Breathtaking, awe-inspiring, memorable, exhilarating, pleasant; yes, the choice words used to describe the ever popular Caribbean destinations could go on and on. Truth be told, the Caribbean has to be on top of every avid traveler’s bucket list. Ask anyone about a top destination they would love to visit and a Caribbean island will come up. From the beautiful weather all year round, expansive beaches, white sands, panoramic scenery, the beautiful sea, exciting watersports to the luxurious accommodation, the Caribbean has everything going for it. Little wonder thenthat over 30 million visitors go down to the islands to have fun and escape the drudgery of city life.
If you have plans for a dream vacation, this is the place to go but there’s a catch; with an estimated area of 2.754 million km², it is not easy to decide where to start. In this article, you will find the top destinations in the Caribbean and what to expect if you decide to visit. Have fun.
- The British Virgin Islands
This is the best-rated destination on most reviews and for many good reasons. It boasts the title of the most exclusive and least developed islands of the Caribbean. It is for this reason that people who want to enjoy the real spirit of the Caribbean region come here. The focus here is on luxury and giving visitors the best treatment they can’t find anywhere else. Among the best things, you will find here are the Baths at Virgin Gorda, Cane Garden Bay (Tortola), Anegada Island for the best sailing, watersports, food experiences and local cultural experiences. The exclusiveness of the British Virgin Islands adds to its attractiveness, finesse,and glamour.
Another gem for anyone who wishes to explore the true spirit of the Carribean. The Bahamas is a tourist haven for relaxation with its sun-drenched beaches ranking among the world’s best. The beautiful island chain offers everything your family needs to relax including sailing opportunities, best foods, luxurious accommodation, breathtaking beaches, water sports, a trip to The Exumas to see the swimming pigs, traditional food and drinks and so much more. Nassau the capital city has so much to offer its visitors including colonial history from the architectural structures such as the pink Government House and the 18th century Fort Fincastle among others.
Every visitor to the Caribbean will inadvertently have to try out Aruba because the island rates top on all reviews of the region. The Dutch enclave of Aruba has so much to offer including breath-taking white-sand beaches, beautiful natural landscape, watersport activities including snorkeling, diving, and windsurfing, land-based fun activities including horseback riding and hiking, nature visits to the Arikok National Wildlife Park, exploration of the city’s amazing colonial-era architecture, family fun at the Butterfly Farm among other attraction and exciting activities.
Anyone who has visited St. Lucia will attest to the awe-inspiring beauty of the sprawling chalk-colored beaches and towering mountains. The landscape will take away your breath and when you try out the upscale resorts you will not be in a hurry to leave the island. The amazing scenery coupled with the beautify weather has made this the most popular spot for honeymooners and you can have a very good time at the pristine beaches or even exploring the lush mountainsides. If you love music, you will enjoy the annual jazz festival during spring. Other places to visit include the Pigeon Island National Landmark, AnseChastanetandReduit Beach among others.
The mention of Barbados to any avid traveler or reader conjures images of a laid-back island with white sand beaches, beautiful landscape and welcoming people. Well, all this is true about Barbados but there is still more. The island has over the years become the perfect winter getaway with average temperatures of between 24°C and 29°C.
There is so much to enjoy here including nature tours of the Welchman Hall Gully and Flower Forest and Harrison’s Cave, water activities including Snorkelling, surfing, diving and paddle boarding, 17th-century architecture and much more. The lively city of Bridgetown will keep you busy if you love the nightlife and of course the food here like on all Caribbean islands is delicious.
Jamaica is one of the most popular islands in the Caribbean and for many good reasons. You see, the mention of reggae music instantly gives you images of the island and you will definitely get a taste of it when you visit. Now there is much more to Jamaica than Reggae music and visitors will love the incredible beaches such as the Negril’s Seven Mile Beach, breath-taking waterfalls in the east,the beaches of Montego Bay, the urban life of Kingston City, amazing flora and wildlife, the best golf courses in the Caribbean, prime hiking and bird watching and so much more. Anything you need to complete your Caribbean tour is available in Jamaica.
- Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico has always been a favorite destination for visitors from the U.S, Canada and Europe and for many good reasons. The island gives you a tranquil retreat but on the other hand, you can enjoy a rum-soaked nightlife at the same time. You will enjoy the Spanish colonial buildings of San Juan (such as the Castillo San Felipe del Morro), shopping in large malls, colorful Puerto Rican wildlife at the El Yunque Rainforest, blissful beaches, 23 world class golf courses, three incredible bioluminescent bays.
Of course there are other great destinations in the Caribbean that you must visit including the small and exclusive island of Vieques, Anguilla which is most famous for its white beaches, Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, Grand Cayman Islands, St Martin / St Maarten, Turks and Caicos Islands, Providenciales, Guadeloupe among others.
There are some incredible attractions such as Jade Mountain in St. Lucia, Cartagena, Jamaica’s GoldenEye, Panamanian archipelago of Bocas del Toro, Aruba’s Eagle Beach, Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival and the La Soufrière Volcano in the Mountainous St. Vincent. Every minute you spend in the Caribbean islands are filled with fun, learning,and thrill and for this reason, you need to include these destinations in your next vacation.