5 Incredible 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 am sharing five of my favorite places to visit in the Caribbean.
1. 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!
Famous for good swimming, and the birthplace of rum and Rihanna, I was amazed by the beautiful white sandy beaches in Barbados. 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!
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. I attended my brother's wedding in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and have to say that it is the ideal location for a beach wedding, with beautiful beaches, fun cultural activities for guests, and a safe atmosphere. I 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
With miles of rainforests, natural waterfalls, beaches, and the Piton Mountains, you will find adventure, natural beauty, and relaxation bundled in one place. I had my first ziplining experience in St. Lucia and highly recommend it when you explore the rainforests!
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. Feel free to reach out to me on my inspirNational Facebook page or on Twitter @brittanyvb with any questions.
By Brittany VanderBeek