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Caribbean ~ Honeymoon

Tiny islets, small, medium and large volcanic and coral islands all make up this totally tropical paradise.

The Caribbean has long been a dream holiday destination. Just mention the Caribbean and eyes light up with excitement. The name conjures up images of warm sandy beaches, turquoise waters and palm trees, rum punch, smiling faces and the sound of steel drums in the distance. Immerse yourself in the laid-back tropical lifestyle of your island of choice in a land where the beach is just the beginning.

Welcome to the Caribbean, where there really is something for everyone; adventure, romance, natural beauty or……….… complete escape.

  • Antigua: The twin island nation of Antigua (pronounced An-tee’ga) and Barbuda are located in the middle of the Leeward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean. Antigua, is just 14 miles long and 11 miles wide and has a highest peak of 1319ft (Boggy Peak) located in the woods of the south-western corner of the island. Just 28 miles to the north is Barbuda which has 1,500 people living in the island’s only town, Codrington, which is really a village. Together, the islands offer everything a holiday-maker could want. Antigua is said to have more than 365 beaches, one for every day of the year. So for you sun-lovers and swimmers, you have arrived in paradise you will never have a crowd to worry about and all of them are protected by reefs. Barbuda, too, has huge, magnificent white sand beaches and thriving marine life. Divers can see forests of coral or visit some of the 200 wrecks in the waters around this idyllic isle, while nature lovers can take a boat out into the mangroves to see thousands of frigate birds.
  • Aruba: It would be an exaggeration to say that Aruba is all things to all people. And yet, in a sense, it wouldn’t be far from the truth. The fact is, if you’re looking for it, and it has anything to do with a great Caribbean getaway, you can probably find it here. As you explore and you get to know Aruba, you’ll soon begin to notice the smiling faces everywhere. Aruba, as any traveller here will tell you, must surely be among the most welcoming places on earth and is as warm as the summer sun and as constant as the trade winds that bring cooling breezes. Arubans are gracious, energetic hosts, proud of their mixed cultural heritage – Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese and South American Indian and are always anxious to help visitors enjoy their stay on a classic Caribbean island. Aruba is famous for its long, powder-white beaches – Palm Beach and Eagle Beach are considered two of the finest in the Caribbean. Modern hotels, high-rise and low-rise, offer every facility. For nightlife, there’s no shortage of cabarets, cocktail bars and restaurants serving local and world dishes and for those who want to have some fun shooting dice or at the slots there are 11 casinos, some of which stay open 24 hours.
  • Bahamas: You are about to find out why The Bahamas is the tropical paradise you’ve never dreamed of. Maybe it’s the heritage of the people. Maybe it’s the degree of opportunities for adventure and seclusion. Maybe it’s the number of islands they call home. There are 700 islands in The Bahamas, covering 150,000 square miles of tropical sea and approximately 5,000 square miles of land. The islands have flat coral formations with some low rounded hills. Each island in The Bahamas has its own character and something different to offer. Enjoy a holiday full of variety by visiting as many islands as time allows. Spend a few fun days in cosmopolitan Nassau with its duty free shops, golf, museums and restaurants. Lie back and relax on the bright white sand of Long Island’s deserted beaches. Experience the dive of a lifetime in challenging wreck sites off the coast of San Salvador. Witness the spectacle of nesting flamingos and other exotic wildlife in Inagua National Park. Cruise through the Exumas’ 100-mile-long string of pristine cays. The hard part is deciding which islands to visit!
  • Barbados: If you value traditional courtesies combined with a warm welcome from people who know how to have a good time, then Barbados is the place for you. On this little island that is just 21 miles long and ‘smiles’ wide you will be amazed at how much there is to see and do. Come discover the historic interior of the island with its sugar cane factories and old plantation houses. (Rum was actually first distilled on Barbados). Along the west coast come explore small intimate little beaches while the Atlantic side is for adrenaline junkies riding the rollers while wind-surfing and sail-boarding. At night, there is a vast choice of restaurants for every taste and budget. And if you’re still raring to go after all that then there is another Barbados of waterfront bars, night-life, music, gaming – and more than 1,000 rum shops to consider. The biggest annual event in Barbados is the Crop Over Festival, celebrating the harvest of sugar cane, formerly the island’s main industry. The five-week summer celebration is a fiesta of colourful floats, parades and people in costume dancing and enjoying themselves to the background of music and fireworks. All are encouraged to join in.
