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The Caribbean

- Tobago Tobago provides a much relaxed introduction to the Caribbean. The pace of life here is slower and away from the established, but not crowded, resorts at the western end of the island there are plenty of secluded coves and bays in which to idle away the hours in the water and the sun in the classic Caribbean fashion.

Anguilla Anguilla is the most northerly of the Leeward Islands and is part of the British West Indies situated in the Eastern Caribbean.

Antigua and Barbuda Antigua is the largest of the English speaking Leeward Islands in the British West Indies has enjoyed a long history of British seamanship.

Aruba Aruba is a Dutch island in the Southern Caribbean, part of the so-called ABC islands, which include Bonaire and Curacao.

Bahamas - The Bahamas There are more than 700 islands in the Bahamas group, which range in size and flavour from large and lively to tiny and private.

Barbados - Barbados Barbados continues to be a great favourite with the British with many people returning year after year - the reasons why are simple.

Belize - Belize Belize is an adventurer's paradise. With a diversity of adventure opportunities unmatched by any other country, the Belize people have protected 40% of the country as parks and natural reserves.

Cayman Islands The Cayman Islands - Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman are limestone outcroppings, the tops of a submarine mountain range called the Cayman Ridge, which extends west southwest for the Sierra Maestra range off the southeast part of Cuba to the Misteriosa Bank near Belize.

Cuba There are few more fascinating destinations in the Caribbean than its largest and most populous island, Cuba - not least because it has been a socialist republic since the 1959 revolution, when Fidel Castro seized power.

Curacao On a clear day in Curaçao - and that means most days - you can see Venezuela a few miles across the sea in South America. But don't spend too much time looking. There's more than enough to see and do in this large, lively island that has for centuries been a major cultural and trading crossroads. <br>

Dominica Dominica has a unique micro-climate - lush rainforests, volcanic peaks, thundering waterfalls, cloud-covered hills, sulphur springs, pools of bubbling therapeutic mud and hot mineral streams. This tropical wonderland has 365 rivers, many of them providing excellent swimming.

Dominican Republic The Dominican Republic has the most hotel rooms and is the fastest-growing destination in the Caribbean. Every year, new resorts open.

Dutch Antilles - Bonaire Just off the coast of Venezuela, a long way out of the hurricane zone, is the tiny Caribbean island of Bonaire. The island is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, but there are other influences in its history too. Which is one of the reasons why almost everyone on Bonaire speaks Dutch, Spanish and English.

Dutch Antilles - Saba Saba is a five square mile island in the northeastern Caribbean, 28 miles south of St. Maarten. Together with Statia, these three islands form the Windward Islands of the Dutch Caribbean which is part of the Dutch kingdom. Known as the "Unspoiled Queen," Saba earns this reputation from her rich, tropical, natural, beauty.

Dutch Antilles - Statia Hidden away in the Eastern Caribbean is small St Eustatius, a treasure island for the pirates who used to operate from it - and now for the visitors who want to explore its riches.

France - Guadeloupe Shaped like a butterfly taking flight, Guadeloupe is the largest island of the French West Indies. Its left wing, Basse-Terre, is 312 square miles; its right wing, Grand-Terre, is 218 square miles.

France - Martinique Martinique is one of the showcases of the French Caribbean. The capital, Fort de France, fully lives up to that description, celebrating every aspect of the island's all-encompassing French culture with style and panache.

Grenada Grenada offers more than diving, beautiful beaches and waterfalls. Rich in history and culture, Grenada has something for everyone with accommodation to suit all needs and budgets.

Grenada - Carriacou Carriacou is part of the tri-island nation of Grenada and the largest island of the Grenadines. If you're looking for a tiny island surrounded by wide, white sand beaches with clear, clean and warm water seas filled with fish and healthy coral, with PERFECT weather year-round, then this is it.

Honduras The Bay Islands of Honduras hug the coastline of the South Western Caribbean. Arrayed in an arc, Guanaja, Roatan, Utila and the other 65 cays collectively known as the Bay Islands appear at the edge of Honduras's continental shelf.

Jamaica - Jamaica There's nothing nondescript about Jamaica. For some it is vibrant and compelling, for others it's relentless and too intense. People tend to love or hate it: No¹¨Coward, Ian Fleming and Errol Flynn all loved it. One thing is for sure, Jamaica will never allow you to forget it.

Mexico The Caribbean coasts of Mexico include some of the most popular dive destinations in the Caribbean, especially for American divers.

Mexico - Cozumel The Caribbean coasts of Mexico include some of the most popular dive destinations in the Caribbean, especially for American divers. c, Mexico's largest island, lies just offshore here and its reefs attract thousands of divers every year.

Puerto Rico (US) There's all the sun, fun and sporting activity you'd expect. The 272-mile (437km) coastline has fantastic beaches for sun-bathing, swimming and snorkelling. Nightlife is among the liveliest in the Americas and there's a full range of accommodation, from rustic campsites to luxury hotels. <br>

Saint Kitts and Nevis - St Kitts St. Kitts and Nevis, like no other islands in the Caribbean, seem to embody a kind of lush tropical paradise usually associated with the South Pacific. The atmosphere here is palpably luxuriant, an intoxicating blend of sunlight, sea air and fantastically abundant vegetation.

Saint Lucia St Lucia, its lush peaks shooting up from the sea in between St Vincent and Martinique, attracts sun-seekers - many of them honeymooners, who find that the natural and unspoiled island more than lives up to all of their Caribbean dreams.

St Vincent - Bequia The tiny island of Bequia has a unique, magical charm that is hard to find anywhere else in the Caribbean. With fewer than six thousand inhabitants, and just seven square miles in size, it feels like home from the moment you arrive; friendliness is the watchword, and the pace is relaxed and easy-going.

St Vincent - St Vincent and the Grenadines St Vincent has had an explosive past thanks to its Carib history and the 3000ft (950m) Soufri volcano that dominates the island but today it sits basking quietly in the sun.

Turks and Caicos - Turks and Caicos Islands With more than 200 miles of tranquil ivory sands and fabulous snorkelling and diving, the Turks and Caicos Islands are an excellent dive destination.

Virgin Islands (British) - Virgin Islands (British) Affectionately known as one of natures little secrets, the British Virgin Islands are a collection of over 50 islands, rocks , and cayes. Unique to the Caribbean, and perhaps the world, these islands are perhaps best known for their wonderful sailing.

Virgin Islands (US) - Virgin Islands (US) The U.S. Virgin Islands are located in the Lesser Antilles of the Caribbean (between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea) and are comprised of approximately 50 islands and cays, the largest of which are St. Croix, St. John, St. Thomas and Water Island.

  

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