Choosing the right island can definitely change your vacation experience. Many travelers assume that the Caribbean is the same, with excellent beaches, plenty of days and warm turquoise waters. . . and most of the islands have plenty of the above. I say most because Dominica and the island of Saba are not on the list of beach lovers.
In addition to the time spent on the beach, most holidaymakers enjoy a certain lifestyle or activity, such as: Shopping, Gambling, Nightlife, Quiet and secluded, Hiking, Golf, Photography and nature, History and archeology fans, Snorkelling, Diving, Sailing, All Inclusive, Family-friendly islands, and the list goes on.
Don’t forget to ensure the “perfect” Caribbean vacation by choosing the right Caribbean island when spending your hard-earned money.
SHOPPING IN THE CARIBBEAN – You can shop on any island, but if you’re looking for a “shop til you drop” experience, go to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands or Curacao (pronounced eCat). Both islands have extensive shops, boutiques and designer boutiques that compete in any U.S. or European city. Other islands that offer a variety of shopping options include Barbados, Grand Cayman, Puerto Rico and St Martin / St Maarten.
Caribbean Gambling Casinos – The largest gambling casinos in the Caribbean are located in Aruba, the Bahamas (Cable Beach & Paradise Island), Curacao, 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 and Caicos all have much smaller gaming operations.
Caribbean Nightlife – Lots of fun when the Caribbean sun goes down, Barbados, Curacao, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, St. Martin / St. Martin and St. Thomas are in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Quiet and Lonely – Travelers looking for a quieter, secluded holiday will find it on Parrot Cay, located in the Turks and Caicos Islands, St Kitts, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands.
Hiking in the Caribbean – Dominica – the Deserted Valley and the Hot Lake; Dominican Republic – Pico Duarte Ascent (the highest peak in the Caribbean); Grenada – Mt. Qua Qua; Guadeloupe – La Soufriere volcano; Jamaica – Blue Mountains; Puerto Rico – El Yunque National Forest; St. Kitts – a stream of bloody rivers; Tobago – Little Tobago Cay; Trinidad – Asa Wright Nature Center; and in the Virgin Islands of the United States – 2/3 of St. John’s Island is a nature reserve.
GOLF – The best Caribbean golf courses are located in Aruba, the Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, the Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Nevis, Puerto Rico, St Croix and St Thomas.
Caribbean photography and nature – Dominica, Jamaica, St John, St Lucia are amazing islands for photography and nature lovers. In fact, Dominica is called the natural island of the Caribbean.
HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL BUFFS finds the Caribbean, Barbados, Curacao, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico interesting.
SNORKELING – Antigua, Bonaire, Grand Cayman, Curacao Marine Park, St. Martin, the Grenadines, Tobago, St. Thomas, Turks and Caicos, St Croix and St John offer the best diving in the Caribbean.
Diving – Caribbean diving fans prefer Bonaire, Grand Cayman, Saba, Bahamas, St Croix, Turkey and Caicos, as well as Virgin Gorda.
SAILING – the best sailing in the Caribbean is located in Antigua, Barbados, St. Martin, the Grenadines, the US Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands.
It is included in the Caribbean – both Jamaica and the Dominican Republic do not have tourist infrastructure. This is why both islands offer plenty of all inclusive hotels and resorts. Jamaica is the largest island in the Caribbean and has many attractions, but the roads are extremely bad. It should be noted that Jamaica is one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean and travelers should choose which part of Jamaica carefully. The resort areas speak English, however, if you enter the Dominican countryside, you will need Spanish.
FAMILY Friendly family – Anguilla, Antigua, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Tobago, and Turks and Caicos Islands. The four seasons on the island of Nevis offer a great children’s program, and the Hyatt Regency resorts offer a family-friendly vacation in the Caribbean.
Hopefully this will provide travelers with guidance on choosing a Caribbean island that suits any lifestyle.