If you’re looking for some sun, sea and sand, then a trip to the Caribbean should be high up on your list. With idyllic islands, high-end hotel resorts and plenty of natural scenery that’ll have you collecting your jaw from the floor, the Caribbean is a place of paradise. And we’ve put this handy list together with the best islands and countries to visit. So read on and get ready for a holiday of a lifetime in the Caribbean.
St. Lucia 🇱🇨
Let’s start in St. Lucia, an island with chalk-coloured beaches, volcanic peaks and some seriously plush resorts. If it’s an adventure you’re after, head to the Piton Mountains for a hike. Or maybe you’d like to laze the day on Reduit Beach while watching the sunset over beautiful Caribbean waters? Then there’s Sulphur Springs, which is the only drive-in volcano in the world. Whatever your pleasure, St. Lucia has you covered.
Where do you start with Aruba, an island full of charm and luxury? Its primary attraction is the plethora of beaches lined with some of the best resorts in the world. There are also shopping malls, local restaurants and beachside bars that add to the luxury in Aruba. If you feel like getting back to nature, pull yourself away from the resort (if you can) and head to Arikok National Park, which accounts for around 20% of the island.
British Virgin Islands 🇻🇬
The British Virgin Islands is made up of 60 islands filled with reefs, white-sand beaches and crystal-clear waters. It’s a vacation delight, with all-inclusive resorts like Rosewood Little Dix Bay and Guana Island. Whether you’re going on a romantic trip or with the family, there’s something for everyone in the British Virgin Islands. Cane Garden Bay is a family-friendly beach, while Deadman’s Beach on Peter Island is a quiet spot where you can catch some rays.
Powdery white sands and friendly locals await you in Jamaica, a country with fantastic attractions such as Seven Mile Beach, James Bond Beach, the Blue Mountains, Negril Cliffs and Montego Bay. Soak up some sun, take part in water sports on the beach and go on an adventure in the Ocho Rios jungle, where you’ll find juniper bushes, coconut palms and mangroves. There’s a vibrant nightlife scene, too, with Mo’Bay the place to go for party vibes until the early hours of the morning.
Dominican Republic 🇩🇴
Combine colonial towns with Hispanic culture in the Dominican Republic. There’s plenty of impressive scenery on offer, from forests to mountains and lagoons to sandy beaches. This is the place to visit if you want to laze under the sun on a soft, sandy beach one minute and head into the city for bustling nightlife and charming architecture the next. Make sure you visit Santo Domingo, which is the capital and filled with UNESCO-listed sites, funky street art and eye-catching cathedrals, such as Alcazar de Colon, the first cathedral in the Americas.
If it’s your first time visiting the Caribbean, Barbados might just be the place for you. It has everything you want from island life, including exquisite beaches, lively locals and luxury resorts. Or, if you’re feeling lavish, you could rent a villa with its own pool and beachside views. A trip to Barbados also offers rum tours, sunset cruises and gardens and plantations to tour.
St. Vincent & The Grenadines 🇻🇨
Discover 32 islands on St. Vincent & The Grenadines, where you can jump on a boat and sail between many of the remote landmasses, stopping off for a spot of diving, snorkelling and even golfing along the way. And don’t forget to head to Kingstown for botanical gardens and markets with plenty of fresh produce.
U.S. Virgin Islands 🇻🇮
It’s easy to get to the U.S Virgin Islands if you’re travelling from the United States. It comprises St. Thomas, St.John and St. Croix, with the latter the largest of all three and a popular destination with honeymooners and scuba divers. It’s only 22 miles long yet has two cities and a thriving cultural scene. Over in St. Thomas, it’s all about the beaches, while St. John is the smallest of the three and features plenty of rustic charm and natural beauty.
Turks and Caicos 🇹🇨
Over 300 tiny islands make up Turks and Caicos, and there are plenty of lovely beaches to discover. There are also towns with laid-back locals waiting to give you a warm welcome, as well as bars and restaurants to dine in and enjoy your holiday. Stay at one of the five-star resorts and enjoy a luxury holiday with lots of lazing on the beach. Sounds like bliss to us.
The best places to visit in the Caribbean
It doesn’t get much better than a trip to the Caribbean, whether you’re honeymooning or are on a family holiday to remember. Any one of the destinations on our list makes for a great vacation, so get your swimwear out, familiarise yourself with the different cocktails and enjoy a paradise trip to the Caribbean.