The Caribbean is full of islands that offer amazing beaches, breathtaking views, waters that come in every shade of blue, and unique local cultures. Each island has something that is not found on another island, which is what makes the idea of going to the Caribbean so alluring. It also makes it difficult to pick an island to visit! Following are three of the must-see islands in the Caribbean to help you narrow your list of places to visit:
British Virgin Islands
Advertising efforts have made the British Virgin Islands one of the more well-known destinations in the Caribbean, but it is never turned into a tourist trap. Instead, it has 204 different activities for visitors to engage in and 60 islands to check out. The main islands of the British Virgin Islands consist of Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, and Jost Van Dyke. Fifteen of the islands are inhabited and ferries from Tortola help get you from island to island. It is an average ferry ride of 30 minutes to the outer islands, with the longest ride taking an hour to get to a town on the western side of Virgin Gorda. There is a lot to explore in the British Virgin Islands and it never gets boring.
St. Lucia is an island that is perfect for slowing down and feeling the earth and sky around you or exploring the lush tropical landscape via zip line. It’s also full of historical plantations that were once part of the many agricultural trades found on St. Lucia and which are now open for historical tourism. Some plantations are now hotels, catering to those who are not interested in the amenities found in modern accommodations.
Go on a hike into the interior of the island and view the beautiful rock formations and waterfalls found along the way. Make sure to check out some of the parks, sanctuaries, and botanical gardens that dot the island. They give visitors an up close and personal look at the flora and fauna of the island.
Trinidad And Tobago
These twin islands are located off Venezuela and feature ecotourism along with an active nightlife scene in the capital of Port-of-Spain. The population is a mix of African and East Indian descendants who are adept at combining the two cultures. In fact, Calypso music and the steel drum came out of this tiny island nation.
Head to the beaches on the north coast of Trinidad to experience the peach-colored sand with its backdrop of dazzling blue waters and an absolute lack of hotel development. But if you prefer to stay on the beach at a resort, head to Tobago to spend time at one of the resorts on the white sand beaches of the island.
The islands of the Caribbean are more than their beaches and beautiful waters. They are full of culture, history, and amazing ecosystems that exist nowhere else in the world. Take a trip to one of these islands and experience a whole new way of life. Cannot decide between the US or British Virgin Islands? Check out this guide to help you decide.