26 Best Caribbean Islands to Visit

26 Best Caribbean Islands to Visit
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The Caribbean is undoubtedly one of the most impressive and beautiful destinations in the world. The archipelago is considered the dream destination par excellence for couples in love as well as beach vacationers and nature lovers. Beautiful sandy beaches, turquoise sea and the idea of enjoying cocktails under palm trees makes especially sun worshippers go into raptures. The island world of the Caribbean is as diverse as it is varied. To find out what your personal dream island is, we present to you in the following 26 Best Caribbean Islands to visit.

26. Jamaica

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The Caribbean island of Jamaica, with its snow-white sandy beaches, lively cities and fascinating natural spectacles, makes every vacation unforgettable.

Some of the island’s countless hotspots are Montego Bay in the northwest, the popular seaside resort of Negril with Seven Mile Beach, the famous waterfalls Dunn’s River Falls, the “banana capital” Port Antonio, and the Blue Mountains near the capital Kingston, home of reggae legend Bob Marley.

Jamaica is considered the epitome of the Caribbean and travel professionals agree that the most beautiful beaches and picturesque lagoons can be found here.

25. Turks and Caicos

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Turks & Caicos – never heard of it? Then it’s high time you did! With an average temperature of 28 °C, turquoise-blue, crystal-clear water and a total of more than 300 kilometers of beach, the 40 islands of the British overseas territory in the Caribbean are a true vacation paradise. From being an insider tip for honeymooners, the picturesque islands with their traditional Caribbean villages and charming beach hotels have now developed into a popular resort for active vacationers, sun worshippers and families.

You want to snorkel or scuba dive: Bight, Smith’s, Library or Coral Gardens Reef? You’ll be spoiled for choice in one of the largest coral reef systems in the world.

The islands are known for their wall diving. Hundreds of feet of coral-covered cliffs drop underwater to the seabed, providing a home for countless sea creatures.

If it’s Thursday, you’re in luck: You can sample traditional fare at the Thursday Fish Fry in Bight Park, a mix of food market, concert and culture popular with locals, so-called Belongers, and tourists alike. By the way, Grace Bay Beach right next door is considered by many travelers to be the most beautiful beach in the world.

24. Antigua and Barbuda

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“The beach is just the beginning” – according to this motto, the island of Antigua with marinas, tropical nature, old forts and a wild past in which Christopher Columbus, British colonialists, Indians and pirates played a role, attracts visitors to vacation in the Caribbean.

The influences of the British colonial power are still omnipresent, especially in the capital St. Johns. Stroll along the pastel-colored colonial-style streets, visit disused sugar cane plantations or set off from the harbor on one of the yachts docked here for a sailing tour around the bays of Antigua.

The beaches of English Harbour are particularly suitable for snorkeling. Even divers get their money’s worth here. More than 100 shipwrecks lie off the coast of Antigua.

Antigua is especially known for its many and beautiful beaches. To be exact: 365 beaches surround the island, one for every day of the year.

If you still can’t get enough of coconut palms and white sand, take a trip to the neighboring island of Barbuda. In addition to 27 kilometers of beach, you’ll find a bird sanctuary where you can watch majestic frigate birds.

23. St. Lucia

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The Caribbean island of St. Lucia is located between St. Vincent (in the south), Barbados (in the east) and Martinique (in the north) and belongs to the Lesser Antilles. St. Lucia is also one of the Windward Islands. Catries, the capital, is also home to the cruise port.

The unique combination of unspoiled nature, pure Creole joie de vivre and the amenities of comfortable hotels discreetly integrated into the landscape makes Saint Lucia one of the dream islands in the Caribbean.

Particularly fascinating is the landmark of Saint Lucia, the twin volcanic cones, which can be seen from afar. The Gros Piton and Petit Piton reach a height of almost 800 meters.

Special highlight is of course the drive-in volcano, the only one in the world! The beaches are also very varied. They are here in white and in black.

