The Caribbean Islands have long been known for their serenity and scenic beauty. The combination of white sandy beaches, clear blue waters, and pristine mountainsides make this the perfect place to holiday. It’s an island nation made up of hundreds of small islands with each one unique in its own right. Many tourists visit the Caribbean and love it so much that they stay in hotels and rent private islands to visit frequently. However, what most do not realize is that the Caribbean islands are an incredible tourist destination, which offers a variety of experiences, from diving to snorkeling, lounging on the beach, and walking through the exotic rainforests.
In recent years the Caribbean has experienced growth and expansion in terms of tourism, especially hotel development. This has led to an explosion of high-end hotels, resorts, and holiday villas, all designed to create the perfect holiday experience. Unfortunately, this has also resulted in some less than friendly hotels, which are often less than clean and offer below standard service. There are now some issues surrounding the choice of what to look for when choosing a hotel in the Caribbean, and here are some of the main areas of concern:
For a start, you need to think about the location of the resort. If you’re a fan of surfing, then the Gold Coast in the southeast of Curacao is definitely for you. It offers some of the best surfing beaches in the world, and many of its surf schools are rated top-notch by international agencies. Other excellent locations include Grand Cayman, Turks & Caicos, St Maarten, and St Martin, all of which offer outstanding diving, surfing, and other water sports activities, but with some more “maintenance” than the Gold Coast.
Secondly, you should consider what sort of accommodation you want. Will you be staying on a bare rocks island, or are you going to be staying in a hotel, with all the trappings of the hotel industry? Will you be able to get away from it all and go hiking, bird watching, snorkeling, sailing, or even kayaking? If so, then you can probably book your accommodation on an island far off the main island. The variety of activities on an island far away from the main one is endless.
If, however, you’re a die-hard traveler who likes the comfort and ease of an urban hotel, then you’re in luck. The French Polynesian hotels (Puerto Plata, St Maarten, and Antigua) are well established and offer a lot of the amenities of the home. The rooms are often air-conditioned and equipped with cable TV and internet. They’re usually not more expensive than a luxury hotel in any city. On the downside, they tend to be very crowded at certain times of the year.
For those adventurous types, there is the idea of visiting the actual reefs and islands in the Caribbean. For snorkelers and scuba divers, there is nothing like sinking into the Caribbean’s clear blue waters to discover the richness of marine life. For even better underwater experiences, why not try scuba diving, surfing, or kayaking? The water adventures offered by the Caribbean islands are being made even more extreme with more ‘underwater’ adventures being offered to visitors.
One such adventure is White Water Rafting. A smaller-sized raft that makes use of a special white water lubricant that makes the water safe for swimming has been developed by the island of Barbados. It’s a great day out if you want to explore some underwater scenery. Not surprisingly, White Water Rafting is extremely popular with the young tourist crowd. It also offers an alternative to scuba diving and snorkeling.
If you like the sound of water and the thought of some beach-based fun, then the island of Barbados is perfect for your Caribbean island audacious tourism experiment. Barbados’s coral reefs are some of the best in the world, so don’t miss out on the chance to watch stunning fish. Some of the best spots for snorkeling include the Waverley Bank, Palm Beach, and the Diamond Reefs. There are numerous other attractions including the Pirates Week Festival, which is reputed to be one of the largest music and arts festivals in the world. You are sure to get into the spirit of the festival as Barbados’ Caribbean beaches are alive with partygoers, sunbathers, and just about everyone looking for some good fun.