Caribbean Island Guide: 10 Best Caribbean Islands

Millions of beach-ready tourists flock to the sunny islands of the Caribbean every year; but with so many places to choose from, how do you know which one is best for you?

Whether you’re an adventure seeker looking to hike the mountains and dive with the stingrays, or you’re researching where you can indulge and relax near the beach on some luxury Caribbean vacations, this Caribbean Island Guide will help you decide where to go based on your style, travel schedule, and budget. Browse the islands below, grab your sunnies and bathing suit, and get ready to book your ticket!

 

1. Antigua

Antigua (and Barbuda) is the ideal place for people who can’t stay in one spot the whole time. You’ll have the chance to go beach hopping and island hopping every day if you visit this yachting destination. There are also lots of options for accommodations and activities for any budget.

Best For: Beach Lovers, Sailors & Boating, Families, and Couples
Price Range: $$$

 

2. Aruba

If your ideal vacation involves lounging around the beach 24/7, this is your destination. Aruba’s beaches are among the world’s finest with crystal clear waters and white sand along the coastline.

Best For: Beach Lovers, Affordable Travel, Couples, Families, and Watersports
Price Range: $

 

3. Bahamas

Probably one of the most popular destinations in the Caribbean for family travel. Besides the popular Paradise Island (home to the Atlantis Resort), there are actually a ton of other hidden gems where visitors can experience diving, quiet beaches, and luxury villas.

Best For: Families, Affordable Travel, and Diving
Price Range: $$

 

4. Barbados

The island of Barbados is perfect for people who are looking to explore outdoor activities at a lower cost than some of its neighboring islands. Some of the beaches offer perfect waves for surfing or windsurfing. Golfers can also come and indulge here as Barbados offers some really exquisite golf courses (it was actually the destination for Tiger Woods’ wedding).

Best For: Affordable Travel, Beach Lovers, Surfers, Golfers, Couples, Families, and Foodies
Price Range: $

 

5. Cuba

For a truly exotic and foreign experience in the Caribbean, you’re going to want to head to Cuba right now. The rumors are true… The island really looks as if it has just been unleashed from a time capsule from the 1950s, but there is still so much untouched beauty that visitors can explore. There are beaches to visit, urban adventures to explore, delicious food to indulge in, and lots of music to dance to. Head there quick before they ruin it with Starbucks and McDonalds!

Best For: Adventure Travel, Music Lovers, History Lovers, Couples, Foodies, Beach Lovers, and Affordable Travel
Price Range: $

 

6. Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is one of the best (if not THE best) destinations in the Caribbean IMO. You have some of the most gorgeous beaches in the world (just Google Flamenco Beach), the only rainforest in North America, colorful streets and nightlife, casinos and live music, delicious food and tons of rum, surfing, and so much more! Plus, you don’t even need a passport to come here if you’re a US citizen!

Best For: Beach Lovers, Families, Couples, Singles, Foodies, Surfing, Water Sports, Outdoor Adventures, Hiking, and Golfers
Price Range: $$

 

7. Dominica

Dominica is the perfect destination for people who are looking for something different than the typical “beachy” Caribbean destination. The terrain and geography of Dominica provides visitors the perfect landscape for outdoor adventures. Think hiking, waterfalls, diving, mountainous rainforests, natural hot springs or mud baths. It’s been dubbed the “Nature Island.”

Best For: Outdoor Adventures, Hiking, Watersports & Diving, and Couples
Price Range: $$$

 

8. Dominican Republic

While Dominican Republic has traditionally been known as a great budget-friendly destination, recent developments have turned this popular Caribbean island into a luxury escape for all types of travelers. You can enjoy affordable all-inclusive beach resorts, hidden getaways in the forest, or luxurious colonial-style villas in the city.

Best For: Affordable Travel, Beach Lovers, Families, Urban Travel, Couples, Luxury Travel, Golfers, and Outdoor Adventures
Price Range: $

 

9. Curacao

The two largest appeals of coming to Curacao are the diving/snorkeling excursions and the cuisine. The beautiful bays and colorful urban landscapes aren’t too bad either!

Best For: Watersports & Diving, Outdoor Adventures, Urban Travel, Families, Foodies, Affordable Travel, and Couples
Price Range: $

 

10. Trinidad and Tobago

These sister islands are like a yin and yang in that they can offer visitors two completely different experiences. Trinidad, which is home to one of the world’s biggest Carnival celebrations, is a much bigger island and has some of the best nightlife, music, and culture scenes. Tobago, on the other hand, is much smaller and home to lush rainforests, sandy beaches, and a relaxing natural environment. You really get the best of both worlds by visiting these sister islands.

Best For: Music Lovers, Outdoor Adventures, Watersports & Diving, Foodies, and Hiking
Price Range: $$

Source: thecitysidewalks.com

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