies used in the Caribbean are the Dollar ($) and Peso (₱)

Local time: The Caribbean is 4–6 hours behind GMT/UK time

Fly to: Hewanorra International Airport or George F.L. Charles Airport

Flight time from UK: The flight time to the Caribbean varies from 8–11 hours

Tourist Information: Further Caribbean tourist information can be found at www.caribbeantravel.com

Visa / Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cuba for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Cuba. Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/dominican-republic for your holiday to the Dominican Republic. Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/mexico for your holiday to Mexico

Holiday destinations related to Caribbean:

  • Cuba
  • Cayo CoCo
  • Cayo Santa Maria
  • Guardalavaca
  • Varadero
  • in Cuba

  • Dominican Republic
  • Punta Cana
  • Bavaro
  • in Dominican Republic

  • Jamaica
  • Montego Bay
  • Negril
  • Ochos Rios
  • Runaway Bay
  • in Jamaica

  • Mexico
  • Cancun
  • Playa Del Carmen
  • Riviera Maya
  • Playacar
  • Playa Mujeres
  • in Mexico

  • Antigua
  • Barbados
  • St Lucia
  • Tobago
  •  

    Getting around

    By Taxi: The best way to get around Cuba is in its state-run taxis. A short trip will only cost a few dollars. A fun alternative are the state-run cocotaxis, which are three-seater scooters. 

    By Bus: Local buses are the most comfortable and cost-effective way to get around Mexico and the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic’s local hop-on buses are smaller in size and don’t include toilet facilities, but make more stops along the route.

    By Metro: The Santo Domingo metro is a fast way to reach up to nine cities in the Dominican Republic. 

    Events

    Santo Domingo Carnival: The end of February marks the biggest event on the Dominican Republic calendar: The Santo Domingo Carnival. If you’re lucky enough to be there, expect dancing, fabulous floats and enough delicious street food to send your taste buds into a wild frenzy.

    Celebration of Classic Cars: Motor enthusiasts won't want to miss Cuba’s annual Classic Car Celebration in March. This week-long festival celebrates the country’s fleet of vintage cars with a series of lectures, workshops and parades throughout Havana.  

    Cancun Jazz Festival: Head down to Mexico’s legendary Parque de las Palapas at the end of May to witness the Cancun Jazz Festival in full swing. This event attracts some of the best jazz musicians from around the world so plan your trip early to avoid disappointment. 

    Safety and Security

    For up to date advice on travelling to the Caribbean, please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cuba/safety-and-security for Cuba, https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/dominican-republic/safety-and-security for the Dominican Republic, and https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/mexico/safety-and-security for Mexico.