Caribbean Beach

Whether you have a Caribbean cruise coming up or you’re just dreaming of white sands and sparkling waters, get into the laidback, island way of life with our list of eight books set in the Caribbean. From pirate stories to modern-day entrepreneurs trading in the daily grind for the beach lifestyle – sun, sea and sand practically emanate from these pages. Which one is your favourite? 

1. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson

First published in 1883, Treasure Island tells the story of Jim Hawkins in the age of buccaneering and pirates. Jim searches the Caribbean for the buried treasure of Captain Flint, coming across iconic characters such as Billy Bones and Long John Silver. 

Famous the world over, Treasure Island is celebrated for its swashbuckling sense of adventure and influence on the public perceptions of pirates.

2. Out From Nassau, Fia B. Scheyer 

Out From Nassau is set during the 1920s prohibition; a time when illegal booze was being smuggled into the Bahamas. The book blends both fact and fiction, conjuring the lives of Bahamian women of the time in vivid detail. 

Bring it with you on one of our Caribbean cruises to Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas. White sand beaches and aquamarine waters make it the perfect place for relaxing and snorkelling. 

3. A Trip to the Beach, Melinda Blanchard

A Trip to the Beach is a memoir by husband and wife Melina and Bob Blanchard, set on the idyllic island of Anguilla. The couple move to the Caribbean from Vermont in search of a slower pace of life. Anguilla is the location they choose for what quickly becomes an award-winning restaurant business, and they seem to lead a picture-perfect existence until the arrival of Hurricane Luis. 

A Trip to the Beach is both a love letter to the island of Anguilla, and a story about adapting when life doesn’t quite go to plan. 

4. An Embarrassment of Mangoes: a Caribbean Interlude, Ann Vanderhoof

If you’ve ever been tempted to leave the real world behind for a tropical paradise, this is the book for you. An Embarrassment of Mangoes tells the story of Ann Vanderhoof and her husband Steve, who quit their steady jobs in Canada for a life in a 42-foot sailboat. Experience all of the adventure with none of the risk by packing this lavish novel with you on your Caribbean holiday. 

5. A Caribbean Mystery, Agatha Christie 

Miss Marple sets sail for paradise in A Caribbean Mystery. But as she’s trying to relax in a glittering Caribbean resort, she’s informed by a mystery writer that one of their fellow guests may be a killer – and so a yarn of suspense and twists and turns begin. The book takes place at the fictional Golden Palm resort on St Honoré, and was filmed on Barbados. Perfect for those who love their detective novels both classic and sun-soaked. 

6. Praisesong for the Widow, Paule Marshall 

Written in 1983, Praisesong for the Widow follows Avey Johnson, detailing her past and present on the island of Carriacou. The novel is a story of emotional resilience and development, and also includes sweeping descriptions of the Grenadian island. A visit to Carriacou will reveal secluded beaches and picturesque harbours. 

7. Don’t Stop the Carnival, Herman Wouk 

Don’t Stop the Carnival is a 1965 book about a New Yorker escaping the rat race when he reaches middle age. He buys a hotel on a fictional island, and the book follows his exploits. Although the book is set on a fictional island, it’s thought to be based on the Bahamas, making it the perfect one to pack in your beach bag. 

8. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Price of Freedom, Ann C Crispin 

Pirates of the Caribbean fans will love this 2011 novel by Ann C. Crispin. Follow the adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow as a boy, and his journey to becoming captain. Comprising epic Caribbean landscapes, thrilling pirate adventures and well-loved characters, this is your ideal beach read on the shores of Jamaica or St Lucia. 

Inspired to head for the bleached sands and laidback lifestyle of the Caribbean? Browse our Barbados and Bahamas cruises for more inspiration.