It doesn't take any level of rocket science to determine that the Caribbean and the Mediterranean are two completely diverse and opposite destinations. The Caribbean has gained a reputation for being a tropical paradise while the Mediterranean prides itself on the freshest food in the world and stunning cliffside abodes. Of course, both of these destinations have so much more to offer than that, with many differences, such as the cost of travel, between each.

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When it comes time to plan a vacation for one of them, the decision is made that much harder just by knowing that these two are at the top of everyone's bucket lists. The last thing any traveler wishes to experience is a sense of FOMO over losing out on the destination they didn't choose, so it comes down to this: Is it worth it to splurge on that potential Mediterranean sunset, or to spend an extra week soaking up rays on some of the most gorgeous beaches in the world? Let us help you out.

Tropical Beaches Vs. Rocky Cliffsides

It's no secret that the Caribbean is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The photos alone have been enough to persuade people to hit that 'book' button faster than they normally would, and it helps that most resorts and hotels are oceanside or only a short walk to it. The views from any island are truly spectacular and, thankfully, there are many from which to choose from.

That is not to say that the beaches in the Mediterranean are any less spectacular; however, they do lack the exotic nature (literally) that comes with that of the Caribbean. In contrast, one can always expect crystal clear aqua waters, pure white sands, and places like Croatia, where the crowds are few and the beaches are less crowded.

Humid Temps Vs. Extremely Dry Heat

Caribbean summers are historically humid, more so than what many travelers are comfortable with. That's part of the reason that the Caribbean has become such a popular destination during the spring, fall, and winter months - where it's cold in the northern hemisphere, it's warm and perfectly temperate in the islands. The summer months also see more rainfall which can put a damper (literally) on any vacation when the goal is to enjoy the region's beaches.

The beach season in the Mediterranean is from April to roughly November, but with good weather that actually lasts from sometime in May until about September. The winters in the Mediterranean are much cooler than those in the Caribbean, however, this might be preferable over the hotter temps of the islands. Cyprus and Costa del Sol are the two best spots to visit during the off-season for those looking for cooler, but not entirely frigid, temperatures, according to Tourist Maker.

Underwater Excursions Vs. Taking It In By Land

When it comes to exploring underwater worlds, the Caribbean winds, hands-down. Thanks to the abundance of tropical marine life, underwater flora and fauna, and reefs, there's no shortage of places to snorkel and dive. Shipwrecks also dot the Caribbean, making for a truly unique underwater experience.

While the Mediterranean also has some shipwrecks, snorkeling and diving are less popular activities. The sea is much better appreciated either from the beach or from a boat, and while it is possible to snorkel and dive, nothing is as colorful or diverse as the Caribbean's tropical waters.

Towns Vs. Cities

The Caribbean is home to many historical towns and even some which hold the allure of pirate treasure, but it's a different feeling than that of Europe's coastlines. There are plenty of towns and villages to explore, and even cities on the larger islands, but nothing like those in the Mediterranean.

There, history reigns supreme and there's no shortage of cobblestone walkways to stroll down, historical sites to visit, or history to learn. The views from many of these historical sites are also fantastic, and many of them give way to small towns that are a pure joy to walk through. when it comes to towns and cities, the charm of the Mediterranean can't be beaten.

Exotic Cuisine Vs. Healthiest Cuisine

The cuisine in the Caribbean is a beautiful fusion of many different influences which is what makes it so memorable. There, visitors can get a taste of an island's authentic foods by visiting street vendors and local restaurants. Bold spices, local seafood, and methods of frying and searing are all part of the Caribbean's most traditional dishes.

Throughout the Mediterranean, travelers will be greeted with a cuisine that's been called the healthiest in the world. An abundance of fresh seafood, high-quality oils and vinegars, and local produce make up many restaurant menus. The flavors of the Mediterranean have a reputation for a reason, and it's truly one of a kind.

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