Admired the “Caribbean Island” paradise

For the Chinese, why do you want to go to the Caribbean for a holiday?

At the beginning, when a Hong Kong friend said that he was in Jamaica, I thought about it. The more I understand, the more I realize that the islands that Westerners often go on holiday are not the same as the islands of the Indo-Pacific region that China’s emerging middle-class people are keen on.

“Big Blue Hole” is an underwater limestone cave with a nearly perfect circle

Relatively speaking, Westerners have more island tours, and outside the beach, they pay more attention to the quality of hotels and maritime activities, as well as the overall natural and cultural atmosphere. This “tourist demand” will in turn affect and shape the tourism scene of the reception area.

Looking at the “Caribbean Island”, it is characterized by its close proximity to the United States, numerous tourist islands, strong colonial colors, close proximity to each other and large cultural differences, and fierce competition has improved the quality of service.

In this regard, the Caribbean is the world’s top holiday paradise, because it caters to the needs of the rich European island holiday in Europe and America. For example, in the Dominican Republic, golden beaches, magnificent mountains, and trendy European architecture are fascinating; in Puerto Rico, the ballroom, bars and casinos are dazzling.

If you have already played some famous islands in Greece, Italy, Australia, and overseas territories in France, and want to experience the leisure paradise of Europeans and Americans, then it is right to come to the Caribbean. Most of the small island countries here are visa-free for the Chinese. It is a “blue ocean of tourism” that is waiting for the Chinese.

Also said “Caribbean Blue”
The Caribbean is located in the northern hemisphere and has a tropical maritime climate. This is a major advantage of developing an island tour that attracts European tourists who are tired of the “warm” climate of the Mediterranean. After all, the tropical temperatures are suitable for hydrophilic movements, and the famous tourist islands in the frigid zone like the Lofoten Islands in Norway are rare.

Some people praised the “Caribbean Blue” and thought it was not like the standard sky blue that is common in Southeast Asia, nor the blue of the Hawaiian seaside. In fact, the color of the sea surface changes from time to time, sometimes blue and deep, sometimes blue and green, sometimes green, not unique to the Caribbean.

More uniquely, the Caribbean Sea is the world’s deepest continental sea (more than twice the average depth of the South China Sea). It is rich in color because of the “high difference in height”, and because of the deep trenches and basins. It can be “staining dirt”, and the beach is relatively clean.

The coral reefs in this area are famous for their health, activity and scale. The beauty of the Caribbean, especially the beaches, is mostly supported by them.

Located in the eastern and southern parts of the Caribbean Sea, the Lesser Antilles, commonly known as the “Caribbean Islands,” is primarily a coral island and a volcanic island. The term “Caribbean” comes from the indigenous Caribbean in the Lesser Antilles (meaning “brave” or “righteous person”). The “East Island” such as the Cuban Island, Haitian Island and Puerto Rico Island belong to the Greater Antilles.

The Caribbean Sea, which is “semi-encircled” by Central America and South America, is often referred to as the “Mediterranean Mediterranean” along with the Gulf of Mexico. Although the Mediterranean Sea is the world’s largest land sea, the Caribbean Sea is only the continental sea, but the Mediterranean has only 17 coastal countries, while the Caribbean has 20.

After the famous “blue window” of the Mediterranean island of Malta has collapsed, you can explore the Great Blue Hole off the small island of Belize in Central America.

The “Big Blue Hole” is an underwater limestone cave, but the hole is almost perfect in shape, and it fits nicely with the atolls. It looks like a beautiful wreath from the sky. The wonders of the “inlaid lake in the sea”, the depth of the cave over 100 meters, and the stalactites in the cave make “Da Lan Cave” one of the most prestigious diving sites in the world.

With the world’s largest diameter blue hole, the Belize Barrier Reef Protected Area is listed on the World Heritage List by UNESCO and is the main witness of the “Caribbean Blue”, the main witness of “Caribbean Blue”, which is countless and memorable. The name of the Caribbean beach.

Unrecognizable beach

Saint Lucia is the first favorite tourist destination in recent years.

The names and locations of the Caribbean island countries are hard to remember, and it’s really hard to be one-on-one with their quality beaches. But it doesn’t matter, you just need to remember that there are some unique beaches in the area.

