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The Best Caribbean Island Vacation Destinations

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The Caribbean has some of the most beautiful vacation destinations in the world. This makes it popular with tourists worldwide. Many people, however, have trouble deciding which island to visit. Let’s look at the top Caribbean islands and what type of traveler each is best suited for.

18. Aruba

Aruba offers a diverse number of activities for people of all ages. On the one hand, it’s extremely family-friendly, with many resorts catering to families with kids. On the other hand, you can find many adult-centered activities, such as nightlife and a wide assortment of casinos. Aruba also has a slightly different landscape from many Caribbean islands, having more of a desert appearance rather than forests.

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17. Guadeloupe Islands

Experience French Caribbean in Guadeloupe Islands. Guadeloupe has over 12 sunny islands that cater to every type of traveler whether you’re traveling with kids, with a partner or opted for solo travel. You can experience everything from relaxing on the beach to taking a dip in one of the natural hot springs, deep-sea fishing, exploring the island on a quad, hiking through the lush jungle mountains and more. Plus, the new direct flights from the US to Guadeloupe islands makes traveling easy, fast, and accessible!

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16. St. Lucia

Widely considered one of the most beautiful of the Caribbean islands, St. Lucia has long been a popular spot for honeymooners. It features many all-inclusive resorts with lots of amenities, a lush landscape with mountains as well as pristine beaches. The island is also famous for its annual jazz festival, held each spring.

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15. Grenada

Take a trip to Grenada, the spice of the Caribbean where you’ll be welcomed by fresh Caribbean air and wafts of nutmeg. Grenada caters to every type of traveler whether you’re seeking adventure or relaxation. Discover the unspoiled landscapes through hiking, snorkeling, and visiting one of Grenada’s many historic sites. When you’re looking to soak up the sun, visit Anse Beach, a popular choice amongst tourists and locals alike. This beach features a 2-mile stretch of luxurious white sand and calm sea.

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14. Barbados

Barbados is one of the most multifaceted Caribbean islands, offering a wide range of accommodations and activities. It has places to stay for visitors of every budget and a diversity of landscapes and cultural activities. Visitors especially enjoy visiting the lively city of Bridgetown, which dates back to the 17th century. One of the island’s most spectacular attractions is Harrison’s Cave, an amazing formation that can be seen on a tramway.

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13. St. Barts

St. Barts, also known as St. Barths by the locals, is a destination full of relaxation and over-the-top luxury.  There’s a reason why so many celebrities and socialites consistently visit this tropical paradise destination. This pristine location is perfect for travelers who are seeking a sunny getaway. You can stay at one of the elite hotels such as the newly renovated Hotel Le Toiny St. Barth that will have you feeling like you’ve stepped into an interior design magazine. You can also rent one of St Barth’s villas that offer you a private getaway and be sure to visit one of St. Barts 16 beaches.

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12. Anguilla

Anguilla is most famous for its white beaches, and there are more than 30 of these to choose from. It’s one of the Caribbean’s smaller islands, so you can easily see the whole island if you’re there for a few days. This island is perfect for people looking for a quiet and less touristy Caribbean experience. At the same time, you can find some interesting nightlife here to stimulate you after a day relaxing on the beach.

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11. St. John

Since St. John is part of the U.S. Virgin Islands, U.S. citizens can visit without a passport. There are quite a few bargains on both St. Thomas and St. John right now, so it’s a good choice for travelers on a budget. Snorkelers should not miss visiting Trunk Bay, one of the best snorkeling spots in all of the Caribbean for seeing amazing marine life.

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10. St. Martin/ St. Maarten

St. Martin/St. Maarten took a huge hit when Hurricane Irma struck in 2017 but thankfully the island is almost completely restored to its natural beauty. This small island offers a unique experience as you can enjoy 3 distinct cultures from Dutch on one side to French on the other, and a blend of both combined with the exotic native heritage. This captivating island is surrounded by turquoise water that offers swimming, sunbathing, and many watersports to provide you the perfect sunny vacation.  Stay at a luxury hotel or villas and enjoy delicious food at 1 of the 300 restaurants. Additionally, shopping is also duty-free and if you enjoy the nightlife, both the casinos and night clubs are open until dawn.

