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Best of the Caribbean

17 Jul 2015 | by Sarah Clarke
As a whole the Caribbean presents arresting beauty, magnetic shorelines and a heady ambience that makes it one of the most iconic and desired destinations in the world. But behind the palm trees and below the turquoise waters there is even more attraction to uncover.

Meet a melting pot of cultures that share a love for the laidback way of life, experience adventure through thick and luscious rainforest, savour the authentic rum cocktails, the home marinated jerk chicken and dance to the unique compilation of island vibes.

Experience the time trap of Havana in Cuba, the excitement of Jamaica’s Kingston or the colourful capital of Antigua. Whichever way you turn, someplace new and exciting awaits and a backdrop of palm lined beaches remind you that this is the definition of paradise.

See the best bits with our handpicked
Caribbean Highlights

The best for culture – Havana, Cuba

Cruise to this genuine Caribbean gem and fall in love with Havana’s old world charm. Few places own as iconic a culture as Havana, with recognisable symbols such as the famous Cuban cigar, candy coloured 1950’s Chevrolets and the world famous silhouette of revolutionist Che Guevara. Step back in time on a walking tour, marvel at the city ruins and drink at Ernest Hemingway’s favourite bars.

The best beach – Providenciales Turks & Caicos

Competition is strong for the best beach in the Caribbean for this part of the world is brimming with dreamy coastlines and powder soft sand banks. But Grace Bay, Providenciales in the islands of Turks and Caicos has captivated many holiday makers and holds a well-deserved position at number one. Admire the jade green and turquoise water as it lies still against this world famous palm lined beautiful beach.

The best carnival - Trinidad and Tobago

People of the Caribbean know how to throw a good party and you’re guaranteed to find open door dance halls pumping local jams wherever you are. But when it comes to a carnival, Trinidad and Tobago pull out all the stops and lead the way for street celebrations. A two day event around the beginning of February (leading up to Ash Wednesday) causes sensory overload with an explosion of creativity, bright colours, festival beats and more.

The best dive spot – Bonaire

Bonaire is a beautiful small island located just off the north coast of Venezuela and boasts some of the best diving in the world. This diver’s paradise features pristine crystal waters, a stunning coral reef lined coast and over 80 dive sites to explore. Aware of its natural treasure, Bonaire takes active steps to protect and conserve the reef through collaborative projects with the Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF).

The best for family fun – Coco Cay, Bahamas

Coco Cay is a small and enticing island that belongs to the Berry Islands of the Bahamas. This picture perfect paradise has been exclusively owned by Royal Caribbean since 1990 and exudes a real wow factor in true Royal Caribbean style. Fun for the whole family comes in the form of kayaking, snorkelling, paddle boarding, hiking and many more organised activities. Thrill seekers can try their hand at parasailing or scuba diving whilst others can enjoy shopping, sun worshipping and beach lounging. Celebrity Cruises also visit Coco Bay as part of selected Caribbean itineraries

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