There’s nothing like a few months of winter to send people packing for Southern destinations. When it comes to planning the perfect tropical vacation, the Caribbean is the ideal getaway. With white sand beaches, turquoise water, and unique islands each with something to offer, the Caribbean is incredible. The hard part is choosing where to go. To narrow down the options, here are the Caribbean’s top five places to visit.
1. Turks and Caicos Islands
The Turks and Caicos islands are the epitome of the Caribbean. They have something for everyone, from caves to explore to luxury golf courses. You can stay in one of the fabulous Turks and Caicos villas and lounge by the pool, or venture out and see what the islands have to offer.
Attend a weekly fish fry and try some lionfish, a local delicacy. You’ll also want to try conch while you’re there, either in ceviche or as a standalone offering.
Take a kayak out along the rock formations at the stunning Chalk Sound and watch lizards lounge on the rocks. You can also go fishing and snorkeling in the dazzling blue waters or catch some sun at Governor’s Beach.
2. US Virgin Islands
The US Virgin Islands are conveniently located off the coast of Puerto Rico and to the south of the UK Virgin Islands. Like Turks and Caicos, this settlement has a lot to offer.
Spend a day with the one you love at Honeymoon Beach in St. John. This beach borders the beautiful Caneel Bay, where you can go paddle boarding, kayaking, and even snorkeling with sea turtles.
If you’re a history buff, there are plenty of old windmills, churches, and plantations worth exploring. There’s also a pirate museum that showcases some of the world’s real-life swashbucklers and some of the treasure they dedicated their lives to pursuing. That’s just one more reason why it’s one of the Caribbean’s top five places to visit.
Cuba has some of the best beaches in the world. While this Caribbean island is only 100 miles off the coast of Florida, it has long been worlds away for US citizens. Still, many citizens find their way there through connecting flights from Canada and Mexico.
You can’t go wrong with one of the all-inclusive resorts scattered along the water in Varadero or Cayo Santa Maria. Alternatively, rent a colonial house in Havana for a taste of city life. If you stay at a resort, it’s worth renting a scooter and venturing out into the smaller towns and settlements to buy art and authentic Cuban cuisine.
Curaçao is often overshadowed by the other Dutch-owned “ABC” islands, Aruba and Bonaire. However, it’s the seclusion that makes it such an incredible Caribbean destination.
Like the other Caribbean islands, Curaçao has plenty of scenic beaches where you can frolic in the waves and relax on the sand. However, it’s the manmade sights that set Curaçao apart.
Visit the capital city, Willemstad, and take in the Dutch colonial architecture. The colors of the buildings along the water are reminiscent of Germany and Holland, making it the perfect blend of old Europe and the tropics.
If you love natural sights, you won’t want to miss the Hato Caves or Shete Boka National Park.
5. Cayman Islands
The Cayman Islands are famous for being a reserve for the wealthy, and that richness shows when you visit. However, it’s still a Caribbean island with plenty of old-world authenticity and charm.
While there, you won’t want to miss Starfish Point, a gorgeous beach that is filled with starfish. You can go snorkeling with the fish or go to the stingray feeding grounds to interact with these incredible creatures. At night, you can snorkel with bioluminescent plankton for an unforgettable experience that will make you feel as though you’re swimming through stars.
As mentioned before, the hardest part about planning a Caribbean vacation is choosing where to go. The good news is that you can always travel from island to island or choose another of the Caribbean’s top five places to visit the next time you go.
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