When you look at a map, the Caribbean doesn't look all that impressive. You see a bunch of little specks of land surrounded by large swaths of water. Those little pieces of land include places that aren't always household names like Montserrat, Anguilla, and Saint Kitts and Nevis. Lest we forget Turks and Caicos Island.

While some of the names may not be familiar, the fact is that the Caribbean is a popular vacation region. Those little dots on the map often turn out to be island paradises. There are more than 7,000 islands, islets, reefs, and cayes in the Caribbean, after all, and many of them are sparsely populated and stunningly beautiful.

The biggest challenge you might face in planning your trip is choosing where in the Caribbean to go. All of the nations feature excellent weather. Most feature beautiful beaches. You can enjoy the waters in most of the Caribbean nations and as is often the case with island nations, you will be welcomed warmly by the locals. Indeed, picking one destination is a tough challenge. Here are some resources to help you do some research.

Unless you can walk on water or you cruise the Caribbean, the best way to visit is to fly. Some destinations have more frequent and cheaper flights than others. You should do some comparison shopping on flights to the Caribbean, and if you are planning on flying there during the Christmas holiday weeks it's important to book as early as possible because prices will just keep going up as those weeks draw near.

The Caribbean offers a wide array of accommodations options. You can stay at a 5-star hotel or you can stay in a shack on a beach. Check out the Caribbean hotels that are available to get a better idea of the various options. If you are on a tight budget then the Caribbean could be challenging. There are a few Caribbean hostels that might help you save some money, but there are also some cheap hotels mixed in with those listings so it's a good idea to search those for anything short of a resort.

Many people see the Caribbean from a cruise ship. There is no shortage of cruises that will take you through the region. Cruise and Vacation Travel Packages is the place to go to find the cruise or vacation package that is right for you.

Have fun in paradise!