🇧🇧🇱🇨🇩🇲🇬🇵EASTERN CARIBBEAN

Sugar Beach, St LuciaIn the Eastern Caribbean you’ll find picture-perfect beaches, but also adventure in the form of rainforest hikes, swimming beneath waterfalls, snorkelling over reefs and much more. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your Eastern Caribbean itinerary:

Luxury Barbados
1 ✈To Barbados (Book >)
🚕Airport to Durants
Dep: Afternoon
Dep: Afteroon
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: 40 mins later
🏨The House by Elegant Hotels (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll arrive at your hotel in time for dinner and a relaxing evening after your flight. Arrange your transfer in advance for a smooth arrival.
2-5 You’re staying by one of the best beaches in Barbados, a great place to swim as well as to snorkel out to reef filled with colourful fish. During your time here I recommend a visit to the manor house, steam train and rum distillery at St Nicholas Abbey. In nearby Holetown there’s good shopping, a lively nightlife and the Holetown Monument which commemorates the 1625 English landing. Hurricane season runs from June to November.
6 ✈Barbados to St Lucia flight (Book >)
🚕Airport to Soufriere transfer
Dep: Afternoon
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: 1hr 30mins later
🏨Jade Mountain Resort (Book >) All hotels >
The transfer to your hotel takes an hour and a half, but once you arrive you’ll quickly realise you’ve come to somewhere special. Use an eco-friendly sunscreen and help protect the reefs.
7-10 Apart from spending time on those exquisite beaches and in the crystal-clear sea, pay a visit to the Sulphur Springs close to Soufriere, hike through the rainforest or embark on a sailing trip. All beaches in St Lucia are public – don’t let anyone try to kick you off!
11 ✈St Lucia to Dominica flight (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 🏨Jungle Bay Resort & Spa(Book >) All hotels >
You’ll need to make an early start for the one flight a day to Dominica. Once you arrive, collect your car and enjoy the drive over the mountains to your hotel. Water in Dominica can be unsafe to drink, buy a filter water bottle and avoid using plastic.
12-14 Dominica is more about adventure than beach, so take yourself on the 45-min hike to Middleham Falls where a cool pool beneath a high waterfall is your reward. Much easier to get to are the twin waterfalls at Trafalgar Falls. From Roseau you can arrange dolphin and whale watching tours. Swim in the bubbling waters of Champagne Bay, or snorkel at spectacular Scott’s Head. Insect repellant is recommended when heading into the rainforest.
15 ✈Dominica to Guadeloupe flight (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening 🏨La Toubana Hotel & Spa (Book >) All hotels >
One you’ve landed at Pointe-a-Pitre airport collect your car for the 30-min drive to your hotel. Guadeloupe is a French territory and therefore in the EU.
16-18 You’ll be staying on the island of Grande Terre, where most of the best beaches are located. If you want to get active then drive to Basse Terre – you’ll find a good guide and maps here. Learning some French words and phrases will be appreciated by the locals.
19-20 ✈Guadeloupe to Home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr:
Morning (next day)
Connect this Eastern Caribbean itinerary with the Cuba, Costa Rica or Eastern USA itinerary
Consider adding on a day or two in New York or Paris to break up the journey home.
Mid-range Dominica
1 ✈To Barbados (Book >)
🚕Airport to Speightstown
Dep: Afternoon
Dep: Afteroon
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: 1hr later
🏨Sugar Cane Club (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll arrive at your hotel in time for dinner and a relaxing evening after your flight. Arrange your transfer in advance for a smooth arrival.
2-5 You’re hotel offers free transfers to one of the best beaches in Barbados, a great place to swim as well as to snorkel out to reef filled with colourful fish. During your time here I recommend a visit to the manor house, steam train and rum distillery at St Nicholas Abbey. In nearby Speightstown there are some great beachside restaurants. Hurricane season runs from June to November.
6 ✈Barbados to St Lucia flight (Book >)
🚕Airport to Soufriere transfer
Dep: Afternoon
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: 1hr 30mins later
🏨Stonefield Estate Resort (Book >) All hotels >
The transfer to your hotel takes an hour and a half, but once you arrive you’ll quickly realise you’ve come to somewhere special. Use an eco-friendly sunscreen and help protect the reefs.
7-9 Apart from spending time on those exquisite beaches and in the crystal-clear sea, pay a visit to the Sulphur Springs close to Soufriere, hike through the rainforest or embark on a sailing trip. All beaches in St Lucia are public – don’t let anyone try to kick you off!
10 🚕Soufriere to Castries taxi Dep: 20:00 Arr: 21:30 🏨Harbour Vista Inn (Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy one last day at the beach before transferring to Castries, where you’ll stay the night before catching the early ferry tomorrow. Castries isn’t much fun at night and so I’d recommend arriving here later.