The Bahamas is adjacent to the Sea Lake Manor in Florida, USA (nearly 100 kilometers), and was the first time Columbus landed in the Americas in 1492. For natural and historical reasons, there are not only the world’s sexiest pink sand beaches (made of red coral powder), but also a group of pink pigs that swim all day long. It has been said that visitors can “tweak” pigs and flamingos on the pink sands of the Bahamas.

The pink hotel at the prestigious Atlantis Resort Center is located on Paradise Island (formerly known as “Fat Pig Island”), which is just across the bridge from Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas. In order to protect the natural island reef environment, the Bahamas has rejected seven of the top ten hotel groups in the world, and is far from mechanized commercial fishing and large cruise ships. Today, at Paradise Island’s largest outdoor aquarium in the world, you can play with dolphins and dive with sharks.

Strictly speaking, the Bahamas is located on the west coast of the North Atlantic Ocean and is not in the Caribbean. However, it joined the Caribbean Community in its early years and is still classified as a Caribbean country. The Blacks, the majority of the Commonwealth countries, have a per capita GDP of more than $30,000, the highest in the region.

The southeastern tip of the Bahamas is next to a famous bay in the British territory of the Turks and Caicos Islands. This bay is called Grace Bay and has topped the list of the best beaches in the world. Its sand is white as snow, and turtles and tropical fish can be seen everywhere under the reef.

From the elegant bay to the southeast “a Cuban island chief”, it came to the eastern island group of the Lesser Antilles (and the “Southern Island Group”, which is an extension of the northern part of the Andes). The eastern island group is divided into two inner and outer island arcs, the inner arc is a volcanic island, and the outer arc is a limestone island (coral island-based). A series of island countries here is the essence of the Caribbean island tour.

For beach trips, you can choose to go to Antigua on the north side of the island group, Barbados on the east side of the island group, or Grenada on the south side of the island group.

With hundreds of white sand beaches and a harbor of sailing boats, Antigua has been voted the best honeymoon destination in the world. Due to the long coastline, Antigua is still the most suitable Caribbean island for self-driving. Along the round-the-island road, you can see countless Gothic churches and crystal clear waters.

Barbados is at the eastern end of the Caribbean Islands, a coral island, and 40% of the country is a beach. Most of the time, the sea breeze is calm. The famous “Sun Coast” in the Bandari track is written here. It is also the origin of rum, the home of the big star Rihanna, and the only overseas country where George Washington, the father of the United States, lived.

Grenada, about 160 km south of Venezuela, has white sandy beaches and misty rainforests, as well as the world’s largest underwater statue. Its capital, St. George, is a horseshoe-shaped bay south of the country and is considered to be the most beautiful capital city in the Caribbean.

Unforgettable island style

Paradise Island was formerly known as “Fat Pig Island”. The local swimming pigs at sea once became world-class net red.

The bay and the beach are the standard for Caribbean island tours, but when it comes to memorable, you need a more three-dimensional island view. Simply put, not only the beauty of the sea, but also the beauty of the island.

As mentioned earlier, the essence of the Caribbean island tour lies in the eastern island group of the Lesser Antilles. In addition to the “beach tour” resorts mentioned above, Antigua, Barbados and Grenada, there are three islands from north to south – St. Thomas, St. Kitts, St. Lucia – a condensed version of the Caribbean “island style” .

St. Thomas is the northern gate of the US Virgin Islands. Sam Jefferson, one of the early colonists here, and the third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson. The American richest Rockefeller loves the beauty of this island. After the purchase, 2/3 of the island was donated to build a national park.

Magens Bay, in the northern part of the island, has a rectangular opening towards the United States, like a huge natural pool that seduce discerning and mature American tourists. We must know that the sum of the GDP of the United States and Canada is equivalent to 1.2 times that of the European Union. The GDP of a United States is greater than the sum of the three countries of China, Japan and South Korea. The tourist island “has the United States to win the world.”

Overlooking St. Thomas’s highest viewing platform, the red-roofed house is dotted with lush tropical rainforests – a former Danish colony that still retains many Nordic-style red-roofed white house buildings; In the turquoise sea, giant cruises, sail boats and private yachts are a little bit far away; in the distance, the United States and the British Virgin Islands have a panoramic view.