The island is absolutely tropical and simply beautiful. On 620km² tropical rainforest, mountains of over 950m, fertile lowlands and wonderful sandy beaches, as well as countless bays unite. Among the Windwards, it is the most densely populated and best developed island. So, you certainly won’t get bored here, moreover, St. Lucia is also a year-round destination.

22. Cuba

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Cuba, the largest Caribbean island of the Greater Antilles, has the shape of a crocodile and is surrounded by the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. The combination of white sand beaches, tropical forests and mountain ranges expresses the richness of this rebellious and wild country.

Cuba is economically poor but culturally very rich. With its strong and turbulent past, Cuba makes you vibrate to the rhythm of famous Cuban dances or the melody of a violinist practicing his art for a few pesos on the terrace of a café. An entire island breathes the past, exerting a magical attraction on its visitors. Cubans say that once you come to Cuba, this country will not let you go.

21. US Virgin Islands

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You will feel similar to Columbus when you vacation in one of our vacation villas in the US Virgin Islands and discover the Caribbean paradise. Because the beauty of the many Virgin Islands immediately captivated the famous navigator in 1493. They reminded him of the legend of Saint Ursula, who is said to have been on pilgrimage accompanied by 11,000 virgins. This is how the northernmost members of the Lesser Antilles got their name.

Today they belong politically to the USA, and the comfortable North American way of life finds here one of its most dreamlike settings. East of Puerto Rico are St. John, St. Thomas and St. Croix, the best known of the US Virgin Islands, which also include Water Island and numerous smaller islands. Everywhere, white beaches and turquoise seas beckon. And whether you are looking for relaxation, romance or water sports, US Virgin Islands you will find what you are looking for.

20. Aruba

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Aruba is the westernmost and smallest of the three ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao) and part of the Lesser Antilles. The island is mostly flat, 30 km long and measures 9 km from coast to coast at its widest point.

Aruba has about 110,000 inhabitants, a colorful mixture of many nationalities. High standard of living and hospitality characterize life on the island.

Imposing cacti, aloe plants and the striking Divi Divi trees welcome you on your Aruba vacation. Extremely little rain falls on this Caribbean sunny island, making Aruba a popular year-round destination. Sparkling dunes and white powder-sugar beaches line large parts of Aruba, while elsewhere bays with fascinating rock formations break the coastline. Crystal clear lagoons and colorful coral reefs invite you to dive into a dazzling underwater world.

19. Grenada

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Grenada is also known as the Spice Island and supplies a third of the world’s nutmeg. An interesting flora and fauna is guaranteed here, because here grows practically everything – from cloves and laurels to vanilla and cinnamon to saffron and cocoa! But the beautiful island of Grenada is not only known for its spices, but also for its untouched, pure nature that will inspire you with rainforests, mountains, volcanic lakes and rushing waterfalls. Not to forget the typical Caribbean dream beaches with endless white sandy beaches, lush green palm trees and clear turquoise water.

18. The Bahamas

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Geographically, the Bahamas are located about 80 kilometers southeast of Florida and 100 kilometers north of Cuba. Lined up like precious jewels, some 700 coral islands, 2,500 cays, reefs and sandbanks extend over almost 14,000 square kilometers in the western Atlantic.

The ideal starting point for a trip to the Bahamas is the two main islands of New Providence and Grand Bahama Island. From there, you can set out on a voyage of discovery to the Out Islands – as all the islands “outside” Nassau are called – and put together the ideal island combination for every vacation wish. Of course, each of our islands has a little bit of everything, but especially dream beaches as far as the eye can see – the most beautiful can be found on Eleuthera and Harbour Island. If you are looking for pure relaxation, Crooked Island or Mayaguana will be the perfect place for you.

Enthusiastic divers should definitely plan a few vacation days on Andros or Long Island. Friends of tropical flora and fauna will enjoy a trip to Inagua or the Exumas, and for sailors there is no way around the islands of the Abacos. Those who are particularly interested in the eventful past of our island world can go in search of traces on New Providence, the Abacos, Cat Island or San Salvador.

Animal encounters of a special kind can be experienced on Big Major Cay. If you feel like it, you can take a bath with the famous “guinea pigs” here.

