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

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £1,399  pp

Castara Retreats
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COMO Parrot Cay

Turks and Caicos Islands

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £2,569  pp

COMO Parrot Cay
Unique a small house in a pool of water

Casa de Campo Resort & Villas

Dominican Republic

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £4,199  pp

Casa de Campo Resort & Villas

Sandals Barbados

Barbados

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £2,229  pp

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.

The Caribbean isn’t easily categorised. A corner of the world where culture-filled colonial cities rub shoulders with palm-fringed, castaway beaches, it’s as diverse as you’d expect from a collection of 7,000 islands. But there’s an undeniable vibrancy that runs through the region’s veins, and somehow manages to tie it all together. Perhaps it’s the reggae, perhaps it’s the rum. Either way: it’s incredibly infectious.

  • a close up of food on a grill

    Caribbean Cuisine

    Another great way to explore the Caribbean is through your taste buds. Each island has its own mouth-watering menagerie of seafood, fresh from the Ocean. Discover indigenous staples such as Conch, a large meaty shellfish found all over the Bahamas and housed in pastel pink shells. Dive into aromatic variations of jerk, the signature flavour of Jamaica, with influences ranging from Portugal to Latin America.

  • a small boat in a large body of water

    Sail away

    For a true sense of freedom on your Caribbean holiday, consider exploring the region by boat. Each island is a promise of another unique experience. With our range of luxury yachts, you'll be equipped to go on your adventure in comfort and style. Negotiate the quiet islands of St Vincent and the Grenadines before hopping over to the British Virgin Islands where you can snorkel among majestic granite rock faces.

  • St Lucia

    Nature and wildlife

    With beautiful tropical landscapes and indigenous wildlife, the Caribbean could easily be considered paradise to any nature lover. Explore St Lucia's breath taking volcanic landscape, covered with rainforest, and climb Gros Piton. Visit Lake Enriquillo in the Dominican Republic to spot crocodiles and exotic birds such as the American Flamingo.

  • Islands of The Bahamas

    Island-hopping

    Why just visit one island when you can see more? With ferries, water taxis, private yacht charters and many flights less than 1 hour you can easily see several Caribbean islands on one fantastic holiday.

Caribbean

The Caribbean islands’ tropical climate means that it is warm and sunny all year round, with average temperatures of 24°C to 30°C. The high season falls between December to April, so keep this in mind if you want to avoid the crowds on holiday. The hurricane season runs from June to November, usually peaking around August and September. 

Select month

Average weather in January

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Antigua
25ºC
30mm
Aruba
26ºC
64mm
Bahamas
24ºC
60mm
Barbados
26ºC
68mm
Jamaica
27ºC
31mm
St Lucia
26ºC
92mm
Turks and Caicos Islands
24ºC
30mm

Average weather in February

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Antigua
25ºC
20mm
Aruba
26ºC
29mm
Bahamas
25ºC
55mm
Barbados
26ºC
44mm
Jamaica
27ºC
23mm
St Lucia
26ºC
57mm
Turks and Caicos Islands
24ºC
21mm

Average weather in March

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Antigua
25ºC
30mm
Aruba
27ºC
12mm
Bahamas
25ºC
55mm
Barbados
27ºC
55mm
Jamaica
27ºC
30mm
St Lucia
27ºC
60mm
Turks and Caicos Islands
24ºC
27mm

Average weather in April

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Antigua
26ºC
30mm
Aruba
27ºC
8mm
Bahamas
26ºC
70mm
Barbados
27ºC
55mm
Jamaica
28ºC
21mm
St Lucia
27ºC
66mm
Turks and Caicos Islands
25ºC
33mm

Average weather in May

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Antigua
27ºC
60mm
Aruba
28ºC
23mm
Bahamas
27ºC
110mm
Barbados
28ºC
74mm
Jamaica
29ºC
104mm
St Lucia
28ºC
63mm
Turks and Caicos Islands
26ºC
27mm

Average weather in June

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Antigua
28ºC
70mm
Aruba
28ºC
17mm
Bahamas
28ºC
267mm
Barbados
28ºC
104mm
Jamaica
30ºC
60mm
St Lucia
28ºC
140mm
Turks and Caicos Islands
28ºC
33mm

Average weather in July

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Antigua
28ºC
80mm
Aruba
28ºC
31mm
Bahamas
28ºC
170mm
Barbados
28ºC
118mm
Jamaica
30ºC
54mm
St Lucia
28ºC
172mm
Turks and Caicos Islands
29ºC
18mm

Average weather in August

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Antigua
28ºC
90mm
Aruba
29ºC
19mm
Bahamas
29ºC
235mm
Barbados
28ºC
153mm
Jamaica
30ºC
66mm
St Lucia
28ºC
174mm
Turks and Caicos Islands
28ºC
33mm

Average weather in September

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Antigua
28ºC
110mm
Aruba
29ºC
48mm
Bahamas
28ºC
195mm
Barbados
28ºC
186mm
Jamaica
29ºC
120mm
St Lucia
29ºC
180mm
Turks and Caicos Islands
27ºC
54mm

Average weather in October

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Antigua
27ºC
90mm
Aruba
28ºC
82mm
Bahamas
28ºC
144mm
Barbados
27ºC
169mm
Jamaica
29ºC
151mm
St Lucia
28ºC
237mm
Turks and Caicos Islands
27ºC
90mm

Average weather in November

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Antigua
26ºC
50mm
Aruba
27ºC
102mm
Bahamas
26ºC
94mm
Barbados
26ºC
185mm
Jamaica
28ºC
99mm
St Lucia
28ºC
167mm
Turks and Caicos Islands
25ºC
54mm

Average weather in December

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Antigua
25ºC
Aruba
27ºC
76mm
Bahamas
25ºC
73mm
Barbados
26ºC
105mm
Jamaica
28ºC
46mm
St Lucia
27ºC
102mm
Turks and Caicos Islands
24ºC
24mm
  • 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.

  • a person wearing glasses

    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." 

Events & Festival

Caribbean holidays offer a huge selection of fun events throughout the year and you can plan your holiday to ensure you experience them! Here are a few of our favourites:

  • 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.   

Local cuisine

The delicious food across the Caribbean islands is inspired by a variety of cultures including the Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, South American, British and African. Not forgetting the indigenous Arawaks, Taíno and Caribs. Add to this the availability of fresh fruit and vegetables, the huge variety of seafood and the love of spice, and Caribbean cuisine is sure to excite even the most experienced palate. Here are a few of our favourite foods to try on your Caribbean holiday: 

  • 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
underwater sculptures grenada tourism authority

Caribbean

Grenada

Grenada
people walking in front of a building

Caribbean

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic
a body of water surrounded by palm trees with Marigot Bay in the background

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
a person standing on a beach with a sunset in the background

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
a man standing on top of a sandy beach

Caribbean

Aruba

Aruba
a small boat in a harbor next to a body of water

Caribbean

Bermuda

Bermuda
an island in the middle of a body of water

Caribbean

The Bahamas

The Bahamas
Sea Turtle

Caribbean

Barbados

Barbados

Types of Caribbean holidays

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Caribbean Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays
a large ship in a body of water

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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