THE DEFINITIVE CARIBBEAN GUIDE aims to be exactly as the name suggests – the definitive guide to the Caribbean, quite simply the best web site in the world for anyone wishing to learn more about or planning to visit the Caribbean.
The founders of the Definitive Caribbean – James Henderson and Feona Gray -- have both worked in and around the Caribbean for the past fifteen years.
JAMES HENDERSON is one of Britain’s most respected travel writers and the author of The Cadogan Guide to the Caribbean and the Bahamas . Known to most of its users and readers as 'the Caribbean Bible', the Cadogan Guide (published by Globe Pequot in the United States) is soon to go into its sixth edition. In the States the Cadogan Guide is published by Globe Pequot. James Henderson is an award-winning travel writer and contributes to many of the major publications in the British National press. He writes regularly for the Financial Times and contributes to the Sunday Telegraph, The Times, The Independent, Harpers and Queen and many other newspapers and magazines.
A lovely stretch of sand, good sunbathing and a great view of the sunset."
Grenada's most famous and best loved beach, by locals and tourists alike. A fantastic two mile strip of bright white sand looking out onto attractive water and the mountains of Grenada in the background. Plenty of watersports and a couple of bars and re…"
A 370-acre private island hideaway off Tortola in the BVI, where white cottages for 30 guests stand stark against a mantle of deep green flora (Guana is also a wildlife sanctuary). It is secluded and completely private, so it is excellent for honeymoons…"
A Caribbean classic, truly fantastic stretch of sand shelving into superb sea in a score of shades of blue, with a very small hotel and a couple of beach bars. Reached by boat or overland from Great Harbour. White Bay is occasionally invaded by cruise sh…"
Well protected, calm water with shallow entry to the water suitable for children. Hidden from the average visitor down a lane off the airport access road, a favourite of locals, particularly families with small children."
Designed by Jim Fazio, 18 holes, par 72. Eventually to be surrounded by villas, the course covers 140 acres above the Raffles resort and around a hilltop in the north of the island, from where there are cracking views. Beware Hole 15."
A large, active resort in a truly spectacular setting, between the Pitons in the south of St Lucia. The Jalousie Plantation's 112 rooms and villas are scattered in 190 acres of forested land that descends to a Great House just above the sea. Excellent fa…"
White Bay is a stunning stretch of white sand that is the focus of day-time activities for many of Guana Island's guests. While the beach is available for public use as far as the high tide mark, it is fairly well 'protected' by Guana Island staff, to en…"
Excellent, inexpensive haunt right on St Lucia's windsurfing beach, just four quite simple rooms with cafÃ©, excellent value right in the thick of the action"
A well priced, modern beach hotel set above the Caribbean side of Frigate Bay in St Kitts, where its relatively simple comfortable rooms overlook the beach from the hillside. Friendly, with a mix of package and independent travellers."
A collection of four oceanside and ocean-view villas with wonderful views of Sir Francis Drake Channel from Well Bay on Beef Island off Tortola. Set among boulders and tropical gardens, with a beachside lounge and bar and a stilted wooden gazebo, they ar…"
The Grenada Golf and Country Club has a fairly simple nine-hole course inland from Grand Anse. The dress code is smart casual. Shorts are accepted, but not sleeveless tops. Open daily except Wednesdays, 8am-2pm and until 7pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sa…"
A small and stylish hotel set on Paynes Bay on the prestigious West Coast of Barbados. The House is striking for its sleek, minimal style - all polished wood with white and deep blue decor - which gives it a calm and cool atmosphere right on an excellent…"
A delightful 2-bedroom hilltop Tobago villa and three cabanas set in six acres of tropical gardens overlooking Tobago's north shore. Friendly, natural and quiet, in rural Tobago with excellent birdwatching and nature. Top O' Tobago can be taken as rooms …"
An utterly charming private house sitting on a hilltop at the southernmost tip of St Lucia giving magical views of the coast and sea. Guest rooms & apartments perfect for solo travellers or couples looking for a retreat with massage, complementary therap…"
Immensely stylish private villa, with a fusion of earthy Caribbean flair and European refinement, set in landscaped grounds above Falmouth Harbour and Antigua's southern coast. A three-bedroom main villa (with a one-bedroom apartment and a one bedroom ch…"
Off the southern shore, lovely white sand beach and good snorkelling"
Nice stretch of palm-backed white sand, not usually frequented, some bars by the airport"
An excellent all round Barbados beach resort which has been a feature of the famous West Coast for several decades. Ranged in a series of buildings overlooking pretty gardens and excellent sand, Tamarind Cove is lively and upbeat, and set at the heart of…"
A small rocky cove just north of the Great Salt Pond on the Southern Peninsular, with good snorkelling reefs, and a number of sunken wrecks offshore."
