Backpacking in The Caribbean
The Caribbean region is home to some of the most paradisaical landscapes on earth. Although most people might head straight to a resort and spend a small fortune on luxury accommodation, the region can be a backpacker’s dream if you go off the beaten path. As long as you are willing to put in the effort, you’ll find that backpacking in the Caribbean can be surprisingly affordable.
There’s not much to be said in terms of general advice for this region, simply because the expanse is so large and the diversity so great. You’ll have to check out our country guides below for details. However, there are a few key Apps and websites that will help your trip run smoothly no matter where you wander.
How to Travel Around The Caribbean
The distances can be enormous and the Caribbean islands can only be reached by plane. Skyscanner is a great site to use to find the cheapest flights.
Budget Accommodation in The Caribbean
CouchSurfing is a great community that connects travellers with local hosts. HostelWorld has the largest inventory of hostels in the world, with millions of reviews from fellow backpackers. And Booking.com has lots of advanced search and filters for finding hostels, hotels, and unique accommodation.
Activities when Backpacking in The Caribbean
Get your Guide is a popular site to book tours, skip the line tickets for crowded sites, or just to get ideas of common activities in various locations. Viator is another similar activity and tour search website.
And for solo travellers who want to join a small group tour, or for adventure activities which require a guide, G Adventures is highly recommended.
Backpacking Travel Insurance
As for any trip abroad, it is crucial to take out travel insurance. World Nomads is the company recommended by Lonely Planet & Contiki.