The Hawaiian Islands and their Caribbean counterparts are separated by thousands of miles and also by some vast cultural differences. While Hawaii is part of the United States, most of the Caribbean islands are considered international destinations. Visitors need an updated passport to travel to there.
For most American travelers, the Caribbean, however, means short travel times and similar time zones, while flying to Hawaii is usually significantly longer and the 6-hour time difference between New York and Honolulu takes a jet lag adjustment.
In the Caribbean, there’s a completely different cultural feel. First, one must take into account the enormous influence the islands’ first people had and still have. Africans who were brought to the region through the slave trade also contributed to the islands’ music, food, and language. Then, consider the European countries that colonized the islands, and you’ll see why each island has a different vibe. It all comes together in a mashup of food, music, language, and culture that truly varies from island to island.
However, Reggae music is no longer exclusive to Jamaica. Hawaii also loves Hawaiian Reggae – but there is only one Bob Marley.
Here comes the Sandals factor which makes the Caribbean and Hawaii very different. In Hawaii, you’ll find no or very few all-inclusive resort options; however, it’s easier to self-cater, with American grocery chains readily available, but relying on restaurants can get costly.
The Caribbean islands typically attract people seeking an all-inclusive, luxe beach-based experience. It’s a great option for folks who really and truly want to unplug during their vacation.
In the Caribbean, the laid-back vibe is palpable. Of course, you can seek out adventurous excursions, as you can easily do in Hawaii, and there’s plenty of history on each island in the form of architecture, military bases, places of worship, and other landmarks. That said, island time really is a thing there. The Caribbean is a place where you can kick back, enjoy a cold one or two, and truly relax without feeling like you’re missing out on something.
Sandals Resorts has set a standard for a dream vacation to the Caribbean. It means letting it all go and relaxing in a safe and fun environment. It means swimming at some of the best beaches, eating amazing food, having cocktails and a party if you desire, or kicking back in your luxury villa or hotel room.
There are 15 Luxury Included Sandals Resorts located throughout the Caribbean including Jamaica, The Bahamas, Grenada, Barbados, Antigua, and Saint Lucia. Each offers stunning beachfront settings, luxurious accommodations, and the many features that make the Sandals Luxury Included® experience. Having been named the Caribbean’s Leading Hotel Brand at the World Travel Awards for 18 years in a row, Sandals Resorts is the recognized standard of romantic beach vacations.
Beaches is an all-inclusive resort group operated by Sandals.
The first Beaches Resort opened in 1997 and was a brand born from the insistent requests of couples who loved Sandals Resorts and wanted a similar experience to share with their families.
Now a truly beloved brand in the densely-packed family vacation market, having been voted the World’s Leading Family All-Inclusive Resort for 14 years in a row, Beaches Resorts has established itself as the ultimate family-friendly all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean, offering an unforgettable vacation experience for guests of all ages
Launched in 2008, the Grand Pineapple Beach Resort brand offers guests an inviting setting to affordably enjoy the best beaches in the Caribbean.
Grand Pineapple Beach Negril pairs an all–inclusive resort experience with a great beachfront location and tremendous value to provide guests with the best of what the Caribbean region has to offer – a warm unpretentious welcome, friendly service, and the pleasure of a wide and wonderful white–sand beach.
Located in the Exumas chain in the Bahamas, the Fowl Cay Resort offers six private one-, two- and three-bedroom villas outfitted with casually elegant furnishings to complement the stunning surroundings.
At Fowl Cay, everything is included in the price of your Villa, and then some. From meals and drinks to a dedicated golf cart, beach cruisers, and even a motorboat for fishing or to explore neighboring beaches and cays. All villas are also equipped with a fully-stocked kitchen, modern electronics, Molton Brown amenities, and all the details of a true vacation beach home
The Private Villas of Sandals & Beaches are a collection of four spectacular beachfront homes that capture the very essence of fine Jamaican living.
Located across the island, the homes each have a personality of their own from the stunning beauty of the 14-acre Rio Chico, to the laid back easy-going charm of Sundown, and from the luxurious pampering at Villa Plantana, to the quiet peacefulness of Lime Acre, there is something for everyone in this collection of very fine private homes in Jamaica.
There is a choice for U.S. travelers when selecting Hawaii or the Caribbean as a vacation destination. Both destinations have beautiful beaches, but when it comes to a safe, ultra-luxury, and affordable all-inclusive experience, Sandals and the Caribbean are still the only natural choice.