The Caribbean is one of the popular destinations for a good relaxing vacation. Aside from its crystal clear waters, this region boasts numerous attractions and fun activities that will make your summer vacation memorable.
However, with so many things to see and do, things can get a bit overwhelming, which could stop you from making the most out of your trip. To ensure that you enjoy your Caribbean vacation to the fullest, here are some tips you might want to take note of.
Choose a 4-Star Hotel
When talking about four or five-star hotels, many people often think about the hefty price that usually comes with it. However, if you’re going on a vacation in Curacao or other parts of the Caribbean, it would be better to choose at least 4-star accommodation instead. It’s going to be worth it.
Remember, the hotels in this region are a bit different than the accommodations back home. Hence, it’s safer to spend a little extra than to be disappointed when you arrive. Besides, you’re only here for a few days for vacation. So, why not splurge a little?
Choose a Cheaper Island
Your accommodation would probably be the most expensive part of your Caribbean trip. But the good news is, you can cut costs and choose a cheaper island to visit instead. There are several islands in the Caribbean to choose from and you will surely find something that will suit your budget.
If you can, also try to look for any special offers at the resort, such as getting a discount or even a free night if you stay for a specific number of nights. This will help you save more money.
Carefully Choose Your Outfit
Not everyone can go on a summer vacation like this and spend several nights in the Caribbeans, enjoying everything that it has to offer. So, of course, you should make the most out of this trip and don your favorite summer outfit.
So, before your flight, make sure to also choose your outfits well. Go for something comfortable and light. Also, don’t forget to take a look at the prints of your clothes as the Caribbean law prohibits wearing camouflage patterns. And this applies even to children regardless of its popularity in modern fashion.
Pack Loads of Sunscreen
The Caribbean’s climate is generally tropical. This means you should expect a lot of suns. And by now, you probably know how too much sun exposure can damage the skin. Hence, don’t forget to bring your sunscreen.
There are different types of sunscreen in the market, though, which can be confusing. There’s physical and chemical sunscreen and each has different SPFs. But, since you’re likely to spend a lot of time on the beach, it would be better to choose sunscreen without oxybenzone and octinoxate as they’re harmful to the reefs.
Don’t Forget an Insect Repellent
The Caribbean has a warmer climate. And because of this, more organisms are able to thrive. And with high biodiversity, this means that the region also has more bugs.
Unfortunately, some of these bugs can carry diseases. Mosquitoes alone can transmit deadly diseases, such as dengue fever, chikungunya, malaria, and more. That said, don’t forget to bring some insect repellent with you to keep bugs at bay. If you’re using lotion, make sure to re-apply it frequently, depending on the directions for use that come with it.
Plan Itinerary Well
Believe it or not, but some people like to just go with wherever their mood takes them. This kind of spontaneity is good if you don’t have a limited budget, though. But if you do, then, you’re better off planning your itinerary well to ensure that you’re able to make the most out of your trip.
When planning, make sure to include everything – front accommodation, travel fare, food, and activities. This will help you plan your budget and time well. And in case of unforeseen situations, it would be easier for you to adjust your activities and schedule and still be able to ensure to enjoy your vacation fully.
Eat Like a Local
Caribbean cuisine is different from your hometown as it’s actually a combination of African, Creole, Amerindian, Cajun, European, Latin American, and Asian. Hence, if you’re going on a vacation in the Caribbean region, make sure to try to eat like a local even for once.
Doing so lets you enjoy and get to know the culture of the region better through your palate. This will also immerse you in the environment. Not to mention, it usually costs cheaper. Besides, you won’t get another chance to taste such cuisine back home as the quality would be so much different.
Explore Outside Hotel Grounds
When staying at an all-inclusive resort, many people often choose not to leave the hotel grounds as everything they need is already there within their reach. While that’s the point of checking into an all-inclusive resort and other luxurious accommodations, it’s not always an ideal thing to do if you want to make the most out of your trip.
Try to leave the hotel grounds too. Doing so lets you enjoy and learn more about the place and its culture. This also allows you to get to know the locals better and get more insights about the region – from where to eat next and to what other activities to try. And who knows, you might even score better tour deals while befriending the locals.
Turn Off Your Phone
Smartphones are a blessing as they make things convenient for everyone. However, it can also be a curse as it can take too much of your attention and lets you forget about the real world. So, as much as you can, refrain from using your phone while exploring the region (unless it’s really urgent) to enjoy your vacation more and be in the present.
The Caribbean is known for its vibrant culture and breathtaking scenery. So, make the most out of it and savor every second of your vacation.
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