30 Beautiful Caribbean Islands to Visit Part 32019-09-10
Tortola is the largest island in the British Virgin Islands, making it a major draw for yachts and land-based vacationers. This island is known for popular beaches like Smuggler’s Cove, its luxury resorts and private villas, and its ample historical sites and museums
St. John is the smallest of three islands that make up the United States Virgin Islands. A large portion of the island, 60% to be exact, is a designated national park, making the island perfect nature lovers. St. John also boasts a variety of accommodations, from luxury resorts to bed-and-breakfasts and inns.
St. Kitts is another island known for luxury accommodation and upscale dining options in the Caribbean. Book a stay in the luxurious Park Hyatt St. Kitts for epic views of the Nevis Peak, or bed down in a smaller resort and spend your days at popular beaches like Cockleshell Bay or Frigate Bay. Whatever you choose, your stay in St. Kitts should rejuvenate you.
The West Indies hideaway of Barbados is lush, tropical and filled with a mix of luxury properties, family friendly hotels and all-inclusive resorts. The beaches on the island’s Platinum Coast are brimming with soft, white powdery sand and strikingly clear water, which makes for perfect conditions to spot sea turtles, colorful fish and other types of ocean wildlife.
The beautiful Caribbean island of Saba (just south of St. Maarten) is mountainous, green and incredibly scenic. Tourists flock here in droves to explore Saba’s jagged coastline and climb its hilltop peaks, scuba dive in crystal clear water and see wildlife, including tropical birds and fish, dolphins and whales. There’s a reason Saba is referred to as the “Unspoiled Queen of the Caribbean,” but you’ll want to discover its splendor on your own.
Known as a swanky retreat for posh celebrities and their families, St. Barts has no shortage of beach villas and luxury resorts to offer. Plan a trip here to brush elbows with the rich and famous, shop at upscale boutiques and savor some top-notch dining. The stunning beaches are perfect for relaxing in between.
Dominica is frequently referred to as “The Nature Island,” and it’s easy to see why. Head to Dominica for crowdless beaches and days exploring the rainforest and mountains. If you’re up for an adventure, visit Morne Trois National Park to see popular attractions such as Trafalgar Falls. And considering this island is also surrounded by tropical waters, it’s also an ideal place to kayak, snorkel or dive.
Head to Cayman Brac for all the splendor of the Cayman Islands with half the crowds. This island is renowned for its laid-back atmosphere, flora and fauna, and of course the beautiful beaches and clear water the Caribbean is known for.
Sandy Island, Anguilla
Anguilla’s Sandy Island is a tiny paradise perfect for a daytrip. This island doesn’t have any hotels and you can only arrive by boat, but its seclusion makes for a truly relaxing getaway. Pull up a chair on the white sand beach, listen to island music and enjoy a giant grilled lobster as you stare at the azure sea and prepare for your next swim.
If you’re angling for a beach vacation with plenty of adventure, don’t forget about the Caribbean nation of Grenada. Known as the “Spice Island,” Grenada is home to gorgeous beaches, spectacular mountain views, waterfalls, hiking trails and adventures for nature lovers and thrill-seekers alike. Visitors can also book foodie tours, explore local waterfalls or plan a fun visit to a rum distillery.
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