Based on factors like quality of beaches, tourist attractions, nightlife, and comfortable accommodations we have compiled a list of ten Caribbean destinations that are worthy of being on this list.
While there are many other Caribbean islands that can easily join this list based on the aforementioned factors, the following destinations are our choice of the ten most visit-worthy Caribbean escapes.
Here they are in alphabetical order
The larger of the two islands that make up the independent state of Antigua and Barbuda, Antigua is an excellent retreat for travelers in search of tropical-paradise islands. Be it the surrounding coral reefs, pristine sandy beaches, the island’s architectural attractions, or simply the peace and tranquillity the island setting guarantees, the Antigua experience remains with you long after you are back to your daily grind – always beckoning you for a repeat visit.
Owing to its long association with the United Kingdom as a British Colony, Barbados is often referred to as “Little Britain.” When it comes to local traditions you will realize that the nickname fits the place perfectly, what with lazy afternoon teas and cricket being the national sport, among other things very English.
This island nation boasts all that makes a great holiday destination: white-sand beaches, a sprawling golf course, a cruise-ship port in the capital Bridgetown, botanical gardens, famous cave formations, architectural delights from the plantation era– St. Nicholas Abbey being a fine example, and much more.
Located in the Caribbean Sea, some ninety miles south of Cuba, the Cayman Islands include the Grand Cayman– by far the largest of the Caymans – and the Sister Islands comprising Little Cayman and Cayman Brac.
The Cayman Islands attract around 2 million tourists each year, most of them being cruise-ship passengers stopping over for a few hours of shopping, sightseeing or simply chilling on the beach enjoying the sun, sand, and sea. Swimming with stingrays is a popular activity among tourists before they call it a day and board their luxury liners.
For travelers who wish to spend some time exploring, the northern section of the Sister Islands has much to offer in terms of unspoiled beaches, luxuriant forests, mystifying caves, and more. The diverse bird life will impress the fussiest of bird watchers while below the surface of the surrounding seas, await some amazing shipwrecks you’d love to explore.
Northeast of Trinidad and Tobago, lies the “Island of Spice” – as Grenada is popularly known as because of its nutmeg and mace plantations. This Caribbean island-nation is made up of three larger islands namely Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique and a group of several smaller islands.
This picture-perfect West Indian destination is ideal for fishing, sailing, and hiking or biking through the lush, mountainous interiors of the islands.
The three main islands boast amazing beaches and marine wildlife. A great place to experience the thrill of diving among sharks and turtles and wonder at the sunken shipwrecks.
Havana is not only the capital of Cuba but also its largest city and province and its main port and commercial hub.
The first impression of the place is kind of different for most visitors, in that they are somewhat taken aback with the seemingly chaotic ambiance, but as you settle down you will see a method to the madness.
As “Lonely Planet” has so aptly put: “On first impressions, Havana can seem like a confusing jigsaw puzzle but work out how to put the pieces together and a beautiful picture emerges.”
A rich blend of African, Asian, Middle Eastern and European cultures, Jamaica is as cosmopolitan as cosmopolitan can be. The diversity is evident in the paradise island’s arts and crafts, sports, performing arts, and unique cuisine.
The island offers all that you can expect from a Caribbean destination, and more, including long beaches, rugged mountains, waterfalls, caves, protected coves, plenty of sunshine, and great nightspots where you can enjoy your favorite drinks and groove the night away to some Jamaican style music.
North of St. Lucia and south of Dominica, lies the enticing island of Martinique, a French outpost in the Caribbean Sea. West Indian warmth and color combine exceedingly well with French finesse to give you an excellent finished product – that is Martinique.
This mountainous island is volcanic in composition with Mont Pelée – the volcano that obliterated St. Pierre in 1902 – looming large over the rugged landscape.
While the capital Fort-de-France and its urban surroundings can be chaotic because of overcrowding, the surroundings become increasing pleasant and serene as you make your way north or south through some of the most beautiful scenery you can ever hope to set your eyes on.
While the northern part of Martinique is resplendent with lush mountainsides offering great panoramas of the surrounding areas, the south boasts amazing bays and coves and miles of pristine sandy beaches.
St. Kitts & Nevis
The Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis is a twin-island Commonwealth country located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea with its capital Basseterre situated on Saint Kitts, the larger of the two islands.
Dominated by the dormant Mount Liamuiga volcano, the island of Saint Kitts is home to a great crater lake, green velvet monkeys inhabiting the lush rainforests, and numerous crisscrossing hiking trails to enjoy the surroundings from.
The country offers some amazing must-see attractions such as the Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, Frigate Bay, Mount Liamuiga, Bloody Point, Museum of Nevis History, Romney Manor, Adonis Tour & Beach from Porte Zante, Nevis Botanical Gardens, Dolphin Discovery Saint Kitts, Royal Beach Casino, and many more attractions and sites.
The Eastern Caribbean island country of Saint Lucia, dominated by two dramatically conical mountains, like two inverted ice-cream cones – well somewhat, boasts some of the most promising sites for reef diving, amazing volcanic beaches, great luxury resorts, and picturesque fishing villages.
Add to that the interior rainforest leading to cascading waterfalls like the 15m-high Toraille, which pours over a cliff into a garden; sulfur springs and volcanic mud baths or the 88°F Roman bath and you have a destination fit for kings.
The capital of Saint Lucia is Castries – a popular cruise port.
Trinidad and Tobago
Located just off the coast of north-eastern Venezuela, the two-island country of Trinidad and Tobago is an amazing Caribbean destination, in that it is home to the kind of unspoiled natural beauty that no other Caribbean countries can boast.
The two islands combine magnificently to make a great country; however, they are distinctly different from each other in many respects.
While Trinidad is home to rain forests, pristine mangrove swamps, and lush hills – all sitting side by side with smoke spewing oil refineries and obnoxious industrial estates, Tobago is more along the lines a Caribbean destination is expected to be, with its swaying palm trees and white-sand beaches.
However, the two islands combine to give one of the top Caribbean experiences in the region with:
- Amazing diving sites
- Unmatched bird-watching in bird sanctuaries such as the Asa Wright
- Nature Center and the Main Ridge Forest Reserve in Tobago, which shelters hummingbirds
- Lush rainforests for the perfect hiking, waterfall-swimming and cycling experience
- Pulsating nightlife
- A superb annual Carnival in Port of Spain, Trinidad’s capital, featuring calypso and soca music