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Travel Planning

Caribbean at a Glance

A Caribbean vacation can have so many different flavors depending on which island you choose to visit. With more than 500 islands to chose from, the Caribbean will fascinate you with its diverse cultures and beautiful landscapes. 

Spanish, Dutch, French, America, British and African influences means that culture varies from island to island. Enjoy music, dance and festivals in a host of different creole languages. Sample seafood, tropical fruits and vegetables cooked island-style. of course you should hit the beach, but don't underestimate the enormous array of intriguing historical sites as well as the arts and colorful architecture that make the Caribbean islands unique.

In the Caribbean you could be exploring the signature azure waters with a snorkel or hiking around an active volcano. Above all, the relaxed pace of the islands and the warm, tropical sun will no doubt draw you back to the Caribbean year after year.

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Popular Places
  • Bahamas Bahamas
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  • Jamaica Jamaica
  • Puerto Rico Puerto Rico
  • British Virgin Islands British Virgin Islands
  • U.S. Virgin Islands U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Barbados Barbados
  • Martinique Martinique
Getting There
Major Airports
  • Major Airport Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport
  • Major Airport Punta Cana International Airport
  • Major Airport José Martí International Airport
  • Major Airport Sangster International Airport
  • Major Airport Lynden Pindling International Airport
  • Major Airport Las Americas International Airport
  • Major Airport Piarco International Airport
  • Major Airport Queen Beatrix International Airport
  • Major Airport Grantley Adams International Airport

Passport / Visa Requirements

Passport and visa requirements vary for the Caribbean Islands. Contact the consulate's office of the countries you wish to visit to finalize passport and visa requirements. American citizens can research requirements using the U.S State Department's website.

Need to Know

Severe Weather The Caribbean is quite warm year round. Stay alert for hurricanes and tropical storms in the forecast during the spring and summer. If a storm is on the forecast, you may want to postpone your trip.

Safety Concerns Safety and crime rates vary by island, but as a general rule of thumb, avoid leaving your belongings unattended on the beach. Keep valuables out of sight, or locked in a hotel safe. Rental cars can be targets so make sure you park in safe locations and don't leave belongings on the seats.

Health Concerns Water quality and health concerns vary by island. Contact your health care provider as you plan your trip to get information on health and immunization requirements.

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