There’s a reason the Caribbean is top of many travellers’ bucket lists. Known for its idyllic beaches, aquamarine waters, and reefs bursting with life, it’s the ideal setting for sun-seekers in search of a tropical escape. So why not extend your stay and plan a Caribbean twin-centre holiday, allowing you to experience more than one of the area’s stunning islands?
Each island is individual, offering something for everyone. Seeking a family-friendly getaway? Head to Turks and Caicos, with its beachfronts lined with family-friendly restaurants and fun activities. Looking for peace and tranquillity? St Kitts and neighbouring Nevis is the perfect setting for relaxing.
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The Caribbean is a melting pot of stunning scenery, endless adventure, and tasty cuisine, so there’s no wonder it’s one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations. From its pristine sandy beaches and sparkling, clear waters to the lively nightlife and vibrant carnivals, you’ll enjoy the best of rest and play.
From hidden coves to long stretches of lush white sands, the Caribbean is most famous for its beautiful beaches. Relax on the shore or dive in and discover the incredible marine life that lies beneath the surface, with snorkelling and even swimming with dolphins on offer. There’s even a beach in the Bahamas where you can swim with pigs!
Caribbean carnivals are some of the world’s most famous, thanks to their vibrant energy, cultural pride, and welcoming atmosphere. Some are more traditional, with centuries-old folk traditions, while others see performances from international reggae artists. But all are a sight to behold and an experience you’ll never forget.
Pack your dancing shoes… because the Caribbean knows how to party! From dance classes to live music, when the sun goes down these islands come alive. Enjoy clubs and casinos in the Dominican Republic, piano bars and cabaret shows in Puerto Rico, and live reggae music in Jamaica. Ready to party?
You’ll never go hungry on your Caribbean multi-centre holiday, with each island boasting incredible local flavours and cuisines. Savour fresh conch ceviche, jerk chicken, spiced plantains, and flying fish. All best enjoyed with a rum cocktail, of course! Visiting Barbados, we recommend Friday Night Fish Fry in the village of Oistins for an authentic feast.
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San Juan National Historic Site, Puerto Rico
Declared a World Heritage Site, the 30-hectare San Juan National Historic site is a sprawling centre that includes many of the island’s most famous landmarks, including Castillo San Felipe del Morro, the old city walls, and Fort San Juan de la Cruz. The former is probably the site’s signature landmark; taking some 200 years to build, ‘El Morro’ as it’s nicknamed protected the island from multiple attacks, and today offers visitors breathtaking city and ocean views.
During your visit, discover Castillo San Cristóbal too – an 11-hectare fortress that’s home to a main plaza, observation level, and interesting legends to discover.
Necrópolis Cristóbal Colón, Cuba
Covering almost 123 acres and home to over 800,000 graves, the Necrópolis Cristóbal Colón is Havana’s main cemetery, regarded as a national monument. It’s one of the largest in the Americas, famed for its elaborate marble statues and religious art. While a trip to a cemetery may sound eerie, it’s a wonderful way to discover the rich history of Cuba, with graves of artists, scientists, revolutionaries and more to be discovered.
The main attraction is the 500-plus grandiose mausoleums, although the whole cemetery is a jewel of Cuban architecture, influenced by Roman and Byzantine eras and featuring everything from Greek pavilions and mediaeval castles to pyramids and Art Deco designs.
English Harbour, Antigua
A slice of Caribbean heaven, English Harbour in Antigua allows you to dive into the island’s historic past while soaking up untouched vistas – truly the best of both worlds. Located at the southernmost point of Antigua, it was used in the 1700s by the British Navy as a dockyard, and today that same dockyard (known as Nelson's Dockyard) has been named a Unesco World Heritage Site.
Explore the historical shipyard and museum, or head to the peaceful Pigeon Point Beach for incredible views. There are also plenty of cafes and restaurants to enjoy during your visit, while local cooking classes are a popular way to experience the island’s culture.
