Places to visit in the Caribbean: what’s your pick?


Each year, when I’m planning my holidays, I think about visiting the Caribbean.  There are over 700 islands in the Caribbean, so it’s quite important to decide where you’re going before you get there.  All the islands feature the same beautiful weather and sandy beaches, but each island has a unique quality all its own.

The islands of the Bahamas are probably the most popular tourist destination, mostly because of the white beaches and crystal clear water.  The islands also offer everything else, like gambling, shopping and fine dining. We went to the Bahamas (Atlantis) when I was 11 and I still have great memories of that trip–it was gorgeous and so much fun!

The US Virgin Islands are well known for their history.  Tourists there are immersed in ancient architecture.  The islands offer many museums, presentations, and art galleries.  Music and dance are also very popular in the Virgin Islands – the relaxing folk music is derived from early African and European influences, and is often accompanied by traditional African dance steps.

Aruba, part of the Netherlands, is the destination for many weddings, anniversaries, and honeymoons.  The weather is roughly 82 degrees and dry year round.  Many families travel to Aruba as well for the scuba diving, windsurfing, and kitesurfing.  Arikok National Park, a nature preserve, covers about twenty percent of the island, and is the biggest national park in the Caribbean. Our family went to Aruba years ago and it was beautiful!

Jamaica is the fifth largest island country in the Caribbean.  It is a popular destination for many reasons, including golf.  The country has 12 golf courses.  Some are independent courses, and some are part of all inclusive resort packages.  Other things that attract visitors to Jamaica include hiking, scuba diving, and even bird watching.

The coral island of Barbados offers an array of coral reefs perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving.  On the other side of the island, tourists enjoy the nightlife, with many spots for eating, drinking, and dancing the night away.  The locals are known for being warm and friendly to the many tourists the island sees daily.

All of the Caribbean islands are popular destinations, from their powdery beaches to the peaks of the mountains.  Each one is rich in culture and history, and unsurpassed in beauty.  Deciding which ones you want to visit is the hardest part!  They truly offer something for everyone. Where do you want to go?

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1 comment to Places to visit in the Caribbean: what’s your pick?

  • Gina Blomgren

    I’ve been fortunate enough to have gone to the Bahamas (8 years old) and Grand Cayman (13 years old). My husband has never been on a cruise, or any Caribbean vacation. I really enjoyed Grand Cayman, but I didn’t get to do much since I was only 13 when I went. I would love to go back!


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