Caribbean Holidays

Pristine powder-soft sandy beaches, gleaming azure waters, swaying palms, and a warm sunny climate with a cool breeze, the Caribbean islands have a natural allure that has been calling out to travellers for generations.

From Antigua and Barbados to St Lucia and the British Virgin Islands, there’s a rich diversity to the Caribbean islands. Whether you fancy discovering the glittering magic of the crystal caves in Bermuda, the unusual Ayo rocks on Aruba, the pink sands of the Bahamas or the flourishing flamingoes in the Bahamas, the Caribbean islands offer a holiday filled with unforgettable memories.

Holidays in the Caribbean

Hiking to the summit of St Vincent’s La Soufrière volcano, diving the Grand Turk Wall, watching the Hawksbill turtles nest on the beaches of Nevis or witnessing the migration of whales in the Dominican Republic; the Caribbean islands offer once-in-a-lifetime holiday experiences. Whether you sail around the Grenadines, zip wire through the rainforest in Puerto Rico or swim with the sea turtles in Turks and Caicos, a Caribbean holiday has something for everyone. Not to mention the lively carnivals, festivals and parties that run throughout the year. From the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival and Antigua’s renowned Sailing Week to Barbados’ Crop Over, the Caribbean sure knows how to party. Add to this the warmth of the islanders, the wonderfully delicious food and the regions rich history and heritage, and it’s not surprising that the Caribbean islands are a favourite holiday hotspot.

With diverse natural beauty, adventure at every corner and pristine paradise beaches, the Caribbean is a wonderland just waiting to be explored. With more than 7,000 islands to choose from, each offering mesmerising landscapes and year-round sunshine, it can be hard to decide which island is best for you to visit on holiday. Hayes & Jarvis creates multi-centre holidays, where you make the most of your trip and visit more than one Caribbean island. Call us today and our Destination Specialists will help you create your dream holiday.

Destination Highlights
  • Hop from boulder to boulder at Dunn’s River Falls in Jamaica; a naturally terraced waterfall with lagoons. The mineral-rich spring water flows directly into the Caribbean Sea
  • Wade into the warm topaz waters and swim with the adorably cute wild pigs on the islands of Exuma and Spanish Wells in the Bahamas
  • Stand in awe at the sight of The Pitons - the two cone-shaped jagged emerald green volcanic peaks - that tower majestically over St Lucia
  • Marvel at the mythical azure blue pools and impressive limestone chandeliers and cave formations at Bermuda’s Crystal & Fantasy Caves

Our favourite hotels

Here are some of our favourite all-inclusive hotels and luxury resorts in the Caribbean. If you can’t see something you like, please call us to chat to our Destination Specialists who will be more than happy to help

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Castara Retreats

Tobago

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Castara Retreats
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COMO Parrot Cay

Turks and Caicos Islands

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COMO Parrot Cay
a small house in a pool of water

Casa de Campo Resort & Villas

Dominican Republic

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 €1,699  pp

Casa de Campo Resort & Villas

Sandals Barbados

Barbados

H&J Rating
Sandals Barbados

Time Zone

GMT -4 to -8 hours depending on country

Flight Time

Varies by country, please see individual island page for more information

Currency

Varies by country, please see individual island page for more information

Visa Information

Varies by country, please see individual island page for more information

Language

Varies by country, please see individual island page for more information

Health Information

Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid are recommended.
  • Martyn, Destination Executive

    Martyn

    Destination Manager

    "Many of the Caribbean islands are uninhabited and chartering a boat and island hopping is a unique and wonderful holiday experience. You can discover quiet pockets of the region that are only accessible by boat.

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    Sue

    Customer Experience Executive

    "Every Caribbean country is very different, talk to us about what matters to you. Whether its wildlife, adventure or utter privacy, we will discover an island that’s perfect for you". 

  • Melissa, Destination Specialist

    Melissa

    Destination Specialist

    "Try something new. Nothing beats learning to sail, braving a rainforest zip line or seeing a turtle for the first time, all of which are really accessible in the Caribbean islands". 

