Caribbean Islands – Beautiful Beaches and Much More!

When painting a picture of the perfect Caribbean setting, you might think of stunning sunkissed beaches, warm azure water just calling to be swam in and softly swaying palm trees heavy with coconuts. Sounds great right? I love spending time lying on the sand, feeling the sun warm my skin and hearing the soothing sounds of waves in the background. Nothing cheers me up faster than a blue sky, beautiful surroundings and the chance to truly unwind. The more deserted the beach is, the better!

I visited several Caribbean islands on a cruise holiday earlier this year and there are a few places I’d like to return to in the future to explore further – such as St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica and the British Virgin Islands. There are also many I’ve yet to visit that are on my list, including Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and Antigua. While beaches are fabulous and should never be taken for granted, there were many other aspects that stood out. Each location visited was memorable for a different reason.

Rainforest Scenery – Dominica

The most lush and verdant island visited was undoubtedly Dominica. This gorgeous place is thick with rainforest and I enjoyed exploring some of the majestic waterfalls and idyllic rock pools hidden within. Combined with the mountainous terrain, the landscape here is unbelievably impressive and largely unspoiled.

trafalgar falls, dominica

Tropical Flowers – Barbados

Vibrant tropical flowers can be spotted everywhere in the Caribbean, but you will struggle to find anywhere as spectacularly colourful as Hunte’s Gardens in Barbados. This beautiful spot in the St Joseph parish of the island is brimming with life and there are sculptures everywhere that really add to overall character. What’s more, guests even get invited into the owner’s home – a fabulous bohemian-style house – for a rum punch or homemade lemonade!

hunte's gardens in barbados

Colourful Architecture – Curacao 

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Willemstad in Curacao features an eye-catching collection of colourful colonial buildings. Red and yellow and pink and blue – a rainbow display welcomes visitors. It was great wandering around the harbour where fishing boats and a lively market brimming with tropical fruit added even more vibrancy to the picture. 

curacao in netherlands antilles caribbean

Let’s not forget about the beaches…

grand anse beach in grenada

 The perfect scene at Grand Anse Beach in Grenada. 

philipsburg, st maarten

 Golden sand and inviting turquoise water in Philipsburg, St Maarten. 

black sand beach in st vincent

A black sand beach in St Vincent. 

st lucia beach

Reduit Beach, St Lucia. 

 

Have you visited the Caribbean? What’s your favourite island and why?

 

 

1 Comment

  1. December 6, 2013 / 17:10

    I’m thinking about a Caribbean trip this winter so this is definitely helping convince me! Those beaches just look wonderful, I can so see myself escaping the English winter for a few days on one of those. I’ve been to the Cayman Islands and the Bahamas years ago but lots more I’d like to see.
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