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  • Ten Of The Most Popular Caribbean Holiday IslandsPosted by Andrew Prince on 14th, September 2012Autumn is here and soon winter will come knocking on our doors as well. What better way to beat the winter blues than to set sail and head to the sand and surf of the gorgeous Caribbean?

    Famed the world over for their white beaches, turquoise blue waters, swaying palm fronds, and an exotic culture, the Caribbean islands attract tourists from all over the world. A whopping 1.32 million tourists visited the Caribbean island of Bahamas alone in the first six months of 2012!

    The Caribbean islands are among the top 10 package holiday destinations among British tourists as well.If you planning on setting sail on an exciting island hopping holiday, ten of the most popular Caribbean holiday islands are:

    1. Jamaica

    No Caribbean holiday is ever complete without a stopover in Jamaica - the fourth largest island of the Greater Antilles (which includes Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Haiti). A very lively culture, terrific Jamaican reggae music, and affordable hotels and restaurants are just one of the reasons to visit this beautiful Caribbean island.

    2. Bahamas

    The island of Bahamas is just one short flight away from Miami and attracts American tourists by the boat-full, who come for the island's beautiful beaches and its flamingo-ruled marshes. Extremely affordable airfare and cheap hotel rooms make it an attractive destination for British tourists, who can even hope over to Miami for the weekend.

    3. Antigua

    Antigua checks all the boxes for an island paradise: never-ending beaches with soft, powdery sand, picture-perfect swaying palm fronds, and gorgeous colonial era architecture. A little more expensive than most Caribbean islands, Antigua is the perfect spot for a romantic getaway.

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    4. Cayman Islands

    Easily among the prettiest of Caribbean islands, the Cayman Islands has attracted massive investment from American & British entrepreneurs who throng the island for its zero-income tax rule. Consequently, the Cayman Islands has one of the highest average income in the world. It is arguably more expensive than most Caribbean destinations, but this

    British Overseas Territory offers much more in terms of comfort and lifestyle.

    5. U.S. Virgin Islands

    The US Virgin Islands are synonymous with Spring Break in the United States. Once the crowds depart, however, these islands come into full bloom, with soft, powdery sandy beaches and clear blue water, and the perfect slow-paced island lifestyle.

    6. Turks & Caicos

    Stunning white beaches welcome tourists in Turks & Caicos, located a short flight away from Miami. These islands are ideal for a tourists who seek comfort and a vibrant nightlife, and who don't mind splurging a bit on hotels and food.

    7. British Virgin Islands

    Get a taste of colonial British culture in the British Virgin Islands, which promise a throbbing nightlife, the poshest of hotels, and the finest of cuisines in the Caribbean, thanks to the overwhelming British influence.

    8. Puerto Rico

    A long favourite among Americans, British tourists are finally beginning to realize the tremendous potential of these islands. Cheap hotels, rich history, and friendly locals make Puerto Rico the perfect stop for a week long holiday.

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  • 9. Cuba

    Communist Cuba seems to exist in a time warp. Step into Havana and you'll feel you have been transported back to 1960. The islands are a welcome breath of fresh air with no mobile coverage and no modern cars. Come here to relieve yourself of the stress of modern life, and sink back into the welcoming arms of palm fringed beaches and friendly locals.

    10. Barbados

    No island does 'Caribbean' better than Barbados. It can be trite and cliche at times, but the Barbados islands offer a taste of thriving Caribbean culture with incredible local cuisine, fantastic music, and the best nightlife in the region after Jamaica.

    The first thing you will need to do if you are thinking of sailing to and from these beautiful islands is getting a competent crew RYA sailing course. Once you have become a proficient day skipper you will be hoisting the main sail and raising the balast in no time. Visit Mustang Sailing in Brighton for more information.

    Ten Of The Most Popular Caribbean Holiday Islands