INTRODUCTION TO THE CARIBBEAN
If paradise had a picture, this would be it. The Caribbean is a collection of islands characterised by shimmering reefs, rolling mountains, golden sands, glistening seas, reggae beats, outdoor adventures and tropical terrains. The culture, which revolves around a ‘go slow’ mentality, will captivate you in a haze of mellow tunes, delicious food and chilled out vibes - all utterly irresistible.
Trips to the Caribbean will have you hopping around some 28 islands off the coast of South and Central America, with each destination offering something a little bit different. If you're looking for a quintessentially Caribbean island, Antigua may well be your answer. The candy coloured villages, friendly locals and rum bars on just about every corner are a Caribbean themed dream come true, whilst the reef filled waters, coffee plantations, volcano hikes and hints of colonial England bring history, heritage and adventure to this picturesque place. Looking for a slice of stress free island living? Caye Caulker is the obvious choice. This tiny island of the coast of Belize is ideal for snorkeling and diving adventures, in one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet - The Belize Barrier Reef.
If you’re looking to dabble in between the Caribbean Sea and Central America, Belize is everything and so much more. The second largest barrier reef in the world offers the best snorkelling spots, vast national parks, Mayan history and action packed adventure. Going further inland, Mexico and Guatemala are two diverse Central American countries full of history, adventures, varied landscapes and surrounded by the colorful Caribbean seas. Guatemala is home to volcanoes, rainforests and ancient Mayan sites, not to mention it’s the country that pretty much invented chocolate - need we say more?
And one thing all of these destinations have in common? The food. Jerk chicken can pretty much be found on tap all around the Caribbean islands, whilst grilled pork and pepian are two other meaty Caribbean dishes, and the fresh seafood is never going to disappoint. If you’re making your way around the Central America spots of Mexico and Guatemala, it’s all about tacos, pork pibil and spicy margaritas.
If you’re not sold already, we reckon we can tempt you further...