17. St. Martin

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This is how you imagined your vacation: Sun, turquoise sea and picturesque bays. Almost 40 dream beaches await you on St. Martin in the Caribbean. Columbus discovered the island on St. Martin’s Day – and thus gave the island its name. To this day, the island is divided into the Dutch St. Marteen and the French St. Martin. In the French territory, the euro is even the official currency.

Discover the beauty of the island: visit the picturesque former fishing village of Crand Case or hike along designated trails along tropical rainforest, sugar plantations and gorges to the island’s highest point. From the 424-meter Pic Paradis, you’ll have a beautiful view of the neighboring islands, blue bays and the volcanoes of St. Martin.

Stroll along the waterfront promenades and shopping miles in fashionable Marigot on the west coast. Numerous duty-free stores and boutiques invite you to store on Rue de la Republique – alternatively, a visit to the weekly market is worthwhile, where you can buy exotic fruit, rum and local crafts.

Marigot is the capital of the French part of St. Martin. Hotels and beach resorts in the upper class can be found in the adjacent Marigot Bay – in the harbor of the small bay mainly yachts drop anchor.

One of the city’s most beautiful beaches is Happy Bay in the northeast of the island: between coconut palms and white sand, the beach has retained its original Caribbean flair.

16. Dominican Republic

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Between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, the Dominican Republic stretches on the mountainous island of Hispaniola, which it shares with Haiti. Tropical flowers, mangroves and palm trees give the coastal areas an attractive exterior, while the interior of the island is characterized by forested mountains, canyons and waterfalls.

Looking for dream beaches, you will quickly find them on vacation in the Dominican Republic, there are so many in the Caribbean country that it is difficult to choose one. Superfine white sand, palm groves and translucent turquoise waters provide the perfect backdrop for an atmospheric beach vacation. The Dominican capital Santo Domingo de Guzmán is located on the southern coast of Hispaniola, here you can expect not only fabulous sandy beaches, but also still a delightful historic old town.

15. Bonaire

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On the one hand, life on Bonaire is tranquil; you can relax on the beach and enjoy absolute peace and quiet. On the other hand, exuberant festivals with a Caribbean feeling and sporting events in the areas of fishing, swimming and mountain biking provide variety. Together with Aruba and Curaçao, Bonaire belongs to the so-called ABC islands and is part of the Netherlands Antilles located in the Caribbean. A highlight is Bonaire’s cuisine, which includes an irresistible mix of European, Caribbean and African influences. In addition, the nightlife of the fairytale island is not to be sneezed at, with live music being played in colorful beach bars. The second largest of the ABC islands is known as an excellent diving area. Experience the incomparable underwater world of the Caribbean when you vacation on Bonaire!

14. Puerto Rico

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The Free State of Puerto Rico in the Caribbean has romantic beaches, primeval rainforest and much more to offer. Not only the large island of Puerto Rico, but also the Spanish Virgin Islands belong to the outer territory of the USA. Very worth seeing is the capital San Juan with its pretty old town. Dolphins, whales and manatees live in the Caribbean Sea off the Puerto Rican coast. If you are on vacation in Puerto Rico, you should definitely go diving or snorkeling to see the phenomenal underwater world of the Caribbean with your own eyes.

Lonely sandy beaches, waterfalls amidst green rainforests and mountainous regions characterize the landscape on the easternmost island of the Greater Antilles. For nature lovers and hikers, a vacation in Puerto Rico is simply perfect. On Cerro La Punta, the highest mountain on the island, and in the national parks there are numerous hiking trails for beginners and advanced hikers. In El Yunque National Park, the only rainforest in the United States, there are hundreds of species of trees and wild orchids, as well as an almost endless variety of tropical plants to discover. The almost two-hour hike to the La Mina waterfall is especially recommended, as a swim in the jungle is an unforgettable experience. Another option is a boat trip to the island of Vieques, where a huge nature reserve with secluded beaches and almost 200 species of birds tempts you to hike and relax.

