12 Best Places to Visit in the Caribbean Islands

12 Best Places to Visit in the Caribbean Islands

The Caribbean is the place to go when you need a break from your fast-paced, everyday life. The people are warm, inviting, and friendly. The culture is laid-back. The islands have beautiful marine life filled with dolphins, coral, rays, turtles, and rainbow-colored tropical fish. The sunsets are breathtaking! Book your trip to the Caribbean today! Below are the 12 best places to visit in the Caribbean Islands!

The Lucayan Archipelago consists of both Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas.

#1: Turks and Caicos

The Turks and Caicos Islands are British Overseas Territory located in the Atlantic Ocean consisting of the larger Caicos Island and smaller Turks Island. Both tropical islands are known for tourism.

Things to Do:

A. Jet Skiing-Jet skiing in Turks and Caicos is a thrilling activity that anyone can enjoy. You can rent a jet ski outside any beach resort in Turks and Caicos.

12 Best Places to Visit in the Caribbean Islands

B. Historical Shipwreck: The famous La Famille Express shipwreck in the Turks and Caicos is a must-see. This landmark is located about two miles (3.2km) off Long Bay Beach in the Southeast.

C. Conch Bar Caves: The Conch Bar Caves is a limestone cave formed by acidic water. The guided tour fee is $20 per person.

D. Horseback Riding on the Beach– Horseback riding on the beach is a fun, unique, and calming experience that I highly recommend. The island has many small stables offering rides along the beautiful beaches of Turks and Caicos.

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#2: Bahamas

12 Best Places to Visit in the Caribbean Islands

 Did you know? The Bahamas has the third largest barrier reef in the world.

Things to Do:

A. Perfect Spot to Go Scuba Diving- The Bahamas is home to the Andros Barrier Reef. You will find tropical fish, shipwrecks, sting rays, dolphins, and sea turtles. Brave divers can head to Tiger reef and dive with Tiger sharks.

B. Underwater Caves- Lucayan National Park was created to preserve the largest underwater cave systems in the world. You can visit Bens Cave and Burial Mound Cave on foot.

C. The Beaches- Did you know? The Bahamas is home to more than 2,000 beaches. The beaches are nothing short of relaxing and peaceful. The best ones include Cable Beach, Cabbage Beach, Taino Beach, French Leave, and Love Beaches.

The Greater Antilles consist of Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and the Cayman Islands.

#3: Cuba

Cuba is a fascinating country known for the colorful colonial cities that crawl with 1950s Cadillacs and turquoise-colored beaches.

Things to Do:

A. Cenotes: Did you know? Cuba is home to Cenotes. Cenotes are an ideal spot for a relaxing swimming experience. Cenotes have calm waters, and the area is closed off by caves.

B. Waterfalls: Topes de Collantes is a massive park full of hiking opportunities and waterfalls to explore. The Vegas Grande Waterfall is one of the most beautiful waterfalls to go and swim in!

12 Best Places to Visit in the Caribbean Islands

C. Vintage Car Tour: A vintage classic car tour is a great way to explore the neighborhoods in Cuba. Witnessing or driving the cars in Havana from 1950 will make for a unique experience in the Caribbean.

#4 Jamaica

Jamaica has a fascinating culture and natural sites like waterfalls and lagoons.

Things to Do:

A. Rafting– The Martha Brae River is a great place to go rafting! You can book tours that take you along the river on a 30-foot bamboo raft. Do not forget to bring some cash because you can purchase a few fresh coconuts from the locals along the way.

B. Glowing Lagoon near Falmouth- Another natural site in Jamaica is the natural lagoon that lights up. The lagoon has algae that glow in blue strobes. The best way to experience this is to book a boat tour from Glistening Waters hotel.

C. Dunns River Falls- Did you know? In Jamaica, you can walk up a waterfall. Visitors can climb natural rock stairs at Dunns River Falls. You can soak in natural pools the entire way and enjoy the foamy water.

#5: Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is a large Caribbean Island of 3,500 square miles in the West Indies. The island of Puerto Rico is rich in festivals, traditions, art, and music.

