Caribbean Travel Guide
Lying between North and South America and reaching into the far west of the Atlantic Ocean you will find an endless collection of archipelago Caribbean Islands. These have been long explored by hordes of vacationing, honeymooning and retiring tourists. Caribbean travel is your perfect recipe for a great vacation filled with sun, water and never ending poolside cocktails, if you add great cuisine, well developed infrastructure and perfect service, you will end up with a paradise on Earth. However, not all tourists are willing to subdue to sun-induced comas and are seeking something more than your conventional set of vacation pleasures. A new wave of eco-tourism has been triggered within the last two decades for those thrill riders and adrenaline junkies.
Caribbean travel is also your opportunity to grasp the basics of local culture, history of slavery and colonialism, learn about its rare species of flora and fauna, and most definitely have the best time of your life snorkeling with giant turtles and exotic fish. Seemingly similar Caribbean travel destinations are unique in each and every way. Please see below where our Caribbean travel guide offers brief overview of each destination.
The Bahamas located off the southwestern coast of the US are easily accessible and provide a quick getaway for a weekend or a short trip. Beach weddings, family vacations and scuba diving trips are simply perfect on the map of over 700 Bahamian islands. Once you get bored of the beach combing and diving, get straight to Nassau, the vibrant capital of The Bahamas and visit the Pirates of Nassau Museum, Ardastra Gardens or world famous Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island.
Turks and Caicos are perfect for adult explorers, lovers of nature and water sports. The prices are high everywhere but the service and amenities are celebrity worthy and easily match their hefty price tag. A short hour and a half flight from Miami will land you in a tropical paradise with perfectly secluded isles, bays and areas for lovers. Whether you desire to have lunch in the coconut tree shade for just the two of you or you would rather enjoy couples massage surrounded by peaceful views of the ocean or tropical forest, no dream is far away from reality here.
Jamaica is an edgy Western Caribbean urbanized paradise that offers city pleasures along with island adventures. Easily accessible from most US states via direct flights, the island offers distinct African vibes in its cuisine, music and culture. Dunn’s River Falls are well worth you trip along with National Gallery of Jamaica and Bob Marley Museum.
Cayman Islands are perfect for a down to earth vacations filled with sun, snorkeling and rum, and lot of it. Grand Cayman is among the most popular among Americans to spend their precious vacations and long awaited retirements on the palm tree lined beaches of the islands. Among its top attractions visitors will love Cayman Turtle Farm, Stingray City, Wreck of the 10 Sails Park and definitely its Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Park.
US Virgin Islands offers some of the best exotic getaways for those Americans who don’t own a passport. A myriad of green islands are daily barraged by hordes of cruise goers and vacationers. There are a few attractions besides its beaches that tourists love including Fort Christian and Estate Whim Plantation Museum.
Puerto Rico allows its travelers to visit the Caribbean without leaving the US. This Caribbean destination is for you if you cannot be satisfied with nearly perfect beaches, divine weather and natural wonders. For those who are seeking vibrant culture, incredible architecture and people, and mouth watering cuisine, PR is awaiting. Among the top destinations one will love historical Casa Blanca, Museo de Arte de Ponco and Taino ceremonial site, stone ruins dating back almost 800 years back in time.
St Maarten (St Martin) Island located in Eastern Caribbean is a unique dual culture destination offering some of the best resorts in the best Dutch and French traditions. Without a doubt beaches are the top attraction on the island coupled with “you name it” types of water sports. According to the best Western European traditions you can choose to sunbathe nude if you wish on certain beaches.
St Lucia located in the Southern Caribbean is best recognized by its main attraction, the Twin Pitons rocks proudly rising from the waters. Some of the best surfing spots are found here along with great hiking opportunities, only lazy ones choose to lounge at the white powdery beaches. The Soufriere Bay is also great for sailing enthusiasts.
Barbados is an average size island for travelers virtually with any size of wallets. Whether you can afford ritzy resorts or shabby motel rooms, there are no budget restraints here. Besides expected beach scene, travelers will be delighted to explore multiple historical plantations in the central part of the island along with a great Barbados museum commemorated to island’s past.
Antigua is blessed with all sorts of beaches varying in size, shape and the level of amenities from luxurious resort beaches to totally rustic natural havens untouched by humans. Many celebrities have summer homes on the islands so you never know who you will bump in at the beach. Visiting historical Betty’s Hope plantation is a great addition to this beach getaway.
Aruba is an island crazy popular among fellow American tourists choosing to do absolutely nothing at many beautiful beaches scattered around the island. Once you feel bored after many hours spent at the beach, take an hour stroll along the center of Oranjestad where lots of vendors and restaurants are luring you into spending every dollar you have. Island’s Butterfly Farm and historical Gold Mills are welcoming additions to hours spend doing nothing in the sun.
Curacao is not among the top Caribbean destinations for the main stream public but a perfect cultural getaway from the beach and partying Caribbean craze. Its capital Willemstad offers a myriad of historical 16th century architecture, remnants of old plantations specifically at the Christoffel National Park and a charming old European spirit to it. The Museum of Kura Hulanda has been named multiple times the best cultural attraction on the Caribbean displaying one of the largest 19th century plantations, estate buildings and even slave quarters.
Technically not being even close to Caribbean Sea but often listed as a part of the Caribbean region there’s one of the most celebrity loved destination that we know as Bermuda, a small island spanning only 20 miles across its mainland tucked away off the coast of Atlantic Ocean. Despite its size there are lots of things to do on the island including beach going, swimming, golfing and, of course, sightseeing. Among its best attractions one will find the Town of St George, one of the oldest British colonial towns in North America, Bermuda Zoo and Maritime Museum and many forts scattered on its territory.
We hope that our Caribbean travel guide has prompted you to search vacations in places you have never visited before.