21 best Caribbean; holidays

1 Dolphins in the Bahamas

Swim with dolphins on a 10-day trip to the Bahamas with Discover The World (tel: 01737 218800). Prices to be confirmed, but last year it cost pounds 1,600 per person, based on two sharing, including flights, and room-only.

2 Jamaican hedonism

Spend seven nights at Jamaica's wildest all-inclusive resorts, Hedonism II and III, with Funway Holidays (tel: 0181-466 0222) from pounds 1,269 per person, based on two sharing, including return flights.

3 Caribbean by yacht

Sail the Caribbean with Sunsail (tel: 02392 222222) on a 40ft self-catering boat from pounds 490 per person, based on six sharing, including all flights and transfers.

4 Horseriding in St Lucia

Equitours (tel: 01865-511642) offers horseriding in St Lucia from pounds 825 per person, including full-board and hire of a horse and guide. Flights extra.

5 Dominican beaches

Thomson Holidays (tel: 0990 502399) offers seven nights at the Luperon Beach Resort in the Dominican Republic for pounds 699 per person, based on two sharing, including return flights, transfers, full-board and a scuba-diving lesson.

6 Caribbean wedding

Thomson Holidays (tel: 0161-911 8338) can arrange a wedding with the previous holiday for an extra pounds 415 per couple, including ceremony, licence and registrar fees and all the usual trimmings.

7 Caribbean cruises

Thomson Cruises (tel: 0990 502562) will combine the seven-night all-inclusive Venezuelan Voyage and Windward Voyage for a two-week cruise from pounds 999 per person, based on two sharing, including return flights.

8 Bahamian Millennium

See in the new millennium in the Bahamas with Caribbean Connection (tel: 01244 355300) from pounds 1,664 per person, based on two sharing, including return flights, transfers and room-only.

9 Diving in the Caymans

Harlequin (tel: 01708 850300) offers a seven-night self-catering diving holiday in Grand Cayman from pounds 1,117 per person, based on two sharing, including return flights and transfers.

10 Cycling in Cuba

Explore Cuba's history and politics on a two-week biking adventure with Exodus (tel: 0181-675 5550). Prices from pounds 1,395, based on two sharing, including return flights and transfers, full-board and vehicle support. Bike hire extra.

11 St Lucia by bike

Ten nights biking in the jungle in St Lucia with Caribbean Connection (tel: 01244 355 300) costs from pounds 1,339 per person, based on two sharing, including return flights, transfers and half-board.

12 Golfing in Jamaica

Caribtours (tel: 0171-581 3517) offers a seven-night all-inclusive golfing break in Jamaica from pounds 1,319 per person, based on two sharing, including return flights.

13 Cooking on Grenada

Harlequin (tel: 01708 850300) is offering a culinary week next August at The Calabash resort, Grenada. Last year's bash featured celebrity chef Gary Rhodes. Dates and prices to be confirmed.

14 Exclusive St Barthelemy

Hide away for seven nights at Eden Rock on the island of St Barthelemy with Elegant Tours (tel: 01244 897999). Prices from pounds 1,445 per person, including return flights, transfers and b&b.

15 Nevis heritage

Spend seven days on the plantation in Nevis that is famed as home to Fanny Nisbet, wife of Lord Nelson, with Elegant Resorts (tel: 01244 897999). Prices from pounds 1,315, based on two sharing, including return flights, transfers and half-board.

16 Children's Bahamas

Children can explore the natural world at the Atlantis Paradise Island resort on the Bahamas with BA Travel Shops (tel: 0845-606 0747). Prices start from pounds 819 per person, based on two sharing, including return flights and full-board. Children aged 2-11 sharing a room with two adults stay free.

17 Hiking in Trinidad

Spend 14 days hiking and kayaking in Trinidad and Tobago with Trips Worldwide (tel: 0117-987 2626). Prices from pounds 2,165 per person, based on two sharing, including flights and accommodation with some meals.

18 Birdwatching in Tobago

Naturetrek (tel: 01962 733051) offers a 14-day birdwatching trip to Trinidad and Tobago for pounds 1,995 per person, based on two sharing, including flights and full-board.

19 St Lucia rainforest

Caribbean Expressions (tel: 0171-431 2131) offers seven nights near the rainforest on St Lucia from pounds 1,380 per person, based on two sharing, including return flights, transfers and b&b.

20 Bahamas excavation

Call Earthwatch (tel: 01865-311600) to join a team excavating prehistoric villages in the Bahamas. The price is pounds 990, including full-board. Flights extra.

21 Go Spanish in Cuba

Caledonian Languages Abroad (tel: 0131-621 7721) offers two-week Spanish- language and Latin-dance courses from pounds 495 per person, including courses and half-board. Flights extra.

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