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Tips on picking the right island for a vacation, trip, or holiday, packing for travel, bringing the right documents along, finding the best airfare and hotel, and adapting to local culture and the rhythms of island life.
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  4. Caribbean Travel FAQ (29)
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  6. Caribbean Weather Planner (15)
  7. Monthly Travel Guides (37)

Go: How to Pick the Right Caribbean Island for Your Vacation
The Caribbean can offer a vacation for everyone, whether you are traveling alone, as a couple or with family. Looking to just lay on a sunny beach, or up for partying all night? Check out our guide to the best islands for every interest!

Go: How to Get Cheap Caribbean Airfares
Travel information on how to get cheap airfares on your Caribbean trip or vacation.

How to Save Money on Your Vacation to the Caribbean
Nobody wants to overpay for a Caribbean vacation, but saving money on your trip to the islands means more than getting a good hotel rate and airfare. Budget-conscious travelers also need to be aware of hidden fees and costs, avoid scams, and learn the little tricks that make the difference between a good vacation value and a great one!

How to Save Money on Phone Calls from the Caribbean
Tips on saving money on phone calls while traveling in the Caribbean, including information on hotel phone fees and using cell phones while on a Caribbean vacation.

2013 About.com Readers Choice Awards Caribbean Winners
List of 2013 About.com Readers Choice Awards Caribbean Winners

Monthly Guides to Caribbean Events, Festivals, Concerts and More
Caribbean culture is a rich tapestry woven with influences from Africa, Europe, indigenous peoples, and even Asia. Each month in the Caribbean you'll find celebrations of various aspects of local life -- from Carnival to regattas, food festivals to jazz concerts -- that welcome visitors to experience the warmth and diversity of the islands.

Rent a Caribbean Villa
Advice, tips and information on renting a luxury vacation villa or private home in the Caribbean.

Eco-Friendly Caribbean Resorts
Tips and information on choosing a "green" hotel or environmentally friendly resort in the Caribbean.

What to Do Before You Leave for Vacation to Make Your Home Safe and Secure
Tips on making your home safe and secure before you leave for vacation.

What's Your Favorite Caribbean Destination?
User Reviews of Caribbean Island DestinationsSee submissions

What NOT to Do on a Caribbean Vacation
What NOT to Do on a Caribbean Vacation: Travel Planning Tips

Best Sunscreen: The 9 Best Sunscreens from Steep to Cheap
The best sunscreens provide broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB-sunburn) protection. Look for either zinc or titanium minerals in your sunscreen.

Accessible Caribbean Travel
The Caribbean is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world for disabled travelers, but not all Caribbean islands are created equal when it comes to accommodating visitors who are handicapped, in a wheelchair, or have limited mobility. Here are some tips on planning a Caribbean vacation that's as accessible as it is enjoyable...

Family-Friendly Non All Inclusive Caribbean Resorts
Families love their all inclusive resorts in the Caribbean, but other Caribbean resorts welcome families, too. Budget alert: many of these properties are high-end.

Major Brands of Caribbean All Inclusive Resorts
Families love Caribbean all inclusive resorts: the beautiful beaches and lavish pools, the kids' programs, and the many activities and watersports.

Travel with a Nanny: Getting Good Child Care on Vacation
Tips on getting good child care while on vacation and advice on traveling with a babysitter or nanny.

Take Great Photos on Your Caribbean Vacation
Tips on taking great vacation photos from the professional photographers at the Society of American Travel Writers.

Caribbean Tourist Boards and Hotel Associations
List of Travel Information Sites, tourist boards and hotel associations for Every Caribbean Island.

2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards - Favorite Caribbean Attractions Nominees
List of the 2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards Favorite Caribbean Attractions Nominees, and voting tools

Stay Safe in the Water on Your Caribbean Vacation
Tips on staying safe in the water while swimming or enjoying water sports during your Caribbean vacation.

Caribbean Room Rate Guide
Caribbean hotel room rates are ranked in three catagories: Budget, Moderate, and Expensive

Ocean Front vs. Ocean View Hotel Rooms - What's the Difference?
While an ocean front room may sound similar to an ocean view room, the quality of the view typically is very different, as is the price.

How to Pack Light for a Week in the Caribbean
Step by step guide on packing all you will need for up to five days in the Caribbean in a single, standard-sized suitcase.

Travel Health Insurance: Do I Need It?
Practical tips and advice for travelers deciding whether to purchase travel health insurance.

Stay Healthy on Your Caribbean Trip
Ten tips for healthy international travel that can save Caribbean visitors from illness, accidents, a trip to the hospital, or worse.

Caribbean Tourist Taxes and Fees
Information on the hidden costs of travel in the Caribbean, including departure taxes, hotel taxes, and other taxes and fees that often do not appear in the base rates cited by airlines and hotels.

Caribbean Flight Times
How Long Does It Take to Fly to the Caribbean for a Vacation, Holiday or Trip?

Spanish Beach Vocabulary
What's your idea of the perfect vacation? For many people, it's spending days on the beach, listening to the waves pounding on the sand. And if you're a beach-lover, sooner or later you'll find yourself somewhere where Spanish is spoken — whether in the pricey resort town of Cancún, on the Mediterranean coast of Spain, the Caribbean, or on an island off the coast of Venezuela.

Stay Safe and Secure on Your Caribbean Vacation
Safety and security are always a concern when you travel, and a Caribbean vacation is no exception. It's a fine line between relaxing and letting your guard down, so while it's great to chill out and have a good time on your island adventure, there are a few sensible precautions you should take before leaving home and once you arrive at your destination.