11 ⛴️St Lucia to Roseau ferry  (Book >)
🚌Roseau to Calibishie bus
Dep: 07:00
Dep: 12:30
Arr: 11:15
Arr: 14:30
🏨Wanderlust Caribbean (Book >) All hotels >
An early start for the ferry to Dominica. Once you arrive walk to River Bank road where you can catch a minibus to the other side of the island. Water in Dominica can be unsafe to drink, buy a filter water bottle and avoid using plastic.
12-14 Dominica is more about adventure than beach, so go on the 45-min hike to Middleham Falls where a cool pool beneath a high waterfall is your reward. Much easier to get to are the twin waterfalls at Trafalgar Falls. From Roseau you can arrange dolphin and whale watching tours. Swim in the bubbling waters of Champagne Bay, or snorkel at spectacular Scott’s Head. Your hotel can help to arrange tours of the island with Nigel – a guide I can highly recommend.
15 ⛴️Dominica to Pointe-a-Pitre ferry (Book >) Dep: 11:30 Arr: 13:45 🏨Le Rayon Vert (Book >) All hotels >
One you’ve arrived in Guadeloupe collect your car for the 1-hour drive to your hotel. Guadeloupe is a French territory and therefore in the EU.
16-18 You’ll be staying on the island of Basse Terre, where there are some great beaches as well as a plethora of inland activities – you’ll find a good guide and maps here. Learning some French words and phrases will be appreciated by the locals.
19-20 ✈Guadeloupe to Home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr:
Morning (next day)
Connect this Eastern Caribbean itinerary with the Cuba, Costa Rica or Eastern USA itinerary
Consider adding on a day or two in New York or Paris to break up the journey home.
Budget Guadeloupe
1 ✈To Barbados (Book >)
🚕Airport to St Lawrence taxi
Dep: Afternoon
Dep: Afteroon
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: 25 mins later
🏨Southern Surf Beach Apartments (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll arrive at your hotel in time for dinner and a relaxing evening after your flight. You can find an official taxi stand in the airport, just outside the arrivals doors.
2-5 St Lawrence is a lively part of Barbados, with a good choice of rum shacks and beautiful beaches. During your time here I recommend a visit to the manor house, steam train and rum distillery at St Nicholas Abbey. In nearby Bridgetown there’s good shopping and a charming boardwalk. Hurricane season runs from June to November.
6 ✈Barbados to St Lucia flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 🏨Sérénité Vigie Saint Lucia (Book >) All hotels >
Your hotel is a short walk from the airport and is a great place from which to watch the sun go down. There are plenty of minibuses running from near your hotel to the airport in Barbados.
7 🚌Castries to Soufriere bus Dep: 10:00 Arr: 12:00 🏨Serenity Escape St Lucia (Book >) All hotels >
You can either take the bus directly to Soufriere, or stop off along the way at a rum distillery. Use an eco-friendly sunscreen and help protect the reefs.
8-9 Apart from spending time on those exquisite beaches and in the crystal-clear sea, pay a visit to the Sulphur Springs close to Soufriere, hike through the rainforest or embark on a sailing trip. All beaches in St Lucia are public – don’t let anyone try to kick you off!
10 🚌Soufriere to Castries bus Dep: 17:00 Arr: 19:00 🏨Harbour Vista Inn (Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy one last day at the beach before transferring to Castries, where you’ll stay the night before catching the early ferry tomorrow. There are only a limited number of decent restaurants in Castries.
11 ⛴️St Lucia to Roseau ferry (Book >)
🚌Roseau to Soufriere bus
Dep: 07:00
Dep: 12:30
Arr: 11:15
Arr: 14:30
🏨Soufriere Guesthouse (Book >) All hotels >
An early start for the ferry to Dominica. Once you arrive walk to River Bank road where you can catch a minibus to Soufriere (not the one in St Lucia!) Water in Dominica can be unsafe to drink, buy a filter water bottle and avoid using plastic.
12-14 Take a minibus to Roseau and then another to the twin waterfalls at Trafalgar Falls. From Roseau you can arrange dolphin and whale watching tours. Swim in the bubbling waters of Champagne Bay (close to your guesthouse), or snorkel at spectacular Scott’s Head. Insect repellant is recommended when heading into the rainforest.
15 ⛴️Dominica to Pointe-a-Pitre ferry (Book >) Dep: 11:30 Arr: 13:45 🏨Gîte bois Cannelle (Book >) All hotels >
One you’ve arrived in Guadeloupe collect your car for the 1-hour drive to your gîte. Guadeloupe is a French territory and therefore in the EU.
16-18 You’ll be staying on the island of Basse Terre, where there are some great beaches as well as a plethora of inland activities – you’ll find a good guide and maps here. Learning some French words and phrases will be appreciated by the locals.
19-20 ✈Guadeloupe to Home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr:
Morning (next day)
Connect this Eastern Caribbean itinerary with the Cuba, Costa Rica or Eastern USA itinerary
Consider adding on a day or two in New York or Paris to break up the journey home.

