Caribbean is an extraordinarily beautiful part of the world for those who love the sea and a life on the beach. The first-time visitor to this exotic region will be able to explore the places of his choice and within his suited budget if he collects some basic and essential information about the place beforehand.
Let us try to provide such essential information for a first-time traveler to the Caribbean:
WHERE TO GO ?
Each island and each island-nation of the Caribbean has something unique and refreshing to offer. If you are looking to enjoy the famed nightlife, discotheques, bars and casinos of the Caribbean, then the ideal places to visit are Jamaica or Mexico. On the contrary, if you are looking for a very relaxed, secluded, quaint place to vacation in peace, then you need to choose the smaller islands like Nevis. which are not highly commercialized but offer great scenic beauty. If you love water sports like sea diving & snorkeling etc. then you may choose islands like the Tobago, Cays. which are absolutely the best places for such water activities.
WHEN TO GO ?
The Caribbean islands are mostly on the warmer side in the winter, and on the cooler side in the summer season. If you are traveling from the western countries, it is a good opportunity for you to visit in January or December when the weather is ice-cold in your home country, and you can find a lovely weather in the Caribbean in that period. But budget-wise these are the peak season months when the accommodation and flights will be quite expensive. From May till September is the off-season in the Caribbean, when the beaches are also not crowded, and the hotels are available at bargain prices.
WHAT TO SEE ?
There are many “must-see” places in the Caribbean, and you have to choose your itinerary depending upon your personal choices and preferences. Some of the island-nations have historical monuments to offer, while some are known for their ancient architecture, and some others have lush-green rainforests and unique wildlife. If you love Scuba diving, Snorkeling, Cruising, Golfing or simply lying on the beach, each island of the Caribbean specializes in some activity or the other.
WHAT TO CARRY ?
Carry sandals or slippers for walks on the beach, and some tee-shirts and a bathing suit. Almost everywhere in the Caribbean, the U.S. dollar is an accepted form of currency. If you are visiting from the U.S., then make sure to carry your Passport because it will be required while returning back to the country. Carry your regular medical pills if you are taking any, because you may not get your required ones in the local areas, especially the small islands.
Finally, you must take care of your money and belongings, and preferably carry credit cards and traveler’s checks and only small amounts of local currency. Safety is an important priority during your travel to the Caribbean. Furthermore, you should know that the Caribbean is not too expensive, but it not so cheap either. So you need to plan your budget accordingly for a visit.