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Caribbean Single Travel

The Caribbean is generally thought of as a couple’s destination. So much so that some hotels have been known to charge a ‘single supplement’ for a room that they would prefer to sell as a double. This is not universal, though, and in fact there are now a few hotels that cater specifically for single travellers.

The Caribbean is not generally an uncomfortable place as a single traveller, either as a man or a woman. If your aim is to hide yourself away in a nice setting or to pursue a particular interest, then the Caribbean has always had many small and personable inns with friendly staff that will welcome you and look after you extremely well. It is usually perfectly acceptable to wander into a bar or beach bar alone and it will be fine. And in restaurants and dining room they won’t put you in the corner behind a pillar if asked. Finally, there is usually no problem joining in on many of the communal activities, such as yacht cruises and excursions, or walks into the rainforest.

Only a few hotels are especially designed to cater for solo travellers. There is no standardisation across the region of course, but some offer programmes for people to join to keep them busy, and at dinner there may be communal tables where you can sit, even 'companions’ to keep you company.

If you are looking for a place just 'to be' and to be left alone with your book or your paints, there are plenty of places that will enrich your soul and restore your body.  The people of the Caribbean are ever welcoming and friendly, so travelling alone is likely to be an empowering experience and a great way to integrate yourself in Caribbean life if you wish.

For the best places, choose an island and read our guide for single travel.

Accommodation for Single Travel

  • Blue Haven Hotel,Tobago Boutique/Small Hotels & Inns

    A 55-room hotel set on a cliff-top above an attractive beach on the south coast of Tobago. Stylish yet low-key. Read more

  • Flamboyant Hotel & Villas,Grenada & Carriacou Hotels & Resorts

    A friendly, independent 67-room hotel set above the excellent Grand Anse beach in the South of Grenada. Read more

  • Rockhouse Hotel,Jamaica Boutique/Small Hotels & Inns

    A trendy, laid-back hotel on the cliffs in Negril, set in a series of stone walled and wooden, thatch-roofed cottages that line the cliff tops of the West End. Secluded and low-key, the 34-room Rockhouse has great tropical style and a distinctly cool vibe. Read more

  • The Gingerbread House,Trinidad B&Bs & Guest Houses

    Traditional 1920’s Trinidad house in Woodbrook, with three beautifully appointed en-suite rooms. Read more

  • The Ginger Lily Hotel,St Lucia Boutique/Small Hotels & Inns

    A small and friendly 8 room hotel set right in Rodney Bay in the north of St Lucia. Read more

  • Par-May-La's Inn,Trinidad B&Bs & Guest Houses

    Par-May-La’s Inn is renowned as a 'home away from home' for a wide range of travellers amid the hustle and bustle of Trinidad’s city life. 13 rooms. Read more

  • The Caves,Jamaica Boutique/Small Hotels & Inns

    A discreet and very hip hideaway on the cliffs in Negril, at Jamaica’s western tip. 12 cottages and an additional villa. Read more

  • Round Hill Hotel & Villas,Jamaica Hotels & Resorts

    Jamaica’s most refined hotel, in an exquisite setting of villas and hotel rooms on a hillside and private peninsular just west of Montego Bay. 36 rooms and 27 villas with 74 suites. Read more

  • Villa Beach Cottages,St Lucia Villa & Condo Resorts

    Twenty pretty gingerbread villa suites set right on Choc Bay Beach between Castries and Rodney Bay in the north of St Lucia. Read more

  • Chilterns - Schooner Bay,Barbados Condos, Penthouses & Suites

    A contemporary, deluxe one-bedroom apartment with partial sea views, set over two levels within the Schooner Bay beachfront development near Speightstown. Sleeps 2. Read more

  • Maca Bana,Grenada & Carriacou Villa & Condo Resorts

    12 rooms in six villas overlooking a secluded cove in the south of Grenada. Romantic and comfortable gem, with all mod cons and fantastic views. Read more

  • Cooper Island Beach Club,British Virgin Islands Boutique/Small Hotels & Inns

    An informal and often lively 10-room hotel on a pretty and virtually private island in the BVI, popular with sailors and divers. Good value. Read more

  • Country Country Beach Cottages,Jamaica Boutique/Small Hotels & Inns

    A delightful small hotel with funky Caribbean style set right on Negril’s famous beach. 20 rooms. Read more

  • Twinkle,Antigua and Barbuda Cottages & Apartments

    A bijou and romantic chattel house style studio full of character and charm, with wonderful views across English Harbour to Nelson’s Dockyard. Sleeps 2. Read more

  • Fort Recovery Beachfront Villa & Suites Hotel,British Virgin Islands Villa & Condo Resorts

    A delightful cluster of 29 villa-style suites and an eight-bedroom beach house, set on a quiet beach near Tortola’s lively West End. A very low-key getaway for those seeking a relaxed setting with a therapeutic ambiance. Scuba nearby Read more

