Everything You Need to Know Before Your Caribbean Vacation

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We love our long-awaited vacations – relaxing and clearing our mind and not having to think about obligations and duties. There are many destinations where people can go to delight in the sun, delicious food and activities like swimming or diving, but if you also want to learn about unique norms and amazing cultural heritage of a certain place, you can choose to visit the Caribbean this year! However, let’s learn some things about it before you go so that you get the most out of this wonderful destination.

Choosing travel dates wisely is crucial

To begin with, the first and very important step is deciding when you will go. The minute you choose the dates for your vacation, you’ll know how much you’ll have to pay for airfare and accommodations, and other information like how crowded the island will be and what kind of weather you’ll have a chance to experience. The high season runs from mid-December to mid-April. This is a period with spectacular weather, but outrageous prices. The islands will be full of vacationers, so you can expect it to be insanely crowded.

If you choose the off-season, there are hotel discounts of 20 to 60 percent and you can plan a last-minute vacation, but expect less-than-perfect weather, and you might also find construction at your resort. The hurricane season runs between June and November and all islands can be affected except for Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao.

There are entry and exit rules

When we choose our vacation itinerary, we should always read up on the entry and exit requirements of the country we plan to visit. When it comes to the Caribbean, all travelers must carry a valid passport with them wherever they go. You should read about it to learn more about what else you need.

Don’t just assume everyone speaks English

Since the Caribbean was colonized by the Spanish, French, Dutch, English and a few other countries in the past, you will hear a lot of dialects and people don’t speak English in all parts of the region. Most languages spoken are either European languages or European language-based creoles.

Be well prepared (especially for the insects)

Whenever we plan a vacation, an exciting part of it is getting prepared and thinking about stuff to bring with us. For example, it’s a perfect time to check out and purchase beautiful high waisted bikini, get new awesome clothes, sun lotions, etc. You should know that the Caribbean has a lot of insects, so you’ll need to protect yourself in order not to get a disease. You can bring a quality bug spray and long-sleeved shirts and pants.

Each island is different

Some people expect every island in this region to be similar, but this is not the case. In fact, the more you travel into the Caribbean, the more you realize that islands are very different and unique. There are some jungle islands which are rough and mountainous, but there are also densely populated territories with large cities. Here is a list of the most visited islands in 2019 where you can learn more about each of them.

You will find it difficult to drive there

If you plan to rent a car, you should think twice because not only will you have to drive on the left side of the road, but you’ll also have to navigate areas with no street signs at all. Aruba and St. Thomas are for vacationers who plan to drive there, while Barbados is incredibly difficult and Bermuda doesn’t even allow cars.

Hopefully, these tips will be useful to you and help you plan your vacation and organize well. The Caribbean is a truly wonderful region and you will certainly have a great time, but knowing these things can enable you to enjoy it even more.

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