Bob Marley Museum, Jamaica
Jamaica is synonymous with reggae music and, in particular, Bob Marley, so it’s no wonder the island’s museum is such a popular tourist attraction. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the singer’s family history at his former home, which was converted into a museum by his wife and displays his personal treasures.
The site also features an 80-seat theatre, photography gallery, record shop, and a gift shop packed with Bob Marley memorabilia. You even witness the process of vinyl recording – something music fans are sure to love. And, if you’re feeling peckish, the One Love Café serves Jamaican classics for an authentic feast.
Playa Flamenco, Culebra
Ranked as one of the world’s top beaches, Flamenco is a popular Caribbean beach destination, located on the island of Culebra near Puerto Rico. Stretching for a mile around a horseshoe-shaped bay, it’s known for its shallow waters, pristine white sands, and swimming areas. It gets its name from the nearby lagoon, where flamingos flock in winter months.
The calm waters make it a haven for keen snorkellers and swimmers, as well as those travelling with little ones. Or you can kick-back on the picture-perfect sand, perhaps building a sandcastle or two. Bring a picnic or head to the kiosks serving traditional Puerto Rican food, rum punches, and beers.
Sugar Beach, St. Lucia
St. Lucia’s most famous beach, the stunning Sugar Beach offers a peaceful haven to relax or play. Situated between the Pitons (the island’s dormant volcanoes), it’s a setting like no other – perfect for an unforgettable Caribbean multi-centre holiday.
Public access is through the Viceroy resort, with a day pass that can be redeemed against dining at the restaurant. Laze on a free public lounger at the far northern end of the beach or rent one of the resort’s luxurious sunbeds. Watersports are also on offer from the resort’s on-site centre, including diving, snorkelling, paddle boarding, and kayaking.
Seven Mile Beach, Jamaica
Considered possibly the best beach in the Caribbean, Seven Mile Beach near Negril in Jamaica is a haven for beachgoers. Families will love the shallow, calm water, and the beach is big enough that there’s rarely large crowds to navigate. Meanwhile, the more adventurous types can embark on a snorkelling or scuba diving adventure. There are plenty of other watersports to enjoy on the beachfront too, from jet skiing and kayaking to banana boats and Catamaran cruises.
For a memory you won’t forget, enjoy a ride along the pristine sands on horseback. Or just kick-back and relax in the warm breeze – it’s your holiday, so enjoy it however you like.
Pink Sands Beach, the Bahamas
Getting its name from the pink-hued sands that cover the beach, Pink Sands Beach is one of the island’s most famous. It draws thousands of visitors from across the world each year, all flocking to see the marine marvel. Spend your day relaxing on the vibrant sands, with the beach’s cool temperature allowing you to laze directly on the sand. It’s also a great spot for snorkelling thanks to the clear and calm waters.
For the most magical Pink Sands Beach experience, visit at sunrise or sunset, when the sky’s orange hues perfectly clash with the pink sands and azure waters for a truly unforgettable view.
The ‘Shopping Capital’ of St. Thomas
With the capital city of Charlotte Amalie home to a huge range of luxurious designer brands, including Gucci and Louis Vuitton, the island of St. Thomas has become known as the ‘shopping capital’ of the Caribbean, making it a must visit for keen shoppers. As well as the city, Yacht Haven Grande is a premium waterfront development lined with stores, from Coach to Bvlgari.
For shopping that won’t break the bank, St. Thomas is also home to Vendor’s Plaza, which is filled with Caribbean souvenirs, clothing, jewellery, and more, making it a great spot to find a memento of your Caribbean adventure. Mountain Top is another shopping destination worth a visit, not only for its sizable gift shop but for the view from the observation deck, perched 1,500 ft above sea level.
Luxury Shopping in St. Barts
Another island known for its high-end shopping, St. Barts is home to designer brands like Dior and Hermes, with US-based celebrities frequently visiting for duty-free shopping. We recommend heading to the capital city of Gustavia, where Quai de la Republique, Rue de Roi Oscar 11, and Rue du General de Gaulle are lined with luxury retail stores.
For more artisan items, visit the village of St Jean, where you’ll find jewellery and clothing from the island’s top makers and crafters.