13. Barbados

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The dream island of Barbados belongs to the Lesser Antilles in the Atlantic Ocean, located relatively close to the Caribbean islands. Barbados belongs to the Commonwealth and therefore English is spoken here. The island is about 35 kilometers long and 30 kilometers wide. If Barbados is considered today as the epitome of Caribbean flair, then this is mainly due to its dreamlike, palm-fringed beaches, the crystal-clear water and the fiery rum, which was once invented here. Barbados has skillfully preserved its naturalness and also impresses with its unique flora and fauna.

As the only one of the Antilles, the island is situated on a coral rock, surrounded by coral reefs with a great underwater world and framed by palm-fringed white sand beaches on the warm, turquoise sea.

110 kilometers of white sand beaches lined with palm trees and mahogany trees surround Barbados. The water temperature of 28 degrees is optimal for snorkeling or swimming competitions with sea turtles.

Bajan Cusine is the name of the tasty mix of African, European, Caribbean and West Indian cuisine in Barbados. Whether in a gourmet restaurant or a harbor pub, flying fish is the most delicious specialty of Creole cuisine.

12. Bermuda

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Although the Bermuda Islands are not officially part of the Caribbean, they are a popular destination for cruises through the Caribbean. Which is why we have included them in our list of the 26 best Caribbean Islands to visit.

Wonderfully quiet, absolutely unique and easier to get to than you think. Whether as a complete vacation or in combination with a trip to the USA, Bermuda is ideally suited for both, thanks to its short distance to the American East Coast and its multitude of activities and attractions. With its picturesque pink beaches, as the “Wreck Capital of the World” and with the highest density of golf courses in the world, Bermuda is the perfect destination for beach vacationers, divers and golfers alike. There are no neon signs on the island, few cars and strict environmental laws. It’s the ideal place to recharge your depleted batteries.

But Bermuda is so much more: a thriving culture, rich history and fascinating landscapes complete the unique atmosphere of this island. However, the island’s greatest attraction is its people; they are the essence of the island and some of the warmest people you will ever meet. It is this warmth and diversity of Bermuda that will make your vacation unforgettable.

11. Cayman Islands

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White beaches, palm trees and the warm, blue Caribbean Sea, here on the Cayman Islands all the common clichés of the Caribbean are confirmed. The archipelago, which consists of the three islands Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac, is located between Cuba and Mexico, and lies about 350 kilometers south of Cuba.  The Cayman Islands are a British overseas territory, although this is hardly noticeable on the Caribbean island. In terms of flair, the Cayman Islands are more like southern Florida. Of course, the Cayman Islands achieved great fame due to their reputation as a tax haven. The large number of banks and offices from the financial sector contribute to the fact that the Cayman Islands are an absolutely modern and also very safe group of islands. You will find gigantic shopping malls and an oversupply of goods, which you would never expect on a small Caribbean island.

And despite all the modernity and the enormous density of super-rich and high society, the Cayman Islands have been able to retain their very special, original charm. In addition to luxurious hotels and resorts and their first-class restaurants, the Cayman Islands also offer a multitude of typical, small inns, pubs and food stalls. Here the palate of the guests is spoiled in a traditional, multicultural way.

An absolute highlight when traveling to the Cayman Islands is of course the multifaceted diving region in the Caribbean. A special attraction here is Stingray City, a region in the North Sound where you can encounter a plethora of almost hand-tame stingrays.

10. British Virgin Islands

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The British Virgin Islands, a British overseas territory, comprise about 60 inhabited and uninhabited islands that belong to the Virgin Islands archipelago, a group of islands in the Lesser Antilles located between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Among the best known and most touristically developed islands are Tortola, Anegada and Virgin Gorda.

The British Virgin Islands are a paradise for recreation seekers, bathers and divers. On secluded white dream beaches, hidden bays and in idyllic small towns you can experience the Caribbean way of life. The crystal clear, deep blue water invites you to swim and snorkel, magnificent underwater worlds with colorful coral reefs and caves are popular destinations for divers. Surfers will also find suitable spots here.

