Dominated by turquoise waters and soft white sand, each of the Caribbean islands offers quite the different experience. From the world-renowned diving at sites all around the Cayman Islands to the historic architecture of San Juan in Puerto Rico, these are some of the top destinations in the Caribbean.
Puerto Rico has been a popular destination for many years, not only because it is home to some of the best beaches in the world, but also due to its rich sense of history and culture. While San Juan, the island’s capital, has some of the top attractions, with its historic forts, castles, museums and architecture, an increasing number of visitors are now choosing to head to Vieques, found about 40 miles east of San Juan. The reason for this is largely due to the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge, whose beaches have made it onto countless worldwide top ten lists, offering up some of the most exquisite natural beauty that many have set their eyes on.
The Cayman Islands are famous for their deep-sea diving, and there are hundreds of different spots to choose from. One of the most popular is the Kittiwake, which was a 251 foot submarine that belonged to the U.S navy. This rescue vessel now lies just off from Seven Mile Beach, and it because the top of it is only eight feet below the surface of the water, snorkelers can also explore parts of it. From the diving and glitzy resorts of Grand Cayman, to the deep-sea fishing opportunities of Cayman Brac, to the diverse wildlife and nature of Little Cayman, visitors to the Cayman Islands definitely never find themselves bored.
Jamaica attracts a wide variety of travelers, and this is because it offers such a diverse experience. Nature-lovers travel from all over the world to experience Jamaica’s lush rainforests, exotic wildlife and sandy beaches, while music buffs are always excited to visit the birthplace of reggae music, and the home of the Bob Marley Museum. Those who want to stay active and play some sports make full use of the diving, snorkeling and other water sports opportunities available, and always pay at least one visit to Montega Bay, which is known for having some of the best golf courses in all of the Caribbean.
When you take into consideration all that Haiti has to offer, it would seem as though this island is usually quite underrated. However, with gleaming white sand, sparkling clear waters and rows of swaying palm trees, it offers the same tropical experience as the other Caribbean islands. In addition to its natural beauty, Haiti also has a strong Afro-Caribbean music and arts scene that you will not find on other islands, making this ideal for those who want to soak up some culture. There have been a number of high-end boutique hotels opening up around Haiti in recent years, so while the majority of tourists may still be flocking to other Caribbean islands, it would seem as though Haiti is set for quite the comeback.
The Caribbean makes frequent appearances on many bucket lists, and this is because, with over 700 islands to choose from, there really is a destination that everybody will enjoy. From the rainforests and reggae beats of Jamaica to the historic forts of Puerto Rico, there is so much to see and do in the Caribbean that it is easy to see why travellers return here time and time again.