Top 5 Islands to Visit in the Caribbean
With a little bit of cabin fever as winter approchesends, we can at least sing beach songs and pretend that we are on a Caribbean island! For those of us in the Northern hemisphere, we are in the heart of spring break season. Many of us are ready for a spring break vacation and beaches come to mind.
Known for some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, below I share five of the best places to visit in the Caribbean.
Famous for good swimming, and the birthplace of rum and Rihanna, you will be amazed by the beautiful white sandy beaches in Barbados - just check out the photo above. With English, African, and West Indian Roots, Barbados has a distinct identity, interesting history, and rich cuisine. You can go on sightseeing tours to see the rum production process and Rihanna's first home!
2. Saint-Martin / Sint Maarten
On one island, imagine being able to see a French colony in the north (Saint-Martin) and a Dutch colony in the south (Sint Maarten). While there is no physical border between the colonies and goods/people can travel freely, the cultural influence between the two colonies is distinct. As the island of turquoise waters, you will find great opportunities to snorkel and participate in water sports. You will also find island paradise when shopping for luxury or fashion items duty-free! Be sue to visit Maho beach which is only meters from the local airport, you are literally within touching distance of planes landing!
3. Puerto Rico
With a mix of Taíno, African, and Spanish influences, Puerto Rico provides rich cuisine, colorful arts and crafts, vibrant music, and traditional festivals as a United States territory. Hundreds of people take vacations in Puerto Rico every year visiting places like San Juan and it is easy to see why with beautiful beaches, fun cultural activities for guests, and a safe atmosphere. You will never forget the unique sound of the coquí, the frog that is a national symbol in Puerto Rico.
4. Grand Cayman
Famous for Stingray City, Grand Cayman is the largest of the three Cayman islands. You will have the thrilling experience of swimming with stingrays, if you are brave. Grand Cayman was my first time visiting a Caribbean island while growing up, and I will never forget how many (and how large) stringrays there were. Grand Cayman is also known for the relaxing spa services on the beaches.
5. St. Lucia
St Lucia is beautiful and one of the most visited islands in the Caribbean. Expect miles of rainforests, natural waterfalls, beaches, and the Piton Mountains, you will find adventure, natural beauty, and relaxation bundled in one place. From sailing to exploring rainforests to trying your first ziplining experience, St. Lucia will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.
While we are all dreaming about our next beach vacation, I hope these insights inspire you to explore the Caribbean islands. It is common to see many of the Caribbean islands in one cruise, so if you would like to see more than one island, I suggest that you research cruise options.
By Brittany VanderBeek
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