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One of the first places that come to mind when people think of getting away is the Caribbean. That’s because it’s home to the most gorgeous beaches, and relaxing locations one could ever dream of. Then there’s the grilled fish, the rhythmic music, and the comforting hospitality of perhaps the most laid-back people on earth – island folk. If you’re thinking of heading to the Caribbean, then check out the following Island destinations to help you pick your next trip to paradise.
Aruba is first on the list because it’s safely outside of ‘hurricane alley’. Often a concern to travelers heading to this part of the world, Aruba is free and clear of many a dreaded superstorm. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a place for risk takers, as the gambling in Aruba’s casinos is one of its main draws.
Looking for romance? St. Lucia’s got it. What about a sport adventure? St. Lucia’s got that too. Or, if you just want to enjoy some sun while lying on a gorgeous sandy beach, then St. Lucia’s your spot. St. Lucia is a hot spot for many a honeymooner, and scuba divers.
One of the most convenient things about a trip to Bermuda is that it’s very close to mainland U.S.A. This makes it perfect for that weekend getaway. And when you’re there, you’ll be treated to pink sandy beaches, and the historic charm of its naval base at St. Georges at the Unesco Heritage site.
If you’re into art exhibits, live music, and surfing – then Barbados is for you. The locals, also known as the ‘Bajans’, are some of the most genuinely warm people you’ll ever meet. And it’s this combination of activity and hospitality that makes Barbados a must visit.
Turks & Caicos
Home to the best beaches in the Caribbean, Turks and Caicos is a must for snorkelers. And once you’re done with that, Grace Bay is ideal for some soulful relaxation. After that, take in the nightlife along with one of the most delicious island meals you’ll ever eat.
If you’re into beauty, then you’ll be into St. Marteen. This island is full of sunset cuisines like beachside burger and rib joints. It also has some of the best sunset cruises. St. Marteen has the most picturesque beach and sunset views around.
If you’re a bit more adventurous, then consider St. Barts. It’s a bit off the beaten path and not the easiest to get to. And what’s so appealing about that? P. Diddy, David Letterman, and a host of other A-list celebs that call St. Barts their second home.
US Virgin Islands
If you’re an avid golfer or history buff, then you’ll very much enjoy your stay in the US Virgin Islands. It’s home to fantastic golf courses, and has great day tours to their historic museums. But that’s not it, as St. Croix is an endless spectacle of marine life that you can snorkel in, or just sit back and relax while you watch.
Relaxation is numero uno on the list for anyone visiting Anguilla. Not a mass-market destination, Anguilla is void of any fast food chains, or busy crowds. Visitors come for the peace and quiet of this under populated island. But this doesn’t mean that the people you will meet there won’t be some of the most engaging you’ll ever meet. This is where Anguilla gets its charm.
The saying goes “save the best for last”. So we did. Jamaica is about as diverse and lively as an island can get. The locals are super friendly, and they’ll talk to you about everything from sports, to politics, to where to find the island’s best food. After enjoying the world’s best jerk chicken, head over to Ocho Rios to climb the falls, or Montego Bay for a thriving retail experience and the best international cruise of any island in the world.