There really is nothing quite like heading to a gorgeous Caribbean destination for a relaxing and unforgettable vacation. In order to make the most out of your trip, you can follow our advice in order to avoid common mistakes and pitfalls that will prevent you from having the absolute best vacation possible.
Thinking All Islands Are The Same
The Caribbean islands are often grouped together into one destination, but this could not be further from the truth. No two islands are the same, and you’ll get a totally different experience from each and every one so it’s important to keep that in mind while you’re planning your vacation. Each individual island will provide a unique experience, so do your research thoroughly and don’t expect all of the destinations to look the same.
Not Leaving The Hotel Grounds
We know that it can be tempting to stay in the hotel and experience all the great amenities that many of them have to offer, especially if you’ve booked an all-inclusive trip. It’s still important to venture out and leave the hotel in order to get an experience of what real island life is like.
Not Thinking About Hurricane Season
It is crucially important to do your research about the best time to travel to the Caribbean. The last thing you want to do is book a trip with great prices only to find out it’s because it’s peak hurricane season. From June to late November, hurricanes are very common. There are some islands like Barbados, Saint Vincent, the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Grenadines that are outside of the Hurricane Belt. This is why research is so important before booking.
Not Experiencing Local Culture
Once again, an all-inclusive hotel experience will provide you with more food than you could possibly consume. However, most of it caters to Western tastes, and many times you’ll miss out on authentic island cuisine if you don’t venture out of the hotel at all. Try to head to an authentic meal at least once on your trip.
Assuming Everyone Is An English Speaker
While the islands will feel familiar to you, that does not mean that everyone is an English speaker. You’ll be able to get by with English in most places, if you are familiar with the basics of Spanish, French, or Dutch you’ll have a much easier time communicating with the locals. It’s never a good idea to assume that the locals at your vacation destination will be familiar with your language and culture.