  • Bermuda: Dream of a land unspoilt by hoards of tourists, where lush verdant hillsides roll beneath cloudless skies and explode with colour and life, where soft blue seas massage the pink coral sands for which this island is famous “Dream no more This is Bermuda”. Against this back drop, the island has long been the quintessential honeymoon destination for many couples beginning a new life together or indeed for people just looking for an exotic break from the norm. Up until now nobody from Ireland really new why people would want to go to this stunning island – But we do! Add in 100’s of years of colonial history, a wealth of UNESCO designated areas, craggy cliffs, excellent accommodation, more golf per square mile than any other country in the world, over 300 ship wrecks to be explored and first class fine dining and you will start to get an idea why you should visit. For those who appreciate the finer things in life and don’t mind spending on quality, Bermuda is the one for you.
  • Bonaire: Is a small island located in the southern Caribbean known for its pioneering role in the preservation of nature, in particular the preservation of the marine environment and for its excellent scuba diving, snorkeling, wind surfing and kayaking in the mangroves or for a real challenge in the open ocean, while on land you can enjoy the nature of the land cycling or mountain biking.
    Many descriptions and slogans have been written about Bonaire: Best Kept Secret, Unhurried, Unspoiled, Unforgettable; Divers Paradise; and the list goes on… The fact is that all these statements are true, and then some. Another truth is the statistic that over 30% of arrivals on Bonaire are repeat visitors!
    There are a number of reasons people visit this island. First timers generally have heard about the climate, the water, the sun and what there is to do. When asked, repeat visitors generally say that they did not have enough time to do all they wanted to on their first visit. If it is the third or fourth trip, the answer is basically the same but with the addition “It is the warmth and friendliness of the people” that keeps visitors returning year after year. Bonaire has the reputation of being laid back, slower paced and very tranquil. The good news is that while this is all quite true, the island also offers a lively nightlife, fun places to visit and world class restaurants. When you first come to the island, you are a visitor, but when you leave, you are a friend.
  • British Virgin Islands: Welcome to the British Virgin Islands (BVI’s) and discover “Nature’s Little Secrets” comprising more than 60 pristine Caribbean islands most of which are totally uninhabited. We invite you to come explore these unspoilt and idyllic islands with the whitest sandy beaches you are ever likely to see, turquoise waters and vibrant lifestyle. When you sleep at night, and dream what the Caribbean looks like, you are actually dreaming of the BVI’s. And when you come to visit, it is a dream from which you will not want to wake. Tortola, the archipelagos main island is a sailors dream with its many protected anchorages from which to explore the seas made famous by pirates such as Black Beard while the secluded palm-shaded beaches at Apple Bay and Smuggler’s Cove make for excellent swimming and snorkeling. There are also many well-equipped facilities for fishing, scuba diving and horseback riding. There is so much that can be said about this delightful part of the world, but you can never truly appreciate it until you come and visit.
  • Caymen Islands: Nestled in the heart of the Caribbean Sea, the Cayman Islands – Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman – are renowned for dazzling white beaches and a diversity of experiences from ultimate indulgence to breathtaking adventure both above ground and under the sea. With average year-round temperatures of 80F and a pace of life that promises total relaxation, the Cayman Islands are clean, safe, friendly and offer something to delight everyone. Located 80 miles southwest of Miami, Grand Cayman is the largest of the three islands, measuring seven miles across at its widest and 28 miles long. Cayman Brac is the second largest, with Little Cayman (population only 100) being as close to a ‘Robinson Crusoe’ island as it is possible to be. Whether one’s preference is to laze in the sun or to engage in more active pursuits, the Cayman Islands fits the bill perfectly.
