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Camping in the Caribbean

Camping is one of the more contentious holidays; you either love it or you hate it. If you hate it, it’s probably because of the memories of small cramped tents, creased clothes, mud, sand and bugs. Recently however, camping is enjoying a renaissance in the form of Glamping (glamorous camping) which replaces the sleeping bag with a bed, the cramped tent with a palatial space and clothes in a bag to clever storage solutions.

Camping in the Caribbean is fairly popular, though campers shouldn’t just assume they can set up wherever they like. Actually camping on the beach is illegal in most places and is general considered inadvisable in the first place, simply from a safety perspective. Instead, you would be better off looking for official places to camp; while it might not be as spontaneous as you’d like, it will still be worth the trip and much more secure in the long run. The Cinnamon Bay campground at St. John offers camping around the beach the largest beach on the island, though if you are bringing your own gear it’s first come first served so you want to make sure you get there early for one of the best spots. You could find yourself camped near the beach, or nestled amongst the trees, either way you’ll be surrounded by the stunning natural beauty of the Island, which has been carefully preserved. There are plenty of fun activities on offer too, including snorkeling through the gorgeous reefs and seeing the indigenous flora, and each site is private and within easy access to everything you could want or need.

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Alternatively, the White Bay campground at Jost Van Dyke is great if you’re looking to relax and let your cares melt away. This is the place where you can go and get settled in to your new pitch and spend the rest of the night lying back and sharing stories with other campers; it’s great for a feeling of closeness and community. In fact, the site prides itself on being ‘stress-free’, so it’s definitely worth considering if that’s the kind of holiday you’re in the mood for. Additionally, White Bay is also home to a regular music festival ever December, as well as regularly providing live music for campers, restaurants, BBQ nights and more. You can even bring your own instruments if you can play, in fact it’s practically encouraged! This site is a little bit off the beaten track, but don’t let that put you off; the prices are affordable and the site offers a discount during the off-season, so you could take advantage of that and enjoy a quieter, more private experience.

Traveling is exciting and introduces us to new experiences. Just because you like the finer things in life doesn’t mean you don’t go camping. Now you can be as close to nature as you like with all the comforts of a luxury resort (well almost). In the Caribbean, there are plenty of wondrous sights to be seen and the weather is so good that it would be a mistake not to camp.

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