Travelers can’t go wrong with a Caribbean escape. With so many things to experience, there’s definitely an island that everyone will love to explore. From nature lovers and sun seekers to adventurers and foodies, discover what top vacation destinations like Aruba, the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, St. Lucia, and Turks and Caicos have to offer.
Home of reggae and Jerk seasoning, visitors soon discover rhythm and spice are a way of life in Jamaica. Whether relaxing on one of the gorgeous beaches or sipping some of the best Jamaican coffee in Negril, teeing off on a picturesque golf course, or exploring the Blue Mountain National Park, the smoky aroma of barbecue pits serving up the most delicious slow-cooked treats is never too far away.
Best for: foodies, culture seekers, and adventurers
Romance and Creole cuisine go hand-in-hand at this top honeymoon destination. Here, palm-fringed beaches overlook the perfect horizon. The crystal-clear waters are perfect for swimming, diving and yachting, and the iconic Piton Mountains for hiking. Visitors can join the Friday night “jump ups” when the streets along Gros Islet come alive with a mishmash of food, drink, music, and dancing. And make sure to. try the local favorites, like barbecued seafood and blackened corn on the cob.
Best for: romance, foodies, culture seekers, nature lovers, and water adventurers
With an average year-round temperature of 82° and more sunny days than any other island in the Caribbean, any time is a good time to visit Aruba. Add to it beautiful beaches, world-class resorts, shopping malls, and restaurants, and it becomes the perfect vacation destination to kick back and relax. For visitors looking for adventure, activities like deep-sea diving, windsurfing, kite surfing, championship golf, and horseback riding along the beach are only some of the options.
Best for: laid-back vacationers and water adventurers
With 600 miles of white-sand beaches shaded by palm trees, rocky cliffs, serene lagoons, cascading waterfalls, small villages, and vibrant, carnival-celebrating cities, there’s plenty to see and do on a Dominican Republic vacation. Travelers can sail on a catamaran to the Miches Natural Reserve, eat lunch at local restaurant, and go sightseeing in a 16th century replica of a Mediterranean village (Altos de Chavon). Plus, there’s always the option to simply swim, relax, and get indulgently pampered at one of the luxurious all-inclusive resorts.
Best for: beach vacationer, nature lovers, and culture seekers
Turks & Caicos
Turks & Caicos is all about classic Caribbean charm, thanks to picture-perfect beaches, turquoise waters, world-class resorts, spectacular coral reefs, and unhurried hospitality. A relatively under-the-radar destination, just eight of the 40 islands and cays are inhabited, leaving plenty of undiscovered nooks for exploration. The smaller islands offer a perfect getaway for couples, while the main island, Providenciales (nicknamed Provo) is family-friendly with waters that are ideal for all types of swimmers.
Best for: beach vacationers, divers, and nature lovers
A vacation in The Bahamas can be either fun-filled and action-packed or as exclusive and restful as desired (or a perfect balance of both). From island-hopping, diving, and swimming with dolphins to fine dining, golfing, and indulging in world-class spas, each traveler gets to pick their own perfect paradise. Whether visiting Grand Bahama Island or Nassau, Paradise Island, this string of stunning 700 islands off the east coast of Florida offer something for everyone
Best for: foodies, divers, sun seekers, nature lovers and island-hopping adventurers