About 250 kilometers southeast from St. Thomas, is another volcanic island of St. Kitts. The Commonwealth countries of St. Kitts and Nevis are much more volcanic than the limestone-based Antigua and Barbuda in the east. The rolling, undulating mountains of the sea are a beautiful landscape of St. Kitts. You can also go hiking in the volcanic jungle of St. Kitts.

The Sulphur Mountain Fortress in the west of St. Kitts is known as the “Gibraltar of the West Indies”. The 2 meter thick black volcanic stone wall encloses the huge George Fort. As the best preserved ancient fortification building in the Americas, the Sulphur Mountain Fortress has entered the World Heritage List.

If St. Thomas and St. Kitts are not enough to satisfy your fantasies, then the south of Saint Lucia should meet your expectations for the beauty of the island.

Among the countries of the South Caribbean island, Saint Lucia is the most beautiful natural scenery. It is greener and more prosperous than other Caribbean island countries, and is known as the “Best of the Caribbean”. France and the United Kingdom kept sawing the island, and the island’s flag was changed 14 times. Saint Lucia was also called “Helen of the West Indies”.

As a volcanic island, Saint Lucia is the first favorite tourist destination in recent years with its steep mountains wrapped with tropical plants, beige beaches filled with palm trees and garden-like hotel greens. Express, Barbados ranked second, Antigua fourth, Jamaica seventh).

From the “big blue hole” to the pink beach, from the British elegant bay to the beautiful Megan Bay, from the honeymoon resort of Antigua to the “great beauty” Saint Lucia, the Caribbean is still not exhaustive. Aside from Cuba, the three big islands mentioned at the beginning of this article – Jamaica, Dominica and Puerto Rico – have their own charms.

The charm of the big island of tourism
These three tourist islands (the smallest of which is Puerto Rico, also 21 times that of Barbados), the more admirable places “more went”. After all, the Big Island can accommodate a variety of ways to play, and low repeatability.

Tourists jump from the wooden bridge to the fishing village of Negril in the western end of the Jamaican island.

As a Free State of the United States, Puerto Rico is close to the United States Virgin Islands and has a population of approximately 3.5 million. Before the debt crisis in 2015, the economic aggregate of Puerto Rico was about 7 times that of Jamaica, and it was much higher than that of Dominica, which is more than 10 million. Therefore, the foundation of tourism is good.

The architecture of Puerto Rico is quite atmospheric and domineering in the United States; the population is also dominated by European whites, unlike Jamaica and Dominica, which are dominated by blacks and mulattos. San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico, is located in the northeast of the main island and has the busiest port in the Caribbean and is the second oldest city in the Americas. The Spaniard built many fortresses here, and with the invasion of the US military in 1898, the entire Puerto Rico was placed in the United States.

Due to industrial development, Puerto Rico is less dependent on tourism. It also has a lot of nice beaches, as well as some forest and mangrove reserves to visit, but visitors are still famous for their history. For example, go to Fortaleza Castle, built in the 16th century on the beach of San Juan, and take a trip to the San Juan Gate on the old city wall. It is said that the navigator of the great voyage era must take this door when returning home.

To the east of the main island of Puerto Rico, Culebra has many rare animals and plants, ranking among the top ten “Xanadu” islands in the world. Its flamenco beach is perfect for swimming, paddling and diving. However, there are 40 kilometers from Megan Bay, and it is inevitable to compete for tourists.

In contrast, Jamaica, located in the western Caribbean Sea, is about 150 kilometers north of Cuba and is surrounded by large areas of exclusive waters. Columbus once called it “the paradise”, he said: “It is the most beautiful island I have ever seen, the mountains are undulating, the grounds are connected to the horizon, and there are river valleys, fields and plains everywhere.”

Looking at Jamaica Island, the southeastern capital of Kingston is backed by the mountains and has the reputation of “Queen of the Caribbean City”; the fishing village of Negril at the western end of the island has a famous “7-mile beach” for spectacular sunsets and cliff diving shows; In the northwestern end of the “Dream Bay”, there are white sand beaches and sea of ​​blue lagoons for seawater recreation. On the northeastern end, you can walk to the Grand River Gorge and the Blue Mountain Peak in the west, and visit the Duns River Waterfall that injects into the sea.

