Caribbean Guide 


 Getting There:

The quickest way to visit the Caribbean is by airplane. Many major airline carriers have regular flights to the Caribbean from various departure points all over the world. However, if you would like to make the journey part of your Caribbean vacations by sea, then a leisurely ocean cruise may be just your style. Currently, more than twenty cruise lines offer a wide variety of vacation packages to the Caribbean, especially during in the winter months. Some of these cruise liners include; Disney Liners, Carnival Cruise, Royal Caribbean, Luxury Liners, and the Princess Cruises. If you are a little more adventurous, then maybe you could embark on a sail yacht, for total luxury on the high seas. No matter what mode of travel you choose, a splendid island vacation awaits you in the Caribbean.


The Caribbean provides some of the most luxurious villas, plantation houses, inns, all-inclusive resorts as well as full-service hotels. Accommodations varies from island to island, however they all offer something distinctively Caribbean.While most all-inclusive packages sometimes offer the best prices, these may restrict when or how you get to the islands. Special romantic package for two are available at many resorts across the Caribbean. Many villas can even be rented for a wedding ceremony. Each island has its own wedding requirements, but there are plenty of event planning companies willing to help you with your special day.


The best way to get around is by car, especially on the smaller islands. Renting a car allows you the most freedom to explore a vast percentage of a country without spending a lot. You can guide your own tours. However, if you don't want to deal with all this driving, you still have the most traditional way to navigate the islands by bus or taxi. Buses are also typically the most affordable type of transportation on any island. Taxi drivers are usually very friendly and eager to please. They generally know their way around the islands and hence prove a good guidance, which is always better than any map or guidebook. 


Food in the Caribbean traditionally takes on many forms. Since its culture is largely a mixture of a lot of diverse factors, Caribbean dining can be a feast of any number of signature dishes.The Native people, West African, French and Spanish cuisine all have their place on the menus here. Nearly every dish is topped off with a rich blend of traditional Caribbean spices, of which the Caribbean is famous for.Most Caribbean foods bear the most relation to the Creole traditions, mixed with the spices of the island, along with a multitude of rice dishes that have carried over from the native Spaniards.Seafood and jerk is a huge source of any feast in the Caribbean. Each country seems to have its own popular marinade of seasons and spices.Other sources of meat in the Caribbean include chicken, pork, beef, goat, and lamb. Poultry is the most inexpensive choice of meat, so it is widely found in dishes throughout the region. Pork and beef can be found most especially in Spanish islands, and goat and lamb is the least common.


The history of the Caribbean reveals the significant role the region played in the colonial struggles of the European power since the 15th century.For hundreds of years the Caribbean islands were inhabited by three main indigenous tribes - the Arawak’s, the Ciboney and the Caribs.When Christopher Columbus became the first European to land on these shores, the history of the Caribbean took a dramatic turn. Spain originally claimed the entire region as its own. This pleased neither the islanders who lived there, nor the other major European powers.

Within a few years, bloody battles raged over the Caribbean islands, with France, Spain, England, Netherlands and Denmark all claiming various islands as their own. Meanwhile, the tribe's, native to the islands were being annihilated. As the people were wiped out, so was their way of life, thus the culture of Caribbean people changed forever. With the onset of slavery on many of the islands, the native cultures were replaced with those carried over from Africa and mixed with the imperial European forces, thus new Caribbean culture was born.


The Caribbean is one of the world's most stimulating destinations. The diversity in cultures, cuisines, language and landscapes adds to the region's charming appeal. Sports provide a great way to pass time on your vacation. Soccer and baseball are especially popular on the islands, but visitors can catch a cricket or rugby match on their vacation. Popular water sports include diving, snorkelling, sailing, fishing, water skiing or just relaxing on the sea shore, these are available on all the islands. The Cayman and Virgin Islands attract the most underwater adventurers, but there are fascinating sites to be explored just off the coast of each Caribbean island.

Jewellery, purses, and perfumes etc. are just a few of the many different items on discounted prices. Duty free shopping in most locations, makes shopping in the Caribbean a must. Luxury items can be found at significantly lower prices than one might find at home, and many shoppers want to take advantage of these rates. Shopping for local products is also a great way to support the local economy, especially when you purchase handmade goods. The Caribbean citizens know how to celebrate and vacationers are welcomed to celebrate with them at the annual events and festivals that are always happening. One of the most well-known festivals is Carnival, a celebration that nearly every island hosts at one point or another during the year. Festivals are a great ways to learn about local customs, music, and dance, as well as eat delicious local food, purchase local goods, and perhaps meet a few interesting local people. Night time in the Caribbean does not mean you have to go to bed. Night time comes alive with a whole new host of opportunities for excitement, from theatre productions, casinos and night clubs. Resorts typically offer night time shows or casinos for guests to enjoy.


The climate in the Caribbean region varies. Some islands in the region have relatively flat terrain of non-volcanic origin. Others possess rugged towering mountain. The climate of the region is tropical but rainfall varies with elevation, size and water currents. Warm, moist trade winds blow consistently from the east creating rainforest semi-desert divisions on mountainous islands. Occasional northwesterlies affect the northern islands in the winter.The region enjoys year-round sunshine, divided into 'dry' and 'wet' seasons, with the last six months of the year being wetter than the first half.Hurricanes, which at times affect the region, usually strike northwards of Grenada, and to the west of Barbados.