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Authentic Caribbean Holidays

Are you looking for an authentic Caribbean holiday experience? If so, you have come to the right place.

Essence of the Caribbean offers unique holidays for travellers seeking authentic experiences, far from the madding crowds - stay in charming locally-managed small hotels and B&Bs, spend time with hand-picked local guides and discover the real Caribbean.

We offer individual tailor-made itineraries just for you as well as a number of small group tours, each led by an experienced guide. 

Our unique holidays are currently offered in Barbados, Grenada, St Lucia and the Bahamas with more destinations to follow.

We have hand-picked each property for the warmth of its hospitality, location and local charm. They are mostly small hotels, plantation inns and B&Bs - the sort of hidden gems which reflect the Caribbean.  

Similarly, our local guides are personally known to us - each of them will create the sort of experiences and insights which you simply don't get on the usual excursion. 

You will return from your holiday feeling not only relaxed and refreshed but also feeling that you have truly got under the skin of your chosen destination.

For your protection, our holidays are financially protected under ATOL number 10803.

Experience the real Caribbean!

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Many of the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. But ATOL protection does not apply to all holiday and travel services listed on this website. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. If you do not receive an ATOL cErtificate then the booking will not be ATOL protected. If you do receive an ATOL Certificate, but all the parts of your trip are not listed on it, those parts will not be ATOL protected. Please see our booking conditions for information, of for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: