The Caribbean is one of the most popular areas in the world to holiday, and millions of people flock there each year to experience the hot climate, great food and even better people. There are a number of islands that lie in the Caribbean, most notably Barbados, and each offers its own distinct culture and way of life. Whether you’re travelling with your friends, family or on your own, the Caribbean is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of inner-city life. Also, Best At Barbados offer great holiday deals to exclusive resorts and hotels in Barbados including Tamarind Cove, Crystal Cove, Butterfly Beach Hotel, Sandy Lane, Colony Club by Elegant Hotels, The House by Elegant Hotels and The Club Barbados. These are among Barbados’s best hotels and worth checking out!
The islands in the Caribbean are well known for their diverse array of plant and animal life, and many of them have been categorised as Conservation Biodiversity Hotspots. From marine ecosystems to cactus scrublands, the Caribbean is home to some of the most spectacular coral reefs in the world, and experts believe that there are still new species of land and animal life that are yet to be discovered in the area.
Before European contact, there were around 750,000 people living across all the islands in the Caribbean. This number severely declined due to outbreaks of measles and smallpox in the area, to which the local people had no natural immunity. As slavery boomed during the 1500s, 1600s and 1700s, numbers on the islands began to rise, and as immigrants from Europe began relocating to the Caribbean, most notably from Spain, France, England and Italy, the mortality rate has also increased.
There are a number of adventurous and exciting things to do in the Caribbean, no matter what island you decide to holiday on. The ports can become extremely busy during the US winter months, as people will flock to the islands for warmer climates, and if you’ve visited the Caribbean before, you’re sure to have heard of Cozumel, Grand Cayman, St. John or Jamaica.
There are however many other ports that you won’t be aware of, but that doesn’t mean that they’re not as interesting as the busy ones! Because most of the ships that sail to the Caribbean are huge cruise vessels, there are a variety of ports that are just too small to handle that many people. Let’s take a look at some of the smaller, unconventional Caribbean cruise ports, and see whether you can be persuaded to visit them on your tour of this tropical area.
This small port only really gets busy towards the end of the year, more specifically December through to January. This is the time when boating enthusiasts descend upon the island and sail around it’s glorious coastline, docking at St. Barts when they want to see further inland. Discovered in 1943 by Columbus, the island is actually a department of France, just like Hawaii is of the USA.
Located just south of the Dominican Republic, the Isla Catalina port is another off-season sailing stop off. Home to a number of rare species of wildlife, as well as diverse ecosystems, the coral reefs that surround this port are some of the most beautiful in the world. Thanks to shallow waters near the port, tourists can snorkel around the coastline and see some of the amazing marine life the port has to offer!