A delightful, very small hotel, set on the cliffs in Negril at Jamaica's western tip. Tensing Pen is a series of thatched wooden cabins hiding among lovely gardens on the cliffs. It is cool, calm, and extremely laid back. Also excellent for a Jamaica wed…"
Two bays off the east end of Beef Island, with shallow, protected waters. The main semi-circular bay is a popular anchorage beach and has boat docks cafes/bars and stores. It is popular with windsurfers. Farther east, reached by sand road, you will find …"
A friendly, well loved, family run hotel set in pretty tropical garden fronting a classic Caribbean beach. Intimate, easy atmosphere."
An all-suite hotel set in an Edwardian mansion and pleasant gardens in New Kingston, close to the commercial district. Ideal for independent and business travellers looking for a hotel with some traditional Jamaican character."
A working beach and harbour with passable sand and good places to sunbathe and sit in the shade. Bars and shops across the road. Good calm and shallow water."
A collection of colourful cottages set on a hillside above a calm bay on the south coast of Grenada. There are 42 rooms in apartments and villas, and two swimming pools, but the lively heart of True Blue is the restaurant and bar, which sit on a deck dow…"
Spread around the northern tip of Cap Estate St Lucia Golf and Country Club comprises of a 6829 yard, par 71 course. There are plans for a residential development and a new club house with seven tennis courts, a fitness centre, shops and a real estate of…"
18 hole, 7005 yard, 72 par, PGA design, cart only course. Green fees including shared cart, 9 holes US$60 and 18 holes $85. Facilities include Golf Academy, Clubhouse with bar, restaurant, pro shop, lounge, changing rooms and class rooms."
Stylish, minimal, nautical style, small hotel on the glitzy West Coast, fashionable restaurant right on the Caribbean Sea."
A discreet and very stylish hideaway on the cliffs in Negril, at Jamaica's western tip. The Caves has just eleven rooms in a series of brightly coloured stone and wooden cabins strung along the cliff edge. An extremely calm and quiet escape."
One of the nicest, long established hotels in the Caribbean. Small and refined, with just 30 suites in modern two-storey cottages set in a semicircle around lawns and gardens and the beach. An enclave of calm and privacy in a lively part of the island. U…"
18 hole, par 72 championship course designed by Ralph Plummer. Tyrall Club has played host to international events as the Johnnie Walker World Championship. Green Fees - Summer season, US$40 for guests of residents, US$55 for in villa guests, US$80 for n…"
Treasure Beach is a small but leading hotel in Barbados set at the heart of the action on the West Coast, 35 suites overlooking restaurant, pool and pretty gardens giving onto a good beach."
