Instagram journey in St Vincent & the Grenadines

Genie Austin heads west from her native Barbados to the SVG archipelago, where the sand may not be golden, but the pristine beaches, quiet cays and colourful buildings are the Caribbean at its tranquil best

British Virgin Islands tourism showing signs of recovery after Hurricane Irma

Now is the time to visit the islands, says one UK operator, as cruise and sailing tourism return nearly five months after the devastating storm – while rebuilding continues on land.

Julian Worker has written a number of travel books including

Travels through History : France

Travels through History – The Balkans: Journeys in the former Yugoslavia

Travels through History – Northern Ireland and Scotland

Caribbean travel update: after the hurricanes – how the worst-hit islands are recovering

Following hurricanes Irma and Maria, the most damaged islands are having to rebuild homes and infrastructure, before the often vital tourism industry can thrive again

Caribbean dream: mixing it up in the Grenadines

The Caribbean isn’t just for minor royals and hedge-fund hoorays. A DIY island-hopping adventure with local guides means great wildlife and an unaffected vibe

Ocho Rios: a Caribbean hideaway on Jamaica’s north coast

On the opposite coast to the island’s busy capital, Kingston, ‘Ochi’ is a tranquil but thriving haven with plenty to do, see and eat – and some characterful places to stay

‘The rhythm of Jamaica has always had an influence on my music’

Growing up, saxophonist YolanDa Brown’s Jamaican parents always told her their homeland was like paradise – and the food, beaches, culture and music were everything she’d dreamed of