5 Tips to Prepare for Your Trip to the Caribbean
With its incredible beaches, rich history and culture, marvelous cuisine, and friendly locals, the Caribbean is one of the best places in the world to go to for a holiday.
After going for several relaxing vacations in the enchanting Caribbean, some travelers even end up making the decision to call one of the beautiful islands here their home by taking advantage of the Caribbean citizenship by investment program.
But no matter how long you will be staying in the Caribbean, here are some prep tips that will help you enjoy your sojourn here:
1.Select the island/s to visit first
There are 26 countries in the Caribbean. If you can visit only one during this trip, you have to put some thought into choosing the best one to go to so that you can truly enjoy your vacation.
You can start by thinking about what you want to experience or do during your holiday. Do you want to check out different beaches? Put Antigua on top of your list. This country is famous for having a different beach for each day of the year.
If you want to go hiking and explore mountains, rainforests, and waterfalls in addition to trying some beach activities, Dominica should be your destination.
St. Kitts and Nevis is also another great option since this country has lush mountains, waterfalls, a rainforest, and a number of beautiful beaches. It is a nation steeped in history, too.
2.Choose the right time to visit the Caribbean
The not-so-great period to go to the Caribbean is during September and October because of the risk of tropical storms or hurricanes.
December to April is considered the peak period promising great weather and, consequently, more expensive airfares and accommodations.
If budget is a major concern, you may do well to not book your holiday during these months. Or you may want to be on the lookout for holiday packages or deals where you can score some great discounts.
May, June and July are the best months to have a holiday in the Caribbean.
This is because low season rates for air flights and accommodations are already in effect during these months. The Caribbean islands also enjoy warm, midsummer temperatures from June to July and, as such, will allow you to enjoy the perfect beach holiday.
3. Select your accommodation
All Caribbean islands have a variety of hotels, resorts, villas, and holiday rentals which you can choose from. They have a huge selection and variety of lodgings to fit your budget and preferences.
If you don’t like crowded hotels and resorts and you have been thinking of going into real estate investment for a long time now, you can consider buying a property in one of the islands here.
The Caribbean citizenship by investment program allows foreigners to own a property in one of the participating countries. The program will also enable you to become a legal citizen of the country where you bought a property in.
There are various properties you can choose from in the different Caribbean countries so you won’t have a hard time finding one that will suit your interest and budget as well.
With a private property and official passport issued to you, you can enter the Caribbean without the need to get a visa and visit other countries in this area visa-free as well. Most of all, you can enjoy an island paradise holiday anytime in the comfort and privacy of your own home.
When going on a Caribbean holiday, pack only the essentials. Since the weather is quite warm here, fill your luggage with summer clothes: shorts, dresses, light shirts and tank tops, and swimsuits.
Make sure you choose classic pieces that you can mix and match so that you can come up with new outfits every time you go out. You can also bring a sweater or light jacket to wear during the flight, and for when it becomes nippy at night.
For footwear, bring flip flops, a pair of sneakers, and one pair of comfy shoes suitable for an elegant dinner or event. But remember to avoid packing things you think you will only need such as an extra pair of jeans or some hoodies. Additionally, you can also buy the extra clothing you need here.
However, don’t forget to bring sunblock, a sun hat, sunglasses, insect repellants, and your medicines, if you are taking any.
5.Prepare for the financial aspect of your trip
Lastly, make sure you know the exchange rate of the country where you are going to. This will determine how much you will spend for your Caribbean trip.
Before leaving, unlock your credit and debit cards for use in foreign countries. If you want to withdraw some money, look for a secure ATM machine.
Don’t forget to bring some cash dollars for emergencies. You can use this currency in nearly all countries in the Caribbean. You can also exchange them at a local, trusted money changing station.
Whether you are planning your first holiday in the Caribbean or are thinking of making a permanent move to one of the islands here, the tips above will help ensure you are fully prepared for your next island adventure.
Kaline Kennard is the co-founder of Citizens International, a white-glove specialist firm offering private client services necessary for citizenship investment into the Caribbean. Based in the Caribbean for the past 15 years, she is an experienced consultant who works directly with many professional partners and advises clients worldwide.