The best Caribbean island for every type of traveler
There's nothing like a tropical getaway. And if you have your sights set on the Caribbean, there are plenty of stunning islands to choose from.
Best for a romantic getaway: St. Lucia
Home to several rainforests, waterfall trails, botanical gardens, and hot springs, there's plenty here for you and your loved one to explore together.
Best for families: Bahamas
One of the best known is Atlantis, which has its own water park, aquarium, movie theater, kids' club, and game room.
Best for divers: Curacao
Divers can explore incredible underwater wrecks like the Tugboat and Superior Producer, explore the Curacao Underwater Marine Park, or take a peek at the famous Mushroom Forest, made of coral formations that resemble mushrooms.
Best for foodies: Anguilla
The island is home to the CuisinArt resort, which not only includes gourmet restaurants, but also offers cooking classes and wine tastings. Top-notch restaurants like De Cuisine serve food made with fresh, local ingredients, while laid-back barbecue joints like Smokey's on the Cove cook up mouthwatering burgers.
Best for luxury: Saint-Barthélemy
Celebrities can often be seen mooring their yachts here, while beach clubs like Nikki Beach host parties that last well into the night. Accommodations include private villas and rooms that come with private butlers.
Best for health fanatics: Turks and Caicos
Guests can enjoy everything from Thai massages and sunset yoga to Japanese soaking tubs and pilates.
Best for boating: British Virgin Islands
Sailing is common here, and it's one of the best ways to see the hidden cays and beaches around the islands. Combine this with the area's consistent trade winds and you have a sailor's paradise.
Best for shopping: St. Martin/Sint Maarten
Admire the diamond and rubies on Front Street, or check out the St. Rose Shopping Mall in Philipsburg.
Best for budget travelers: Dominican Republic
Many of these resorts can be found in Punta Cana and Puerto Plata, where everything from water sports and evening shows to food and drinks are already included in the price.
Best for singles: Puerto Rico
Indulge in the salsa and Latin jazz spots here, or head to a club like Club Brava, where you can dance to DJs spinning techno, hip-hop, and Latin beats.
Best for music: Jamaica
Whether you head to the dance halls of Kingston or hear the sounds of music as you wander the beach, you're sure to enjoy your time here.
Best for outdoorsy types: Dominica
Its terrain also includes rainforests, waterfalls, and diving sites, earning it the nickname "Nature Island."
Best for beach bums: Aruba
Many of them are also lined with resorts, restaurants, and beach bars so you never have to stray too far from the water. Plus, steady trade winds make kitesurfing a popular beach activity here.
Best for history buffs: US Virgin Islands
You can also visit the ruins of sugar and rum plantations, or head to spots like Drake's Seat, named after Sir Francis Drake, who was said to have used the bay as an anchorage point for his ships.
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