Greener BeeGreen HolidaysThe best Caribbean island excursions for a dream luxury holiday

When you think of a dream luxury holiday, what often springs to mind are pristine white sandy beaches, crystal-clear blue waters, and glorious sunshine.

And a trip to the Caribbean turns those dreams into a reality. After all, the region is renowned for its seriously breathtaking islands, lusciously green scenery and spectacular landscapes.

In fact, as well as being a hotspot for couples on romantic getaways and newlyweds on honeymoon, it’s also a haven for the A-list including Beyonce and Jay Z , Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez , not to mention Prince Harry recently paid a visit for a royal tour of the area.

Now, Royal Caribbean have revealed how you can have your own A-lister worthy getaway, including the most amazing islands to visit, and the best things to see and do when you’re there.

With summer just around the corner, we take a look at some of our favourites – get ready for a serious dose of travel inspiration…

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St. Maarten

Thanks to its half-French, half-Dutch island nations, this island has firmly established itself as the culinary capital of Caribbean.

Foodies regularly flock there to dine on some of the world-famous local delights including Codfish Fritters, Beef Patties and Sweet Potato Pudding, and of course its guavaberry cocktails which are perfect for sipping on during a lazy afternoon at one of the stunning bays.

The island is also home to 37 beautiful beaches with calm turquoise waters, and boasts over 50 incredible dive locations.

St. Maarten is renowned for its foodie scene
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You can enjoy a SNUBA Adventure as part of your cruise, ideal for those who want to explore the sea but don’t have a diving certificate.

For those wanting to take in the landscape, the Tall Ship Experience lets you sail the seas around the island to Maho Beach, not to mention you’ll get the chance to navigate the ship yourself – and celebrate with a complimentary cocktail afterwards!

Jamaica

Brimming with natural wonders from tropical greenery to picturesque beaches and spectacular waterfalls, it’s no wonder Jamaica continues to be a firm favourite as a dream holiday destination.

Music is at the heart of local culture – the island is famously the birthplace of a wealth of musical genres from reggae to ska – and the cuisine is unlike any other thanks to jerk cooking with spicy seasoning.

The historic town of Falmouth is definitely worth a visit, thanks to its stunning Georgian architecture, historical mills and sugar cane fields.

Falmouth, Jamaica
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The Grand Jamaica: A Sensational Day tour takes you through Jamaica’s agricultural roots at Brimmer Hall Estate, before heading off to sample iconic local dishes and enjoy some free time lazing on a beach or kayaking along the shore.

Meanwhile, you can take in the rich and scenic beauty of the landscape with a trip to Bamboo Beach on the Island Tour Bamboo Beach Break excursion which also includes a scenic drive around St Ann’s Bay where Christopher Columbus anchored when he first arrived on the island in 1494.

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St. Kitts

Carnivals, celebrations play a huge role in St. Kitt’s vibrant festive culture, while cricket is a local obsession – sports fans should check out Warner Park to get in the heart of the action.

Meanwhile the landscape is filled with incredible sugar cane fields which cover so much land they’ve been nicknamed ‘Sugar City’.

In fact, you can indulge your sweet tooth with a St Kitts Chocolate Experience , and discover the Sugar City’s rich history before touring the island’s first and only chocolate boutique. Of course, this includes sampling delicious confectionery and even having a go at creating your own!

Royal Caribbean offers cruises to Basseterre, one of the oldest Eastern Caribbean cities where you can explore ancient fortresses and historical plantations.

In fact, the Caribbean Plantation and Beach excursion includes a visit to the Clay Villa Plantation House, where you can wander around the tropical gardens and learn about the region’s traditions, the family owners, their mementos and artefacts, island plants and uses, and wildlife rescue efforts.

Go scuba diving in the region’s crystal clear blue waters
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St. Thomas

This island paradise isn’t just dazzling because of its dreamy beaches – it also boasts impressive jungle-covered cliffs, not to mention the history of the island itself is fascinating.

Venturing off-shore is a must to see the island in all of its glory – and look out for the shoals of colourful fish and quirky sea creatures that live in the surrounding tranquil waters.

The Caribbean Sail to Christmas Honeymoon Coves excursion is the perfect way to discover sea turtles, tropical fish, and coral while anchored offshore in the waters of Christmas Cove.

You’ll also sail to Water Island where you can relax on Honeymoon Beach, do more snorkelling and sit down to indulge with a freshly prepared Caribbean barbecue.

Meanwhile, holidaymakers hoping to bag a bargain will no doubt enjoy the Royal Caribbean cruise’s stop at Charlotte Amelie, the capital city where you can pick up some brilliant mementos with budget-friendly prices.

You can see the full range of Caribbean itineraries on the Royal Caribbean website here .


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