Need a break from shopping ‘til you drop? The island is also known for its fine French dining options, so those seeking a lavish day of spending need look no further than St. Barts!
Puerto Rico Malls and Outlets
Discover everything from International luxury brands to unique, artisan crafts during your Puerto Rico shopping trip. Plaza Las Americas is the largest mall in the Caribbean, with over 300 stores plus a huge array of dining and entertainment options. You’ll find your favourite high street brands like Sephora and Zara, as well as Cartier and Armani Exchange.
For high-end shopping, head to the Mall of San Juan, one of the island’s newest shopping centres and home to the likes of Versace, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton. Or if you prefer a bargain, The Outlet Mall at Route 66 will be your haven, with discounted goods from the likes of Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger as well as plenty of entertainment for the kids, including an arcade and indoor kart racing.
International Brands in the Dominican Republic
Bring a touch of the Dominican Republic home with you on your multi-centre holiday in the Caribbean, with charming souvenirs and crafts to discover and treasure. Along the country’s Northern Coast, you’ll find Santo Domingo in Puerto Plata, where malls and souvenir stands line the streets all packed with gems. For a true piece of the Dominican Republic, buy amber from the mines or the distinctive semi-precious gemstone of larimar, which has a stunning pale blue colour.
For high street and designer buys, head to the Blue Mall or Agora, or discover the international boutiques in Punta Cana and La Romana.
Dunn’s River Falls, Jamaica
The world-famous Dunn’s River Falls is one of Jamaica’s national treasures – up there with reggae music. You’ll discover natural pools which you can bathe in, as well as stunning waterfalls which you can climb for an incredible vista. The climb takes around one-and-a-half hours, with wet and dry hikes to choose from. If you get too hot as you walk, there are areas where you can take a cooling dip in natural pools as you climb.
Not only is it beautiful to look at, but it’s also packed with history too, as it’s the site of the Las Chorreras battle in 1657.
Lying in the Caribbean Sea, the Mesoamerican Reef is the largest barrier reef in the whole of the Western Hemisphere and the second largest in the world, stretching nearly 700 miles. It’s no wonder that it’s known as the ‘jewel of the Caribbean’.
The Mesoamerican Reef is home to stunning coral and hundreds of fish species, as well as whale sharks and turtles. An adventurers’ paradise, it’s an incredible destination for diving and snorkelling, with wreck-diving and reef-diving available.
And because the reef is part of an eco-system of mangrove forests, lagoons, and coastal wetlands, you’ll also be able to enjoy hiking and other land-based activities on the nearby Central American countries of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras – just a short distance from the Caribbean islands.
El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico
El Yunque is the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. National Forest System and is a sacred spot in Puerto Rican culture. The national treasure is the perfect spot to explore the island’s natural beauty, from natural pools and waterfalls to unique plants and wildlife. Spot the endangered Puerto Rican Parrot, hike to the pools and cool off with a swim or embark on the El Angelito trail where the walk ends with a rope swing dive into the lagoon.
To make the most of the view, drive to the Yokahu Observation Tower and savour the stunning vista before you, from the glistening blue ocean to lush green mountain tops.
Blue Holes National Park, Bahamas
Spanning an incredible 40,000 acres, the Blue Holes National Park was established in 2002 to preserve the Bahamas island of Andros’ legendary blue holes. In fact, nowhere else on earth has more blue holes than Andros, with the park protecting 22 unique inland blue holes as well as the surrounding rich coppice and pineland forests, which are home to a huge variety of wildlife.
With access to boardwalks and trails throughout the park, plan a day trip here during your Caribbean multi-centre holiday to take in the stunning natural wonders. You can even take a Leap of Faith into Capt. Bill’s Blue Hole, reached by a short hiking trail.
Ackee and Saltfish
Jamaica’s national dish, ackee and saltfish, makes a delicious, traditional breakfast or brunch. It’s made with salted codfish and ackee, which is the island’s national fruit - despite the West African fruit not being native to Jamaica. The distinct flavours perfectly blend for a taste sensation unlike any other.