  • Cuba: There are few more fascinating destinations in the Caribbean than its largest and most populous island, Cuba – not least because it has been a socialist republic since the 1959 revolution, when Fidel Castro seized power. This last remaining vestige of state socialism, 90 miles (145 km) south of Key West, Florida, was once the last stronghold of Spanish power in the region. Cuba’s rich heritage ranges from pre-Columbian cultures to the splendours of Spanish colonialism and the internationally-acclaimed art of today. It is also a place of great natural beauty, with three magnificent mountain ranges, fertile plains where sugar cane and tobacco grow and it also has some of the best beaches in the world. A quarter of Cuba’s 11 million people live in and around Havana, which lays claim to being the most beautiful town in the Caribbean. Old Havana, with its square mile of colonial palaces, handsome plazas and charming cobbled alleys was, along with Mexico City and Lima was once one of the three richest Spanish cities outside Spain. It has been designated by UNESCO as a city of world heritage.
  • Curaçao: On a clear day in Curaçao – and that means most days – you can see Venezeula a few miles across the sea in South America. But don’t spend too much time looking. There’s more than enough to see and do in this large, lively island that has for centuries been a major cultural and trading crossroads. Hospitable and always sunny, Curacao bids you a warm welcome. The friendly inhabitants, first class hotels, wonderful climate, crystal clear seawater, fascinating architecture, floating market, pontoon bridge, secluded bays, rich fauna and flora, and the many possibilities for excursions and entertainment make Curaçao the Caribbean tourist paradise. When you hear salsa and merengue on the buses and glimpse the Latin style and verve of the islanders, you’ll know you’re not very far from South America. The Dutch merchants who colonised the island and built the capital, Willemstad, had the brightly-coloured houses and warehouses designed to remind them of their homes in Amsterdam.
  • Dominican Republic: If you ever dreamt of plunging in to a great adventure and discovering a place where everything is different where people are friendly and warm and contact with nature is guaranteed, well then welcome to the Dominican Republic.Located in the northern Caribbean, Christopher Columbus discovered the island on his first voyage in1492. Santo Domingo, the capital ultimately became his home and here his remains are still to be found. Here lies a historical legacy waiting to be discovered in this ancient city, where the first hospital, church, Cathedral & university were founded in the Americas. Head north of the city towards the Cordillera Central or Dominican Alps where they peak at over 10,000 feet (the highest peak in the Caribbean). Jarabacoa, the main town in the area is an outdoor adventure mecca, where hiking, mountain biking, white water rafting and abseiling down waterfalls are just some of the activities on offer.
  • Grenada: Fill your senses with Grenada, ‘The Spice Island’ as the scent of nutmeg and cinnamon, cloves and ginger are ever present, wafting on the balmy air. Hear the sweet steel band music of St Georges or the tropical bird calls in the rainforests and you will begin to understand the phrase fill your senses with Grenada. Here you will find an island undiscovered by many foreigners, a place where people smile just because it’s a nice thing to do. When they say ‘Good morning’ they really mean it’s another good morning! The simplicity and joy of an unhurried way of life will truly come back to you in a way you did not think possible. The island offers an alluring combination of intimate coves, stunning expanses of sandy beaches and soaring highlands providing plenty of opportunity to become acquainted with this historic and beautiful isle.
  • Jamaica: Truly a nation “out of many, one people” Jamaica is a multifaceted mosaic of international customs and traditions. Its ancestors, from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, have helped to shape its culture, creating one that is uniquely Jamaican and one which we invite you to come and discover. In fact to help you unmask the myths of Jamaica the Jamaican Tourist Board offer a unique Meet the People Programme. Logon to www.meetthepeople.visitjamaica.com for further details. Jamaica which is the fourth largest island in the Caribbean, is one that excels in everything it does, the interior is spiked by magnificent jungle covered mountain ranges with fabulous rivers for both white water and cane rafting, spectacular waterfalls for hiking and the most incredible jungle ‘Canopy Tours’, while the coast line offers endless bays, rocky coves and secret inlets that will ensure you will never want to go home. We bring you the best all-inclusive resorts and the most stunning boutique hotels & villas you are ever likely to discover all combined with that unique Jamaican attitude to life, that will ensure you will visit again and again and again.!