🇨🇺CUBA

Havana, CubaAll the information you need for an extensive 15-night journey through Cuba. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your Cuba itinerary:

Luxury Trinidad, Cuna
1 ✈To Havana (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 🏨Iberostar Parque Central (Book >) All hotels >
Stay awake and beat jetlag by having a drink at a street café in Plaza Vieja. Arrange a transfer from the airport.
2 Understand the somewhat biased Cuban perspective of history in the Museum of the Revolution. Walk on to the Malecon and on to see the bunkers in the Hotel Nacional grounds. Agree a price for the journey before setting of in a taxi.
3 Enjoy the beautiful architecture of Plaza Vieja on the way to the equally photogenic Plaza de Armas where a visit to the Palacio de los Capitanes Generales is a must. People inviting you on the streets to music nights may not be trustworthy, try El Patio or Santo Angel for a Cuban taste.
4 🚌Havana to Cienfuegos bus (Book >) Dep: 07:00 Arr: 11:35 🏨Hotel E Palacio Azul (Book >) All hotels >
Parque Jose Marti is surrounded by pretty buildings, such as Tomas Terry Theatre. Stroll along the Malecon in the evening. Your hotel tonight is a destination in itself – relax in its charming environs.
5 🚌Cienfuegos to Trinidad bus (Book >) Dep: 11:40 Arr: 13:25 🏨Iberostar Grand Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
You’ve made it to one of the prettiest towns on the planet. Soak it all in as you wander cobbled streets. Dip in to must-see Museo Romantico and Museo Historico. Try to book Trinidad accommodation ahead in peak season – it gets very busy.
6 Take a hike up Cerro de la Vigía for extensive views, including of Ancon Beach where you can spend the afternoon in Caribbean idyll. Ancon Beach is less than 10 mins by taxi from the city centre.
7 Visit Museo Nacional de la Lucha Contra Bandidos – mainly for the views from the bell tower. People gather to salsa dance each night in front of Casa de la Música…join in!
8 🚌Trinidad to Viñales bus (Book >) Dep: 11:00 Arr: 12:45 🏨Hotel Los Jazmines (Book >) All hotels >
Book your day 13 Palma Rubia to Havana taxi in Viñales to save money.
9 Go on a guided walk or horse ride through the Valle de Silencio. Arrange a guide through your hotel.
10 🚕Vinales to Palma Rubia taxi
⛴Palma Rubia to Cayo Levisa ferry
Dep: 08:30

