From the coast of Florida almost all the way to Venezuela, the Caribbean lies like a narrow chain between North and South America.
The region’s always lured adventurous travellers: often flying the Jolly Roger or planting a flag of nation – some islands are still US, UK, French or Dutch territory. Happily, buccaneering and colonising are mostly consigned to history now, but the remarkable weather, beaches and way of life that appealed centuries ago is just as irresistible today as ever.
There are bits of the Caribbean best left to weekending Manhattanites, trust-fund college students and cruise ships. But that still leaves dozens of islands where kids are the most welcome guests of all and family holidays don’t come much better.
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