Things to Do:

A. Local Rum Tasting- Bacardi, the most popular rum in the world, has a massive distillery across the bay from Old San Juan. The tours available will not only teach you all about the history of the Bacardi family, but you will also learn how to taste rum properly. You need to try their Pina Coladas!

B. Hot Springs- The Coamo Thermal Springs is another one of those natural wonders that makes Puerto Rico a pretty cool place. The Hot Springs is along a cold river in the town of Coamo. The hot water comes naturally from the earth.

C. Old San Juan- San Juan is the second oldest European-established capital city founded by Spanish colonists in 1521. The colorful streets of Old San Juan are nothing short of unique.

The leeward islands are in the hurricane band of the Caribbean, so it is generally best not to plan a vacation between July and October. These islands include Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Martin, Sint Maarten, British Virgin Islands, Saint Barthelemy, Saba, Sint Eustatius, St. Kitts, and Nevis, U.S. Virgin Islands, Monsterrat, and Guadeloupe.

#6- Saint Thomas

St. Thomas is one of the three United States Virgin Islands, along with St. Croix and St. Johns. This place is one of the most beautiful destinations in the world!

Things to Do:

A. Sailing at Sunset with Cocktails and Appetizers- The warm breeze compliments stunning views on a 54-foot catamaran sailboat. From firsthand experience, this activity is one you do not want to miss. The sunset was beautiful, and the appetizers were delicious. Did I forget to mention? You can order unlimited fruity drinks. The customer service was outstanding, as they were very kind and upbeat.

B. Illuminated Kayak After Dark- Kayaking after dark is a rare activity that I thought was exciting and different. We most definitely witnessed a few wild fish while kayaking. The LED-lighted kayaks paved the way for a magical narrated adventure.

12 Best Places to Visit in the Caribbean Islands
Brewers Bay

D.  Brewers Bay- Brewers Bay is a great spot to go snorkeling. Bring snorkel gear and an underwater camera to get some great pictures! We were lucky enough to witness a sea turtle at Brewers Bay.

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#7- Anguilla

Anguilla is British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean. It is one of the most northerly of the Leeward islands.

Things to Do:

A. Beaches- What makes Anguilla beaches the best in the world? The white, powdery sand stretches for miles, and pristine waters make Anguilla the best beach in the world.

B. Boat Tour- The crystalline waters are straight out of a postcard. The best way to explore them is on a boat. Stop at Little Bay and Sandy Island for the best views.

C. Water Sports- The best watersports in Anguilla are to go jet skiing, stand-up paddleboarding, and kitesurfing!

#8: Antigua

Antigua is home to 365 beaches and offers a diverse experience. Antiqua is beautiful year-round with perfect weather. The best place to watch the sunset is at Galleon Beach!

Things to Do:

A. Beaches- The best beaches to visit in Antigua are Honeymoon Cove, Sea Grape Beach, Eden Beach, and Royal Palm Beach.

12 Best Places to Visit in the Caribbean Islands
Half Moon Bay

B. Surfing at Half Moon Bay- Half Moon Bay is a beautiful stretch of water outlined by soft white sand. The beach has large waves perfect for surfing and sits against a backdrop of luscious hills and palm trees.

C. Antigua’s Donkey Sanctuary- The Antigua Donkey Sanctuary shelters more than 150 donkeys.

D. Climb up to Boggy Peak or Shirley Heights- Reach the most elevated point in Antigua at Boggy Peak, which sits at 1,300 feet. It is a great hiking spot with an expansive view of the tropical vegetation below. Shirley Heights is a military complex that sits at 492 feet above sea level and is also a lovely place to go hiking.

E. Shopping at Redcliffe Quay- Redcliffe Quay is a cozy district that appeals to art lovers with tons of souvenir stores to go shopping.

F. Caves- Antigua is home to Darby Dave’s cave and Two Foot Bay. The Dark Cave is an interesting one where you will find rare amphipods and blind shrimp.

G. Devil’s Bridge- Devil’s Bridge is an arched limestone bridge near Indian Town. You need to visit with caution and be vigilant. Children must go only at a distance for safety reasons. It is difficult to walk across due to the slippery limestone that coats the bridge.