18 holes, par 72, 5389 yard championship course designed by Commander John Harris. Golf school, lecture room with video equipment, driving range, practice green, sand trap and chipping area. Golf school instruction is included for guests. Green fees are …"
A friendly, family-run hotel set on the hillside above St Jean Bay, at the heart of fashionable St Barths. Hotel Le Village has mostly (one- and two-bedroom) self-catering cottages with just a handful of hotel rooms, all nicely decorated in bright and bo…"
18 hole, par 72, 6633 yard course designed by Robert Moote. Bar, restaurant and pro shop facilities. The (mandatory) caddy service will come in particular use when navigating the challenging blind holes. Club rental US$21 for 18 holes, carts US$35 for 18…"
A stylish and original four-bedroom villa set on a point overlooking Dian Bay on Antigua's meandering eastern shoreline. Villa Kulala has distinctive Balinese dÃ©cor and a contemporary Caribbean design, with interior courtyards and open-sided rooms that …"
A calm and gracious hotel with fifty rooms in contemporary style, set on the breezy hillside overlooking Dickenson Bay in the north of Antigua. Trade Winds, which sees a good mix of holidaymakers and business people, is a very pleasant retreat within eas…"
An exquisite small hotel in modernised plantation style, set at 3000 feet above Kingston in the Blue Mountains. Strawberry Hill is a Caribbean gem with an extremely and luxurious air. With a full service spa, an excellent dining room and high levels of s…"
Pretty gingerbread cottages and villa suites set right on Choc Bay Beach between Castries and Rodney Bay in the north of St Lucia. Good facilities for independent living within walking distance, good wedding location and comfortable atmosphere for solo t…"
The most popular beach at the end of the peninsular (also a regular stop on the tour route), Turtle Bay has pale golden sand and good swimming. There is a good beach bar and restaurant, hammocks hanging in the trees and various watersports facilities inc…"
A small, well-priced inn with limitless West Indian charm, set on the exceptionally pretty Belmont waterfront on the island of Bequia in the Grenadines. Family-run, the Frangipani is a lovely hideaway but it is also very much part of the activity of the …"
A huge stretch of white sand giving onto gin clear shallows, with beach bar, on the south side facing into the North Sound. On the north side, facing the island of Eustacia, is a favorite spot for local boater's beach cookouts."
A friendly independent hotel set above the excellent Grand Anse beach in the South of Grenada. Flamboyant has both hotel rooms and self-catering accommodation in an attractive hillside setting with lovely views of the island. Easy-going atmosphere with e…"
The Caribbean's most famous hotel, glitzy in season with large, elegant rooms on stunning Payne's Bay, at the heart of Barbados's prestigious West Coast."
A collection of 14 elegant and comfortable villas in French colonial style, set above Stonehaven Bay on Tobago's northern shore with good wedding, honeymoon, golf and dive opportunities."
Temenos Golf Club is a 7200 yard, 18-hole championship golf course designed by Greg Norman. It is situated at the western end of the island, surrounded by the spectacular villas of Temenos estates."
A lively and very popular resort set in its own pretty cove at the northern tip of St Lucia. As the name suggests, it offers everything for the body on holiday, from sports and watersports to a spa and holistic rejuvenation. Special single rooms"
A unique and utterly charming 4 bedroom property set in a replica 18th century sugar mill. Two bedrooms in the mill itself and two cottages, set in trees on a ridgeline high above Tobago's north coast. Excellent sea views and sunsets, ideal for romantics…"
An extremely friendly and comfortable small BVI hotel set in pretty gardens on the grounds of an old sugar estate on Tortola's north shore. There are just 24 rooms in a variety of styles and, in the old walls of the sugar boiling house, a renowned dining…"
The liveliest on the island, extremely busy during season, when the crowds collect around the bars and hotel restaurants. Two lovely curves of sand either side of Eden Rock that dip into shallow, swimmable water. Some sports. The planes take off right ov…"
A group of 20 very attractive 1, 2 and 3-bedroom villas built in traditional West Indian style, set on a former plantation stretching down to the shoreline, with an incredibly dramatic view of the Petit Piton. A friendly hideaway ideal for independent tr…"
An elegant beach hotel, among the Caribbean's finest, set on Grenada's most famous beach, Grand Anse. Spice Island has a stylish but relaxed atmosphere, with contemporary beachfront suites and secluded pool suites standing in a sandy garden, top-notch di…"
Neighbouring the Baths, has white sand, clear water and good snorkelling."
A Caribbean classic, family owned and very personable waterfront hotel. The best in low-key Caribbean elegance rather than glitz."