Choosing the right island can make all the difference in your vacation experience. Many travelers assume that the Caribbean islands are all the same, with great beaches, lots of sun and warm turquoise waters. . . and most islands offer a lot of the above. I say this more because the islands of Dominica and Saba are not on any list of beach lovers.
In addition to spending time on the beach, most holidaymakers enjoy a certain lifestyle or activities such as: Shopping, betting, Nightlife, Quiet and secluded, Hiking, Golf, Photography and Nature, buffs d ‘History and Archeology, Snorkeling, Diving, Sailing, All Inclusive, Family Islands and the list goes on.
Just remember when you spend your money, choosing the right Caribbean island will ensure your “perfect” Caribbean vacation.
SHOPPING IN THE CARIBBEAN – You can shop on any island, but if you’re looking for a “shop down” experience, head to St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands or Curaçao (pronounced cure-u-sow). Both islands have extensive shops, boutiques and designer shops that rival any American or European city. Other islands that offer variety of shopping are Barbados, Grand Cayman, Puerto Rico and St Martin / St Maarten.
CARIBBEAN GAMING CASINES – The largest gambling casinos in the Caribbean are located in Aruba, the Bahamas (Cable Beach and Paradise Island), Curaçao, San Juan, St Croix and St Maarten.
Barbados and Jamaica only have slot machines. Antigua, Belize, Bonaire, Guadeloupe, Martinique, St. Kitts, St. Vincent and Turks & Caicos all have much smaller gaming operations.
CARIBBEAN NIGHTLIFE: Lots of fun when the Caribbean sun sets can be found in Barbados, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, St Martin / St Martin and St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands.
Tranquility and tranquility: Travelers looking for a quieter, more secluded holiday will find it in Parrot Cay, located in Turks & Caicos, St Kitts, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands.
Hiking in the CARIBBEAN – Dominica – Valley of Desolation and Lake Boiling; Dominican Republic – Pico Duarte Elevator (highest peak in the Caribbean); Grenada – Mt. Qua Qua; Guadeloupe – La Soufriere Volcano; Jamaica – Blue Mountains; Puerto Rico – The Anvil National Forest; St. Kitts – Bloody Rivers Stream; Tobago – Petit Tobago Cay; Trinidad Nature Center – Asa Wright; and the U.S. Virgin Islands (2/3 of St. John’s Island) is a nature preserve.
GOLF: The best golf courses in the Caribbean are located on the islands of Aruba, the Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, the Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Nevis, Puerto Rico, St. Croix and St. Thomas.
PHOTOGRAPHY AND CARIBBEAN NATURE – Dominica, Jamaica, St. John, St. Lucia are wonderful islands for lovers of photography and nature. In fact Dominica is called the natural island of the Caribbean.
HISTORY AND ARCHEOLOGY BUFS will find the Caribbean islands of Barbados, Curaçao, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico quite interesting.
SNORKELING: Antigua, Bonaire, Grand Cayman, Curaçao Marine Park, St. Martin, Grenadines, Tobago, St. Thomas, Turks & Caicos, St. Croix and St. John offer all the best snorkeling in all the Caribbean islands.
DIVING: Caribbean diving enthusiasts prefer Bonaire, Grand Cayman, Saba, the Bahamas, St Croix, Turks & Caicos and Virgin Gorda.
SAILING: The best sailing in the Caribbean is in Antigua, Barbados, St. Martin, the Grenadines, the US Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands.
ALL INCLUSIVE CARIBBEAN – Both Jamaica and the Dominican Republic do not have tourism infrastructure. That’s why both islands offer a wide range of all-inclusive hotels and resorts. Jamaica is the largest of the Caribbean islands and has many points of interest, however, the roads are extremely bad. It should be noted that Jamaica is one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean and travelers should be careful when choosing which part of Jamaica to visit. English is spoken in tourist areas, but once you enter the Dominican countryside, Spanish is required.
FAMILY ENVIRONMENTAL ISLANDS OF THE CARIBBEAN – Eel, Antigua, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Tobago and Turks & Caicos. In addition, the Four Seasons of Nevis Island offers an excellent program for children and all Hyatt Regency centers across the Caribbean offer family vacations.
Hopefully this will give a guide to travelers to choose a Caribbean island that suits any lifestyle.