  • Point View Apartments,Barbados Cottages & Apartments

    Simple, well-priced apartments (8) with a swimming pool on the South Coast, close to windsurfing and kitesurfing action at Silver Sands. Read more

  • Ascot Great House,Barbados B&Bs & Guest Houses

    A guest house with 11 rooms in Gibbs on the West Coast of Barbados for independent travellers on a self-catering, room only basis, or works as an entire villa. Well positioned, inexpensive and very low-key. Read more

  • Little Arches Hotel,Barbados Boutique/Small Hotels & Inns

    A delightful 10-room hotel, tucked away on the South Coast just across the road from the excellent Enterprise Beach; family run. Excellent dining room. Child-free zone. Read more

  • Villa Caribbean Dream,St Lucia B&Bs & Guest Houses

    An utterly charming private house sitting on a hilltop at the southernmost tip of St Lucia giving magical views of the coast and sea. The six guest rooms, which include apartments, are perfect for solo travellers or couples looking for an inexpensive, off-the-beaten-track, low key getaway retreat with massage, complementary therapies and homeopathy available. Read more

  • Anchorage Inn,Antigua and Barbuda Boutique/Small Hotels & Inns

    A friendly, family-owned inn with some self-catering rooms in the north of Antigua, within easy reach of the Dickenson Bay beach, St John’s and the airport. 40 rooms and studios. Read more

  • K'ai Etoile,Antigua and Barbuda Cottages & Apartments

    Perched on a hillside above English Harbour, with striking views across to Nelson’s Dockyard, this pretty wooden cottage is big on traditional rusticity. Sleeps 3-4. Read more

  • Sugar Mill Hotel,British Virgin Islands Boutique/Small Hotels & Inns

    One of the nicest small BVI hotels - friendly and comfortable set in pretty gardens within an old sugar estate on Tortola’s north shore. 23 bedrooms and a prize-winning dining room. Read more

  • Hawksbill by rex resorts,Antigua and Barbuda All-Inclusive

    A large all-inclusive Antigua hotel with 111 rooms stretched over four excellent beaches and waterfront on the western coast of the island. Good deal for solo travellers. Read more

  • The Sandpiper,Barbados Hotels & Resorts

    A friendly, well-loved, family-run luxury hotel set in pretty tropical garden fronting a classic Caribbean beach. There are 48 rooms and suites. Read more

  • Jakes,Jamaica Boutique/Small Hotels & Inns

    A fantastic, funky hideout in the delightful and dozy village of Treasure Beach, on Jamaica’s southern shore. 35 rooms. Read more

  • Strawberry Hill,Jamaica Boutique/Small Hotels & Inns

    An exquisite and fashionable 12-room hotel in modernised plantation style, set 3,000-feet above Kingston, in the Blue Mountains. Read more

  • Jamaica Inn,Jamaica Boutique/Small Hotels & Inns

    One of Jamaica’s loveliest hotels, set in its own cove just east of Ocho Rios, on one of the island’s prettiest beaches. 51 rooms. Read more

  • The Bodyholiday LeSPORT,St Lucia All-Inclusive

    A 155-room hotel which offers everything for the body on holiday, from sports and watersports to spa and holistic rejuvenation. Read more

  • Castara Retreats,Tobago Cottages & Apartments

    Wooden, Haiku-style cottages set above Castara Bay and a beautiful 200-metre stretch of beach. Read more

  • Sea-U Guest House,Barbados Boutique/Small Hotels & Inns

    A very attractive small hotel set in a classic Caribbean house and cottage above the wild Atlantic coast of Barbados. Just nine studios and suites (some with full kitchen) in pretty gardens. A well-priced retreat in a delightful, unexpected location. Read more

  • Fort Young Hotel,Dominica Hotels & Resorts

    The country’s premier flagship hotel on the Roseau waterfront, 71 luxury rooms and suites. Read more

  • Coral Reef Club,Barbados Hotels & Resorts

    Elegant, family-owned, West Coast, waterfront hotel, set among lovely gardens. Understated in its service, ambience and architecture. It has 88 rooms and 5 suites. Read more

  • Peach and Quiet,Barbados Boutique/Small Hotels & Inns

    A very personable, small 22-suite hotel tucked away on the South Coast of Barbados. Well priced, tranquil and ideal for independent-minded travellers. UPDATE, March 2013: Peach and Quiet is now closed and is up for sale. The current owners continue to maintain the property in the hope that new owners can be secured and it can re-open as a going concern. Read more

  • Almost Paradise,Grenada & Carriacou Cottages & Apartments

    A collection of cottages set into hillside gardens on the northern coast of Grenada, with views to the Grenadines. 8 rooms. Read more