The Caribbean Islands are the ultimate destination for a leisure trip, be it right now or at any time of the year. The Caribbean has the perfect sunny climate to enjoy a luxury vacation along with numerous classy hotels and all-inclusive resorts offering great accommodation options. Add to it the charming hospitality of the people in the region and one has the ideal recipe to enjoy a leisure trip.
Jamaica is one of the top destinations for vacationers to the Caribbean Islands. The third largest island in the region, it evokes rich images with its varied landscape and cultural heritage. Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, and Negril are some of the places that come to mind when talking about Jamaica. Enjoy the vibrant nightlife here, dance the night away to the beats of Reggae or Soca while bands perform live. The most famous dish on the island would be the fiery barbeque-style jerk pork orchicken, which can be found wherever one goes. Shoppers can stop at the various crafts market and shop for some local artifacts. The adventurous have loads of activities to indulge in, including hiking, ATV biking in the forests, water sports, and jeep-safaris. After all that activity, there’s nothing like a relaxing session at the various spas throughout Jamaica.
The Dominican Republic is more relaxed with a vibrant mix of European and African influences in its culture. Bavaro and Punta Cana in the southeast are the tourism hotspots with numerous resorts and attractions. Santo Domingo is the place to be for the culturally inclined while adventure lovers can head north to Cabarete to enjoy windsurfing, mountain biking, and hiking. The birthplace of Merengue, enjoy this sensous Latin dance form at La Guacara Taina, the best discoteca here. The food on the island is infused with Latin American zing and is inspired by its Spanish and African roots, Mofongo being a popular dish. While indulging in shopping, don’t forget to pick up handcrafted wares and amber jewelry.
Jamaica and Dominican Republic are just the tip of the iceberg but there are more destinations in the Caribbean that are just waiting to be explored.
Alex Briganza is a professional traveler who