Where we go in Caribbean
Aruba has all the qualities a Caribbean island should have – white sands, swaying palm trees and bath-warm waters. The best swathe of coast is the 11-kilometre stretch that connects Palm Beach and Eagle Beach on the island’s western side. This swathe clinched third place on TripAdvisor’s poll of the world’s best beaches in 2017.
Thanks to its bigger-than-average size, the Dominican Republic is one of the most diverse countries in the Caribbean. Along the coast, you’ve got the full spectrum of beaches, while inland, mangrove lagoons, mountain peaks and waterfalls are just the start of the story.
All the Caribbean stereotypes are present and correct in Jamaica. Along the coast, you’ve got white sands fringed by palms, and ramshackle beach bars serving up jerk chicken to Bob Marley beats. Inland, meanwhile, hidden waterfalls, banana plantations and soaring mountains vie for your attention. Best of all, the scenery is served up alongside Jamaica’s famous take-it-easy vibe.
Cuba is one of the world’s most distinctive countries. Thumb-thick cigars, Ernest Hemingway, rum, salsa, Che Guevara in his black beret, and Cadillacs that sag on their suspension in the streets are just a few of the icons of this emblematic place.
At first glance, Barbados appears to play by all the tropical island laws, following the book to the letter when it comes to its coastline. The island is home to more than 92 kilometres of long blonde beaches, which are backed by palm trees and lapped by luminous blue waters. The western coast is especially popular for holidays to Barbados. It’s where you’ll find the resorts of St James and St Peter and has even earned itself the nickname of the Platinum Coast, thanks to the purity of its sand.
This tropical treasure is much more than a beach retreat. Soaring volcanic peaks, lush rainforests and multi-coloured waterfalls are just some of the highlights. Resort-wise, luxury is St Lucia’s middle name. Pick from boutique hideaways set in secluded hills, or sprawling hotels with panoramic private beaches.