Jamaica is the third largest island of the Greater Antilles and is located
145 kilometres south of Cuba. Beside the main island and the Pedro
Cays, Jamaica also includes the Morant Cays, an achipelago 60 kilometres
off the west coast. The up to 60 metres high mountain ranges in the centre of
the island consist mainly of severel hundred metres thick limestone layers.
Deep valleys and caves with rivers under the surface have been formed in the soft
rock. The sometimes over 2000 metres high Blue Mountains cover the east of Jamaica.
Jamaica is known for its species-rich flora and fauna. For example, there are
about 28 bird species living only on Jamaica. The most popular tourist destinations
are Montego Bay in the north and Negril in the west. The tropical climate of Jamaicais
dominated by the northeast trade wind. There are only small temperature
differences throughout the year with an average of 27°C. Two clearly
distinct rain seasons are in May and June and September to November.
Barbados is the Caribbean dream destination with its white sandy beaches,
turquoise water, green tropical gardens and famous rum.
The islands with its hospitable locals has a cushy English-tropical ambiance.
Sometimes early risers get invited to attend church. A trip to
the countryside with its sugar cane fields and colourful houses of the Bajans is a
The climate is consistently mild and tropical throughout the year. There is no rain season.
However, between July and November rain showers are more frequent.
The 43 kilometres long and 22 kilometres wide, mango-shaped island of St. Lucia, located
between Martinique and St. Vincent, is certainly one of the most scenic
islands of the Caribbean. Two landmarks of St. Lucia are the steep
volcanoes Petit Piton and Gros Piton in the south. The west coast
of the island offers the most beautiful bays and beach locations.
Thanks to the year-round trade winds blowing from the north east, there is a
stable climate with temperatures between 26°C and 32°C. Between December and
May the rainfall is relatively low, from July to September rain showers can
occur more often.
Grenada is located in the southern part of the Lesser Antilles,
only 160 kilometres north of Venezuela. This small island state consists of three
islands: Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique. With a width of 18 kilometres
and a length of 34 kilometres, Grenada is the largest of the three islands.
The island is known as The Spice Isle because of its abundance
of locally grown spices. Grenada has one of the most varied environments of
the Caribbean. Mountainous volcanic terrain with crater lakes in the inner
country, mangroves at the coast, white sandy beaches, turquoise waters and
excellent coral reefs attract visitors to this beautiful island.
The climate is tropical with an average temperature of 24° - 30°C. It is hot
and humid in the rainy season from June to December and cooler during the dry
season from January to May.
Anguilla is a flat island with almost no hills and well known for
its impressive coral reefs, lonely bays, turquoise ocean, dreamlike
large white sand beaches and its Caribbean cuisine. The island combines
the tradition of the Caribbean with the contemporary way of life.
Honeymooners will find wonderful hotels,
tempting restaurants and friendly locals.
The climate is tropical, moderated by northeast trade winds. Temperatures
vary little throughout the year, ranging from 27°C to 30°C. From June
to October Anguilla is vulnerable to hurricanes and other tropical storms.
Canouan Island lies in the southern part of the Lesser Antilles and belongs
to the state of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The tiny 13km² island is located
177 kilometres west of Barbados and has less than 2,000 inhabitants.
Canouan Island offers everything which corresponds with the cliché of a
tropical Caribbean island; long white sandy beaches, romantic bays, lush
green mountains and a species-rich coral reef.
The average temperature ranges from 24° - 30°C. The driest season is from
December to May. The coolest days are in the months from November to February.
If a honeymoon trip could last for a whole year, then newlyweds could swim
at a different beach on Antigua each day. Reputedly, exactly 365 fine sandy
beaches surround the tiny Caribbean island of 108 square miles.
Coral reefs extend along the front of the fantastic beaches, a genuine paradise
for snorkellers and divers. No wonder, because with a visibility of up to
30 metres, even inexperienced underwater sportsmen can easily discover
the secrets of the ocean depths with a wealth of flora and fauna. Surfers too,
appreciate Antigua's coastline; the professionals launch their boards in the
east of the island, the inexperienced on the protected west coast.
The weather is optimal. The average daily temperature is about 28°C
with only very slight rainfall. Somewhat heavier showers occur in from
September to November.