Top 10 Signs of a Possible Travel Scam
Everyone looks for breathtaking travel bargains, and perhaps a few will pan out for you in your lifetime. But there are scores of scam artists out there who prey on your instinct to save money on travel.

Find Caribbean Vacation Deals, Sales, Bargains and Specials
'Luxury' and 'Caribbean' often seem to go hand-in-hand, but the truth is that you don't have to spend a fortune to get away to an exotic island in the tropics. Here's how to get the best vacation deals, sales, specials and bargains in the Caribbean!

Avoiding Motion Sickness
Tips from About.com's Student Travel guide on how to avoid motion sickness when you travel by air, boat, or car.

Four Reasons Why Caribbean Travelers Should Consider Buying Travel Insurance
Four Reasons Why Caribbean Travelers Should Consider Buying Travel Insurance

Top 10 Myths about Airfares and Airline Tickets
Are there any set rules and truths when it comes to buying a ticket, changing a ticket or getting the best airfare available? Because not all airlines follow the same routes, there are several myths and misunderstandings that exist when it comes to airfares and airline tickets.

Pack for Your Caribbean Trip
How to pack for your Caribbean vacation in 13 easy steps.

How to Avoid Overpacking
The following three selections will help assess the changing and varied baggage policies at major and low cost carrier counters, and provide some valuable packing tips for a budget trip.

Countries of the Caribbean
Maps and other information on Caribbean nations, from the About.com Geography site.

Getting the Best Airfares
How to Get the Best Deals on Caribbean Flights, including top deals, discounts, and specials on holiday and vacation travel to the islands.

Avoid Baggage Fees - Step by Step Budget Travel Tips
Ten steps to baggage bliss, from About.com's Budget Travel guide.

Map of the Caribbean Sea and its Islands
Map of the Caribbean Sea and its Islands

Caribbean Transportation: Car Rentals, Taxi Cabs, Airport Shuttles, and Buses
How to get from the airport to your hotel and get around Caribbean islands with a rental car, cab, shuttle or public transportation.

How to Plan a Caribbean Vacation
Caribbean Vacation, Holiday and Trip Planner, including how to book airlines, hotels, plan meals and activities, and whether to rent a car.

2013 Reader's Choice Awards: Favorite Caribbean Travel Destination or Island
The 2013 About.com Reader's Choice Awards, award for the top, favorite Caribbean destinations

2013 Reader's Choice Awards: Favorite Caribbean All-Inclusive Hotel or Resort
The 2013 About.com Reader's Choice Awards, award for the top, favorite Caribbean hotels and resorts

2013 Reader's Choice Awards: Favorite Caribbean All-Inclusive Hotel or Resort
The 2013 About.com Reader's Choice Awards, award for the top, favorite Caribbean hotels and resorts

2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards
Vote here for your favorite Caribbean islands, beaches, hotels, cruises and attractions: The 2012 About.com Readers Choice Awards.

Readers' Choice Awards: Favorite Caribbean Beach
2013 About.com Readers Choice Awards - Favorite Caribbean Beaches

Readers' Choice Awards: Best Caribbean Beach Bar
2013 About.com Readers Choice Awards - Favorite Caribbean Beach Bar

Readers' Choice Awards: Best Caribbean Rum
2013 About.com Readers Choice Awards - Favorite Caribbean Rum

Readers' Choice Awards: Best Caribbean Attraction or Tour
2013 About.com Readers Choice Awards - Favorite Caribbean Attraction or Tours

2012 Reader's Choice Awards: Favorite Caribbean Travel Destination or Island
The 2012 About.com Reader's Choice Awards, award for the top, favorite Caribbean destinations

2012 Reader's Choice Awards: Favorite Caribbean All-Inclusive Hotel or Resort
The 2012 About.com Reader's Choice Awards, award for the top, favorite Caribbean hotels and resorts

2012 Reader's Choice Awards: Favorite Caribbean All-Inclusive Hotel or Resort
The 2012 About.com Reader's Choice Awards, award for the top, favorite Caribbean hotels and resorts

2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards - Favorite Caribbean Beach
2012 About.com Reader's Choice Awards - Favorite Caribbean Beach

Readers' Choice Awards: Best Caribbean Cruise Line
2013 About.com Reader's Choice Awards - Vote for Your Favorite Caribbean Cruise Line

2012 About.com Reader's Choice Awards - Favorite Caribbean Attraction or Tours
2012 About.com Reader's Choice Awards - Favorite Caribbean Attraction or Tours

Readers' Choice Awards: Best Caribbean Cruise Line
2012 About.com Reader's Choice Awards - Vote for Your Favorite Caribbean Cruise Line

2013 About.com Readers' Choice Awards
Vote here for your favorite Caribbean islands, beaches, hotels, cruises and attractions: The 2013 About.com Readers Choice Awards.

Recommended Caribbean Drivers and Tour Guides
List of Recommended Caribbean Drivers and Tour Guides: Travel Planning

2012 About.com Readers Choice Award Winners
2012 About.com Readers Choice Award Winners

Private Villas: How to Save Money on a Caribbean Group Getaway
How to save money on a Caribbean group getaway by renting a private villa.

Green Globe Certified Hotels and Attractions in the Caribbean
Information on the Green Globe program and links to the Green Globe certified resorts and attractions in the Caribbean.

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