The windward islands consist of Dominica, Martinque, Barbados, Grenada, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago.

#9- Barbados

Barbados is 21 miles long and 14 miles wide and is the third most developed country after the US and Canada.

Things to Do:

A. Animal Flower Cave- Animal Flower Cave is a natural sea cave. There is a restaurant located right next to the Animal Flower Cave. The cave itself is super rocky and slippery.

B. Mount Gay Rum Distillery- Visit the world’s oldest distillery where rum is produced in Barbados at the Mount Gay Rum Distillery. The guided tour will teach you how rum is created and give you a few different types of rum to try. In Barbados, they call getting tipsy the same as getting sweet.

C. Andromeda Botanic Garden- The Andromeda Botanic Garden is a relaxing place to stroll near Bathsheba Beach. Bathsheba beach has a few rock formations and huge waves on the eastern coast. The strong currents make swimming dangerous.

D. Turquoise Beaches- Worthing Beach is a beautiful white sand beach that everyone will enjoy spending the day. You can rent a beach chair and umbrella at this beach and relax amongst the beautiful sound of the ocean as you feel the breeze hit your face.

#10- St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Did you know? St. Vincent and the Grenadines are home to 36 volcanic islands full of white sand beaches and palm-lined bays.

Things to Do:

A. Snorkeling and Sailing in the Tobago Cays- Tobago Cays Marine Park is home to five small islands, coral gardens, and marine life. Snorkelers and divers can spot sea turtles, stingrays, barracuda, and shoals of reef fish.

B. Palm Island- Palm Island is the perfect spot to try fresh seafood, go snorkeling, kayaking, sailing, or biking around the island!

C. La Soufriere Volcano Hiking Tour- This hiking tour will take you to the highest peak of La Soufriere Volcano. The volcano is at 1,234 meters above sea level. This volcano is still active last erupting in 1979. Along the way, you will learn about the uniquely adapted plants and animals, see the rainforest, and witness the views of the surrounding countryside.

D. St. Vincent Botanical Gardens- These delightful gardens were established in 1765 and take over about 20 acres filled with tropical plants and trees.

#11 Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago are two islands, which gives you twice as many reasons to visit.

Things to Do:

A. Argyle Falls- The highest waterfall at Tobago is Argyle Falls, which is about a 175-foot cascade that tumbles down three tiers into a deep pool at the bottom.

B. Englishman’s Bay- Englishman’s Bay, surrounded by the rainforest, is one of the best beach spots for snorkeling.

C. Piparo Mud Volcano- The Piparo Mud Volcano erupted on Feb 22, 1997. You need to hire a tour guide to visit.

The ‘ABC’ islands are a perfect place to plan a trip any time of year because they are out of the dreaded hurricane belt. These islands are Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao.

#12- Aruba

Palm Island

Aruba is a perfect destination to relax at the beach. The island is 21 miles long in the southern part of the Caribbean. Aruba enjoys warm weather and sunny skies year-round, with an average temperature of 82F.

Things to Do:

12 Best Places to Visit in the Caribbean Islands

A. Conchi / Cura di Tortuga (Turtle’s Cove)- Aruba’s unique natural pool, surrounded by rugged terrain, is located inside Aruba’s natural park, Arikok. A jeep tour will take you to this natural pool and the Indian Caves.

B. Indian Caves- The jeep tour I wrote about above will also take you to the three Indian Caves in Aruba. The Fontein Cave is the most popular, as it has drawings of Arawak Indians on the ceilings. The Quadirikiri Cave is famous for its large bat population.

12 Best Places to Visit in the Caribbean Islands

C. Sea Bob Snorkeling- Mangel Halto is a secluded beach located on the southeast coast of Aruba, where you’ll find excellent snorkeling areas and even a shipwreck. 

Tours:

  • Glass-bottom kayak tour here
  • Sea bob snorkeling tour here!

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These are the best 12 places to visit in the Caribbean Islands! Have you been to any of these places? Please comment down below about your experience!

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