So, you want to go to the Caribbean for your next beach vacation? Good choice!
Since the Caribbean offers so many amazing, diverse experiences, picking the perfect destination can be a little overwhelming.
Pair your preferences with the right Caribbean island and you have a match made in beach-front heaven!
Which Caribbean Island Is Right For You?:
IDEAL FOR: Couples, families, kite boarders, gamblers, destination weddings
Defined by its arid land, cool winds and coastline dotted with twisting Divi-divi trees, Aruba’s main attraction is a ribbon of pristine white beaches lined with big world-class resorts, glitzy casinos and many restaurants and bars.
Resort Spotlight: RIU Palace Aruba (All Inclusive)
IDEAL FOR: Couples, families, beach bums, adventurers, quick trips from the US, value
The “DR” has world-class resorts on amazing beaches. The resorts in this area offer such great deals that this has become a great value destination. All Inclusives on this island have so much to offer, with everything from non-motorized water sports to nightly shows.
Resort Spotlight: The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real (All Inclusive)
IDEAL FOR: Food snobs, All Inclusive resorts, couples, families, adventurers, quick trips from the US
Caribbean clichés such as Bob Marley songs “Don’t worry about a thing” come to life on white sands surrounded by beautiful nature and friendly people. Jamaica offers up resorts from posh to best value and a distinct urban culture.
Resort Spotlight: Iberostar Grand Rose Hall Beach (Adults Only | All Inclusive)
IDEAL FOR: Couples, honeymooners, divers, snorkelers, trekkers, kite-surfers, nature-lovers, luxury seekers, unreal views
Unique and beautiful resorts are set amidst towering forested hills surrounding by sparkling bays and sandy coves. Activities abound in and out of the water. The island is a watersports lover’s dream. The west coast houses stunning reefs and wrecks, ideal for snorkeling and scuba diving. The southern part is a must see for a plethora of its natural wonders. Whether travelers are after romance, rejuvenation or adventure, this is the perfect destination.
Resort Spotlight: Jade Mountain
u.s. virgin islands
IDEAL FOR: Those without passports, families, couples, golfers, convenient vacation choice, nature-lovers
This is the first Caribbean stop for many Americans since it has all the comforts of home – with the addition of awe inspiring coastline edged with bright turquoise waters. St Thomas is the most cosmopolitan of the US Virgin Islands. It offers great gorgeous beaches, duty-free shopping, golfing, buzzing nightlife and one of the world’s most beautiful harbors. St Croix offers more natural and cultural allures with two-thirds of the island covered by national park. Guests enjoy Danish influence, unspoiled nature, and laid back feel.
Resort Spotlight: Dreams Sugar Bay (St Thomas All Inclusive)
IDEAL FOR: Couples, singles, food snobs, explorations beyond sun, sand and sea, those without passports
Old San Juan is one of the most popular regions of this destination. Its sprawling historical colonial buildings set a backdrop for a buzzing atmosphere and great night life accompanied by salsa, rock, and Latin music. Big beach resorts, casinos, rich Hispanic culture and history are the highlights of the city.
Resort Spotlight: Caribe Hilton San Juan (not All Inclusive)
IDEAL FOR: Couples, families, explorers, divers, partiers, Americans needing a quick escape
The Bahamas sit just south of Florida, making it one of the most accessible island countries from the US. It’s an incredibly family-friendly country with many All Inclusive resorts to choose from. You can’t miss the most infamous resort (with inclusive options) is The Atlantis, which has it’s own water park, aquarium, movie theater, kids’ club, game room, and dolphin cay.
Resort Spotlight: Melia Beach Resort & Casino (All Inclusive)
IDEAL FOR: Couples, divers, explorers, off-the-beaten track wanderings, urban strolls
Curacao is a fusion of tropical charm, Latin style, a proud African heritage and European sophistication. Curacao’s heritage represents more than 50 nationalities. Dutch, Spanish, and English are spoken here. Dutch influenced crayon-colored, red tiled houses sprinkle pristine beaches. Other great attractions are world-class diving sites, unique attractions, historical monuments, museums and golf courses. There is much exploring and activity to do at this destination.
Resort Spotlight: Sunscape Curacao Resort, Spa, & Casino (All Inclusive)
IDEAL FOR: Wind surfers, surfers, sunbathers, couples
Drenched in rich history and tradition, this tropical locale abounds with charm. It’s most famous for endless pink and white sand beaches, the “Golden Coast” beaches are most known for their tranquil waters. The island is a a little more remote, a little harder to get to, and a whole lot harder to bid farewell.
Resort Spotlight: The Crane Resort (Not All Inclusive)
IDEAL FOR: True island laid back state of mind, Beach bums
More than 365 little beaches with silken sand ring this medium-sized island. It’s marked by captivating coves and secluded shores. Antiqua’s beaches are some of the most beautiful in all the Caribbean.
Resort Spotlight: Galley Bay (All Inclusive)
IDEAL FOR: Comfortable holidays, couples, lovers of nature and the outdoors
Emerald green rain forest, black and white sand beaches, and a dormant volcano are all things to delight over in this exotic, tranquil island.
Resort Spotlight: St. Kitts Marriott Royal Beach Resort (not All Inclusive)
ST. MARTIN / SINT MAARTEN
IDEAL FOR: Experience France, the Netherlands and the heart of Creole culture, the finer things in life, elegance, shoppers, gambling, night life
Two distinct cultures, Dutch and French, share space on this small yet lively island. Like a brain’s two hemispheres are greater in sum than in parts, the French side (to the North) has a bit of reserve while the Dutch (to the South) know how to party. Glitzy casinos and nightlife is found in the South while chic boutiques, cafes, and charming accomodations can be found to the North. Experience a bit of it all. People travel freely between both parts of this paradise.
Resort Spotlight: Grand Case Beach Club (not All Inclusive)
TURKS AND CAICOS
IDEAL FOR: Couples, families, divers, boaters, beachcombers, lovers of mellow retreats on the sand
Lots of little islands and cays with picture-perfect beaches and turquoise shores beg for discovery. Nowhere here is very busy, even the world-class dive sites. Providenciales (“Provo”) is the most developed and offers nature preserves, salt lakes, and limestone cliffs.
Resort Spotlight: Royal West Indies Resort (not All Inclusive)
The Caribbean is a wonderful destination for your next beach trip. So, what’s your perfect match? Let’s get you to the Caribbean.