Everything You Need To Know About The Caribbean

by Kerwin McKenzie

Welcome To The Caribbean

 

The purpose of this page is to give you everything you need to know about the Caribbean. The content will continue to be updated so bookmark the page and come back regularly.

Note that some Caribbean islands are still re-building due to recent hurricanes. If you’d like to help them rebuild. The Caribbean Tourism Organization has setup a fund for you to do so. Check it out.

 

Activities (What To Do And Where To Do It)

 

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Activities courtesy of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO).

 

Where Are The Caribbean Islands

 

The Caribbean Islands are a string of islands starting with Cuba in the north and actually ending with Guyana which is actually in South America, but considered as a part of the Caribbean as its a part of the Caribbean Economic Community and a founding member. Belize although not an island is also considered a part of the Caribbean due to its colonial history.

 

Here is a list of the countries that are considered as The Caribbean:

Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands (Anegada, Jost Van Dyke, Tortola, Virgin Gorda), Cayman Islands, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Puerto Rico, Saba, St. Barts (Saint Barthélemy), St. Eustatius, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Maarten/St. Martin, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands (St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas).

 

 

 

 

Aerial view of St. Lucea, Jamaica Aerial view of St. Lucea, Jamaica

 

Currency

 

Each of the island has their own currency, which is usually pegged against the U.S. dollar. Some of the islands do use US dollars as some are U.S. territories. All will accept the U.S. dollar, but you should get local currency if the U.S. dollar is not the official currency of record.

You can usually get local currency at an airport ATM or the currency exchange at your departure airport and/or your arrival airport in the Caribbean. Note that the rates will be higher at the airport or any other currency exchanges. Also, the airport may not have a currency exchange or an ATM, so you should arrive with some local if at all possible. They usually don’t refuse U.S. dollar (USD) at the airport though unless you have to take a local bus and the currency is not USD.

  1. Anguilla – Eastern Caribbean dollar (ECD)
  2. Antigua and Barbuda – Eastern Caribbean dollar (ECD)
  3. The Bahamas – U.S. dollar (USD)
  4. Barbados – Barbados dollar (BBD)
  5. Belize – Belize dollar (BZD)
  6. Bonaire – U.S. dollar (USD)
  7. British Virgin Islands (Anegada, Jost Van Dyke, Tortola, Virgin Gorda) – U.S. dollar (USD)
  8. Cayman Islands – Cayman Islands dollar (KYD)
  9. Cuba – Cuban Peso (CUP)
  10. Curaçao – Antillean guilder (ANG)
  11. Dominica – Eastern Caribbean dollar (ECD)
  12. Dominican Republic – Dominican peso (DOP)
  13. Grenada – Eastern Caribbean dollar (ECD)
  14. Guadeloupe – Euro (EUR)
  15. Guyana – Guyanese dollar (GYD)
  16. Haiti – Haitian gourde (HTG)
  17. Jamaica – Jamaican dollar (JMD)
  18. Martinique – Euro (EUR)
  19. Montserrat – Eastern Caribbean dollar (ECD)
  20. Nevis – Eastern Caribbean dollar (ECD)
  21. Puerto Rico – U.S. dollar (USD)
  22. Saba – U.S. dollar (USD)
  23. St. Barts (Saint Barthélemy) – Euro (EUR)
  24. St. Eustatius – U.S. dollar (USD)
  25. St. Kitts – Eastern Caribbean dollar (ECD)
  26. St. Lucia – Eastern Caribbean dollar (ECD)
  27. St. Maarten – Netherlands Antillean guilder (ANG)
  28. St. Martin – Euro (EUR)
  29. St. Vincent and The Grenadines – Eastern Caribbean dollar (ECD)
  30. Trinidad and Tobago – Trinidad and Tobago dollar (TTD)
  31. Turks and Caicos Islands – U.S. dollar (USD)
  32. U.S. Virgin Islands (St. Croix, St. John, St. Thomas) – U.S. dollar (USD)

 

 

Visas

 

Most islands do not require a visa for Americans, British and Canadian citizens. And as a U.S. citizen, you do not require a visa for visiting Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (St. Thomas and St. Croix). You just have to ensure that you have a government issued ID when you travel.

This is a huge plus as immediately you save on the visa fees. Do check the health requirements though as depending on where you go, you may be held in quarantine depending on where you’ve visited prior to entering the Caribbean.

Check for health and visa information before you go.

 

 

Hotels

 

There are many hotels in the Caribbean of differing price ranges. I’ve partnered with Trip Advisor so you can get a sense of what deals are out there. Check out the list of Caribbean hotels.

 

Jewel Grande, Montego Bay, Jamaica Jewel Grande, Montego Bay, Jamaica

 

How To Get To The Caribbean

 

There are several ways to get to the Caribbean. It is primarily by air though. You can see the airlines serving each country from the Activities section above.

 

Donald Sangster International Airport, Montego Bay, Jamaica Donald Sangster International Airport, Montego Bay, Jamaica

 

You may also, do a flight search from my partner Momondo. They will help you to find the lowest fares.





 

There are a few airlines that flies between islands too. Also, some islands are accessible by ferries from other smaller islands. I’ve included a list of airlines, cruise lines and ferries serving the Caribbean for your review here.

 

Airlines based in the Caribbean

 

Air Antilles (3S) based in Guadeloupe

Air Aruba based in Aruba

Air Link Express based in Jamaica

Bahamasair (UP) based in Nassau, The Bahamas

Bohlke International Airways based in St. Croix

Caicos Express (9Q) based in Turks and Caicos Islands

Caribbean Airways (BW) based in Trinidad and Tobago (POS)

Caribbean Wings based in the British Virgin Islands

Insel Air (7I) based in Curacao

interCaribbean Airways (JY) based in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands

Fly Jamaica Airways based in Kingston Jamaica (KIN)

Liat (LI) based in Antigua (ANU)

Monserrat Airways based in Montserrat

Seaborne Airlines (BB) based in San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU)

Winward Express Airways based in St. Maarten (SXM)

Winward Islands Airways [Winair] based in St. Maarten (SXM)

 

Cruise Lines Serving The Caribbean

 

– Carnival Cruise Lines

– MSC Cruises

– Royal Caribbean

 

 

Ferries Serving The Caribbean

 

Only select islands have ferry service between them. Here’s a list.

Between:

 

Additional Information About The Caribbean Islands

 

Here are additional bits and pieces I’ve written or pieces by my fellow travel bloggers about the Caribbean. First up is a video about Caribbean food in Jamaica; jerk pork/chicken in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

 

General Information

 

Please leave a comment below and let me know which islands you would like to see information on as well as what you’d like to know about the islands and its people.

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avatar Roxanne Marshall November 15, 2016 at 6:34 pm

Hi Kerwin, Do you have any information on St Lucia? I would love to visit that island in May.

Thank you, Roxanne

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avatar Linda Massie October 25, 2017 at 6:21 pm

Interested in nice Caribbean Resort that offers good non-revenue discounts.
Open to any of the islands.
Thanks, Linda

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