Not only are there many scenic spots, but Jamaica can also give you the experience of riding in the sea, sledding in the rain forest and passing the canopy at high speed. More importantly, as the largest English-speaking country on the Caribbean Sea (Cuba, Dominican speaks Spanish, Haiti speaks French), Jamaica combines African, Spanish and British traditions with “flying people” Bolt and reggae Brands such as music and Blue Mountain Coffee are generally open and welcoming.

If Puerto Rico’s respective state (speaking Spanish, English) is the adopted son of the United States, and Jamaica is close to the United States because of English, then Dominica is not dependent on both ends. Fortunately, it has a large land area, surrounded by the sea on three sides (the other side is bordered by Haiti) and has a long coastline. In addition, it attracts Latin American tourists. The number of tourists is the largest in the Caribbean, so that Americans flock to build hotels and resorts. .

The second largest island in the Caribbean, called Dominicana in Spanish, means “Sunday”, which is different from the small island nation of Dominica. Dominica’s land attractions include the colonial city of Santo Domingo, a World Heritage Site, the Santo Domingo Zoo, one of the largest zoos in Latin America, the Manati Park, famous for its animal performances in the east, and the crocodile habitat in the Western Canyon. Enrique Loch Lagoon.

As for the seascape, it is similar to other Caribbean island countries and is not the most prominent sign of Dominica. In other words, the seemingly developed tourism industry in Dominica is based on its population base and terrestrial landscape.

Now, just leave?

Have you seen so many Caribbean islands, and your heart is not as good as action? But many people still have difficulty choosing.

Grenada has the world’s largest underwater statue museum

In fact, if you just want to play a Caribbean country, you can choose Jamaica. It can easily meet your various needs, and unlike Puerto Rico’s “need to sign the US” and Dominica “conditional visa-free”, Jamaica is unconditionally exempt from China. But if you are preparing for a honeymoon, or for the ultimate pursuit of a certain beauty, then choosing a small island in the Lesser Antilles, or the Bahamas, is not a bad idea.

It should be pointed out that although some Caribbean countries are exempt from China, there are no direct flights to the country in China and they need to transfer from the United States, Canada, Mexico or Europe. In this case, you still need to prepare a visa for the transit country. Round-trip ticket itineraries and hotel orders are essential proof of transit transit.

Tourism is a very painstaking task and requires a complicated process of diplomacy. If you ignore the scenery and ignore the cultural fit with the target country, you will get twice the result.

As far as social law and order is concerned, islands directly under the United States, Britain, France and other countries will be better, because the level of social governance is often related to the level of economic development. With all exceptions, the US Virgin Islands ranks first among the “most violent islands” in the Caribbean.

Among the other Caribbean island countries that are mainly engaged in tourism, Jamaica has a high crime rate in the capital (the resort is relatively safe), and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Kitts and Nevis are not too much.

Tracing back to the source, the Caribbean in the 16th century became a paradise for pirates. Many pirates are even authorized by their own kings, and the Spanish fleet of jewels is their main target. By the 17th century, piracy was still rampant, not only attacking past merchants, but even robbing the British Royal Fleet. This tradition of hobbies and ignorance has continued in the part of the Caribbean islands that were independent in the 20th century.

In addition to security risks, nature’s risks have to be prevented. In particular, the hurricane in August and September was devastating and poses a potential threat to some islands in the Caribbean.

Generally speaking, May-November is the rainy season in the Caribbean, and the June-November is the hurricane season, so the best travel season is from December to April. During this time, the Caribbean islands are the driest, with low humidity and cool nights.

Avoiding the rainy season can also reduce mosquito nuisance. Chikungunya fever, a viral disease transmitted by bites of infected mosquitoes, is prevalent in parts of the Caribbean (especially Barbados, Saint Lucia and the Grenadines).

Vegetation in the Caribbean is generally tropical. There are dense mangroves surrounding the lagoon and the bay, coconut groves along the coast, and cactus and rainforests are common on the islands. In addition, there are many kinds of rare animals and animals. The bright sunshine and tourist areas have made the Caribbean the world’s leading winter resort.

what? Waiting for the winter? !

Yes, you can plan your next long trip from now on – the Caribbean.