How To Choose Your Next Caribbean Getaway
By Leah Freeman-Haskin
No matter what type of vacation you are looking for, the islands in the Caribbean offer something for everyone. From secluded, romantic getaways to family-friendly resorts, each island has a bit of its own personality to fit yours.
Aruba and The Bahamas are excellent choices if you plan on traveling with the whole family. With multiple options to choose from when it comes to family-friendly resorts and activities for all ages, these islands will keep everyone happy.
The Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino offers a babysitting service, child care centers, and even a day camp onsite to give you a few moments to yourself. If the Bahamas sound like a better option, The Cove at Atlantis is a huge resort that offers tons of options for kids like a water park, kids’ pools, a movie theater, and much more.
Although Aruba has pretty much year-round perfect temperatures, be sure to check the seasons for The Bahamas as hurricanes are known to disrupt travel to the islands during the low season.
Looking for Adventure
If you are looking for a vacation filled with water sports, hiking, and overall outdoor adventures, think about heading to Nevis or the Cayman Islands. Both islands can claim stunning natural beauty and incredible water sports, but there are a few differences between the two.
Nevis is a small island directly adjacent to St. Kitts and offers some of the best hiking and water sports in the Caribbean. Nevis Peak is a famous and potentially active volcano that sits in the center of the island. With a 3,200 foot elevation, hikes up this mountain offer breathtaking views and a day of adventure. The island’s clear waters are also perfect for snorkeling with sea turtles, wakeboarding or stand-up paddleboarding.
The Cayman Islands include three islands located in the Caribbean just off the coasts of Cuba and Jamaica. As the birthplace of recreational diving, the islands have numerous diving sites that attract tourists from all over the world. From the iconic Seven Mile Beach to Stingray Bay and the USS Kittiwake, a former submarine which now houses sea creatures nearly 60 feet under the surface, this is an adventure seeker’s paradise.
Relaxing on the Beach
Making it to the top of the list of Forbes Best Caribbean Beaches for 2019 are Anguilla and Antigua. Both of these Caribbean islands have some of the most pristine beaches in the world. With white sandy coastlines and crystal clear water, if you are searching for a beach vacation either one of these locations will do just fine.
Shoal Bay in Anguilla is home to two miles of picture-perfect beaches with neighboring bars, restaurants, and resorts to add a little variety. Forbes.com also mentions Maundays Bay, Meads Bay, Rendezvous Bay, Merrywing Bay, and Savannah Bay as beach destination runners up.
Darkwood Beach in Antigua is located on the western coast of the island. This beach is a better option if you are looking for a slice of isolation, quiet, or an escape from reality. The undeveloped paradise doesn’t have any buildings and very few tourists. Forbes’ notable runner-ups include Valley Church Beach, Dickenson Bay, Runaway Bay, Ffrye’s Bay, Crab Hill Bay, and Half Moon Bay.
If a romantic getaway is in your future, St. Barts or Turks and Caicos offer luxury, seclusion, and bliss for two. Just image couples massages overlooking the Caribbean and uninterrupted sunset strolls along sandy beaches. These islands offer a slice of paradise that will bring any couple closer together.
St. Barts may have a higher price tag than some of its neighboring islands, but its Caribbean charm and natural beauty is the reason why honeymooners and couples flock to this island by the thousands each year. With 14 beaches including Anse des Flamands and Baie de St-Jean as well as oceanside restaurants such as On The Rocks, romance can be found at every corner.
With two hundred miles of white sand, exquisite reefs, and decadent restaurants, Turks and Caicos is another favorite destination for honeymooners and couples. If you prefer to stay away from large resorts, be sure to check out Parrot Cay which offers luxury amenities on its own private island.