Although the region of the Caribbean is made up of literally thousands of islands, there are only twenty five recognised countries that make up the geographical area. Depending on your particular budget, there is something for everyone in the Caribbean, from the expensive Bermuda to the more competitively priced islands such as Jamaica, and arguably the least expensive, the Dominican Republic.
The British territory of Bermuda is located of the east coast of the United States in the North Atlantic Ocean and maintains a strong blend of both American and British culture. Bermuda itself is made up of around one hundred and eighty islands, however most are uninhabited and a total of seven are interconnected by various causeways and bridges to the mainland.
As far as attractions are concerned, most people visit for the beautiful pink sandy beaches of Horseshoe Bay and Elbow Bay, and to take advantage of the warm waters and the excellent snorkelling, which offers some of the most exotic marine and coral life anywhere in the Caribbean. Incidentally, it is the pink coral that gives the islands their vibrant pink coloured sand. For the more cultured, a visit to the UNESCO world heritage site of St. George is highly recommended.
Next on the list is a place that really needs no introduction as being the home of the legendary Bob Marley and reggae music, Jamaica. Take some time out to visit the Bob Marley museum in Kingston for a look at the life Jamaica’s first son. Also worth visiting in Jamaica are the Dunns River Falls and for beaches, Montego Bay seems to be the most popular choice for tourists, although there are many other options available including James Bond Beach in Ocho Rios, named in honour of the famous 007 author, Ian Fleming.
Last but not least of interesting place to visit in the Caribbean is the Dominican Republic. This country, which actually boasts the largest economy in the region is adjacent to the country of Haiti which together form the island of Hispaniola, and has become increasingly popular with honeymooners and families alike seeking a more affordable all-inclusive holiday package. Again, a fine array of beaches are on offer here with the main tourist areas being around the towns of Peurto Planta, Punta Cana and Samana. Another UNESCO heritage site can also be found in the ‘New Worlds’ oldest city, Santa Domingo, dating back to the 16th Century.
For the more adventurous, the Dominican Republic also has some of the highest peaks in the Caribbean and if you are feeling exceptionally brave you can try white water rafting on the Rio Yaque de Norte river. Hiking and biking are also available on the many trails that zig-zag the mountains.
Indeed, whether it is adventure, relaxation or culture you are looking for on your vacation, the Caribbean has it all, from the upmarket resorts of Bermuda, to the affordable Dominican Republic.