  • Mexico: Welcome to the Mayan Riviera, a land as ancient as time itself. A land where temples more than 1000 years old stand shoulder to shoulder with 5 star modern edifices. The Yucatan Peninsula where all this is located is Mexico’s eastern most province and was the centre of the Mayan civilisation before the Spanish Conquistadores of the 1500’s. And while much was destroyed through war and the ravages of time, there remains, a vast amount to be explored and discovered. Basing yourself in either Cancun, Playa del Carmen or Tulum you have the creature comforts you can expect of home, superb nightly entertainment with bars, clubs, shows and an array of eating options to set your taste buds tingling. If exploring ancient ruins isn’t your thing then you must try out the vast array of excursions from swimming with dolphins to diving in the second largest coral reef system in the world or just treat yourself in the many artisan shops and shopping malls that abound. We think you might get the picture at this stage that no matter what makes a holiday for you, you will find it here in Mexico.
  • St.Barths: Chic and exclusive, tiny St Barths is just 25 Sq kilometres of white sandy beaches, exquisite restaurants and picture postcard scenery. The place to see and be seen, St Barths offers French sophistication in a relaxed Caribbean setting. A decidedly French atmosphere pervades Gustavia, the capital (The Caribbean equivalent of St Tropez). The key activity here, being to celebrity spot as you linger over your gourmet lunch followed by duty free shopping for the latest luxury goods. Beautiful gentle sloping beaches, a lush green interior and an amazing unspoiled marine park will ensure a lifetime of memories.
  • St.Kitts: The twin island nation of St Kitts truly offers a Caribbean experience like no other destination embodying a kind of lush tropical paradise usually associated with the South Pacific. The atmosphere here is palpably luxuriant. It is an intoxicating blend of sunlight, sea, air and fantastically abundant vegetation. At the centre of St. Kitts stands the spectacular, cloud-fringed peak of Mount Liamuiga (pronounced Lee-a-mweega), a dormant volcano covered by a dense tropical forest. While on the little sister island of Nevis there’s something even more unique again about the sombrero-shaped island that grabs you. The charm and tranquillity takes you back to a time when things were simpler, when life was more peaceful, when stress was just a word and not a way of life. Green and serene, Nevis is truly one of the world’s remaining unspoilt places and proudly carries the name, “Queen of the Caribees.” From the top of the 3,232-foot Nevis Peak to the depths of the clear waters offshore, there is a world of flora and fauna to be explored from the comical green Vervet monkeys to whale watching excursions.
  • St.Lucia: St Lucia (pronounced Loo-sha). No where in the Caribbean is there an island to be found with such striking beauty, so much so that the island has the deserved moniker ‘Helen of the West Indies’ (Named after Helen of Troy who was renowned for her beauty). In the south-west of the country you will find the soaring twin peaks ‘The Pitons’ which rise a half mile vertically out of the sea and leave visitors speechless. Travel along the west coast and you will eventually come to the beaches and tourist centre of Rodney Bay with its array of bars and restaurants. In the interior of the island prepare to be mesmerised by peaks that seem to touch the sky and valleys that seem to be bottomless. (Experience a helicopter trip to truly experience the highs and lows of this dramatic landscape). St Lucia offers a vast array of choice for both the active and not so active with its easy going uncomplicated nature and ever friendly people truly making it one of the jewels of the Caribbean.
  • St.Maarten: The smallest island in the world shared by two sovereign powers. This delightful destination enjoys the perfect blend of Dutch & French culture combined with the bon vivant of Caribbean living. Since the islands discovery by Christopher Columbus in 1493, the place has led a very colourful and chequered existence. Indians, pirates, smugglers, slaves, soldiers, merchants and mariners have all left their mark leaving visitors with a gem waiting to be discovered by you. This island oft known as the Gourmet Capital of the Caribbean offers more than 400 restaurants on its 37 square miles, offering something for even the most discriminating of palates. Combine this with its exciting nightlife and Las Vegas styles casinos and you will begin to understand why visitors return here so often.
