Three of the Best Caribbean Islands

Nov 17 12:41 2011 Carl S Liver Print This Article

 

The Caribbean is a vast area located east of Mexico,Guest Posting north of South America and south-east of North America. The vast majority of the region is taken up by the Caribbean Sea, which is bordered to the north and east by the islands of the West Indies. These include the islands of Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola and Peurto Rico, forming the Greater Antilles, along with the Bahamas, the Lesser Antilles, the Leeward Islands and the Windward Islands.  In this article we're going to focus on three of my favourite Caribbean islands, selected for their natural beauty as well as for the luxury Caribbean villas they are home to.

 

First up we're going to look at Barbados. Although not strictly part of the Caribbean as the island lies within the Atlantic Ocean rather than the Caribbean Sea, Barbados is however a member of the Caribbean economic community, so that's near enough for us. The official language is English, although many locals speak the Bajan dialect. They also drive on the left as we do here in Blighty, but that's where the similarities end. Barbados enjoys almost unhindered sunshine and even the so-called wet season which runs from June to November sees far less rainfall than the average British summer. Built mainly on coral, the island is famed for it's natural beauty and predictably good weather. For this reason the island is home to many luxury Caribbean villas and has become a prime destination for luxury Caribbean holidays.

 

Next we have Dominica, not to be confused with The Dominican Republic. Depending on where your allegiances lie, Dominica is either the northernmost of the Windward Islands or the southernmost of the Leeward Islands, but regardless of which island chain you choose to attribute this island to, it's a prime destination for luxury Caribbean holidays. Unlike the relatively flat Barbados, Dominica is a mountainous island covered almost entirely in rainforest. Waterfalls, natural hot springs, treks and trails, excellent scuba diving and bustling night life are waiting for you, as well as a host of luxury Caribbean villas which can be rented making Dominica the perfect destination for those wanting a luxury holiday in the Caribbean.

 

Undoubtedly my favourite Caribbean destination is the Cayman Islands. Situated south of Cuba and north-west of Jamaica, the three islands of Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac offer everything you need for a luxury holiday. Scuba diving, boat trips, walking trails, pony treks along with excellent night life, bars and restaurants and a host of luxurious villas to rent makes the Cayman Islands as good as any other Caribbean destination. What makes the Cayman Islands really stand out is it's geographical location, as these islands are in fact the peaks of a single submerged mountain ridge which overlooks the Cayman Trench, the floor of which is some 20,000 feet beneath the waves. Bearing in mind the highest point of the Cayman islands is a mere 141 feet above sea level, it really is the very tips of this huge subaquatic mountain ridge which forms the three islands. If the seas rose a further 100 feet after the last ice age these islands would be treacherous to shipping and therefore avoided at all costs, rather than being one of the best loved destinations for luxury Caribbean holidays it is today.

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