Caribbean Travel Guide
Location: The Caribbean is a region of the Americas that consists of the Caribbean Sea, its islands and the surrounding coasts. The region is southeast of the Gulf of Mexico and the North American mainland, east of Central America, and north of South America, although is considered as part of the Northern America continent.
Language: English, Spanish, French, Dutch or European language-based creoles.
Get Here: via Plane with SkyScanner or via Cruise Ship
Currency: United States Dollar (USD) is accepted on most islands alongside local dollars (such as East Caribbean Dollar, Barbadian Dollar, Cayman Island Dollar etc) – check the latest exchange rate here
Electrical Plug Fixture: Type A & B (Grab yourself a universal adapter and you’ll never have to worry about having the right plug again!)
Countries within the Caribbean: Anguilla, Aruba, Antigua and Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, The Bahamas, Barbados, Cayman Island, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadalupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, Puerto Rico, St Barts, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Martin, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos, US Virgin Islands.
Famous For: Diving, White Sand Beaches, Rum, Spicy Food, Reggae Music, Sailing, Snorkeling, Old Colonial Towns.
Famous People: Bob Marley, Curtley Abrose (cricket), Sir Viv Richards (cricket) Usain Bolt (athlete), Rhianna (singer), Nikki Minaj (singer/rapper)
When To Visit: The best time to go to the Caribbean is in their summer (December – April) for the warmest temperatures and mild sea water.
Visa Requirements: A Visa Waiver Program (ESTA) is in place for citizens of several countries, which allows those citizens to enter the USA for a period of 90 days without a visa. However, with most countries, Visa requirements change often, and I urge you to check with the State Department a few months prior to your intended arrival.
Travel Vaccinations: There are no specific exotic vaccination requirements for visiting the Caribbean, however it is expected that you ensure your basic/routine immunizations are up to date and have received immunization for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, rabies, yellow fever (no mandatory but advised for some countries) and other routine vaccinations. Please check with your own GP or travel clinic for specific details relating to the island(s) you will be visiting.