Dep: 10:00

Arr: 09:30

Arr: 10:30

🏨Hotel Cayo Levisa (Book >) All hotels >
Nothing to do but enjoy the beach. Ask for a cabin further away from the restaurant for seclusion.
11-12 Take insect repellent.
13 ⛴Cayo Levisa to Palma Rubia ferry
🚕Palma Rubia to Havana taxi
Dep: 09:00

Dep: 09:30

Arr: 09:30

Arr: 11:30

🏨Iberostar Parque Central (Book >) All hotels >
Scoop up any sights you’ve yet to visit. Receipts aren’t always accurate – be sure to check you pay for what you got.
14-15 ✈Havana to home Dep: Evening Arr: Afternoon (next day) Connect this Cuba itinerary with the Ecuador or Peru itinerary
Don’t forget to have cash for departure tax.
Mid-range Vinales, Cuba
1 ✈To Havana (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 🏨Casa Buenos Aires (Book >) All hotels >
Stay awake and beat jetlag by having a drink at a street café in Plaza Vieja. Arrange a transfer from the airport.
2 Understand the somewhat biased Cuban perspective of history in the Museum of the Revolution. Walk on to the Malecon and on to see the bunkers in the Hotel Nacional grounds. Casas are sociable places. Buy a bottle of rum and get the conversation flowing.
3 Enjoy the beautiful architecture of Plaza Vieja on the way to the equally photogenic Plaza de Armas where a visit to the Palacio de los Capitanes Generales is a must. People inviting you on the streets to music nights may not be trustworthy, try El Patio or Santo Angel for a Cuban taste.
4 🚌Havana to Cienfuegos bus (Book >) Dep: 07:00 Arr: 11:35 🏨Hotel E Palacio Azul (Book >) All hotels >
Pargue Jose Marti is surrounded by pretty buildings, such as Tomas Terry Theatre. Stroll along the Malecon in the evening. Your hotel tonight is a destination in itself – relax in its charming environs.
5 🚌Cienfuegos to Trinidad bus (Book >) Dep: 11:40 Arr: 13:25 🏨Casa Cofradia (Book >) All hotels >
You’ve made it to one of the prettiest towns on the planet. Soak it all in as you wander cobbled streets. Dip in to must-see Museo Romantico and Museo Historico. Try to book Trinidad accommodation ahead in peak season – it gets very busy.
6 Take a hike up Cerro de la Vigía for extensive views, including of Ancon Beach where you can spend the afternoon in Caribbean idyll. Ancon Beach is less than 10 mins by taxi from the city centre.
7 Visit Museo Nacional de la Lucha Contra Bandidos – mainly for the views from the bell tower. People gather to salsa dance each night in front of Casa de la Música…join in!
8 🚌Trinidad to Viñales bus (Book >) Dep: 11:00 Arr: 12:45 🏨Hotel Jorge y Ana Luisa (Book >) All hotels >
Book your day 13 Palma Rubia to Havana taxi in Viñales to save money.
9 Go on a guided walk or horse ride through the Valle de Silencio. Arrange a guide through your hotel.
10 🚕Vinales to Palma Rubia taxi
⛴Palma Rubia to Cayo Levisa ferry
Dep: 08:30

