Visiting the Caribbeans should be an exciting and carefree experience. However, it’s easy to get swept up and naturally make some mistakes in a new place.
Jet off to the tropical Caribbean stress-free and aware with these nine crucial tips that can help you ease into your trip.
Don’t assume all islands are the same.
No two islands are alike! Each island has something unique to offer. Some are filled with jungly terrains and mountains, while others include pearly sand beaches and turquoise waters. There’s a diverse array of people, cultures, traditions, and food offered on each island.
Explore past your hotel grounds
It’s easy to stay within the comfort of your property, especially if you booked an all-inclusive vacation. The downside to that is you won’t fully immerse yourself with the exquisite flavor of these islands. Get out of the hotel walls and meet the locals, try authentic restaurants, and go where the locals go. You’ll appreciate the rich culture of the Caribbean more and find new adventures to treasure forever.
Don’t expect a fast-paced lifestyle
When you’re in the Caribbeans, you’re on island time. Nothing is ever punctual or late. There is a laid-back type of feel, and no one is ever in a rush. If someone tells you they’ll be somewhere at 3 p.m.; it translates to “anytime around 3-5 p.m.”.
The majority of the islands accept US dollars; however, some do not. Make sure to check in advance before going to the islands. Have coins and bills handy for taxis, souvenir shopping, street foods, and local artisan markets.
Don’t rely on cell signals
Although the Caribbean is modernized, they’re still islands. WiFi can still be a hit or miss depending on where you stay. However, this can be an excellent opportunity to unplug and entirely leave the worries at home. Enjoy the vitamin D and sip on a pina colada cocktail carefree and fully content.
Avoid drinking local water
Make sure that the local water is safe for consumption. Most of the places in the Caribbean have safe drinking water; however, a select few may not. Better to check than end up feeling sick for the remainder of your vacation!
Plan water activities
Be sure to explore all the activities you can do on the gorgeous crystal-clear Caribbean waters. Fill your itinerary with snorkeling and diving, and immerse yourself in the region’s breathtaking waters.
Don’t attempt to drive
Most of the Caribbean islands drive on the left side of the road without paying attention to any stoplights. Traffic laws aren’t encouraged, so even if you master the left-side driving, you still won’t adapt to the norm of island driving. Consider hiring a personal driver or taking taxis.
Visit other times, not just the high season
There are various aspects to enjoy from any season you visit the Caribbean islands. The “best time” to see the island may not be the best time for you, and avoiding peak times and bustling crowds can give you the advantage of lower costs. Cater to your needs first and pick the perfect time to go. It’ll be warm year-round anyway!
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