Tropical islands, picture-perfect beaches, beautiful rain-forests – all served up with warm Caribbean smiles…
Travel inspiration in the Caribbean Islands
This treasure trove of dazzling turquoise seas, pristine sand beaches and glorious deserted islets also offers a laid-back lifestyle, romance, mystique and Robinson Crusoe appeal.
Sailing and island hopping offer the best way to fully explore, with sheltered bays and coves offering up the perfect places to lay anchor. The Grenadines, Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas are island chains where sailing is the only way to see each jewel of an island. – whether by private yacht charter or on a shared vessel. Here’s a handful of the Caribbean island destinations that we feature.
Tiny Anguilla is bursting at the seams with beaches, cuisine, wildlife and hospitality. Tucked away in the eastern Caribbean, Anguilla is the most northern Leeward Islands, just 25 km long and at its widest point is only 3 km wide. With six dedicated marine parks, excellent bird watching and fabulous flora and fauna this is a paradise for nature lovers.
There’s something for everyone here - nestled between the warm, gentle waves of the Caribbean Sea on one side, and the rolling Atlantic Ocean on the other. Famous for its laid-back atmosphere, music is a fundamental part of the culture and all year round the sounds of Calypso and steel bands play out across Antigua, with the chance to see some of the best at Shirley Heights on Sunday evenings. The island is at its most colourful and charismatic during Carnival at the end of July; with the celebrations stretching for over a week.
This quintessential Dutch island has a magic all of its own. From swaying palm trees fringing blindingly white beaches to pastel coloured houses, the island is otherwise known as ‘Happy Island’. Measuring only 19.6 miles long and six miles across, Aruba is located in the Southern Caribbean just outside of hurricane belt. Aruba is also known as the wreck diving capital of the Caribbean and with a mix of 90 nationalities from more than 130 countries living in harmony, Aruba’s history is a mesmerising mix of cultures and peoples.
This small island with a big personality at just 430km2, is easy to explore. From the rugged coastline and wild surf of the east coast to the relaxed luxury and calm Caribbean Sea on the west coast there’s something for everyone. Although tempting to stay by the beautiful beaches, inland there are delightful treasures to be discovered - old plantation houses, quaint villages with their Anglican churches and cricket pitches, beautiful botanical gardens, and colourful rum shacks.
Cayo Santa Maria - Havana - Santiago de Cuba - Varadero From the tobacco fields dotted around the island to the 1950’s era cars, leftovers of the Cuban Revolution in the early 60’s to iconic crumbling architecture, Cuba, the largest island in the Caribbean, waves its hypnotic charm of everyone who visits the island. And with Cuba’s proximity to the equator, locals and tourists alike flock to the beaches at every opportunity.
Dominican Republic - Located on the island of Hispaniola in the greater Antilles archipelago of the Caribbean region, Dominican Republic occupies 5/8 of an island shared with Haiti. Now the most visited destination in the Caribbean the Dominican Republic is famous for its bevy of water sports, world-class resorts and pristine white-sand beaches.
Grenada - The Caribbean's 'spice' island is small in size but big in welcome. Situated just 200 miles from the coast of Venezuela, it has a lot to offer visitors. The scents of cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and its most famous export, nutmeg, infuse this mountainous island that sits in crystal waters and is a real delight for divers of all abilities thanks to the Molinere Beausejour Marine Protected Area and numerous shipwrecks near the island.
Jamaica - As one of the most popular islands in the Caribbean, Jamaica’s alluring and varied landscape ranges from tropical rainforest and soaring mountains to rolling meadowland and dramatic coastline. National Parks, World Heritage sites, superb beaches and Caribbean culture at its best – Jamaica has it all!
St Kitts and Nevis
St Kitts and Nevis - Being the smallest country in the Western hemisphere, the islands that make up St Kitts and Nevis are small yet perfectly formed. Zip-lines through lush rainforests, historical colonial cities, authentic plantation houses and championship golf courses are just some of the attractions that can be discovered and enjoyed on a day away from the beach. The freshest seafood, delicious rum punch, welcoming and charismatic locals, outdoor adventures and fantastic hotels all await in these island idylls.
St Lucia - Think of a classic Caribbean view and St Lucia springs to mind. Only 44 kms long and 22 kms wide, Saint Lucia is the only country in the world to be named after a female. This immensely beautiful island, where the jungle covered slopes of the twin peaks of the Piton Mountains sweep down to palm fringed beaches and azure seas, is known as ‘The Helen of the West’.
St Vincent and The Grenadines
St Vincent and The Grenadines - The island chain at the heart of the Caribbean is the epitome of laid back, idyllic island life. Quieter and less busy with tourists than some of its Caribbean neighbours, St Vincent and the Grenadines has white sand beaches, a live volcano to climb and sparkling waterfalls on tropical, rainforest trails. With so many islands to choose from, there's one to suit every style or taste. And island hopping is breeze, either by yacht charter or by the very affordable ferry network.
The Bahamas - A coral-based archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, the Bahamas is comprised of 700-plus islands and cays. When Christopher Columbus arrived in 1492, a period of piracy took over the island until order was established by the British in 1718. The Bahamas new motto became, “Pirates Expelled – Commerce Restored”. On July 10th, 1973, the Bahamas became a new nation – The Independent Commonwealth of the Bahamas – and thus ended 325 years of British Rule.
Turks and Caicos
Turks and Caicos - Located on the island of Hispaniola in the greater Antilles archipelago of the Caribbean region, Dominican Republic occupies 5/8 of an island shared with Haiti. Now the most visited destination in the Caribbean the Dominican Republic is famous for its bevy of water sports, world-class resorts and pristine white-sand beaches.
Influences from Africa, Asia, Europe and Arabia combine with Caribbean flavours to define the ‘feel’ of every island nation. And while all offer superb beaches, the interiors of each island are surprisingly varied. Our launch partners for our Caribbean programme are Anguilla, Antigua, Barbados, Grenada and St Lucia.
Where will you choose to wander?