21 days in Caribbean Itinerary

21 days in Caribbean Itinerary

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21 days in Caribbean Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  26​h
1
Oranjestad, Aruba
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Philipsburg, St. Maarten-St. Martin
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Trois-Ilets, Martinique
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  2​h
4
Bridgetown, Barbados
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Soufriere, St. Lucia
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  32​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

3
nights
Oranjestad, Aruba

Oranjestad ©
When vacationing on Aruba, don't miss taking a tour of Oranjestad, the capital of the small Caribbean island.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Donkey Sanctuary Aruba and Scuba & Snorkeling. Visiting Palm Beach and Arikok National Park will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Baby Beach in San Nicolas (about 32 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: visit a coastal fixture at California Lighthouse, enjoy the sand and surf at Arashi Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Butterfly Farm.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Oranjestad trip itinerary maker.

Melbourne, Australia to Oranjestad is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST), which is usually a -14 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Oranjestad when traveling from Melbourne in January, with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Philipsburg.

Things to do in Oranjestad

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Palm - Eagle Beach, Baby Beach, Arashi Beach, California Lighthouse
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 27:
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Donkey Sanctuary Aruba ©
Donkey Sanctuary Aruba
Baby Beach ©
Baby Beach
Palm Beach ©
Palm Beach

6
nights
Philipsburg, St. Maarten-St. Martin

Philipsburg ©
Take a trip to Philipsburg, the capital of Sint Maarten, and enjoy dynamic nightlife and great shopping.
Get outdoors at Orient Bay Beach and Baie Rouge. Relax by the water at Little Bay Beach and Happy Bay Beach. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Le Galion Beach, kick back and relax at Friar's Bay, examine the collection at Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit, and stop by Caribbean Gems.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Philipsburg route maker.

Traveling by flight from Oranjestad to Philipsburg takes 4.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Trois-Ilets.

Things to do in Philipsburg

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Saint-Martin, Sint Maarten, Cupecoy Bay Beach, Orient Bay Beach, Le Galion Beach
Find places to stay Jan 27 — Feb 2:
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Little Bay Beach ©
Little Bay Beach
Orient Bay Beach ©
Orient Bay Beach
Le Galion Beach ©
Le Galion Beach

3
nights
Trois-Ilets, Martinique

Trois-Ilets ©
Named after three nearby islands, Trois-Ilets remains a small town few casual travelers ever get to explore.
Get some historical perspective at La Savane des Esclaves and Habitation Clement. Escape the urban bustle at Presqu'ile de la Caravelle and Grande Anse des Salines. Change things up with these side-trips from Trois-Ilets: Schoelcher Library (in Fort-de-France), Plage des Salines (in Sainte-Anne) and Habitation Saint-Etienne (in Gros-Morne). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Anse Noire and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find out how to plan a trip to Trois-Ilets, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Philipsburg to Trois-Ilets in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and flight. In February in Trois-Ilets, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Bridgetown.

Things to do in Trois-Ilets

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Les Anses d'Arlet, Sainte-Anne, Presqu'ile de la Caravelle, Schoelcher Library, Habitation Saint-Etienne
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 5:
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Grande Anse des Salines ©
Grande Anse des Salines
Presqu'ile de la Caravelle ©
Presqu'ile de la Caravelle
Anse Noire ©
Anse Noire

3
nights
Bridgetown, Barbados

Bridgetown ©
Bridgetown is the capital and largest city of Barbados. Explore hidden gems such as Crane Beach and Soup Bowl. Get some historical perspective at Andromeda Botanic Gardens and Gun Hill Signal Station. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bridgetown: Saint Philip Parish (Sunbury Plantation House & Bottom Bay) and Bathsheba Beach (in Bathsheba). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Barbados Concorde Experience, take a memorable tour with Tours, take in nature's colorful creations at Hunte's Gardens, and kick back and relax at Dover Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Bridgetown online visit planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Trois-Ilets to Bridgetown in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in February, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Soufriere.

Things to do in Bridgetown

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Saint Joseph Parish, Saint Philip Parish, Gun Hill Signal Station, Barbados Concorde Experience, Dover Beach
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 8:
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Soup Bowl ©
Soup Bowl
Crane Beach ©
Crane Beach
Bottom Bay ©
Bottom Bay

3
nights
Soufriere, St. Lucia

Home to some of Saint Lucia's landmark buildings and natural features, Soufriere provides travelers with an engaging and direct route into the center of island life.
Get some cultural insight at Zaka Art Cafe and Morne Coubaril Estate. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Anse Cochon Beach will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Gros Piton, take in the natural beauty of Sulphur Springs, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tet Paul Nature Trail, and admire the natural beauty at Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Soufriere online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Bridgetown to Soufriere takes 4 hours. In February in Soufriere, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Soufriere

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Gros Piton, Anse Cochon Beach
Find places to stay Feb 8 — 11:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Anse Cochon Beach ©
Anse Cochon Beach
Zaka Art Cafe ©
Zaka Art Cafe

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