10 Best Islands to visit in The Caribbean
The Caribbean is a region of the Americas that comprises the Caribbean Sea, its surrounding coasts, and its islands. Positioned southeast of the Gulf of Mexico and of the North American mainland, the Caribbean is home to some of the most beautiful and culture rich places in the world. Take a look at our favourites below.
Located in the West Indies, Barbados has it all, from stunning white beaches, to a culture and history rich community. Deemed a favourite amongst holiday goers for it’s perfect surfing conditions, extensive rum shops and historical buildings (including plantation houses and colonial buildings), Barbados screams ‘adventure holiday destination’. With pretty great weather all yeah round, there’s no need to worry about what time of year to visit, however the sunniest and driest period is between mid-December and mid-April.
Puerto Rico is the perfect destination to get a taste of the Caribbean, from hiking (home to the only rainforest in the US) to exploring the culture rich San Juan, the oldest city in the Western Hemisphere, full of century-old fortresses and Spanish colonial buildings. Live the ultimate island life and sip the days away with a pina colada in hand or visit one of three rare ecosystems Known as Bioluminescent Bays (of which there are only 5 in the world). The waters of these bays hold microscopic organisms called dinoflagellates, that when quantities are big enough, produce a glow-in-the-dark effect when stimulated by movement. Paddle in the waters and watch them glisten – a pretty special experience.
Saint Lucia is an Eastern Caribbean island home to a pair of dramatically tapered mountains, the Pitons, on its west coast. Its coast is home to volcanic beaches, incredible reef-diving sites, quiet fishing villages and lots of luxury resorts. Much of the land is covered in rainforest, perfect for a secluded holiday away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It’s serene setting creates the ultimate romantic environment, chosen as a honeymoon destination for many holiday goers.
Virgin Gorda is a Caribbean island in the British Virgin Islands. Natural beauty is very much in abundance on Virgin Gorda, from nature reserves to golden beaches. It’s known for the Baths, a labyrinth of beachside boulders forming a series of pools and seawater-flooded grottoes. Their stunning beaches include Spring Bay and Devil’s Bay, while the incredible trails pave the way for unforgettable experiences in the most ’untouched’ of settings. Virgin Gorda is another island attracting an exclusive crowd, looking to seek calm and relaxation in this tropical paradise, less tourist heavy than some of the more obvious destinations.
The Dominican Republic is a Caribbean nation that shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti to the west. It’s known for its beaches, resorts and golfing – one of the reasons it’s so popular with its American visitors, in addition to the fact that it’s just two hours south of Miami. Its terrain comprises rainforest, savannah and highlands, including Pico Duarte, the Caribbean’s tallest mountain. The history rich capital city of Santo Domingo and the 250 miles of the world’s top beaches, provide the perfect combination of beach and adventure – a typical tropical destination for many tourists.
Antigua is one of the two major islands that make up the Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda (not to be mistaken for Bermuda). Ringed with coral reefs, the island is a tropical paradise, known for it’s breathtaking white beaches and snorkelling hotspots. With 95 miles of coastline, you can expect, much like St Lucia, to enjoy one of the most romantic environments of the Caribbean due to it’s serene feels and sense of ’untouched’ nature. From hiking to basking on the warm sands, Antigua is the ultimate romantic retreat.
Cuba, officially the Republic of Cuba, is positioned where the northern Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, and Atlantic Ocean meet. Brimming with vibrant art and colonial charm. With mobile data only introduced in 2018, you can understand why many opt for a holiday here, to delve into a community often described as place stuck in a ’time warp’. Explore the nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites, quaint Colonial villages or white-sand beaches of the island – whatever you get up to, you can expect a pretty unique experience in Cuba.
St Bart’s is certainly a favourite amongst celebrities and A-listers, and for good reason! The Caribbean island of Saint Barthélemy is the epitome of grandeur. You’ll need to spurge in able to enjoy the luxurious hospitality on the island, including a long list of exclusive hotels, villas and venues. Spend your days browsing boutique shops, soaking up the sun or chartering a lavish yacht for sunny days off-shore. With one of the shortest runways in the world, only passenger jets can land here – which seems rather fitting for the likes of the Kardashians or Beyonce.
Bermuda is a real treasure trove for natural wildlife and beauty. The shores of this incredible island boast some of the best in the Caribbean, with pink sands and fish filled waters (often angelfish and sergeant majors). One of the most breathtaking sites to ensure a trip to is the Crystal and Fantasy Caves, famous across the world for their crystallised form, and emerald blue waters found 30 metres below the ground.
North Americans fleeing winter make Aruba the most touristed island in the southern Caribbean. The obvious attractions include miles of white-sand beach and super high end resorts. Typically you can expect to enjoy the best of typical tropical activities here, including snorkelling, boat rides, diving, and even some shipwreck exploration. The flat island also provides the perfect breezy conditions for water sports (if that’s your thing), otherwise sit back and enjoy the whitest of sands and the bluest of blue waters.