Why go to the Caribbean?
For Australians, it is easy to picture yourself lying by the beach with a cocktail in hand, because of the abundance of beautiful island destinations in and around Australia. However, the Caribbean is continuing to be a fast-growing destination for Aussies, due to the world cruise circuit, as well as its close proximity to the United States of America, which makes it perfect for a side-trip, the next time that you are over there.
Getting There by Air
Air Tahiti Nui and Air New Zealand have daily flights from Australia to Los Angeles to connect with Air Jamaica and other Caribbean airlines. If you prefer, you can fly with Qantas or Virgin Australia via New York, for a nice stopover, on the way there or back. Flight time from Australia to most destinations in the Caribbean is between 20-22 hours.
We would be remiss if we did not mention that the Caribbean is one of the most beautiful and famous regions in the world to go for a cruise. Cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises and even Disney are great options for couples and families alike. Popular ports for departure to the Caribbean are Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Orlando, Cozumel (Mexico) and New York.
Region and Location
There are over 7000 Islands in the Caribbean. As a region, it consists of the Caribbean Sea, its islands and the surrounding coasts. The region is southeast of the Gulf of Mexico and the North American mainland, east of Central America, and north of South America. Some popular destinations are Jamaica, Bermuda, Barbados, The Cayman Islands, Cuba, Honduras, Martinique, Trindad and Tobago, The Virgin Islands and Saint Lucia.
There is a wide array of culture on display in the Caribbean region. A cornucopia of colors, cuisine, cultures and colonial history converge to splash themselves across the Caribbean, painting in each island and country a distinct picture, with a world of adventure to be explored.
The Caribbean climate is tropical (think the islands in Central and North Queensland), although climatic conditions are strongly dependent on elevation. At sea level, temperatures range between 24°C and 32°C. In the mountains, temperatures can reach as low as 10°C.
Some countries require a visa for tourist travel, whilst others require a visa on entry. You can check these details ahead of time here.
For Electricity, American style 2 pin plugs are used so it is recommended to purchase one of these ahead of time, before you depart Australia.
As with any island destination, alcohol can be pricey, so it is recommended that you take the maximum amount of alcohol in to the country, that your duty free allowance permits.
Medical and health
Similar to if you were travelling to most parts of Thailand or Bali, the standard of medicine it not quite up to Western standards. It is recommended you book travel insurance through Covermore, as they are known to have some of the most comprehensive cover. Please click here for more details, and a full quotation.
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