  • Bequia Easter Regatta

    Boat races, parties and concerts, Bequia gets caught up in regatta fever every Easter. It’s a fun weekend exploring camaraderie, skill and tradition! 

  • The St Lucia Jazz Festival

    Every May, St Lucia comes alive with jazz music. Attracting some of the best Caribbean and international jazz musicians, the concerts are sure to delight. The open-air finale concert at Pigeon Island National Landmark always ends the festival on a high!

  • Grenada Chocolate Festival

    From visiting cocoa farms and chocolate tasting to lively concerts and foodie events, the Grenada Chocolate Festival in May attracts holidaymakers with a sweet tooth!   

  • The Antiguan Carnival

    This 10-day festival at the end of July is an explosion of colour, fun and music with its elaborate costumes, parades, food fairs, talent shows and much more. It’s held to mark the emancipation of slavery on Antigua and the huge street party, J’ouvert, with its brass and steel bands is not to be missed! 

  • Barbados Food & Rum Festival

    Every October, Barbadians come together to celebrate the island’s rich culinary and rum history. Local and international chefs demonstrate the best of Barbados’s food, served with the tastiest rum of course! It’s the ideal event for foodies and rum connoisseurs alike! 

  • Jamaica Reggae Marathon

    Every December, this marathon and half marathon attracts runners from across the world. Starting at Long Bay Beach Park in Negril, competitors race to the pulsating beat of reggae music. It’s a fun and lively event for both the runner and the people that come to watch.   

  • Jerk chicken

    The secret ingredient in this dish is the Jamaican jerk spice, which is a mix of herbs, spices and pimento leaves. The jerk spice is dry-rubbed on the chicken before being cooked. It is often served with Caribbean dumplings or bread. 

  • Flying fish

    Flying fish are found in abundance in the Caribbean Sea. As a result, it’s a popular feature on lots of menus across the Caribbean islands. Whether it’s fried in batter, grilled or served as a stew, the flying fish is a delicious Caribbean staple.

  • Patty

    This is the Caribbean’s Cornish pasty. Spiced meat, seafood or vegetables are wrapped in pastry or pitta bread to give a delicious snack.

  • Plantain

    Often called unripe green bananas due to their appearance, plantains actually aren’t bananas. They are related to bananas, but are, in fact, starchy vegetables that cannot be eaten raw. They are usually fried or baked and they are often served as an accompaniment to meat and fish. 

  • Curry Goat

    This curry, which uses goat meat, takes its influence from India and is a staple dish across the Caribbean islands. Fried plantain is often served with Curry Goat rather than rice adding a Caribbean twist to this Indian dish.

Our Caribbean destinations

Clifftop sunset

Caribbean

Jamaica

Jamaica
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Caribbean

British Virgin Islands

British Virgin Islands
Aerial view of St. Kitts

Caribbean

St Kitts & Nevis Holidays

St Kitts & Nevis Holidays
Pigeon Point Heritage Park

Caribbean

Tobago

Tobago
Shirley Heights

Caribbean

Antigua

Antigua
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Caribbean

Aruba

Aruba
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Caribbean

Bermuda

Bermuda
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Caribbean

The Bahamas

The Bahamas
Sea Turtle

Caribbean

Barbados

Barbados
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Caribbean

Grenada

Grenada
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Caribbean

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic
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Caribbean

St Lucia

St Lucia
Tobago Cays Aerial View

Caribbean

St Vincent & the Grenadines

St Vincent & the Grenadines
Grace Bay

Caribbean

Turks and Caicos Islands

Turks and Caicos Islands
Lago Lucchetti

Caribbean

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico

Types of Caribbean holidays

St Lucia

Caribbean Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays
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Caribbean Cruises

Caribbean Cruises

Frequently Asked Questions

There are around 28 island nations in the Caribbean, made up of more than 7,000 individual islands. The Bahamas is the nation that has the most islands with a total of around 500.

Many Caribbean islands use the Type A and Type B plugs while some former European colonies may use the standard Euro plug known as Type C or the French plug known as Type E. Other islands such as St Vincent may also use the British Type G.

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