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9. Bermuda

Bermuda is recognized as one of the most elegant of the Caribbean islands, and also on the formal side. It has a strong British influence, and you can still find many places that serve traditional afternoon tea. Cricket matches are also easy to find. Bermuda is also a great destination for golfers, as the island has many world-class courses. This island is extremely convenient to reach from the Eastern U.S. Flights from New York to Bermuda are only two hours.

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8. Dominica

Travelers who appreciate lush natural beauty will surely enjoy a trip to Dominica. If you’re seeking adventure through hiking, snorkeling, and sightseeing or seeking relaxation through lounging by the ocean or taking a dip in one of the many natural sulfur hot springs, Dominica is where you’ll want to be! Dominica is also home to the Morne Trois Pitons National Park, 1 of 23 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Caribbean. They don’t call Dominica ‘The Nature Island’ for nothing!

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7. Antigua

Antigua is a small island that is often grouped with its nearby neighbor Barbuda. A popular gambling destination, Antigua has a good selection of casinos. It also has plenty of other exciting nightlife, including great restaurants, cafes, and discos. The beaches are also spectacular, and you can find literally hundreds of them, with both white and pink sand.

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6. Grand Cayman

Grand Cayman, the largest of the Cayman Islands is a British Overseas Territory that blends culture, art, and nature to provide you a trip of a lifetime. Experience Cayman Island’s most popular attractions, Stingray City where you can get up close and personal with friendly stingrays by swimming, feeding and taking photos with them. On the west side of the island, you can visit the outstanding Seven Mile Beach where you can lounge by the ocean, snorkel and scuba dive, or wander the Seven Mile Shops.

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5. Vieques

This small island isn’t quite as popular as some of its neighbors, and many visitors consider that a good thing. Vieques is perhaps the best Caribbean island for truly getting away from it all. It has fewer than 10,000 inhabitants, giving it a bit of a deserted island look. The island is a popular honeymoon destination and it’s also a favorite of eco-tourists, who are drawn to the protected area known as Mosquito Bay.

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4. Curaçao

Head 90 miles north of Venezuela, and you’ll find the island of Curaçao, a beautiful destination that offers one of the liveliest urban centers in the Caribbean. Curaçao is an excellent destination for travelers of all ages. You can experience the bustling nightlife, enjoy a day of golf, go on a shopping spree, experience nature at one of the beautiful parks, or lounge by one of Curaçao’s stunning turquoise beaches. You can even head to Willemstad, Curaçoas capital where you can take in the Dutch colonial architecture and get a distinctive Euro-Caribbean experience.

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3. Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is a commonwealth of the U.S., so citizens do not need a passport to visit this island. This is a bustling island full of activities. Cities such as San Juan and Ponce offer lots of historical sites as well as great food and nightlife. There are lots of different kinds of beaches, making it equally attractive for surfers, snorkelers or people who simply want to relax. Puerto Rico also has quite a few casinos both large and small.

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2. St. Kitts

St. Kitts is known for its pristine beaches, rainforested mountains, and white, grey and black sands. This Caribbean island would be a great destination for almost any type of traveler whether you’d like to relax by the beach or seek adventure through thrilling activities. Consider ziplining through the lush rainforest, go snorkeling at Dieppe Bay Beach, sail on a catamaran to Nevis, or take a scenic ride on a railway tour that actually used to be an old sugar train.

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1. Jamaica

Jamaica attracts travelers of many different types. Some come to see the amazing flora and wildlife, including many exotic species of birds. Others come to experience the famous Reggae music scene, which had its birthplace on this island. Others are drawn to the many great deals available on Jamaica, especially when it comes to all-inclusive resorts. Finally, many golfers come to Montego Bay, known for having the best golf courses in all of the Caribbean.

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