White sandy beaches? Check. Crystal clear sea? Check. Glorious sunshine? Check. The Caribbean ticks a lot of boxes when it comes to choosing a holiday destination and is often at the top of many people’s bucket lists!
Aside from the obvious aesthetic reasons many of us swoon over, what is it that makes the Caribbean such a popular destination? We’ve delved deeper into the Caribbean to find out what the region has on offer aside from beautiful scenery and scorching temperatures!
Pig Beach DOES Exist
We’ve all seen the famous advert and wondered whether the beach with swimming pigs does exist and it’s true! On the island of Big Mayor Cay in the Exumas in the Bahamas you can visit Pig Beach where you’ll find pigs sunning themselves and swimming in the turquoise waters among the tourists!
It’s not known how they made it to the beach in the first place, but they are at home among the natural spring waters. Luckily, the island is relatively sheltered from tropical storms leaving the little piggies in the blissful sunshine.
“For an otherworldly experience, grab your partner and head to the island’s “Mystery Cave,” a blue grotto popular with divers and snorkelers, or explore other underwater caves and coral gardens just offshore. When hunger strikes, head to the beach bar, Chat n’ Chill, for freshly-made conch salad and ice-cold beers. Sufficiently sated, return to the island’s sands to lounge and spend a drowsy afternoon enjoying each other’s company.” Comments Travel Channel
It’s Mostly Uninhabited
There are around 7,000 islands in the Caribbean so you’d expect some of the islands to be uninhabited, but with only 2% of the islands inhabited the place is practically deserted!
The rest of the Caribbean is made up of wildlife, rainforest and of course; beaches. Luckily for tourists and residents, this means that there’s plenty of places to escape and explore – you’ll feel like a true explorer in the Caribbean!
The Caribbean is influenced by a range of cuisines from around the world meaning you can expect a range of culinary delights during your time there. African, Spanish, Chinese and East Indian influences are all prevalent on Caribbean menus.
Fresh fish is often popular among locals and tourists, with fishermen catching fish daily and bringing their catch ashore for market traders and restaurateurs to prepare and cook. Jerk chicken is Jamaica’s most famous dish; it’s simply made from a variety of spices and seasonings which are then marinated on meat.
Celebrations are Popular
If you like to party, then get set to party like never before!
Caribbean locals love to celebrate and their festivals are like nothing you have experienced before. Each island has its own local customs and traditions which it celebrates; no excuse is needed to crack open the rum and dance!
Junkanoo in the Bahamas is held on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day and is one of the most famous festivals the Caribbean has to offer. The most colourful and outlandish costumes are worn as communities’ dance through the streets to Goombay music.
Barbados is a Big Deal
When it comes to Caribbean islands, none are quite like Barbados. It’s one of the most popular islands with some of the highest repeat visitor rates. It was also one of only four destinations which operated a scheduled Concorde service.
The Caribbean is known for its love of rum, and Barbados is classed as its birthplace. It was originally called Kill-Devil by the plantation workers who experimented with the fermenting process in the 1650s.
You Can Invest in a Citizenship There
If you’re thinking the Caribbean lifestyle is something you’d enjoy then you’re in luck, as you can invest in a citizenship programme in the Caribbean and make that dream a reality!
“Countries offering Citizenship by Investment programmes, and in particular those of the Caribbean, are constantly improving the vetting of their applicants to remain leaders in the investor immigration market.” Comments Micha-Rose Emmett, Group Managing Director at CS Global Partners.
So, there you have it; a few things you didn’t know about the Caribbean. Now you just need to arrange your next holiday or get planning your big move!