Even back during the colonial times, American visitors have always loved to visit the Caribbean. These islands have been the favorite place of many for their dream vacation. In the past 50 years, tourism to the area has increased greatly, and today millions of U.S. citizens visit the islands every year to enjoy all that the islands have to offer – beaches, fun in the sun, exciting water adventure, and communing with nature, as well as local culture and food.
But just what is it that makes the
Caribbean so spectacularly
different from all other vacation destinations out there? And how could you
maximize on fun during your Caribbean dream
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The first set of explorers who came to the shores of the
was Europeans. At the time, they were seeking a sea route to India and when
they found this tiny group of islands in the middle of the vast sea, they
called it simply as the “West Indies,” thinking that they had landed in the
Indies (then meaning all of south and east Asia) when in fact they had reached
the Americas. Later on, it was changed to the Caribbean,
after the Caribs who were one of the dominant Amerindian groups in the region
at the time of European contact.
Caribbean is actually a region of tropical islands in the
Caribbean Sea. It is situated between North
and South America and east of Central America. Its more than 7,000 islands extend for
nearly 1,700 miles from
in the west to Cuba
in the east and are bordered by several islets, reefs, and cayes. There are a
total of 25 territories including sovereign states, overseas departments, and
Each one of the islands of the
Caribbean has their own
individualistic flairs and styles. No one island is the same and you get a
different experience as you hop from one island to another. It has a wealth of
cultures, languages, natural environments, scenery, activities, and
entertainment all worth checking out. Whether you want the adrenaline rush of
extreme sports, being at one with nature up a hiking trail, complete relaxation
under the sun, or a night of dancing and grooving at a rave party – the Caribbean has it all.
How do you know what you want to see and where to go find it? How do you know which one’s the best out of all those myriad of options? There’s so much information out there there’s no telling how long it would take for you to go through all of them. And that’s exactly what this page is all about. Here you will find a list outlining all the highlight attractions throughout the various areas of the
Caribbean. This list will help inform you
and guide you along your path to re-discovering these islands of dreams.
#1 -- Life is a Beach
Are you a sun worshipper? Are you all for having sand between your toes and the sun beating down on you? Hardly anyone ever goes to the
if not for its spectacular beaches. In fact, beaches are the one thing that
most people look for in a vacation. And in the Caribbean,
the beaches come a plenty.
Let’s start with
Aruba, an island in the Caribbean
with a rich cultural heritage that runs from piracy in the old days to music
festivals almost any month of the year in the present. Known for its pristine
beaches, the is also perfect
for hiking, riding, and exploring the natural beauty of rock formations,
natural pools, and more. island
The best beaches to relax and have fun in
Aruba include popular
With its soft sand and palm trees that draw crowds, it’s no wonder that Palm Beach is the most
popular beach in this gem of an island. Next to it sits Palm Beach ,
pretty low-key compared to its highly populated neighbor. The beach offers the
same sweet sandy stretches and shady palms but without quite as much bustling,
making it perfect for a secluded holiday out in the sun. Eagle Beach
Another island that is just teeming with gorgeous beaches is the
waters, beautiful marine life, enchanting sugar sand beaches, these are what
makes the Crystal Cayman Islands famous among visitors
and locals alike. But these aren’t all that the Islands
have to offer. When you’re not busy playing in the water, there is also
lounging on the beach or seeing some land attractions.
#2 Time for a Little “Alone Time!”
If you’re tired of the living the busy city life of a working man or woman, then you’ll find the escape you’ve been looking for at the
Ask anyone. You’ll find that the name of the place has become synonymous to
“rest and relaxation.”
One of the best islands to search for solitude or perhaps, just a bit of “alone time” is
Barbuda in Lesser Antilles
where sand and solitude are one inseparable entity. Its curative quality for
modern angst is deeply profound, offering you the best setting for a relaxing
dream Caribbean vacation. Whatever Barbuda may
lack in nightlife, or, for that matter, paved roads, it makes up for it’s
finely texture seaside grains. The island has so much sand that it’s the
leading export, shipped throughout the Caribbean
to replenish eroding shorelines. Even so, visitors to one of Barbuda’s
three exclusive resorts or its handful of guesthouses aren’t getting
As the northern outpost of the Leeward Isles,
another island that offers not only solitude in the Caribbean
but seclusion as well. Only a sprinkling of luxurious hotels mar the tropical
landscape, giving it a whole exclusive feel to it as you gave at mile upon mile
pristine sands and offshore coral cays.
