I’ve been fortunate enough to have been to three of the Caribbean islands in the last couple of years. After my first visit, I knew I would be visiting again and again to what can only be described as the paradise islands.
There are so many reasons why the Caribbean is the best place for a winter holiday that goes beyond the sunshine, and below are some of the reasons why I think you should visit a Caribbean island this winter.
The Caribbean is situated just above the equator which means you’ll have warm weather all year around. Their “winter” is the rainy/stormy season, which spans from May to October, so the peak time to go is anytime from December to March. During this time you’ll be able to enjoy temperatures from around 25 to 35 degrees Celsius – a perfect escape from anyone living in chilly Europe or North America.
Anywhere you go in the Caribbean, you’ll be on an island. This means that you will always have a bit of a breeze. This is one of the best things about the Caribbean if you’re like me and overheat easily, because the breeze will always keep you cool.
There is so much to do in the Caribbean! If you fancy doing absolutely nothing and just chill on a postcard beach you can do so to, but if you want to keep active or just want to experience something different, the Caribbean is for you.
One of my favourite things is water sports. If you want to give surfing a go Barbados is great for this as are most of the Caribbean island. If you’re on the east coast of most of the Caribbean island you’ll be in the Atlantic Ocean, but if you’re on the west coast you’ll be in the Caribbean Se, so you have a choice depending on your preference. The Atlantic Ocean can be colder and more rough than the Caribbean Sea.
My favourite activity in the Caribbean is snorkelling. There are a lot of reefs with tropical fish and even stingrays and reef sharks. I went on a stingray safari in Antigua and got to feed them and hold them which was a great experience! Just snorkelling and following the parrot fishes around is great fun and I would strongly recommend bringing snorkelling gear with you and bring wherever you go if there’s an opportunity to spot some fish. I’ve got a great snorkelling set from Simply Scuba in pink that is perfect for this.
Did I mention the postcard beaches? The tropical climate and island environment of the volcanic islands brings a versatile flora and fauna. From deep rain forest, to mangroves, pineapple plantations, and white sandy beaches.
If you’re into birds or even if you’re not, I would highly recommend the hummingbird sanctuary in Tobago where you can get up close and personal with lots of different types of hummingbirds.
The islands’ lush nature makes it a perfect place for agriculture and are historically known for it’s sugar and tobacco exports. I would highly recommend taking a tour of any island in the Caribbean you visit to learn more about the biodiversity and history of the island you’re visiting. We did a jeep tour of Antigua when we visited there and got to learn so much and see so much more of the island we wouldn’t have seen otherwise.
If you want a nice white beach and palm trees you could go to the Maldives, but if you want a winter holiday filled with rhythm and spice the Caribbean is for you. The people is very friendly and will give you a flavour of what the laid back culture is all about. Reggae music is born here and the music is integral to the culture of the Caribbean islands. Soca music is always playing somewhere in the background and you’ll always have your foot tapping.
If you’re staying in a hotel in the Caribbean, you’ll definitely be met with a rum punch when you arrive in the lobby. Be careful though, they are not shy with the rum! To go with your rum punch, make sure you try some jerk chicken with rice and peas (beans) which is a very typical dish for this part of the world.
I hope I’ve inspired you to book your next winter holiday to a Caribbean island! Let me know in the comments below what Caribbean island you would like to go to…