If you are looking for a vacation destination that is all about having fun in the sun or maybe experiencing a new culture through the world’s finest art museums, historical architecture, and cultural festivals. nothing beats the Caribbean.
The Caribbean, which is situated just to the south and east of Mexico and north and west of Venezuela, has the wonderful combination of clear water and hot sun.
This list below features Top 20 Caribbean islands for a vacation. Whether you are into water sports, hiking, swimming, diving, or just plain relaxing on its white sandy beaches, there’s a Caribbean island that will make a perfect vacation spot.
In Puerto Rico, the music lover in you is sure to enjoy one of the many music festivals. Countries like Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica are filled with amazing sights, cultural experiences, architecture, and events that tourists only dream about.
Baby Beach Bay, Aruba.
1) Aruba, a tiny Dutch Caribbean island off the coast of Venezuela, has dry, sunny weather, blond beaches, and gentle surf. European influence shows in architecture that features Dutch gables painted in tropical pastels. English, Dutch, and Spanish are spoken alongside the local tongue, Papiamento.
Antigua and Barbuda
2) Antigua and Barbuda is an independent Commonwealth country comprising its 2 namesake islands and several smaller ones. Positioned where the Atlantic and Caribbean meet, it’s known for reef-lined beaches, rainforests, and resorts. It’s English Harbour is a yachting hub and the site of historic Nelson’s Dockyard.
White Sandy Beach, Anguilla
3) Anguilla, a British Overseas Territory in the Eastern Caribbean, comprises a small main island and several offshore islets. Its beaches range from long sandy stretches like Rendezvous Bay, overlooking neighboring Saint Martin island, to secluded coves reached by boat, such as at Little Bay.
4) The Bahamas is a coral-based archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean. Its 700-plus islands range from uninhabited to packed with resorts. The northernmost, Grand Bahama, and Paradise Island, home to many hotels. Scuba diving and snorkeling sites include the massive Andros Barrier Reef, Thunderball Grotto and the black-coral gardens off Bimini.
5) Barbados is an eastern Caribbean island, Bridgetown, the capital, is a cruise-ship port with colonial buildings. Around the island are beaches, botanical gardens, the Harrison’s Cave formation, and 17th-century plantation houses like St. Nicholas Abbey. Local traditions include afternoon tea and cricket, the national sport.
The British Virgin Islands
The British Virgin Islands
6) The British Virgin Islands, Comprising 4 main islands and many smaller ones, it’s known for its reef-lined beaches and as a yachting destination. The largest island, Tortola, is home to the capital, Road Town, and rainforest-filled Sage Mountain National Park. On Virgin, Gorda island is the Baths, a labyrinth of beachside boulders.
The Caribbean Netherlands
Sky House, Saba, Caribbean Netherlands
7) The Caribbean Netherlands is located in the Caribbean Sea. They consist of the islands of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, and Saba, although the term “Caribbean Netherlands” is sometimes used to refer to all of the islands in the Dutch Caribbean.
8) The Cayman Islands, Comprises of 3 islands in the western Caribbean Sea. Grand Cayman, the largest island, is known for its beach resorts and varied scuba diving and snorkeling sites. Cayman Brac is a popular launch point for deep-sea fishing excursions. Little Cayman, the smallest island, is home to diverse wildlife.
Capitol Building, Havana, Cuba
9) Cuba is an island in the Caribbean with sugar-white beaches and is dotted with tobacco fields, which play a part in the production of the country’s legendary cigars. The capital, Havana, is lined with pastel houses, 1950s-era cars, and Spanish-colonial architecture.
Willemstad, Curacao, Caribbean
10) Curaçao is a Dutch Caribbean island and is famed for its beaches tucked into coves and its expansive coral reefs rich with marine life. The capital, Willemstad, has pastel-colored colonial architecture, It’s also a gateway to western beaches like Blue Bay, a popular diving site.
11) Dominica is a mountainous Caribbean island nation with natural hot springs and tropical rainforests. Morne Trois Pitons National Park is home to the volcanically heated, steam-covered Boiling Lake. The park also encompasses sulfur vents, the 65m-tall Trafalgar Falls and narrow Titou Gorge.
12) The Dominican Republic is known for its beaches, resorts and golfing. Its terrain comprises rainforest, savannah, and highlands, including Pico Duarte, the Caribbean’s tallest mountain. Capital city Santo Domingo has Spanish landmarks like the Gothic Catedral Primada de America dating back 5 centuries.
13) Grenada is a Caribbean country comprising a main island and smaller surrounding islands. Dubbed the “Spice Isle,” the hilly main island is home to numerous nutmeg plantations. The capital, St. George’s, with its colorful homes, Georgian buildings and early-18th-century Fort George overlook narrow Carenage Harbour.
14) Jamaica, a Caribbean island with lush mountains, rainforests and reef-lined beaches, and is also known for its diving and snorkeling sites. Jamaica is famed as the birthplace of reggae music, and it’s capital Kingston is home to the Bob Marley Museum, dedicated to the famous singer.
Puerto Rico, Tropical Island
15) Puerto Rico, a Caribbean island with a landscape of mountains, waterfalls and the El Yunque tropical rainforest. San Juan is the capital and largest city and features colorful Spanish colonial buildings and El Morro and La Fortaleza, massive, centuries-old fortresses.
Trinidad and Tobago
16) Trinidad and Tobago is a dual-island Caribbean nation near Venezuela. Trinidad’s capital, Port of Spain, hosts a boisterous carnival featuring calypso and soca music. The smaller island of Tobago is known for its beaches and the Tobago Main Ridge Forest Reserve, which shelters hummingbirds.
Turks and Caicos Islands
Turks and Caicos
17) Turks and Caicos is an archipelago of 40 low-lying coral islands in the Atlantic Ocean, a British Overseas Territory southeast of the Bahamas. The gateway island of Providenciales, known as Provo, is home to expansive Grace Bay Beach, with luxury resorts, shops, and restaurants.
St Lucia, Caribbean
18) Saint Lucia is an Eastern Caribbean island nation, its coast is home to volcanic beaches, reef-diving sites, luxury resorts, and fishing villages. Trails in the interior rainforest lead to waterfalls like the 15m-high Toraille, which pours over a cliff into a garden. The capital, Castries, is a popular cruise port.
19) Saint Maarten, part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, is a country on the southern part of a Caribbean island shared with Saint Martin on the French side. The capital, Philipsburg, has cobblestone streets and colorful, colonial-style buildings lining its Front Street shopping area.
U.S. Virgin Islands
St Thomas, Virgin Islands U.S.A.
20) The U.S. Virgin Islands. A U.S. territory, known for white-sand beaches, reefs and verdant hills. St. Thomas island is home to the capital, Charlotte Amalie. To the east is the island of St. John, most of which comprises Virgin Islands National Park. St. Croix island and its historic towns, Christiansted and Frederiksted, are to the south.