Like every country in the world, the media and stereotypes build popular misconceptions in travellers minds about the nature of a destination. We’re here to bust those myths and open your eyes to the wonders of the Caribbean.
MYTH: Every Caribbean island is basically the same, isn’t it?
REALITY: This couldn’t be further from the truth. True, the majority of islands boast spectacular beaches and lush, tropical forests but each island has the most distinct personality. The cultures differ significantly, the food, the practices, the geography, the range of excitements and excursions are completely unique. Barbados for example, has the long-standing association with glitz, glamour and celebrity, where as Antigua is famed for its 365+ beaches. Grenada is renowned as more lush and tropical and an ideal honeymoon destination as it has a more laid back atmosphere, whereas Bequia is like stepping back 100 years to a beautiful, undiscovered paradise. The BVI is the sailors dream, whereas St Lucia is the explorers heaven.
MYTH: The sea is full of sharks, you can’t swim in the Caribbean.
REALITY: You will very, very rarely see a shark when you are snorkelling or diving over a Caribbean reef, and even if you do it’s usually a small, harmless species. The safe is an idyllic place to swim as the waters are so calm, warm and inviting. The perfect place to relax after a hard afternoon of sunbathing!
MYTH: Spanish is the primary language on most Caribbean islands.
REALITY: With the majority of islands you encounter (Barbados, St Lucia, Antigua, BVI, The Grenadines, Grenada, Jamaica) mostly everybody you meet will speak English. Given, though, that each Caribbean island has its own accent, local patois and slang words, you will instantly fall in love with the Caribbean way of speaking.
MYTH: Don’t the locals all live in beach-huts?
REALITY: Some people have a very idealized view of the Caribbean. Each island has a thriving tourism-based economy and boasts towns and cities that wouldn’t be out of place in the UK or the US. Obviously with a lot more Caribbean flavour added in. And on a much smaller scale.