One of the most southerly of the
Caribbean islands, Grenadines is a string of pearls afloat on the sea of
lapis lazuli. An island superbly undeveloped, it is a favorite among escapists
who love the supremely unspoiled and sufficiently inaccessible. On these
gorgeous islands, nightlife is conspicuous in its absence, peace and solitude
are unsurpassed, offering that other side of the Caribbean
for the solitary connoisseur.
#3 Groove to the
If you think that the
Caribbean is all about beaches and
solitary communion with nature, think again. Because you’ve never been more
wrong in your life. At night when the sun takes a dip in the shining waters of
the Caribbean Sea, the islands come alive with
a dynamic nightlife that keeps you on your feet all night long.
Who said the
Caribbean is only for the sun worshippers? There’s enough
room for the party animals and the night owls who love the excitement that a Caribbean night offers. The casinos, bars, pubs,
restaurants, shows, and music of the , Dominican Republic , Jamaica Aruba, and Puerto Rico
will keep you going way after the sun goes down. The islands, after all, are
known for its many different music genres, from meringue, jazz, and reggae to
rock and roll.
Puerto Rico defines nightlife. Well-known for its many
upscale casinos with plenty of sideshows to entertain you between placing your
bets, or instead of doing so, people are right in saying that the island is a
hopping place to be when the sun goes down.
#4 Heed the Adrenaline Rush!
Perhaps your idea of fun is enjoying the more extreme side of life? Then head on to the Caribbean and get wet, get sweaty. Feel the adrenaline rush from a mountain bike ride down rugged landscape of Trinidad and Tobago, the land of Limbo, calypso, steelpan, and Carnival.
Scuba diving is another strong draw that brings people to the islands of the
There are several fabulous sites on the island where marine life is rich,
perfect for a scuba diver. The islands of for instance,
though not a major St. Kitts and Nevis Caribbean scuba diving
destination, but they do have a spectacular coral reefs, providing you with an
excellent diversion. Other notable islands is St. Croix
(U.S. Virgin Islands) which boasts of a deep ocean trench of up to 5,000 feet
Lesser Antilles islands are located in the Eastern part
of the Caribbean region and an excellent site
for a real Caribbean adventure. This group of
island is a fusion of the rich cultures of Africa,
Europe, and East India.
Island hopping in cultural extremes can never be as enjoyable as you experience
the intensity of these islands’ Carnival tradition and breathe in the warm Caribbean breeze.
#5 Have Fun with the Family
Are you looking to bring your family with you when you go on the ultimate
getaway? No problem then, because the islands have everything you could ever
want in a family vacation destination.
Being the second largest island in the
Caribbean, is one of the hottest destinations
for families on a Hispaniola, Dominican
Republic Caribbean vacation. To the
north, you’ll find in Playa Dorado
which is only about 20 minutes away from La Union International Airport. The coast
is ideal for those traveling with kids or traveling in a group as the choppy seas
provide the perfect environment for windsurfing, boogie boarding, and playing
in the surf. When not in the water, families can even explore the ancient town
founded in 1504 and famous for its many historic forts. Puerto Plata
Another great destination for traveling families is
. Dubbed as the “Spice of
the Grenada Caribbean”, in St. George is alive with
the sounds of young laughter. Mile wide beaches and sparkling waters provide an
enchanting backdrop as you shell-walk with your kids down Grenada and its
sister islands of Carriacou and Petite Martinique. Acknowledges as having some
of the best diving spots in the Grenada Caribbean,
this travel destination will let you test your snorkeling and scuba skills on
clear waters featuring the 600-feet Bianca C Shipwreck.
#6 Love is In the Air
But if what you’re looking for in a vacation is to spend some time with your special someone, check out the luxurious offerings in
the land of romance and salsa.
A destination full of color, culture, sassy music, historic landmarks, tropical rain forests, smaller island excursions, scientific research centers to tour, exotic wildlife, pristine beaches, great cuisine, and plenty of nightlife – that is exactly what
Puerto Rico, the Jewel of the Caribbean is all about. The island is so replete with all
things bright and beautiful there truly is no better place on earth for romance
to bloom. The sunsets and sunrises just don’t get any better and many visitors
find that they never want to leave the streets and beautiful plazas of historic
colonial city is one of the most beautiful of all the major San Juan Caribbean
cities and can charm you in a way few tropical destinations can. From narrow
cobblestone lanes and wrought-iron balconies, archways, and plazas, it doesn’t
take long to realize you are in an 18th century Spanish colonial
city alive with antique shops, art galleries, and small, attractive sidewalk
Caribbean destinations worth checking out are ,
Antigua, Dominica ,
and St. Lucia St. Croix.
The great thing about the
Caribbean is that you never have a
lack for fun things to do. Life may be a beach, but that could get boring. So
why settle for only one thing when a cornucopia of options is being put on
display for you?