Tropical Getaways: Tips for Planning Your Caribbean Vacation

It’s difficult for any vacation to compete with a setting as striking as the velvety stretch of white sand and psychedelic sun rays of the Caribbean. The crystal clear water and the perfect tropical temperature will have you in your most relaxed state of mind. It’s easy to picture yourself chilling on a Caribbean vacation, but to make the most of your time there, you’ll want to read up on this beloved tropical destination. Here are some pro tips for experiencing the Caribbean:


Hands down, the first step in planning a vacation is deciding how to get there! Sure, you can choose to fly solo, but you would miss out on the nightly entertainment, luxurious accommodations, and endless dining choices that comes with booking a cruise! Plus, most, if not all, of the planning is done for you, so you don’t feel like you need an extra vacation just to get over planning your trip.  Luckily, we’ve got a wonderful Caribbean cruise coming up: our 12-night ultimate Southern Caribbean Cruise.

Excursions and Activities:

How many chances do you get to snorkel with tropical fish and see coral reef up close? Most likely the answer is, not too many! The Caribbean’s waters are superb for underwater activities and, trust us, you won’t want to miss out! Want to get a taste of the unique food culture? Antigua, which we visit on our Southern Caribbean cruise, exclusively produces Wadadli beer, named for the people of the island. Not sure what other activities to plan for on your Caribbean vacation? Talk to one of our expert travel agents!

Local Markets:

On our 12-Night Southern Caribbean cruise, we make a stop in St. Lucia, which offers ample opportunity for experiencing local food and shopping. Ranked the third food market in the world by National Geographic, St. Lucia has everything from fresh fruit to spices to remarkable keepsakes just waiting for you! And, no trip to the Caribbean would be complete without tasting fresh coconuts, would it?

Hidden Gems:

While we have our sights set on the welcoming, pure water, we might forget what lies beneath the surface — literally! Barbados houses Harrison’s Cave, a popular limestone cavern with streams of water and stellar stalagmites. The island is also home to Animal Flower Cave, a sea cave well worth taking a peak at. 

What island in the Caribbean do you most want to explore? No matter how relaxed or adventurous your style, the lovely blue waters are sure to please! Now, who’s ready for their Caribbean vacation?!

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Thomas Hogan Vacations is the premier travel agency in Myrtle Beach with over 25 years in business, specializing in personalized travel experiences. Thomas Hogan offers travel destinations which includes a Spain & Portugal escapade, a cruise to Alaska, a Northern European cruise, a trip to Rome & Greek Isles, a Panama Canal Cruise, a cruise to the Southern Caribbean and a tour of Northern Italy. Custom vacation packages include roundtrip airfare, lodging & accommodations, dining, transportation and more. Thomas Hogan offers vacation packages for couples, groups or individual travel. Thomas Hogan Vacations is affiliated with Travel Leaders which gives us the best global travel contacts. Thomas Hogan's corporate office is located in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.