The Caribbean encompasses some 6000 islands, although there are just over 40 inhabited islands for holidaymakers to discover. Christopher Columbus first discovered the West Indies in 1492, when looking for an alternative route to India, hence the name West Indies. The Caribbean enjoys high temperatures all year round, making it a perfect relaxing holiday, enjoy spa hotels in Antigua, mingle with the rich and famous in Barbados, experience the passion and salsa in Cuba, try a spot of diving in the coral reefs in the Bahamas, whilst enjoying some of the worlds finest hotels and best beaches.
Caribbean enjoys minimal temperature variation throughout the year, with temps of 23-26`C in winter and 27-32`C in summer.
Time to travel:
Hurricane season is June-November
Flight time from UK:
Around 8-10 hours
Each island has its own currency
Spanish, French, Dutch and English
For most of the Caribbean, a valid passport is all you need; however Cuba requires a visa, which can be obtained from the Cuban government for around $15.