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Barbados


 CONTENTS


FEATURES Treasure seeker – island hopping


WELCOME TO THE CARIBBEAN 4-6


Children’s paradise – family holidays 8-12 As nature intended – eco-tourism Budget Caribbean – backpacking Thrills & spills – sports & activities Chill-out zone – spas & wellness Sealed with a kiss – weddings &


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honeymoons Map 30-31 Cultural harmony – Caribbean culture 32-33


DESTINATIONS


Introduction 34 Your guide - country by country ■ Anguilla 35 ■ Antigua & Barbuda


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■ Bahamas 36 ■ Barbados 36 ■ Belize 37 ■ Bonaire 37 ■ British Virgin Islands ■ Cayman Islands


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■ Cuba 39 ■ Curaçao 39 ■ Dominica 40 ■ Grenada 40 ■ Guadeloupe Islands


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■ Guyana 41 ■ Haiti 42 ■ Jamaica 42 ■ Martinique 43 ■ Montserrat 43 ■ Nevis 44 ■ Puerto Rico ■ St. Eustatius ■ St. Kitts


■ Saint Lucia ■ St. Maarten ■ Saint Martin


■ St. Vincent & The Grenadines ■ Trinidad & Tobago ■ Turks & Caicos ■ US Virgin Islands ■ Venezuela


BOOKING IT Airlines to the Caribbean


Operators to the Caribbean Caribbean Tourism Organization


Directory of Members National Tourist Offi ces


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There’s more to the Caribbean than flying and flopping on the beach (although there’s nothing wrong with that!). We pride ourselves on being one of the most dynamic holiday regions in the world to keep fit and in


shape whilst having the time of your life! There are a plethora of exciting activities that help to provide a good workout whilst experiencing the natural warmth, charm and beauty of the Caribbean! For those of you who love to hike, did you know that the island of Dominica boasts a trail of over 115 miles! This takes you through mountainous landscapes, rivers and waterfalls as well as through communities where the locals are all too happy to share their culture with you. Climbing the falls at Dunns River in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, is a workout for anyone, as too is climbing La Soufriere Volcano in Guadeloupe and the Gros Piton in Saint Lucia. Nature lovers can visit the Kaieteur and Orinduik Falls in Guyana. There


are also many opportunities for wildlife spotting and bird watching on the Savannah. Some of the finest and most recognised sailing regattas and fishing tournaments take place in Bonaire, The British Virgin Islands and St. Maarten. Divers, snorkellers and water sports enthusiasts can show off their techniques and learn new hobbies in the glorious Caribbean sea! The shores of the Cayman Islands, The Bahamas, St. Eustatius and Tobago are renowned for divers whilst the Caribbean coast of Venezuela – Margarita Island – has kite surfing, kayaking and bone fishing! And Antigua & Barbuda is great for swimming with stingrays. So whether playing golf in Puerto Rico or Cuba, competing in a triathlon in Nevis or the Volcano half marathon in Montserrat, jumping in a Carnival band in Trinidad, Barbados, Grenada or St. Vincent and the Grenadines, we make keeping fit and staying healthy fun! And after the action, there is plenty of luscious fruits and exotic


vegetables, and freshly caught seafood to tantalise your palates; so don’t miss out on some of the great foodie events in the US Virgin Islands, Turks and Caicos, Anguilla, Curaçao, St. Martin, Belize, Martinique and St. Kitts. Alternatively, whet your artistic appetite and explore Haiti’s ‘open museum’ north coast. What are you waiting for? Get moving!


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58 Carol I. Hay


www.caribbean.co.uk LovetheCaribbean @_LoveCaribbean


Director of Marketing UK & Europe, Caribbean Tourism Organization


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