The British Virgin Islands has a tropical, warm and humid climate, but constant trade winds moderate the heat and ensure pleasant temperatures all year round. Rainfall is relatively abundant throughout the year, with the driest months being February and March, while hurricanes can be expected from June to November. The best time to travel are the months from December to May.

9. Haiti

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The island of Haiti, whose name comes from the language of the indigenous people, the Taino, and means ‘mountainous country’, has its highest elevation with the 2,680 m high mountain Morne de la Selle, which rises into the ever-blue sky near the capital Port-au-Prince. The mountainous interior with its bare mountain peaks is somewhat reminiscent of the mountain landscapes in the Middle East – but here you will not cross deserts on hikes, but a breathtaking rainforest. As a contrast, Haiti offers you about 1,700 km of dreamlike beaches with finest white sand. In the south, near the city of Jacmel, as well as in the north of Haiti you can swim, sail and dive or go on long beach hikes. Around the town of Cap Haitien, such as at Rival Beach or Corner Beach, a wide range of water sports and unforgettable dives await you.

The people of Haiti, descendants of African slaves who won their independence back in 1804, are very hospitable. Actually, the majority of Haitians are Catholics or Protestants. But a large part of the population still practices voodoo rituals almost as a sideline. A well-known destination for members of both religions is the Saut d’Eau waterfall. Both voodoo followers and Christians make pilgrimages to this natural wonder, which is located about 60 km from the capital in Ville Bonheur, because it is reported that a bath in the waterfall brings good luck. The national language in Haiti is Creole, a mixture of African roots and French. However, many Haitians also understand French, and some understand English.

8. Guadeloupe

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The French overseas department of Guadeloupe is not only a dream destination for sun worshippers, but also has ideal conditions for active vacationers. 300 km of hiking trails crisscross the lush rainforest around the volcano La Soufrière. The island, also called Butterfly Island because of its shape, also scores with delicious Creole cuisine, lively colorful market hustle and bustle and a multifaceted culture. You can easily get in touch with the hospitable inhabitants at a cozy picnic by the river, over a glass of ti-punch in one of the numerous bars or on the beach. Guadeloupe still offers its guests beautiful, undeveloped examples of this.

But the main attraction of Guadeloupe are of course its Caribbean dream beaches. Golden sand and azure water await you at Souffleur Beach in the small fishing village of Port-Louis on Grand-Terre. You can admire the longest coral reef in the Lesser Antilles at the Grand-Cul-de Sac Marin nature reserve – whether you choose to take a glass-bottom boat or a wetsuit. Here you can discover turtles, rays and lots of colorful fish.

7. St. Vincent and the Grenadines

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Somewhat off the tourist trail in the Caribbean lies the island kingdom of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Saint Vincent, by far the largest of the islands, is also home to the capital Kingstown. Only the south of the island is inhabited, while the north is characterized by mountainous wilderness and volcanic landscape. It has borne its name since Christopher Columbus landed there on Saint Vincent’s Day in 1498.

The contrast of idyllic beaches and deserted bays with wild jungle attracts film crews again and again. Part of the Hollywood pirate movies “Pirates of the Caribbean” was also filmed here.

The sea around the mostly uninhabited islands is a popular sailing area. Visitors also like to come here for diving. In addition to the classic diving experiences such as coral reefs and marine life, a very special experience has been created: Two ships have been grounded especially for divers, where even beginners can practice wreck diving.

Some of the most popular beaches with sand like powdered sugar are located on Bequia. The main town of the small island, Port Elizabeth, is a beautiful Caribbean port village. Here, one comes to rest while simply watching the sailboats come and go in the harbor. Water rats are at their best in the Tobago Cays Marine Park. Beaches that can only be reached by water, snorkeling in turtle habitats, a (real!) 1918 sunken wreck of a British gun ship and fantastic intact coral reefs allow for first class nature experiences.

6. St. Barts

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A tropical dream island straight out of a picture book – that’s St. Barthélemy (also called Saint-Barthélemy or St. Barths or St. Barts for short), an island in the Lesser Antilles in the eastern Caribbean. In addition to the main island, St. Barthélemy includes a number of small, uninhabited islets. St. Barthélemy is of volcanic origin.