  • St Vincent & the Grenadines: ‘Paradise, simply paradise’. Where have you heard that phrase before? Only if you have ever visited St Vincent & the Grenadines will you truly understand the enchantment attached to that phrase. A chain of over 30 islands strung out like a tail from the main island of St Vincent, this small country offers visitors the ultimate island escape of beach, sea and palm trees. Spend your days relaxing over cooling Pina Coladas or island hopping, discovering your own secret bays. We believe everybody should spend at least 1 week of their lives on an exotic remote isle to bring people back to what’s really important, loved ones, good friends and happiness. Finally, because of its central location, this wonderful country also makes for a fascinating twin centre holiday with one of the neighbouring islands i.e. Barbados or St Lucia.
  • Tobago: Many lines have been written to describe Tobago. All fail to capture what it is that makes this island so special. For years Tobago has been called the ‘Isle of Robinson Crusoe’ the perfect tropical isle that captivates its visitors. Imagine an island that has long stretches of soft sandy beaches caressed by the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, blue skies, balmy breezes, and tropical sunshine. ‘Pirates and castaways, merry men and fair maids happy faces and bronzed bodies’, this is Paradise. The warmth and friendliness of the people, its multi-cultural heritage and its lush green Main Ridge Forest Reserve (the oldest legally protected forest in the world dating back to 1766) leave you wondering what next? And yes there’s more; the mystery of its folklore, the beauty and serenity of its land and the ecological diversity that makes it so unique a place that you must visit at least once in your lifetime.
  • Turks & Caicos: With more than 200 miles of tranquil ivory sands and the most fabulous snorkelling and diving, the Turks and Caicos Islands are a real dream destination. Some historians now believe that Christopher Columbus made his original landfall in the New World on Grand Turk and not on San Salvador. If this went unreported for rather a long time, it may be because the obvious attractions of the Turks and Caicos Islands have drawn remarkably little attention until recently. The destinations consist of 40 different islands and cays, only 8 of which are inhabited. The islands of the Turks and Caicos are almost as diverse as its people. From the main tourist centre of Providenciales to the quiet and tranquil islands of North and Middle Caicos to the historic Capital Island of Grand Turk; each one offers a different experience and a unique character but all offer year round great climate, beaches and underwater activities. The only true way to experience the Turks and Caicos Islands is to experience each island in the entire chain. This is probably why most of the visitors come back to the Turks and Caicos on a regular basis. You can read about each of the islands here and maybe pick a few to see on your vacation either for daytrips, or longer stays. Most of the islands are only about 10 to 25 minutes by air from Provo and most can be reached by boat, too. There are also regular ferries from North to Middle Caicos. Providenciales is the most well known of the Turks and Caicos Islands and is the centre of the tourism industry with a wide range of hotels, restaurants, attractions and facilities. Grand Turk and Salt Cay offer a glimpse into Caribbean history with great Bermudian architecture and a rustic charm as well as some of the best diving and probably the most “relaxing” time you will ever have. Grand Turk is also home to a brand new cruise ship centre. Middle Caicos and North Caicos represent the best of the environment, with lush green woodlands, the biggest cave network in the Caribbean on Middle Caicos, cottage pond and flamingo pond in North Caicos and a vast range of plant life and birdlife. North Caicos is also an up and coming resort destination with several new projects under development. South Caicos is the centre for fishing, with lobster and conch exported from the islands, the historic Cockburn harbour and the natural phenomenon of the boiling hole. This small yet friendly island offers many secluded beaches with awe inspiring views of the turquoise waters and surrounding islands. Safe, quite and boasting world class accommodations, Turks & Caicos has become un-officially know as ‘Celebrity Central’ for the amount of A-listers that have either married or bought homes here.

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