According to travel industry news, an astonishing 22.5 million vacationers chose Caribbean destinations in 2005with numbers anticipated to increase every year in the foreseeable future. To keep pace with this growing market, National Geographic's fully revised and updated guide spotlights the best of the Caribbean, from the Windward Islands to the Leewards, and from the Caymans south to Trinidad. Bursting with essential information and expert travel advice, this handy guide reports on beaches, cities, activities, historical sites, and more... maps out walking and driving tours of many areas... describes a selection of distinctive hotels and restaurants in all price ranges... and conveys the authentic flavor and texture of the islands, with in-depth features on culture, history, and customs. Dotted throughout the book, special sidebars discuss cruises, the game of cricket, Rastafarianism, and other topics to pique a vacationer's interest. An extensive travel planner details practicalities such as weather, accommodations, holidays, shopping, and popular sports and recreation for individual islands. The Caribbean's beauty shines in sumptuous photographs, while illustrations (including a colorful diagram of a coral reef) contribute added visual interest and detailed maps make sure you don't get lost.
Top-rated authors Emma Stanford and Nick Hanna know the islands inside out, and they share thier knowledge in a sophisticated yet friendly way. With National Geographic Traveler: The Caribbean (2nd Edition) in hand, the traveling public is assured a fascinating, well-planned trip.