30 Beautiful Caribbean Islands to Visit Part 22019-09-03
Tourists head to Ambergris Caye for its incredible diving conditions at spots like Tres Cocos and Tackle Box Canyons. Ambergris Caye also boasts ancient Mayan ruins open for exploration as well as ample adventure activities like zip lining and hiking. When you’re ready for some beach time, head to a quiet shoreline like the secluded Tranquility Bay.
Best Caribbean islands
Uvita Island, Costa Rica
Costa Rica’s Uvita Island sits squarely in the Caribbean Sea off the coast of the city of Limón. The island is known for hosting an array of birds and other spectacular wildlife, including the brown booby bird. While here, travelers can engage in popular underwater activities like scuba diving and snorkeling through the island’s reefs.
The historic island of Bimini sits 50 miles off the coast of Florida, making it the closest Bahamian island to the United States. Not only does Bimini have its own gorgeous white sand beaches, but it has historical ties to Ernest Hemingway, who once vacationed here. Snorkelers and divers will also delight in Bimini Road, an underwater path of rocks some say once led to the lost continent of Atlantis.
Cozumel sits off the coast of Mexico’s Riviera Maya, making it just a short boat ride away from nearby Playa del Carmen. This island is a hit with snorkelers and divers thanks its diverse ocean wildlife and stunning reef with its own national marine park. Once you’re ready to party, head to one of Cozumel’s many beach clubs for a day of sunning, swimming, eating and drinking. One of the most popular options, Playa Mia, lets you book your food, drink and fun for one all-inclusive price.
Grand Cayman is the largest of the Cayman Islands. Travelers here flock to visit the famous Seven Mile Beach, which is dotted with upscale hotels and condo complexes. What’s more, the clear water off the island’s coast makes it ideal for snorkeling and scuba diving. Visitors should also opt for a trip to Stingray City – a sandbar that serves as home to dozens of friendly stingrays you can pet and see up close.
Little Cayman is only a mile wide and 10 miles long, making it perfect for vacationers who crave a quaint, quiet getaway far from the crowds that congregate on Grand Cayman. This island is known for its clear water and coral reefs in addition to its nearly empty beaches and slow-paced vibe.
St. Lucia is home to beautiful beaches, mountainous scenery and clusters of accommodation options dotted around the island. Hike or take a boat tour to behold the famous Pitons mountains or lounge on one of the island’s breathtaking beaches, including Reduit Beach or the popular Marigot Bay. It’s important to note that many of the island’s luxury resorts feature their own beaches.
Jost Van Dyke
Jost Van Dyke is another gem that’s part of the British Virgin Islands. This island is all about conch stew, cocktails, luxury accommodations and yacht parties, although its unspoiled beaches are the real star of the show. If you do plan a trip here, make sure to head to the famous Soggy Dollar Bar for a famous painkiller drink and epic beach views.
From the lush, tropical beaches of Negril to the popular tourist haven of Montego Bay, Jamaica is home to an array of hotels and all-inclusive resorts that make booking your vacation a breeze. Head here for true Caribbean hospitality, family-friendly waves and water, reggae music and soul food everyone in the family can enjoy.
New Providence Island, Bahamas
New Providence Island is home to Nassau, the capital city of the Bahamas and home to famous resorts like Atlantis and Baha Mar. Cruisers and beachgoers choose to visit Nassau for its gorgeous white sand beaches, its nightlife, its casinos and its historic heritage sites and gardens.
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