The dish is best paired with fried dumplings, breadfruit, or boiled bananas and yams for a delicious and filling start to the day, alongside a cup of fresh coffee or tea.
To try some of the island’s best ackee and saltfish, head to Wilkies Cuisine Seafood Restaurant in Port Antonio or Pablo’s Restaurant in Negril.
Flying Fish and Cou Cou
Barbados is known for its exotic seafood, and flying fish is no exception. When paired with cou cou, it’s widely regarded as the island’s national dish. It’s a traditional Friday dinner in both homes and restaurants, with the flying fish prepared fried or steamed and served atop the cornmeal and okra-based cou cou.
Oistins Fish Market serves fresh fish fry alongside local music on a Friday night, or for a laid-back lunch any day of the week, we recommend Almond Shak Deli near Craggy Nook. For more upscale dining and menus full of local and Creole dishes, head to Brown Sugar’s near the capital of Bridgetown.
Fresh Conch Dishes
Conch (pronounced ‘conk’) is a staple of the Bahamian diet, with a variety of dishes utilising the delicious seafood. Savour a conch salad, made with fresh, diced conch and an array of diced fruit and vegetables, or dine on conch stew. Conch fritters are also a popular Bahamas appetiser, best enjoyed with a dipping sauce and your favourite rum-based tropical drink.
For the best conch in the Bahamas, visit Goldie’s Conch House in Nassau, where you’re sure to find a line of eager diners queuing out the door, or Mckenzie’s Fresh Fish & Conch on Paradise Island. The oddly named Poop Deck, also in Nassau, is also well worth a visit; their conch chowder is particularly a highlight.
Rum was born on the islands of the Caribbean, so it’s only right to sample some of the area’s finest during your Caribbean twin-centre holiday. Most restaurants and bars will feature drinks menus full of the delicious spirit, including Daiquiris, Cuba Libre, and – possibly the most famous – the Mojito.
Why not enjoy a distillery tour to discover the history and sample some of the Caribbean’s best rums? We recommend Mount Gay Rum in Barbados, Appleton Estate in Jamaica, River Antoine Rum Distillery in Grenada, and St. Lucia Distillers in (you guessed it) St. Lucia for the best tours and days out.
Most Caribbean islands either observe Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is generally 5 hours behind the UK, or Atlantic Standard Time (AST), which is generally 4 hours behind the UK. Islands observing EST include the Bahamas, Jamaica and Cuba, while islands observing AST include Puerto Rico, the British Virgin Islands, the Dominican Republic, and Turks and Caicos.
However, it’s worth noting that not all Caribbean nations observe daylight saving times like we do in the UK, although those that do include the Bahamas, Bermuda, and Cuba. The beginning and ending times for Daylight Savings vary for each nation, so it’s always best to check before you travel. Or speak to one of our friendly experts who will be happy to advise.
In a word: absolutely! In fact, we encourage it. The Caribbean is home to more than 700 islands, reefs, and cays, so it’s hard to get a true feel unless you visit several. Why not view all our twin-centre holidays and get planning?
With a hot, tropical climate year-round, there’s rarely a bad time to visit the Caribbean, with average highs around 28°C. However, we recommend visiting during the dry season, which usually runs from December to April; December sees average daytime temperatures of 23°C in Cuba and 26°C in Barbados, although both can peak at 28°C. April, meanwhile, is even hotter, with highs of 28°C in the Bahamas and peaks of 33°C on the island of Trinidad.
May is also a good time to visit for more wallet-friendly prices.
You can enjoy easy, direct flights from London to Caribbean airports, including Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) in St. Lucia, V.C. Bird International Airport (ANU) in Antigua, Montego Bay Airport (MBJ) in Jamaica, Bridgetown Airport (BGI) in Barbados, and Providenciales International Airport (PLS) in Turks and Caicos.
You can fly to 15 other Caribbean airports from London with one stop, and 17 with 2 to 3 stops.
If you need flight advice for your multi-centre holiday to the Caribbean, just ask our USA experts.