8 Caribbean Destinations You Should Definitely Visit

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Extremely popular with both North Americans and Europeans during the winter months, the Caribbean is filled with islands and destinations that range from cheap and basic to posh and exclusive. In the Caribbean you will find islands where English dominates, but also where Spanish, French, or Dutch are far more common.

The dozens of islands scattered across the Caribbean are remarkably diverse. For example, the pulsating island of Jamaica has little in common with the tranquil island of Aruba.  Even islands like St. Kitts and Nevis which are in eyesight of each other are different, not only in appearance, but with what they have to offer their visitors.

Choosing the right Caribbean island destination can be a perplexing chore.  So if you are interested in travelling to the Caribbean you may be wondering, what island should  I choose.  I have listed below 8 of the most popular visited Caribbean destinations, and what each island has to offer.


Fringing turquoise Caribbean waters, Aruba’s beaches include wide shaded expanses, quiet retreats, and busy sunbathing and water sports meccas. Much of the seven-mile strip along the west coast is lined with resorts and packed with activity. Beachgoers relax on their comfortable lounges while swimming, snorkeling, kite surfing, waterskiing, tubing, parasailing, banana boating, and all kinds of wet ‘n wild adventures are just steps away.  The world-class resorts are backed up with malls, familiar restaurants and bars.

The Bahamas

With a beautiful mix of boutique hotels, luxury resorts, gorgeous beaches, championship golf courses, and some of the friendliest people in the world, Grand Bahama Island is one of the most popular islands in The Bahamas.

Located just 55 miles east of Florida, Grand Bahama Island is nestled among miles upon miles of powder-white sands, nature preserves and emerald-green seas. The  variety of cultural experiences and natural wonders makes Grand Bahama Island ideal for everything from kayaking, dolphin watching and eco-adventures to jeep safaris, scuba diving and bike tours.

Best for Island-hopping explorers, divers, partiers, Americans needing a quick escape

Cayman Islands

The versatility of a Cayman vacation is the greatest appeal to travelers. With over 200 dive sites and 40 dive operations on Grand Cayman alone, divers will delight in colorful coral reef walls and a variety of sea life. Lay on the soft sand of the world-famous Seven Mile Beach, or stake your claim to the countless other tranquil and pristine beaches along the coastline. Leave the sand and take a hike to uncover hidden alcoves and places along the Mastic Trail. While the staggeringly clear ocean and beautiful natural surroundings can fill your entire vacation, if you want, don’t forget to explore downtown George Town, the heart of the Cayman Islands, and the boutiques and eateries that line its streets. For a versatile vacation, the Cayman Islands may be a great choice for your vacation.

Dominican Republic

Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the north and the Caribbean Sea on the south, the lush tropical island paradise boasts nearly 1,000 miles of coastline, 250 miles of the world’s top beaches, magnificent resorts and hotels, and a variety of sports, recreation and entertainment options. Here you can dance to the pulse pounding thrill of the merengue, renew in the luxurious and diverse accommodations, explore ancient relics of centuries past, delight in delicious Dominican gastronomy or enjoy ecotourism adventures in the  magnificent national parks, mountain ranges, rivers and beaches.


Jamaica, a Caribbean island nation, has mountains, rainforests and reef-lined beaches. Many of its all-inclusive resorts are clustered in vibrant Montego Bay, with its British colonial architecture, and Negril, renowned for diving and snorkeling. Jamaica is famed as the birthplace of reggae, and its capital Kingston is home to the Bob Marley Museum, dedicated to the city’s most famous son.

Puerto Rico

Old San Juan is one of the great highlights of the region, a sprawling colonial throw-back that buzzes with a lively vibe. Big beach resorts, casinos, tangible history and rich Hispanic culture are the highlights. It is also very popular because no passport is required.

St. Maarten/St. Martin

This 37-square-mile island, ringed with white-sand beaches, has been living with a split personality since 1648, when it became the smallest parcel of land to be peaceably shared by two countries: France and the Netherlands. When you visit St. Maarten, the Dutch side in the south, it bustles with sprawling resorts, wide boardwalks, lively beach bars, and late-night casinos. Meanwhile, sleepy French St. Martin, with its harbor full of brightly colored boats and houses built up into the cliffs, is reminiscent of a Mediterranean fishing village. Thanks to the French influence, you'll also find some of the best food in the Caribbean.

US Virgin Islands

Whether you're searching for the perfect spot to hide away from it all or a jam-packed trip filled with exotic adventures, you'll find it here in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

With three distinct islands to choose from, you'll find historic windmill ruins, lively shops and restaurants and picturesque beach views. Any one of which would make the perfect backdrop to an unforgettable vacation. It is great for Americans who do not have passports.

So if you are having trouble selecting the perfect Caribbean getaway, contact Colesville Travel  at 301-989-1654 or email us at cindy@colesvilletravel.com for assistance.  We can  take the stress out of planning your vacation and help you pick the perfect destination.

Cynthia Amin-Hall Colesville Travel P.O. Box 4844 Silver Spring,  MD  20914 Phone:  301-989-1654| Email:  cindy@colesvilletravel.com Website:   http://www.colesvilletravel.com