So you’ve made the decision to take a much-deserved vacation to the Caribbean. First of all, a hearty congratulations on your choice. This is going to be awesome. Now as you know – it all begins within; with a seed of a thought that effectively nurtured will grow into an action and thus an experience. Quantum physics is now proving what ancient teachings have long held, that thoughts create and sculpt reality which is itself essentially an illusion. With this understanding we can channel our own thoughts into the co-creation of the experiences we want to manifest! We can turn a vivid daydream about lounging on the white sand beaches of a tropical paradise into the present moment of digging your feet into the very real sand as the very real sun sets on the water in a masterpiece of colour. This how you really get to the Caribbean; the rest of it is just details.
When to Book
While there are some killer last minute deals you can snag up if you’re really going for the spontaneous angle, it’s best to book in advance – especially over the high season of December to March. As you’d expect, this is when the sun-seekers come in droves to escape the frigid temperatures of the North. And with the deep-freeze winter that most of North America is currently experiencing, this season is set to be a busy one. You’ll want to book your flights at least 30 days in advance to grab the best rates – and ideally watch the rates three months in advance – but when it comes to booking accommodation just check our website for up-to-the-minute rates. My Boutique Travel doesn’t book flights, but we will certainly point you in the right direction for the best fares. If you’re after a specific room in a specific hotel, book early; otherwise we’ll help you find something excellent.
How To Get There
Well, believe it or not, the most popular way to reach the Caribbean is via airplane. Assuming you’re flying in from somewhere in Canada or the US, some of the flights will make a stop in Miami or San Juan, Puerto Rico before connecting on to your island – although direct flights are available. And of course each island is different. Jamaica has three international airports in Montego Bay, Kingston, and Ocho Rios. Bermuda is under two hours away from most of the eastern seaboard. Virgin Islands has one airport on St. Croix and one on St. Thomas. Anguilla is air accessible by way of St. Maarten/Martin on a short seven-minute jaunt. St. Lucia has two airports with direct flights from major cities on the east coast. St. Vincent has one airport with major gateways from other islands and a few select US cities. And finally, for Turks and Caicos there are two airports – one on Grand Turks and one on Providienciales and both offer direct flights direct flights on certain days from major North American centres.
Traveling by sea is another way of getting to the Caribbean. This way certainly adds some romance to your vacation, making it feel like a proper epic journey, and many chartered yachts and sailboats will take you in to port. Bermuda, for example is within sailing distance from most of the Eastern seaboard. A popular way of getting to Anguilla is by a half-hour ferry across the sea from St. Maarten. There’s also ferry access around St. Vincent and the Grenadines with several ports of entry by yacht or charter. Basically you can sail to any island if you’re committed; such is the marvel of islands and boats.
Of course there’s other options for the more adventurous. You could parachute in from a cargo plane; ride a train across the continent and then hitch a ride on a jetski; or even hang glide in. Actually, hang gliding and hot air ballooning can be tricky in some parts of the Caribbean, particularly the western islands, due to the trade winds that can take you for a spin. You could join a gang of pirates and hop off when the ship gets close to the shore you want. You could take a submarine, they’re not that hard to drive. But probably you should just fly.