With an area of about 21 square kilometers, St. Barthélemy is a small island, but offers a variety of magnificent beaches with powder-sugar fine sand and crystal-clear water, as well as beautiful landscapes in the island’s interior and luxurious accommodations, exquisite restaurants and jet-set flair in towns such as St. Jean and Gustavia. On St. Barthélemy, mostly well-heeled guests spend their vacations, while many rich people own their own estates here.

Thanks to the French influence, St. Barthélemy is a paradise for gourmets: numerous exclusive restaurants serve delicious creations that are often a mix of French, Creole and Caribbean cuisine – fusion food at its best! With excellent water sports and impressive coral reefs, St. Barthélemyattracts many divers, snorkelers and surfers. Perhaps the most beautiful, however, is to unwind in the shade of palm trees on secluded beaches like Colombier Beach. Due to the trade winds, the tropical temperatures in the Antilles and also on St. Barthélemy are quite bearable.

5. Trinidad and Tobago

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The Caribbean state of Trinidad and Tobago is considered one of the most beautiful destinations in the Caribbean Sea: Not only do the two islands offer wonderful sandy beaches, great water sports opportunities and excellent service – the southernmost member of the Lesser Antilles also leaves nothing to be desired for nature lovers and explorers.

Just a few kilometers off the coast of Venezuela lie the 4,825-square-meter main island of Trinidad and the 303-square-kilometer Tobago. The two islands have much in common, for example that they were discovered by Columbus in 1498 and have densely forested mountains in the interior of the island, fine sandy beaches on the coasts and a warm climate all year round.

Trinidad, which is considered the first settled island in the Caribbean, is home to the joint national capital of Port-of-Spain in the northwest, with one of the most important ports in the Caribbean. Walking through the city, one immediately notices numerous beautiful buildings from the Victorian era, as well as the extensive parks in the Botanical Gardens or Queens Park Savannah. Many stores, museums, the art gallery, the theater and various religious buildings can be reached from the main shopping street Frederic Street. Another nice destination due to its numerous monuments and buildings is the small town of San Fernando.

Tobago, a much smaller island 30 kilometers northeast of Trinidad, also has a lot to offer in addition to its dream beaches and coral reefs. In the relaxed capital Scarborough, the large fortification Fort King George, the former parliament building, a harbor for cruise ships and a beautiful botanical garden are waiting to be visited. In the interior of the island you can walk through the rainforests and discover trees like the poui tree, precious woods, figs, almonds or the breadfruit tree. Also worth seeing is the small village of Charlotteville, whose impressive mountain ranges stretch all the way to the sea.

4. St. Kitts and Nevis

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The island nation of St. Kitts and Nevis is one of the twelve smallest states in the world and is home to just 55,000 permanent residents. Thereby, significantly more people will be found here on every visit. The islands in the Caribbean belong to the secret favorites of vacationers who are not attracted to the touristically highly developed islands such as the Dominican Republic. St. Kitts and Nevis have a flair all of their own and, contrary to preconceptions, are not just a destination for people with a fat wallet. Also vacationers with the demand for a special culture and great sights will be able to spend a great vacation here.

The islands of St. Kitts and Nevis are part of the Lesser Antilles and so destinations such as Antigua and Barbuda, Saba and St. Eustatius can be found in the immediate vicinity. In fact, this is one of the reasons why cruise ship visitors regularly make up a large percentage of the tourists who stay on the island without an overnight stay. The two islands have the classic history of the Caribbean behind them. First, the indigenous people found their place here a few thousand years ago, until the islands finally came to the Europeans in the efforts of colonization. Although St. Kitts and Nevis officially broke away from Great Britain, they are still part of the Commonwealth to this day. Thus, even today the British influences can be seen everywhere on the island.

3. Montserrat

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Montserrat is an island in the Lesser Antilles. The Caribbean island is an overseas territory of the United Kingdom. It is located between the islands of Antigua, Nevis and Guadeloupe.

The 102km² island is of volcanic origin. The landscape is characterized by three volcanic massifs – the Silver Hills, the Centre Hills and the Soufriere Hills.

