Check off these five Caribbean travel tips when you plan your vacation.
Discuss what you like to do the most on vacation and choose the destination that best fits your preferences. Some destinations are great for beaches but not for nightlife or shopping; others are strong on water sports but not hiking and sightseeing.
Review the requirements for entry. U.S. territories don't require a passport. Most destinations do require a passport and sometimes have other requirements for entry as well.
Find out what you need for currency. Many destinations readily accept U.S. dollars, credit cards and traveler's checks, but some won't accept U.S. coins.
The weather can be an issue because of the hurricane season, which generally lasts from June into November. The peak season usually is August to October. Avoid December and January because of cooler temperatures and ocean swimming that can be uncomfortably chilly.
Review destination maps to know the locations of airports, shopping, restaurants and excursions compared to the place where you plan to stay. Find out the cost and availability of taxis and other forms of public transportation.