In the Caribbean, the festivals are big and bold, the people hail from around the globe and the wildlife includes some of the most magnificent specimens on the planet—nothing is ordinary. From the spectacle of Carnival on Trinidad and Tobago to the breathtaking peaks of the Pitons on St Lucia to the secluded paradise of Pink Beach on Barbuda, the islands of the Caribbean have something for everyone.

The beauty of the islands has lured visitors for centuries and many who thought they would visit for a long weekend have found new a home, or home away from home, on these sun streaked shores. The Caribbean has its own rainbow of brilliant turquoise waters, lush green rainforests and inviting pink, white, yellow and black sand beaches, all of which come together to create an intoxicating and alluring destination.

Here people celebrate life with abandon, living in the moment while respecting the past and the manner in which so many varied peoples—from Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas—all managed to arrive on small dots of land in the sea. The largest island, Cuba, remains off-limits to US visitors, but guests will find plenty to enjoy on one of the Caribbean's other 7,000 islands, reefs and cays.

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