Dep: 10:00

Arr: 09:30

Arr: 10:30

🏨Hotel Cayo Levisa (Book >) All hotels >
Nothing to do but enjoy the beach. Ask for a cabin further away from the restaurant for seclusion.
11-12 Take insect repellent.
13 ⛴Cayo Levisa to Palma Rubia ferry
🚕Palma Rubia to Havana taxi
Dep: 09:00

Dep: 09:30

Arr: 09:30

Arr: 11:30

🏨Mercure Sevilla (Book >) All hotels >
Scoop up any sights you’ve yet to visit. Receipts aren’t always accurate – be sure to check you pay for what you got.
14-15 ✈Havana to home Dep: Evening Arr: Afternoon (next day) Connect this Cuba itinerary with the Ecuador or Peru itinerary
Don’t forget to have cash for departure tax.
Budget Cayo Levisa
1 ✈To Havana (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 🏨Casa Colonial 1715 (Book >) All hotels >
Stay awake and beat jetlag by having a drink at a street café in Plaza Vieja. Arrange a transfer from the airport.
2 Understand the somewhat biased Cuban perspective of history in the Museum of the Revolution. Walk on to the Malecon and on to see the bunkers in the Hotel Nacional grounds. Casas are sociable places. Buy a bottle of rum and get the conversation flowing.
3 Enjoy the beautiful architecture of Plaza Vieja on the way to the equally photogenic Plaza de Armas where a visit to the Palacio de los Capitanes Generales is a must. People inviting you on the streets to music nights may not be trustworthy, try El Patio or Santo Angel for a Cuban taste.
4 🚌Havana to Cienfuegos bus (Book >) Dep: 07:00 Arr: 11:35 🏨Hostal Colonial D+D (Book >) All hotels >
Pargue Jose Marti is surrounded by pretty buildings, such as Tomas Terry Theatre. Stroll along the Malecon in the evening. Your hotel tonight is a destination in itself – relax in its charming environs.
5 🚌Cienfuegos to Trinidad bus (Book >) Dep: 11:40 Arr: 13:25 🏨Casa Cofradia (Book >) All hotels >
You’ve made it to one of the prettiest towns on the planet. Soak it all in as you wander cobbled streets. Dip in to must-see Museo Romantico and Museo Historico. Try to book Trinidad accommodation ahead in peak season – it gets very busy.
6 Take a hike up Cerro de la Vigía for extensive views, including of Ancon Beach where you can spend the afternoon in Caribbean idyll. Ancon Beach is less than 10 mins by taxi from the city centre.
7 Visit Museo Nacional de la Lucha Contra Bandidos – mainly for the views from the bell tower. People gather to salsa dance each night in front of Casa de la Música…join in!
8 🚌Trinidad to Viñales bus (Book >) Dep: 11:00 Arr: 12:45 🏨Hotel Jorge y Ana Luisa (Book >) All hotels >
Book your day 13 Palma Rubia to Havana taxi in Viñales to save money.
9 Go on a guided walk or horse ride through the Valle de Silencio. Arrange a guide through your hotel.
10 🚕Vinales to Palma Rubia taxi
⛴Palma Rubia to Cayo Levisa ferry
Dep: 08:30

Dep: 10:00

Arr: 09:30

Arr: 10:30

🏨Hotel Cayo Levisa (Book >) All hotels >
Nothing to do but enjoy the beach. Ask for a cabin further away from the restaurant for seclusion.
11-12 Take insect repellent.
13 ⛴Cayo Levisa to Palma Rubia ferry
🚕Palma Rubia to Havana taxi
Dep: 09:00

Dep: 09:30

Arr: 09:30

Arr: 11:30

🏨Casa Colonial Yadilis y Joel (Book >) All hotels >
Scoop up any sights you’ve yet to visit. Receipts aren’t always accurate – be sure to check you pay for what you got.
14-15 ✈Havana to home Dep: Evening Arr: Afternoon (next day) Connect this Cuba itinerary with the Ecuador or Peru itinerary
Don’t forget to have cash for departure tax.