|U.S. Virgin Islands
||If you’re an American citizen, you won’t need a passport to visit this stunning island trio (which includes St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix). And while it’s always fun to visit these historical destinations–Christopher Columbus voyaged here way back in 1493–this year, the islands celebrate their Centennial, with lots of fun activities and parties to partake in.
||The recent–and soon to be completed–remodeling and expansion of both international airports will make traveling to the Caymans even easier. Swing by, and you’ll discover two new stress-busting destinations that have just opened: The luxurious Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa and the ever-relaxed Margaritaville.
||If you’ve been paying attention, you may have noticed that Anguilla is the backdrop to many swimsuit photo shoots. But even if you’re not hanging out with models on its pristine beaches, now is a good time to visit as the island is home to many new happenings, including the new Zemi Beach House boutique hotel, the 80 new suites at The Reef by CuisinArt, and The Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anquilla replacing the Viceroy Anguilla.
||The easing of travel restrictions to Cuba presents ample reason to visit the land that once enchanted Hemingway (especially because political winds can always change). There’s also concern that increased tourism could affect this historical hotspot’s charm, so get there while the vintage cars aren’t replaced yet and daiquiris have still to be molecular gastronomized.
|Turks and Caicos
||The lovely, white sand beaches of these 40 islands (eight of which are inhabited) are more easily reached now than ever, as new direct flights from Boston and New York City have been established (courtesy of several airlines, including Delta and JetBlue). Plus, its gorgeous Grace Bay Beach was ranked one of the best beaches in the world.
||If cheap airfare is your thing, then Martinique’s your island. This French Caribbean island has never been more affordable, with some flights from New York City as low as under $100. Just opened on-site last year is the French Coco, a small boutique resort with a matching restaurant run by an Alain Ducasse disciple.
||The Carnival in Antigua is arguably the largest summer festival in the Caribbean, and this year, it turns 60. The island country’s Summer of 60 celebration isn’t just about the event though – it’s also about great deals and discounts for flights, hotels and more. Having 365 beaches and a great selection of all-inclusives deals doesn’t hurt, either.
||No casinos, no stoplights, and an island that has deserted beaches and livestock wandering into the roads? It’s true. That’s why it’s great to visit this tropical destination’s enchanting 36-square miles.
||It’s always been popular to visit Aruba, and no wonder – just about every different Caribbean travel poll ranks the island highly in everything from beaches to festivals. But the main reason as of late to head to this island is its burgeoning culinary scene, and you can even take new culinary and wine tours led by a sommelier.
||Jamaica boasts a fantastic reggae scene, great golfing, top beaches, and more. Its luxurious hotel scene also continues to evolve, and while the Sandals Royal Caribbean isn’t a new destination, its over-water (yes, that is a fish, swimming under your feet) suites are new, and each boasts its own infinity pool and over-water hammock.