The latter, located in the south, are active volcanoes. They erupted in 1997 and devastated a large part of the island. The consequences are still felt today. Among other things, two-thirds of the island has since been declared a restricted area.

The inhabitants who fled the island at that time are gradually coming back. People are adapting more and more to the situation and have even found a usable “market niche” in volcano tourism. So today, among other things, so-called “volcano watching” tours are offered, where you are provided with lots of information.

Mass tourism will not be a topic here, but nevertheless one has adjusted to the tourism and offers meanwhile sufficient accommodations in each price range.

As a volcanic island, Montserrat does not have the classic white beaches of the Caribbean. There is only one of them, the Rendezvous Beach. Otherwise, you will find dark sandy beaches, but they are also very beautiful and where you can swim.

The volcano tours are becoming more and more popular. Here you experience a real little adventure, even if you watch the volcano from a safe distance, and you also get a lot of information about the history and the geological origin.

In addition, the original mountainous landscape in the north, lush with rainforests, offers a lot of nature that can be discovered in guided hikes.

Divers also get their money’s worth. In the east and in the west there are many attractive diving areas with bizarre reefs and a fascinating underwater world.

The only white sandy beach is Rendezvous Beach in the north of the island. You can only reach it by boat or by hiking. Here you have all the tranquility in the world and with some probability you are all alone.

2. Martinique

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In the Caribbean, characterized by pure white beaches and turquoise sea, lie the Lesser Antilles, to which the naturally beautiful island of Martinique belongs. Tropical rainforest covers the hills of the island, and the volcano Montagne Pelée, the highest mountain in the country, reaches into the clouds. Martinique belongs to France, this is also reflected in the architecture. In Basse-Terre you can see beautiful buildings of the French colonial architecture. Also the name of the capital makes the affiliation of the Caribbean island to Europe clear, it is Fort-de-France.

The west of the northern half of Martinique is characterized by high volcanoes, around which are natural hiking areas. There you will also find the Jardin de Balata, an enchanting botanical garden with a treetop path that showcases the unique floral splendor of the Caribbean. Romantic, dreamy ponds invite you to take a rest. Fantastic beaches can be found on the east coast, for example in Sainte-Marie and La Trinité. Close to the villages is the nature reserve Presqu’Île de la Caravelle on a peninsula. Mangrove forests and the ruins of Château Dubuc encourage discovery tours. A high-percentage attraction is the Saint James Rum Museum in Sainte-Marie.

1. Curaçao

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Curacao belongs to the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean. Together with Aruba and Bonaire, it belongs to the ABC islands and the Netherlands Antilles. Of these, it is the largest with just under 444 km².

Curacao is a fairly flat island. Its highest mountain is Sint-Christoffelberg with a height of 375 meters. The landscape of Curacao offers a lot. The bays on the coast offer beautiful white sandy beaches. In the south there are numerous diving spots, which are among the most beautiful in the Caribbean.

In the capital Willemstad you feel a bit like in Holland. Here you can find about 750 historical buildings and monuments of Dutch colonial architecture. Not without reason, large parts of the capital are under the protection of the Unecso World Heritage. Willemstad is the most important tourist resort.

The most popular sights are the Hato Caves, the Sea Aquarium where you can see sharks and giant turtles, and of course the Curacao Liqueur Distillery.

Furthermore, all over the island you can admire very beautiful country houses, visit museums, explore the Christoffel National Park or store at the floating market.

Curacao is a real diving paradise. The most beautiful coral reefs are located in the immediate vicinity of the coast. On the south coast alone there are about a hundred diving spots. Most of them are easily accessible from the beach.

Especially popular is the diving area around the offshore uninhabited island of Klein-Curacao. The underwater world around Curacao is respected and protected. The three most famous diving spots are in the southwest: Banda Abao, Central Curacao and the Curacao Underwater Park.

For those who prefer snorkeling, there is also a lot to see. Since the Caribbean Sea is very clear here, you can see far and deep even as a snorkeler. So you won’t miss the deep lying shipwrecks.