Posted on Nov 05, 2012 | Comments 0
Caribbean islands are a riot of joy and offer the ultimate escapade for those who wantto run away from the hum drum of the busy urban life.
Numbering more than 7000, the islands are the best places for soaking in the culture, activities and the coastal weather.
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Every island is different in their nationality, origin and culture. Here are the 5 best places to visit in the Caribbean this holiday season.
1. Havana, Cuba
The capital of Cuba, Havana belongs to the country Cuba and hence the currency you would be carrying is CUC or Cuban Convertible Peso. You can get around in coco taxis and get a hint of the local life. One can stay at the numerous Casas available from budget to luxury range. There are three parts of the city – the Old Havana, the Central and the Vedado. Based on how quiet or lively and how local an experience you want you can choose to live in that part of the city. While in Havana, one must see the Capitol Building, enjoy live music and cabaret shows, walk along the sea face, visit the rum and cigar factories and pick up some souvenirs to carry along and visit the Cathedral de San Cristobal.
2. Cayman Islands
The islands run across Cuba and Belize and are a perfect example of a tropical island. It comprises of 3 main islands – Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and the Little Cayman. The waters of these islands are replete with healthy coral reefs and form the best spots for scuba diving and snorkeling in the entire Caribbean. Though governed by the British, the currency here is dollars. Known for its hospitality, all the 3 islands has a number of resorts and private beaches. One can spot wildlife in all forms and bask in the tropical sun sands of the Caribbean. There are no nude beaches in these islands.
Barbados is a sovereign island nation located in the Atlantic Ocean, close to the West Indies. It is headed by the British royalty and is full of historical treasures and heritage sites to visit. It has a pleasant tropical monsoon climate. Visit the heritage sites such as the Barbados Museum, Arlington house and the synagogues and churches that are reminiscent of the history of this small nation. Home to more than 60 beaches a visit to the Crane beach is a must. One must indulge in water sports such as surfing, diving, fishing and snorkeling. The underwater world in the reefs around Barbados is not to be missed.
4. El Yunque, Puerto Rico
The peak of El Yunque lies in the National park of Puerto Rico and is its highest point. Managed by the US Forest Services, this peak is a must visit among the Caribbean delights. Being a tropical rainforest, it offers the best of hiking, scenic waterfalls and jungle stays with primitive camping facilities for the wild campers. It is the best rainforest to spend your vacation in because of the absence of any poisonous snake species.
5. Andros, the Bahamas
Popular for its ecotourism, Andros Island is a noted archipelago located in the Bahamas. It is the size of the US state Delaware and has estuaries and swamp lands in its confines. For those who love water sports and enjoy relaxing in the lap of nature, this is the ideal spot in the Caribbean. There are many lodges and resorts dotting this island and one can choose according to convenience and budget.
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