10 Caribbean Islands You Should Hit Right Now

September 7, 2017 0 0

What are the best Caribbean islands to visit and vacation at? Good question: With nearly 30 island nations and more than 7,000 individual islands to pick from in the Caribbean Sea, choosing one or even just a few for a tropical getaway can put you in a conundrum – how do you pick one tropical paradise over another? Happily, the following guide can help you narrow down your search. Here are ten of the best Caribbean islands to vacation and visit at – and several good reasons to hit them as soon as a free date on your calendar opens.

  

      Cayman Islands                           Anguilla                           Turks and Caicos                             Nevis

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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.
Cayman Islands 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.
Anguilla 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.
Cuba 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.
Martinique 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.
Antigua 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.
Nevis 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.
Aruba 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 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.

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Jeanette Hurt

Jeanette Hurt is the award-winning writer and author of eight culinary and drink books, including The Cheeses of California: A Culinary Travel Guide, which received the 2010 Mark Twain Award for Best Travel Book, and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Wine and Food Pairing. She's written for TheKitchn.com, Four Seasons Magazine, Wine Enthusiast, Entrepreneur.com, and dozens more publications.

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