When people think about where they want to go in the Caribbean, islands like Saint Lucia, Barbados and the Bahamas often come to mind. In the Bahamas specifically it is common to head to the island of Nassau, enjoying the white sand beaches, luxury hotels and the many attractions at the opulent Atlantis Paradise Island; however, the next time you take a trip to the Caribbean you may want to consider a Bahamian destination you haven’t heard of: The Exuma Cays.
Found yourself floating in the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean this Christmas? Wondering what exciting, notable, and festive things there are to do there? You’re in luck. The Caribbean blends a great mix of tropical island tradition and conventional western orthodox holiday meaning to make the Christmas in the Caribbean both a new and time-honored event.
St. Lucia is a Caribbean island filled with adventure. Known as the Nature Island, St. Lucia has luch tropical rainforest, spectacular cliffs, and more underwater adventure than you could shake a leafy stick at. These things make St. Lucia a dream Caribbean island escape, and if you’ve got your family in-tow, there are little better islands to explore. Here are some great ways to enjoy St. Lucia with family.
Dominica bills itself as a nature lover’s Caribbean haven, and this small but vibrant Caribbean island is just that. If you prefer outdoor adventure to thumping clubs or trendy hotspots, then Dominica is for you. You can literally lose yourself in over 300 miles of hiking trails, health spas, dive sites, cultural festivals, and rushing rivers, and thus Dominica is the island destination of adventure lovers.
Bonaire is a unique little island in the Caribbean, technically a principality of the Netherlands. And while the long history of this Caribbean island makes for interesting cultural adventures, the main attractions of Bonaire are like those you’ll find on other Caribbean island escapes – idyllic beach and vibrant nature. To this extent, here are some great things to do in Bonaire.
The phrase goes something like this: “Discover Dominica: The Nature Island.” And with a catch-phrase like that, you’d expect the island to be filled with, well, nature. And it is. This wonderful little Caribbean island is packed with jungle and white sand beaches that have made the Lesser Antilles famous for honeymoon or vacation retreats. Volcanic peaks, boiling water, sulfur rocks, spectacular diving, and rain-forest canopies make Dominica unlike any other island in the Caribbean.
Whether you’re on the Dutch or French side of this exotic Caribbean island, you’re sure to have a great vacation. Most Caribbean escapes involve plenty of sunshine and beach time, and while St. Marin and St. Maarten have beachy coastline in spades, sometimes it’s nice to get up off the sand and be active. Exploring the island on foot with a hike is a great way to see all the great outdoors, so if you’re looking for a hike while on St. Martin, here are your best options.
The Cayman Islands are located in the western Caribbean and comprise three islands – Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman. The largest and most popular of the islands is Grand Cayman, which is where the majority of attractions, hotels, and restaurants are located. The British influence on this British Overseas Territory is obvious – from the general vibe to the left-side-of-the-road driving. But despite the obvious financial services presence on the island, and the fact that the Caymans boast the highest standard of living in the Caribbean, it’s still a relaxed and laid-back environment that is perfect for a family vacation.
Looking for the perfect honeymoon getaway, or a chance to discover the untouched beauty of the island life? St. Vincent and the Grenadines has everything you are looking for. With nine destination islands to choose from, you really can’t go wrong. Still, nine (9!) can be a little overwhelming, so here are the top three islands to visit that will be enjoyable for any age or desire.
Take a look around you. Go on. Is the paint peeling? Do the flowers in your garden resemble that mushroom you found at the bottom of the crisper? Do your M&Ms melt in your hand, not your mouth? You’re in August, my friend, and as you well know – the sun is remorseless. If you’re not nursing a cocktail on some island beach somewhere, you’re undoubtedly wondering why in wonderland you aren’t. Life is hard enough. Don’t you deserve it?