The Caribbean is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the world. It is full of islands that boast a variety of marine life, pristine beaches surrounded by bright swaying coral reefs, and rich flora and fauna. These are just some of the reasons why people who visit the Caribbean keep coming back for more. While there are many must-visit destinations throughout the region, here are our top 5 choices for Caribbean destinations that you shouldn’t miss.
1. Cayman Islands
There is a reason why just the mention of the Caribbean and the first thing that comes to many people’s mind is the Cayman Islands. They Cayman Islands are made up of three individual islands, located in the western Caribbean. They boast some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. There are three notable beaches, Cayman Brac, Grand Cayman, and the Little Cayman. While Grand Cayman is the largest of all, each has something special and distinctive to its visitors.
Notable attractions around the Cayman Islands include the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, the Turtle Farm, and the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands. The most popular and beautiful beach of Cayman Islands is the Seven Mile Beach, which among many other things, allows snorkeling lovers to do what they enjoy doing best. Scuba divers and even snorkelers may enjoy diving at the Kittiwake Shipwreck,
Barbados another island that boasts the most beautiful and immaculate natural beauty. This is evident in the amazing caves and the scenic landscape that is rich in plants and animals covering the entire area. Barbados is the easternmost island in the Caribbean. One thing you don’t want to miss is a visit to the Harrison’s Cave, an underground cave that has deep pools, bubbling water streams, as well as rumbling waterfalls.
If you love windsurfing, then you have another reason to head to the Barbados, which is one of the best windsurfing locations around the world. Silver Sands is a great location for beginners and seasoned windsurfers.
3. Havana, Cuba
Located on the northern coast of Cuba, Havana is yet another top tourist destination in the Caribbean, and there is a reason why. For one, this Cuba capital city is a year-round tourist destination meaning you can pop in anytime you feel like you deserve a getaway. Havana boasts amazing and irresistible beaches, an animated nightlife, mouthwatering cuisines prepared by world-class chefs, and the most attractive and friendly atmosphere in all of the Caribbean.
A must visit is the Habana Vieja (“Old Havana”), an old town rich in history, as is evident in the gothic structures and rich architecture. No wonder it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site!
4. El Yunque, Puerto Rico
El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico is a tiny but very beautiful and popular tourist hub for people visiting the Caribbean. So much can be said of this rainforest, but one thing it guarantees is breathtaking waterfalls, verdant green ground cover, and amazing hiking trails. There are over 240 species of trees, so you might want to challenge yourself and create a list of them all when you visit.
Keep an eye out for a coqui, a tiny frog that is native to Puerto Rico.
As with any Caribbean locale, make sure to spend some time at the beautiful beaches. You can also enjoy some time in the quaint Old San Juan, where you can see attractions such as El Morro, a fortress begun in 1539, and Castillo de San Cristobal, a fort that covers 27 acres. Here’s an example 3-day itinerary for Puerto Rico to help you plan an amazing vacation that includes El Yunque and more.
5. Andros, The Bahamas
Last but not least is the Andros, which happens to be the largest of all islands in the Bahamas. It has three major islands, South and North Andros and the Mangrove Cay. There is a barrier reef, the third largest worldwide, and which is a must see. This destination boasts over 2,300 flora and fauna, pure pink and gold irresistible sand lines in the eastern shore, and amazing marine wildlife.
No matter where you vacation in the Caribbean, you’re sure to find fabulous weather, amazing food, and hopefully enjoy some of the local culture as well.