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3 Must-Know Tips for Caribbean Travel

Who doesn’t want to go to the Caribbean? 

The turquoise blue waters, some of the most beautiful beaches you’ve ever seen, delicious food and friendly people. What’s not to like?! No matter where you go, you’ll find incredible sites and natural wonders.

Plus, the Caribbean is so close to the U.S., just a short Southwest flight away.

If you’re planning a trip to the Caribbean, consider these 3 tips.


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3 Tips for Caribbean Travel

1. Opt for a Villa

Consider a villa instead of a hotel for your Caribbean vacation.

Villas let you spread out, enjoy separate bedrooms, kitchens and often washers and dryers, so you don’t have to pack so much.

It’s always super handy to be able to wash sandy swimsuits, as well as to cook a simple breakfast, lunch or snack in your accommodations.

You can often secure villas for a lower price than a hotel, as well.

Check out these villas in Saint Martin to see what you can get for your money.

You’ll see how big and luxurious a villa can be. 

Also, most villas do have staff who come in to clean daily, but who will also stay out of your way if you prefer.


2. Try New Foods

Freshly-made Tropical Conch Salad in the Bahamas

Some people know what they like to eat and aren’t willing to try anything new.

There’s nothing wrong with that, but when traveling in the Caribbean, you will be bombarded with dishes that have flavor combinations you have never had before.

Depending on where you go, you’ll get combinations of various countries in Europe and indigenous cuisines. Conch is a great dish to try in the Caribbean, and when in Grand Cayman, which is especially known for its excellent restaurants, be sure to have a Rum Cake. Yum!

Even if you normally stick to what you know, try to be a little adventurous when in the Caribbean.

You may hate certain foods – but you might also love them.

At the very least, try some of your travel companion’s meal. Then you can sample new flavors without ordering an entire dish. Less pressure!


3. Be Aware of Crime

Rum Point Grand Cayman

Most of the Caribbean is fairly safe for travelers. The small islands, like Grand Cayman, generally have low rates of crime.

In Jamaica and the Dominican Republic, however, you do have to be careful, as the violent crime rates can be high.

The key is to be aware of the dangers wherever you go.

When traveling to a specific island, do a Google search to learn about the types of crime, any travel warnings and what precautions you need to take.

It’s always helpful to avoid looking like a tourist and be wary of people “offering to help.”

Use common sense, like always traveling in pairs, keeping your purse zipped and just generally being aware of your surroundings.

Remember that where people are, some crime is inevitable. The idyllic nature of Caribbean islands can make this easy to forget. Also, be sure to be aware of any weird international laws.

Wherever you decide to go in the Caribbean, enjoy soaking up the sun and the gorgeous waters!

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