While there was a time when no one thought about a bucket list until they were reaching retirement, or at least during late middle years, it is becoming increasingly popular to create those lists much earlier on in life. As the saying goes, you never know what tomorrow may bring, and that seems to be a common thread among Millennials as well as Gen Xers who will be the next big groups to reach retirement but not anytime soon, of course. So why would you want to put the Caribbean on your bucket list? Here are at least five good reasons you might want to consider.
1. Warm, Sunny Beaches
It goes without saying that the Caribbeans best and always most popular reason to visit the islands is because of the warm and sunny beaches. But, here is one thing many people aren’t familiar with. Did you know that not all the islands are crowded with tourists? There are more than 7,000 islands in the Caribbean, so you always have your pick of beaches any day of the year!
2. Diversity of Cultures
Consider those 7,000 islands for just a moment. Here is something many people don’t stop to think about. Those thousands of islands represent 13 different sovereign nations along with 12 independent territories which are closely tied (and protected by) the United States and several European countries. One example would be the Guadalupe Islands, which are overseas departments of France and, interestingly enough, part of the European Union because of this. If you are looking for a chance to acquaint yourself with a variety of cultures, the Caribbean is where you’ll find that place.
3. More than Just Beaches for Outdoor Activities
Most people think of sunny beaches when they think of a trip to the Caribbean, but did you know that many of the islands have far more to offer in terms of outdoor activities? In fact, some of the islands are not visited as much for their sandy beaches as they are for the hilly, rugged terrain that makes a perfect backdrop for backpackers and hikers. From touring with mountain bikes to trekking through those hills, there is something quite intriguing about visiting the more remote islands to get a bit of activity after a year in that office chair.
4. Friendly Locals
Review after review of resorts in the Caribbean says that what visitors loved most about their vacation in the Caribbean was the friendly way in which they were greeted by the locals. This area of the world is one of the most visited vacation spots, but that isn’t why the locals are so friendly. It appears to be a part of their culture as a people living apart from mainland worries, and that is something everyone can enjoy.
With so many islands to explore, a diversity of cultures and the cleanest, sunniest beaches in the world, why wouldn’t anyone want to visit the Caribbean at least once in a lifetime? Just remember that if you are trying to visit at a time when prices tend to be lower and the crowds are thinner, visit at times the locals consider the low season. On most islands, there is a high and a low season, and prices do tend to go up a bit at certain times of the year, but with the weather always being warm, any time is a good time to visit the islands. See for yourself! You won’t be disappointed.