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The Caribbean, a holiday for everyone

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It is impossible to list and generically describe the Caribbean islands, they are all magnificent! We can choose an island for our holidays based on our personal interests, needs, amount of time and budget at disposition.
Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Lucia or the Grenadines? We only have to identify the perfect destination for the type of tropical holiday we would like: discovering the island, relaxing, water sports, sailing, relaxing or why not, all of the above!
CaribiOnline offers you one of the most important and original guides, created purposely by passionate travelers, with a presentation of the islands and all of their characteristics to help you choose for yourselves and for your needs.

Geographical Notes

Today we imagine the Caribbean as a group of islands, not well defined near South America. For some of us the word Caribbean means just Santo Domingo and Cuba But we can all agree that these islands are to die for!!
This region includes islands and countries located within the Caribbean Sea that gains its name from the ancient populations of the ethnic Caribbean, populations that lived in the area in the IV century when the islands were discovered by the Europeans. A territory of 2.754.000sqmts south east of the Gulf of Mexico that goes from Florida to north down to Venezuela to the south. The curved shape of the archipelago ideally unites the American continents and limits the Caribbean Sea to the east. To the west, the countries of Central and South America that face the Caribbean Sea are 12: Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, Panama, Venezuela…..just to name a few!

The Islands are numerous, some are actual countries, others part of the British Commonwealth others are a part of the Dutch Monarchy and still others are French or English known as overseas territories. The size of the islands vary from 110.860sqkm with Cuba and with a length of 1.250km to the small Dutch island of Saba of only 13sqkm.
The Caribbean Islands are divided into the Greater Antilles and Lesser Antilles.
Part of the Greater Antilles are: Bahams and Turks and Caicos, Buba, the Cayman Islands, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Porto Rico and a number of Lesser American Islands.
The Lesser Antilles are composed of: The Virgin Islands both American and British, Anguilla, Saint Martin, the Dutch Antilles, Antigua and Barbuda, Guadeloupe, Dominica, Martinique, Barbados, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, and all of the Venezuelan Islands such as Margarita Island, La Tortuga, Los Roques...
To say a Caribbean Island sometimes signifies archipelago: Cuba counts more that 4200 islands and islets, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines are composed of 125 islands and islets, Turks and Caicos is a coral archipelago of 30 islands, Guadeloupe has 15 islands and a multitude of islets.

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Staying at the Caribbean

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The Caribbean Islands offer a large choice of places to stay. There are numerous hotels directly on the beach or on the hills overlooking the sea and of all categories. From the smallest family run hotel to the most prestigious. In the last years, resorts and upper class hotels have added Spas offering the possibility to get back into shape, take advantage of the beautician or just relax and unwind all the while immersed in lush tropical gardens.
Renting a villa villa is also a great solution and always in fashion, ideal for who wants an independent holiday with the family or with friends. There are different proposals of all shapes and sizes, large tropical gardens with swimming pools are recurring features. 5 star villas often have direct access to the sea.
Renting bungalows, apartments or houses is an inexpensive way to pass your holidays in the Caribbean and immerse yourself in the local reality.
The French Islands have developed the formula of hotel residences. Similar to hotels, although the residences offer no restaurant service but have apartments with kitchens and often these residences are immersed in wonderful gardens with swimming pools.
Exclusive destinations and destinations for everyone
The choice of accommodation at the Caribbean is vast although many islands tend to cater to luxury tourism with exclusive resorts and hotels. The more luxurious islands of the Caribbean are Sant Barhelemy, Mustique, Anguilla and Barbuda to name a few. Other islands offer accommodation with a more accessible range of prices, of these islands there are the French Martinique and Guadeloupe, Saint Lucia and the Grenadines.
Although there are also entire private dream islands that can be rented!
The more original accommodations
Considering that there has been a boom of tourism in the Caribbean in the last years and the competition is always strong, many hoteliers have done all possible to make their properties stand out. For example the treem house bungalows of Tendacayou in Guadeloupe!

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Caribbean, pirates, colonies and the land of rum

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The Caribbean is also a territory rich in history, islands to be conquered, to exploit and to defend. The Caribbean evokes stories of adventure, ship battles, pirates, filibusters and hidden lands. Since the discovery of the Islands for centuries this part of the world has attracted and enchanted.

Events in the Caribbean

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The Caribbean is not only synonymous of sea and sand for your holidays but also rich in culture and ready to offer you events all year long. Local events, sport events and meetings and events of international interest are all offered and call spectators worldwide.
Numerous islands of the Caribbean offer yearly musical appointments with international musicians. In Saint Lucia since 1992 in May, the Jazz Festival with the best musicians calls jazz lovers from all over the world. Froigner, Earl Klugh, JL Ponty, Maxi Priest, Stell Pulse, Carimi, Harvey Millar, Monty Maxwell, Carl Gustave are just a few of the artists that have participated in the past. Martinique has its Jazz festival in November and for the last 9 years on the Island of Marie Galante, Guadeloupe has hosted the” Marie-Galante Terre de Blues” festival.
Caribbean Carnival
For a fun holiday in the Caribbean a good idea would be to visit during Carnival. Different islands celebrate in different times of the year, Martinique and Guadeloupe in March or February and at Saint Lucia in June or July.
For food lovers the best time to come to the Caribbean is in January when at Saint Lucia the national Creole Cooking competition takes place.
For offshore fishing lovers there are a number of competitions all year long organized on most Caribbean islands. An interesting sailing competition for the type of boats is the Tour des Yoles of Martinique that calls an enthusiastic public along with the typical folklore of the Islands.
There are also many sail boat, windsurf an kite surf races. Biking, trekking, and walking too. The Tchimbe Raid takes place in Martinique every May, a 20km race in the tropical forest, a real adventure!