A getaway on a secluded island in the Caribbean is one of the best experiences you can have. Larger islands like Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica offer more security and modern amenities, but more isolated islands like the Cayman’s or private islands in Barbados will have very few of the modern essentials you are used to. Hopefully, your stay will be enjoyable and free of problems. However, certain instances would merit a trip to the mainland.
Electricity is somewhat essential in maintaining modern standards of living. Lights, the television, and your phone are some of the critical items that rely on power. Secluded islands can be isolated from the mainland, requiring generators for electricity. Extended stays can have you running out of fuel or encountering equipment problems that would need a trip to the mainland for repairs. Stock up on enough fuel for your stay, but be wary of theft or pilferage. If you are staying for months at a time or maybe even longer, it might be prudent to take your generator out for maintenance or buy a newer model.
Island living should be close to paradise, but very few people can be satisfied with a constant diet of fish and coconut water. Standard grocery fare including meat, grains, bread, alcohol, sodas, and chips all require a trip to the mainland. Storage options would depend on whether your island has a steady source of electricity for refrigeration. Otherwise, more trips to the mainland would be inevitable.
Extreme Weather Conditions
The Caribbean is famous for sunny and warm weather throughout most of the year. However, instances of extreme weather have hit the region, resulting in multiple casualties. Tropical storms and incessant rain can be a big problem, especially if you’re isolated on a remote island. Emergency relief services may get bogged down, and communication lines can get cut. Make sure to stay updated on weather changes and don’t hesitate to evacuate to safer areas once a storm or hurricane is predicted to hit.
The majority of tourists that travel to the Caribbean experience no significant incidents. However, there are a few unlucky ones who get some form of food poisoning or contract a tropical disease. Secluded islands don’t have the necessary medical facilities to treat some of these cases, and it’s better to err on the safe side when dealing with medical issues on foreign land. Make sure to get the necessary shots before your trip, opt for well-cooked food, and when in doubt, drink bottled water.
Accidents can sometimes be unavoidable when you’re having fun. Injuries from watersports, wildlife, or the environment may require more than just the usual first aid. Lacerations, puncture wounds, and broken bones can require urgent medical treatment, and immediate transportation is crucial. Have a boat ready at all times or at least maintain communication lines with your ride.
The Caribbean is one of the best places to visit for short trips or extended stays. Isolated islands come with a bit of uncertainty and risk, but all that is overpowered by the sheer beauty and novelty of having a whole beach all to yourself.