Living in South Florida makes it so easy to get to most of the Caribbean Islands and I love everyone I have been to so far! Now the hardest choice I have to make is which one to visit next. If you also are wondering which island you would like to visit, here are a few facts that might help with your decision.
If you love to snorkel and scuba dive try the beautiful islands of Antigua, Cayman Islands (and don’t miss Stingray City), Aruba’s shipwrecks or Turks & Caicos.
If you are a foodie, join the crowd and head for St. Martin (their French cuisine is out of this world) as well as close-by neighbors St. Barts and Anguilla. There is also unforgettable Aruba and for some of the best local foods try Curacao, Turks & Caicos (for their conch) or Jamaica (think jerk chicken).
If you love natural beauty you just have to visit St Lucia, the only place in the world with a drive-in volcano, St. John, 2/3rds of which is a national park, or stare in awe at the rain forests of Trinidad & Tobago.
Most romantic – almost anywhere you go in the Caribbean is romantic but St. Lucia takes top spot with the British Virgin Islands and Tobago coming in a close seconds.
If beaches are your thing almost anywhere in the Caribbean is awesome but I have to say the sheer number of beautiful beaches on St. Martin have to take first place. Close seconds have to be the beaches of St. Thomas, Anguilla and Turks & Caicos.
Love colorful Caribbean cocktails? Well, who doesn’t! Take a trip to the British Virgin Islands for the Soggy Dollar Bar’s Pain Killer (and boy does it work!), try the Sky Juice or Bahama Mama in Nassau, Planter’s Punch in Jamaica or a similar drink called Bajan Punch in Barbados or a fantastic Pina Colada in Puerto Rico.
Nightlife can be found everywhere but for hot salsa head for Puerto Rico, lively reggae and beach bars dot the shores of Jamaica, Antigua has its steel drum bands, Barbados its calypso music and for some real junkanoo music head for the Bahamas. And a big plus in Bahama’s favor – it is the closest and easiest one to get to from the US mainland.
Lastly, for all you avid golfers, one of the most renowned courses in the Caribbean, Pete Dye’s Teeth of the Dog, can be found on beautfiul Dominican Republic along with the best all-inclusive resorts. Other courses voted in the top 10 include the Robert Trent Jones II course on Nevis, Green Monkey & Royal Westmoreland on Barbados, Cap Juluca on Anguilla and Rose Hall on Jamaica.
Hope that helps. I think my next trip just has to be St. Lucia! Well, maybe the Turks & Caicos or the British Virgin Islands …ummm I’ll just have to wait and see.