These days, our lives are so intertwined with stress and work annoyances that we can often become bogged down with the strains of life. Work, work, work, and very little in the way of play doesn’t do anything for mood, self-esteem, or close relationships, and it’s no wonder that more and more of us are heading to our doctor’s office to find a relief from the stress we are experiencing. Life is too short for this, but what is the answer?
To give you an idea of the direction of this chat, look at the picture above and think about how it makes you feel – stressed is probably not the word that immediately pops into your mind!
If you’re nodding your head along to that first description and you’re looking for a break from reality, how about renting one of the many Caribbean beach villas on offer? Can you imagine a more luxurious and serene environment to wake up to every single morning? How about being waited on hand and foot? The bottom line is that the sea is calming, it is tranquil, and it brings down your stress levels immediately – the fact that the first thing you see when you open your eyes is that idyllic picture, really tells you a lot about the power of the Caribbean!
Of course, luxury comes at a cost, but the price of a break in this beautiful paradise archipelago has fallen drastically over the last few years. This is a great news for anyone who has previously had the Caribbean on their bucket list, but has worried about how much of a hit their bank balance is going to take. There are also many ways to incorporate this type of break into your life, from cruises, to twin centre breaks, island hopping, to basing yourself on just one island – the options are wide-ranging.
So, where will you go?
Will you stick to the big named islands, the ones that everyone immediately thinks about when they picture the Caribbean, or will you think a little further afield, and go somewhere which is a little less well-known? Again, you have plenty of choice. Whether you go for the Windward Islands within the Caribbean chain, the Leeward Islands, or one of the other out of group islands, you are getting white sand, blue sea, swaying palms, and a hell of a lot of relaxation thrown in for good measure!
The Leeward Islands are within the West Indies section of the Caribbean, and these include Puerto Rico, moving down to Dominica. These islands are within the north-eastern section of the glittering Caribbean Sea, and towards the point where this body of water meets the Atlantic. Conversely, the Windward Islands contains some of the most famous islands in the Caribbean, including Saint Lucia, Grenada, and Martinique.
If you’re planning to visit the Caribbean from the USA for a few days, or perhaps include a land and island break, such as a few days in Florida before venturing to your island, then the nearest ones for you are Cuba, The Bahamas, and perhaps as far as Jamaica. This type of suggestion incorporates three of the biggest and well-known islands in the region.
Jamaica is famous for its reggae reggae vibe, food, happy, smiling faces, and of course, Bob Marley, and checking out some of this party on every corner type of culture is something you should certainly do. The capital city, Kingston, is where you will be able to learn more about the traditional day to day life, and a trip here from your beach resort is a definite must do.
Alternatively, Cuba is a fantastic island to visit, and another which is very popular amongst honeymooners. Havana is situated towards the west of the country, with its second biggest city, Santiago de Cuba, towards the south-western corner. Whilst traveling cross Cuba could take some time, there are many transport links which makes this easy, to exploration is a fantastic suggestion. Some of the big beach resorts, such as Varadero and Holguin, offer true relaxation opportunities for visitors.
Of course, we all know about The Bahamas, and these islands are probably the easiest to visit, because they are the first in the Caribbean chain which appear off the coast of Florida. Here you can enjoy a luxurious break in literal paradise, but you can also check out the top shopping opportunities, fantastic golf courses, and spas on offer too.
There are countless Caribbean islands on offer, in fact there are far too many to mention here, but it’s definitely worth researching ahead of time, to check that you’re heading to the right island for you. Away from the biggest islands you have the paradise of places such as Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, Martinique, Montserrat, and Guadeloupe. The list goes on.
Life is far too short to sit looking out of your office window at a dreary, grey sky. There is life out there! There is luxury out there! There is paradise out there! Of course, you need to work for the finances to be able to visit such places, but if you can keep all of that in mind, and work to make your dreams come true, then your perfect paradise break in the Caribbean could quickly be upgraded from a pie in the sky idea, to reality in its best, and more perfect form.