From a pulsing reggae beat to the waves lapping the beach, volcanoes to casinos, all kinds of water sports to great golf and tennis, the Caribbean has something to delight any traveler. Whether you're looking for an active adventure or a relaxing escape, a spectacular honeymoon suite or a quiet retreat, a ritzy golf resort and spa or a kid-friendly resort, you'll find it in the Caribbean. This book gives you information on - The most popular islands - Aruba, Barbados, The British Virgin Islands, Grand Cayman, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, Sint Maarten/St. Martin, and The U.S. Virgin Islands; handling your money, including the currency used on each island and tipping recommendations; all sorts of accommodations, ranging from a Palladian-style mansion to two-story rondavels designed like Tiki huts on stilts and from a plantation-style retreat to rustic villas; the best beaches, including Palm Beach on Aruba, Gold Coast on Barbados; seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman, Luquillo Beach on Puerto Rico, and more; intriguing ideas for active vacations, including exploring the cunucu by Jeep in Aruba, windsurfing in Barbados, scaling Jamaica's highest peaks, hiking in a Puerto Rican rainforest, and more; great scuba diving, including wreck diving in Aruba and the British Virgin Islands, the famous Cayman Wall, and more; great golf courses, including some designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., Robert Trent Jones, Jr., and Tom Fazio; where to shop for everything from European china, jewelry, perfumes, and linens to flavored rums, Jamaican coffees, and Puerto Rican carnival masks. 'Caribbean for dummies' includes - Down-to-earth trip-planning advice; what you shouldn't miss and what you can skip; the best hotels and restaurants for every budget; handy Post-it Flags to mark your favorite pages; fishing; snorkeling; tennis facilities; sailing and windsurfing; casinos, shows, and discos; intriguing cuisine, including Nuevo Latino, West Indian, and French plus local fare like cod fritters, conch, and all kinds of seafood concoctions. Beautiful scenery ranging from sandy beaches to jungle-like forests.